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5 Fun Facts About October 7 In Indiana History

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1. On October 7, 1845, the Indiana School for the Deaf opened in Indianapolis. It was the first state-supported school of its kind in the Western Hemisphere and was established to provide education to deaf and hard of hearing students.

2. In 1913, the city of Terre Haute became the site of the country's first long-distance radio transmission when it received a message from a transmitter in Paris, France.

3. On October 7, 1940, the Indianapolis Colts played their first game as members of the National Football League (NFL). The team had previously been a member of the All-America Football Conference before it merged with the NFL.

4. In 1985, an F4 tornado ripped through the town of Henryville, Indiana, causing significant damage and claiming the lives of 13 people.

5. Finally, on October 7, 2014, the Indiana Fever defeated the Minnesota Lynx to win their third WNBA championship. The team was led by superstar players Tamika Catchings and Marissa Coleman.
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