1. On June 27, 1911, James Whitcomb Riley, a famous American poet, died in Indianapolis, Indiana. Riley was known as the "Hoosier Poet" and wrote many beloved poems, such as "Little Orphant Annie" and "The Raggedy Man."
2. In 1954, the world's first nuclear power plant began operations in Shippingport, Pennsylvania. The plant was designed and built by Westinghouse Electric Company, which is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, just a few hours' drive from Indiana.
3. On June 27, 2020, Indiana reached a new daily record in coronavirus cases, with more than 950 new cases reported. This was part of a wider spike in cases across the United States, which saw many states including Indiana, rolling back their reopening plans.
4. In 1967, the Indiana Pacers basketball team was founded as part of the American Basketball Association. The team had great success and won three ABA championships before joining the NBA in 1976. The Pacers continue to play in the NBA today.
5. On June 27, 2007, the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced that it would host a Formula One race starting in 2008. The event, called the United States Grand Prix, was held at the Speedway's purpose-built road course and drew some of the world's top drivers and teams. The event was held until 2015 and could be returning again in the future.
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