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5 Fun Facts About June 19 In Indiana History

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1) Juneteenth: On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced that enslaved people were now free. This date is now celebrated as Juneteenth, a holiday recognizing the end of slavery in the United States. Indiana officially recognized Juneteenth as a state holiday in 2020.

2) Indiana State Capitol: On June 19, 1888, the Indiana State Capitol building was dedicated. This impressive structure has served as the center of Indiana government for over 130 years.

3) First Boy Scout troop in Indiana: June 19, 1910, saw the formation of the first Boy Scout troop in Indiana. The Scouts have been an important part of Indiana's culture and community service efforts ever since.

4) Indiana Fever: On June 19, 2000, the Indiana Fever played their first game in the WNBA. This professional basketball team has been a major part of Indiana's sports scene ever since, with a loyal fan base and impressive results on the court.

5) National High School Rodeo Finals: Each year, the National High School Rodeo Finals take place in June. In 2018, the competition was held in Rock Springs, Wyoming, but in 2019 and 2021, it took place at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, bringing together young cowboys and cowgirls from all over the country.
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