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5 Fun Facts About October 14 In Indiana History

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1. In 1913, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway welcomed its first ever international race, the Vanderbilt Cup. The race was won by French driver Jules Goux driving a Peugeot.

2. On October 14, 1944, Lieutenant General Claire Lee Chennault, the commander of U.S. Army Air Forces in China, visited Indianapolis and addressed a group of war workers at the Allison Division of General Motors.

3. On this day in 1964, the Hoosier Dome, which eventually became the RCA Dome, broke ground in downtown Indianapolis. It would later become the home of the Indianapolis Colts and host many other events, including the NCAA Final Four on multiple occasions.

4. In 1978, the Indiana State Museum opened its doors for the first time on the Indiana Statehouse grounds in Indianapolis. The museum houses exhibits on natural history, art, science, and culture.

5. In 1993, former Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Knight coached the Hoosiers from 1971 to 2000, leading them to three NCAA championships and earning a reputation as one of the most successful and controversial coaches in college basketball history.
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