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5 Fun Facts About November 7 In Indiana History

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1. Indiana becomes a state: November 7, 1816 marks a significant day in Indiana history as it was the day that Indiana became the 19th state of the United States.

2. Birth of legendary coach: On November 7, 1929, legendary Indiana University men's basketball coach Bob Knight was born in Massillon, Ohio. Knight went on to coach the Hoosiers to three national championships and amassed a record of 662-239 during his tenure at Indiana.

3. Controversial election: In 2006, Indiana's Secretary of State race was one of the closest in state history. Republican challenger Todd Rokita defeated incumbent Democrat Joe Pearson by just over 1,000 votes, but many questioned the validity of the election due to alleged voting machine irregularities.

4. Infamous train robbery: On November 7, 1893, the Nickel Plate Railroad was robbed of $35,000 (over $1 million in today's currency) by a group of bandits in Kendallville, Indiana. The robbers were later caught and convicted, but not before the loot was divided up and most of it spent.

5. Tragic plane crash: On November 7, 1975, an airplane carrying University of Evansville basketball players and staff members crashed in a wooded area in southern Indiana, killing all 29 people aboard. The tragedy was one of the worst disasters in Indiana sports history and led to the cancellation of the school's basketball season.
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