1. In 1839, the State Bank of Indiana failed after several years of financial instability. The bank had been created by the state government to provide financial services and issue currency, but mismanagement and corruption had led to its downfall.
2. On June 28, 1918, the first American soldiers arrived in France to fight in World War I. These troops were part of the American Expeditionary Force, which played a crucial role in helping to turn the tide of the war in favor of the Allied powers.
3. In 1974, the United States Grand Prix was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time. The race marked the return of Formula One racing to the United States after a long absence, and it drew a large crowd of fans to the famous track.
4. On June 28, 2000, a tornado touched down in the city of Fort Wayne, causing significant damage and injuring several people. The tornado was part of a larger outbreak of severe weather that swept across the Midwest, causing widespread destruction in several states.
5. In 2016, the LGBT community in Indiana celebrated a victory when the state's controversial "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" was amended to include language protecting individuals from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The law had sparked widespread protests and criticism, and the amendment was seen as a step forward for civil rights in the state.
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