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5 Fun Facts About May 14 In Indiana History

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1. Indiana became a state on May 14, 1816. Prior to this, it was a part of the Indiana Territory that was established by the United States Congress in 1800.

2. The first electric street lights in Fort Wayne, Indiana were lit on May 14, 1880. The electric lights replaced the existing gas lights and were much safer and more efficient.

3. On May 14, 1927, the first air mail delivery in Fort Wayne, Indiana took place. The service was operated by the U.S. Postal Service and was an important step in the development of air transportation.

4. In 1955, Indianapolis 500 driver Pat O'Connor died in a fiery crash during a practice run on May 14. The incident was a reminder of the dangers of high-speed racing and led to increased safety measures in the sport.

5. On May 14, 2019, Indiana became the first state in the United States to place a governor-appointed diversity and inclusion officer in each of its state agencies. The move was intended to promote equal opportunities and eliminate discrimination in the workplace.
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