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5 Fun Facts About March 3 In Indiana History

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1. Indiana University is founded

On March 3, 1820, the Indiana General Assembly passed an act to establish a state seminary, which eventually became Indiana University. The university was originally located in Bloomington, Indiana and is now one of the largest universities in the United States.

2. Indiana's state bird is named

On March 3, 1933, the Indiana General Assembly made the cardinal the official state bird of Indiana. This vibrant and unique bird can be found throughout the state and is often seen at bird feeders.

3. First all-female jury in Indiana

The first all-female jury in Indiana was impaneled on March 3, 1948, in Cass County. The women served on a civil case regarding damages resulting from a car accident.

4. Purdue University Aviation Program Established

On March 3, 1961, Purdue University established an aviation program to train future pilots and aviation professionals. The program has since become one of the world's leading aviation schools and has produced many successful pilots and aviation professionals.

5. Indiana Pacers formed

On March 3, 1967, the Indiana Pacers joined the American Basketball Association (ABA) as an expansion team. The Pacers enjoyed great success in the ABA, winning three championships before joining the NBA in 1976. Today, the Indiana Pacers are a well-known NBA team and a beloved sports franchise in Indiana.
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