1. On March 7, 1845, the Indianapolis and Bellefontaine Railroad Company was chartered. This railroad connected Indianapolis to the Ohio border and helped to boost the state's economy by providing faster transportation for goods and people.
2. In 1877, the Indiana state legislature passed a bill that mandated education for children between the ages of 8 and 14. This helped to improve literacy rates and educational opportunities for Indiana's youth.
3. On March 7, 1912, the Indiana State House of Representatives passed a bill that allowed women to be employed as factory inspectors. This was a significant victory for women's rights in the state and helped to improve working conditions for women in factories.
4. In 1947, the Indiana Pacers basketball team was formed. The team initially played in the National Basketball League before moving to the American Basketball Association in 1967. The Pacers have won three championships and have had several notable players, including Reggie Miller and Paul George.
5. On March 7, 1968, the Indiana University basketball team won the Big Ten championship. Known as the "Cardiac Kids," the Hoosiers staged several dramatic comebacks throughout the season and went on to reach the NCAA tournament championship game before falling to UCLA. The team's success helped to cement Indiana's reputation as a basketball powerhouse.
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