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5 Fun Facts About May 19 In Indiana History

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1. Indiana became a state: On May 19, 1816, Indiana officially became the 19th state of the United States. Prior to gaining statehood, Indiana was a territory for nearly 14 years.

2. The first Indianapolis 500: The first Indianapolis 500, one of the most famous car races in the world, was held on May 19, 1911. The inaugural race was won by Ray Harroun, who completed the 200 laps at an average speed of 74.59 miles per hour.

3. The birth of Malcolm X: Civil rights activist Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska on May 19, 1925. However, he spent several years of his childhood in Michigan City, Indiana while his father was serving time in a nearby prison.

4. Indiana University founded: On May 19, 1820, Indiana University was founded in Bloomington, Indiana. Today, it is one of the largest universities in the state and has a student body of over 40,000.

5. Purdue University established: Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, was founded on May 6, 1869 but officially opened its doors on May 19, 1874. Today, it is renowned for its engineering and agricultural programs and has a student body of over 44,000.
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