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5 Fun Facts About June 16 In Indiana History

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1. On June 16, 1822, the first steamboat to sail on Lake Michigan, the Walk-in-the-Water, arrived at the mouth of the St. Joseph River in Indiana. The steamboat helped to improve transportation and commerce in the region.

2. In 1858, on June 16, the Indiana State Capitol building was completed. The Romanesque-style building, located in downtown Indianapolis, served as the state's capitol until 1888 when it was replaced by the current building.

3. On June 16, 1903, the Wright brothers flew their airplane over the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina for the first time. One of the first interested parties was Indiana businessman Paul Lawrence, who sponsored the Wright Brothers in 1904 to fly in a secluded area outside of South Bend.

4. Hoagy Carmichael, the legendary jazz musician and songwriter with hits like "Stardust" and "Georgia On My Mind," was born on June 16, 1899, in Bloomington, Indiana. The local celebrity now graces both State Road 46 and State Road 37 in Monroe County as well as the Indiana University Auditorium.

5. On June 16, 1967, Indiana's first oil well explosion occurred. The well, located in the Whitely County town of Cleveland, caused a 185-foot-tall oil geyser that spewed oil and natural gas for days. The disaster prompted the creation of new drilling regulations and led to the formation of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
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