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5 Fun Facts About October 24 In Indiana History

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1. On October 24, 1861, Oliver P. Morton was inaugurated as the 14th Governor of Indiana. Morton is known for his support of the Union during the Civil War and his efforts to recruit soldiers for the Union Army.

2. In 1914, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway held its first race after being closed for several years due to financial difficulties. The race, known as the Harvest Classic, was won by French driver Rene Thomas.

3. On October 24, 1978, the Indiana Pacers played their first regular-season game in Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. The Pacers defeated the New Jersey Nets 118-112 in front of a sellout crowd.

4. In 2003, Indiana University student Jill Behrman's remains were found near Bloomington, Indiana, three years after she went missing. John R. Myers II was eventually convicted of her murder and sentenced to life in prison.

5. On October 24, 2018, former Indiana Senator Richard Lugar was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Donald Trump. Lugar was recognized for his work promoting nuclear disarmament and for his bipartisan efforts in the Senate.
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