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5 Fun Facts About March 19 In Indiana History

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1. On March 19, 1881, the first electric street lights were installed in Indianapolis. The lights were installed on the corner of Illinois and Washington Streets and helped make the city safer at night.

2. The Indiana Pacers played their first NBA game on March 19, 1977, against the New Orleans Jazz. The Pacers won the game 107-95 with Billy Knight scoring 26 points.

3. On March 19, 1927, the first Little 500 race was held at Indiana University. The annual bicycle race has become a tradition at IU and is one of the largest college bike races in the country.

4. Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb declared March 19, 2020, as a statewide day of prayer amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Hoosiers were encouraged to pray for those affected by the virus and to show support for frontline workers.

5. On March 19, 2005, Butler University's men's basketball team upset top-seeded Mississippi State in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The game made Butler the first Horizon League team to win an NCAA tournament game since the conference's creation.
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