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5 Fun Facts About June 15 In Indiana History

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1. In 1902, Fort Wayne hosted the first automobile race in Indiana history. The race featured some of the earliest models of cars and was won by local driver Frank Leslie.

2. On this day in 1928, the iconic Coca-Cola bottle was first introduced in Indiana at a conference held in Indianapolis. The new design was intended to make the bottle instantly recognizable and enhance brand recognition.

3. In 1944, Indiana Governor Henry Schricker declared June 15 as Flag Day in Indiana. The day is meant to honor the adoption of the flag of the United States, which occurred on June 14, 1777.

4. On this day in 1969, the Indiana State Police raided a farm in Starke County and arrested 120 people for drug-related offenses. The raid, known as Operation Smoke, was one of the largest drug busts in Indiana history.

5. In 1984, the Indianapolis City-County Council voted to change the name of its main thoroughfare from West Washington Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Street. The change was not without controversy, as some opposed it due to concerns of the impact on local businesses.
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