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5 Fun Facts About November 28 In Indiana History

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1. Indiana became a state: On November 28, 1816, President James Madison signed the resolution admitting Indiana to the union as the 19th state. This happened just four years after the territory was first established in 1812.

2. Purdue University established: On November 28, 1869, Purdue University was established in West Lafayette. The university was founded with a $150,000 donation from John Purdue, a local businessman, and its first classes began in September 1874.

3. The burning of the Effigy: In 1964 on this date, the Indiana University Bloomington held a protest called "the burning of the effigy". It was a demonstration against the organization called Young Americans for Freedom which was against the Civil Rights Movement.

4. The Anderson tornado outbreak: On November 28, 1992, a deadly tornado outbreak hit central Indiana, with the city of Anderson being hit the hardest. In total, there were 31 tornadoes reported, resulting in 13 deaths and over 200 injuries.

5. Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley's birthday: On November 28, 1849, James Whitcomb Riley was born in Greenfield, Indiana. He became famous for his poetry, which often depicted life in rural Indiana. Riley passed away in 1916 but his legacy lives on, with his former home in Indianapolis now serving as a museum.
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