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5 Fun Facts About November 13 In Indiana History

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1. On November 13, 1976, Indianapolis native Kurt Vonnegut Jr. received an honorary degree from Butler University, recognizing his contributions to literature. Vonnegut's most famous works include Slaughterhouse-Five and Cat's Cradle.

2. In 1851, Indiana Governor Joseph A. Wright signed a bill allowing women to own property in their own name. This was a significant step towards women's rights in the state and the country as a whole.

3. On November 13, 1907, the Ohio River flooded, causing significant damage and loss of life in southern Indiana. The flood was one of the worst in Indiana's history, and led to the construction of the McAlpine locks and dam.

4. Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight achieved his 500th career victory on November 13, 1993, when his Hoosiers defeated the University of Montana. Knight went on to become one of the most successful coaches in NCAA history, with 902 career wins.

5. November 13, 1913 was the date that the Indiana State Capitol building was dedicated in Indianapolis. The building, which was designed by architect Edwin May and built at a cost of $1.8 million, remains an iconic symbol of Indiana's political history.
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