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5 Fun Facts About October 3 In Indiana History

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1. In 1810, the Indiana Territory was officially created, encompassing much of the land west of the Appalachian Mountains.

2. In 1854, the first meeting of the Indiana Republican Party was held in Ripley County, marking the start of a significant political shift in the state's history.

3. In 1903, the first automobile race was held at the new Indianapolis Motor Speedway, paving the way for the creation of the iconic Indianapolis 500 in 1911.

4. In 1919, the Chicago White Sox played a scandalous World Series game at South Bend's Stan Coveleski Field, which was later dubbed the "Black Sox Scandal" and resulted in the permanent suspension of eight players.

5. In 1942, the USS Indianapolis was commissioned in Indiana, becoming the flagship of the Fifth Fleet during World War II and later becoming famous as the ship that was tragically sunk by a Japanese torpedo, resulting in the deaths of almost 900 sailors.
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