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5 Fun Facts About June 8 In Indiana History

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1. On June 8, 1968, Indiana Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated while campaigning for the presidency in Los Angeles. Kennedy had just won the California primary, and his death had a profound impact on the American political landscape.

2. On June 8, 1824, James Biddle was appointed as the first Superintendent of the United States Naval Observatory, which was established to conduct astronomical observations and measurements to support maritime navigation.

3. On June 8, 1911, the first professional basketball game was played by the Fort Wayne Pistons (now the Detroit Pistons) against the Chicago Studebakers. The Pistons won the game 19-17 in overtime.

4. On June 8, 1948, the first meeting of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights was held in Geneva, Switzerland. The commission was chaired by former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and included representatives from around the world.

5. On June 8, 1994, the deadliest tornado outbreak in Indiana history occurred, with 37 tornadoes touching down and 27 people killed. The outbreak affected much of the state, with the city of Marion being hit particularly hard.
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