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5 Fun Facts About November 26 In Indiana History

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Here are 5 interesting facts about November 26 in Indiana history:

1. In 1977, a major airline disaster happened in Evansville, Indiana. A DC-9 jetliner carrying 47 people, including the University of Evansville's basketball team, crashed shortly after takeoff, killing everyone on board. This tragedy is also known as the "University of Evansville Purple Aces" plane crash.

2. In 1889, the Indiana Historical Society was founded in Indianapolis. Its mission is to collect, preserve, and share Indiana's history with the public. Today, it is one of the oldest and largest state historical societies in the United States.

3. On November 26, 1862, Confederate forces attacked Union forces in the Battle of Cane Hill, near Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Union forces were commanded by General James G. Blunt, an Indiana native who played a vital role in the battle. The Union forces were outnumbered and outflanked but managed to repulse the Confederate attackers.

4. In 1789, Indiana's first territorial Governor, William Henry Harrison, arrived at Vincennes to take up his new duties. Harrison would go on to become the ninth President of the United States, serving just one month before his death in 1841.

5. On November 26, 2016, Indiana University's football team defeated Purdue University in the Old Oaken Bucket game. The game, which dates back to 1891, is the annual football rivalry between the two universities. Indiana's win that year marked their fourth consecutive victory in the series, the team's longest winning streak in the rivalry since 1947.
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