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5 Fun Facts About May 24 In Indiana History

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1. Indianapolis 500: The Indianapolis 500 is an annual car race that takes place on the Sunday before Memorial Day. The race is held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which is located in Speedway, Indiana. The first Indianapolis 500 took place on May 30, 1911, but in 2020 the race was pushed back to August due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2. Statehood: May 24, 1822, was the day the United States Congress officially recognized Indiana as the 19th state in the Union. Prior to that, Indiana had been a part of the Indiana Territory since 1800.

3. Hoosier History: The Indiana Historical Society was founded on May 24, 1830. The organization is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing the history of Indiana.

4. Civil War: On May 24, 1861, Governor Oliver Morton issued a call for volunteers to help defend the Union during the Civil War. Indiana played a significant role in the war effort, supplying thousands of soldiers, as well as arms and ammunition.

5. Basketball: Legendary basketball coach John Wooden was born on May 24, 1910, in Hall, Indiana. Wooden won 10 NCAA championships with UCLA and is widely considered one of the greatest coaches in basketball history.
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