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5 Fun Facts About September 16 In Indiana History

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1. On September 16, 1908, the Indiana state flag was adopted. The design of the flag features a blue background with a torch in the center, representing liberty and enlightenment, and thirteen stars surrounding the torch symbolizing the original thirteen colonies.

2. In 1810, on September 16, French explorer René-Robert Cavelier, also known as Sieur de La Salle, was born. La Salle is credited with exploring much of the Mississippi River and its surrounding area, as well as establishing Fort St. Louis in modern-day Illinois.

3. The first football game at Notre Dame Stadium took place on September 16, 1930, with a game against Southern Methodist University. The stadium has since become a legendary location for college football and has hosted many memorable games and events over the years.

4. On September 16, 1822, the state of Indiana passed a law prohibiting free Black people from entering or settling in the state. This law was part of a larger trend of state-level laws aimed at limiting the rights and freedoms of Black Americans during this time period.

5. In 1985, on September 16, singer-songwriter John Mellencamp, a native of Indiana, released his album Scarecrow. The album included hit songs such as "Rain on the Scarecrow" and "Small Town" and helped solidify Mellencamp as one of the most successful musicians of the 1980s.
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