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5 Fun Facts About November 16 In Indiana History

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1. In 1903, the first manual training school in Indiana was opened in Fort Wayne. This school was designed to teach students vocational skills and manual labor. Today, vocational education remains an important part of Indiana's educational system.

2. On November 16, 1916, the Indiana State Police was officially created. The state police were originally formed to help combat crime and enforce traffic laws in rural areas of the state where local law enforcement was limited.

3. The USS Indiana, a battleship commissioned by the United States Navy, was launched on November 16, 1893. The ship served in the Spanish-American War and played a key role in the Battle of Santiago de Cuba in 1898.

4. In 1959, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway held its first United States Auto Club (USAC) Championship race. This race marked the beginning of a new era for the speedway, which had previously been best known for hosting the Indianapolis 500.

5. Former Indiana Governor Otis Bowen was born on November 16, 1918. Bowen served as governor from 1973 to 1981, and later became the Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Ronald Reagan. He was also the first physician to be elected governor of Indiana.
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