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5 Fun Facts About May 3 In Indiana History

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1. In 1917, the deadliest tornado outbreak in Indiana history occurred, with 23 tornadoes touching down across the state and causing widespread destruction and loss of life. The storms caused over $10 million in damage and killed 67 people.

2. On May 3, 1950, the Indianapolis 500 faced its first race postponement in 34 years due to rain. The race was rescheduled two days later, with Johnnie Parsons ultimately taking home the victory.

3. In 1971, Indiana Governor Edgar Whitcomb declared a state of emergency in the state due to severe flooding caused by heavy rains. Over 25,000 people were evacuated, and the damages totaled over $100 million.

4. On May 3, 1981, the Indianapolis Colts famously selected University of South Carolina running back George Rogers as the first overall pick in the NFL Draft. Rogers went on to have a successful career, earning Rookie of the Year honors and leading the league in rushing in 1985.

5. In 2014, the Indiana Pacers defeated the Washington Wizards 95-92 in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series, advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals for the third consecutive year. The team would ultimately fall to the Miami Heat in the next round.
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