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5 Fun Facts About March 31 In Indiana History

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1. In 1822, the Town of Bloomington was founded in Monroe County, Indiana. Today, it is well-known for being the home of Indiana University.

2. In 1880, the Wabash College Glee Club performed in Indianapolis. The show was so popular that it led to the creation of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, which held its first concert in 1930.

3. In 1944, Terre Haute native Eugene V. Debs was awarded the Medal of Freedom posthumously by President Roosevelt. Debs was a well-known socialist and labor leader who was imprisoned for his opposition to World War I.

4. In 1954, Indiana University won its second NCAA basketball championship by defeating the University of Kansas. The Hoosiers were led by future NBA star Bobby Leonard.

5. In 1965, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway held its first USAC National Championship race. The race featured some of the top drivers of the day, including A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, and Parnelli Jones.
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