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5 Fun Facts About October 13 In Indiana History

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1. On October 13, 1902, Indiana University played its first football game, defeating a team from Butler University 63-0.

2. The town of Santa Claus, Indiana was officially established on October 13, 1856. Today, it is known for its Christmas-themed attractions, including Holiday World & Splashin' Safari amusement park.

3. The first performance of composer Cole Porter's musical "Kiss Me, Kate" took place on October 13, 1948 at the Shubert Theatre in New York City. Porter, a native of Peru, Indiana, is known for his contributions to American musical theater.

4. On October 13, 1967, the Indiana Pacers played their first game in the American Basketball Association (ABA), losing to the Kentucky Colonels 119-118. The Pacers went on to win three ABA championships before joining the NBA in 1976.

5. Indiana poet James Whitcomb Riley, known as the "Hoosier Poet," was born on October 7, 1849. Riley's works, including "Little Orphant Annie," "The Raggedy Man," and "When the Frost is on the Punkin," celebrated the rural life of Indiana and the Midwest. Riley died on July 22, 1916, but his legacy continues to be celebrated in his home state.
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