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5 Fun Facts About June 30 In Indiana History

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1. Indiana was granted statehood on June 30, 1816. It was the 19th state to join the union.

2. On June 30, 1822, the Wabash and Erie Canal opened to the public. It was the longest canal ever built in America, stretching 468 miles from Fort Wayne to the Ohio River.

3. On June 30, 1882, Indiana passed one of the first child labor laws in the country. The law prohibited children under the age of 14 from working in factories and mines.

4. In 1910, the first ever Indianapolis 500 race was held on June 30th. It was won by Ray Harroun, who drove a Marmon Wasp.

5. On June 30, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy's funeral train passed through Indiana on its way from New York to Washington D.C. Thousands of mourners lined the tracks to pay their respects to the former senator and presidential candidate who was assassinated just days earlier.
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