1. In 1822, Indiana's First Governor Died - On March 30, 1822, Indiana's first governor, Jonathan Jennings, died of pneumonia at age 52. Jennings was instrumental in the state's early development, including securing funding for the construction of the state capitol building.
2. Indiana's First Execution by Hanging took place in 1825 - On March 30, 1825, Indiana carried out its first execution by hanging. A man named Thomas Palmer was convicted of murder and hanged in the town of Vincennes. Executions by hanging continued in Indiana until 1913, when the state switched to the electric chair.
3. The First NCAA Basketball Championship was Hosted by Indiana - On March 30, 1940, the first-ever NCAA basketball championship game was held in Indianapolis, Indiana. The game was won by Indiana University, who defeated the University of Kansas by a score of 60-42. The championship game has been held in Indiana numerous times since then, including in 2021.
4. Indiana Hosted the First Professional Basketball Game - On March 30, 1895, the first-ever professional basketball game was played in a gymnasium in the city of Hammondsport, Indiana. The game was won by a team called the New York Knickerbockers, who defeated a team from Trenton, New Jersey by a score of 15-1.
5. Indiana's First Airline Flight Took Place in 1926 - On March 30, 1926, Indiana's first airline flight took off from a field in Richmond, Indiana. The flight was operated by a company called Robertson Aircraft Corporation and traveled to St. Louis, Missouri. The flight was part of a larger effort to establish a national air transportation system.
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