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5 Fun Facts About November 23 In Indiana History

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1. On November 23, 1864, the notorious Confederate guerrilla leader, William Quantrill was killed in Louisville, Kentucky. Quantrill was responsible for leading a raid on the town of Lawrence, Kansas, in which he and his men killed about 150 men and boys, making it one of the most gruesome acts of the Civil War.

2. In 1887, William A. Bowles, a pioneer in the aviation industry and founder of the Indiana Flight School, was born in Terre Haute, Indiana. Bowles became a well-known pilot and his flight school trained many of the country's early aviators.

3. The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame held its inaugural induction ceremony on November 23, 1962. The first class included such basketball legends as John Wooden, Oscar Robertson and George Crowe.

4. On November 23, 1982, the Indiana Toll Road officially opened, connecting the state's two largest cities, Chicago and Indianapolis. The 157-mile interstate has since become a major transportation route for the Midwest.

5. Indiana native and jazz legend, Freddie Hubbard passed away on November 23, 2008. Hubbard was born in Indianapolis and went on to become one of the most influential trumpet players in jazz history, performing with the likes of John Coltrane, Art Blakey, and Herbie Hancock.
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