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5 Fun Facts About November 4 In Indiana History

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1. On November 4, 1778, Lieutenant General George Rogers Clark and his troops captured the British outpost of Fort Sackville in what is now Vincennes, Indiana during the American Revolution. This victory was a turning point in the war in the west and secured the Illinois country for the Americans.

2. Indiana became a state on November 4, 1816, when President James Madison signed the congressional resolution admitting Indiana to the Union. This day is now celebrated as Indiana's Statehood Day.

3. Indiana's first gubernatorial election was held on November 4, 1816. Jonathan Jennings was elected as the first governor of Indiana and went on to serve three terms.

4. On November 4, 1892, the first electric streetcar in the United States began operation in Indianapolis. This innovation marked a significant change in transportation for the city and helped to spur growth and development.

5. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway held its first race on November 4, 1909. The race, known as the "Harvest Classic," featured a variety of cars and drivers competing on the newly-built track. Today, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is home to the iconic Indianapolis 500 and is considered the "Racing Capital of the World."
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