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The state of Indiana was named after the Native Americans. Indiana means "Indian Land"
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In 1888, Indiana Senator Benjamin Harrison was elected President of the United States and served one term. He remains the only U.S. President from Indiana. There have been five men from Indiana who have been elected vice president: Schuyler Colfax, Thomas A. Hendricks, Charles W. Fairbanks, Thomas Marshall and Dan Quayle. They have earned Indiana the nickname “Mother of Vice Presidents.”


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Indiana is the first state to have a chapel inside the state capitol, built in memory of former first lady Beth Bowen
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Wabash, Indiana was the first electrically lighted city in the World. Charles F. Brush of Cleveland, Ohio wanted to publicly test his new invention, the "Brush Light", and Wabash, Indiana agreed to test the lights. On March 31, 1880, four 3,000-candlepower Brush Lights mounted atop the courthouse, illuminating the city with a flood of light. The glow was visible at a mile’s distance, and about 10,000 citizens witnessed that milestone in the history of electricity
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Indiana Jones (officially, Dr. Henry Walton "Indiana" Jones, Jr.), a fictional character created by George Lucas, was born in New Jersey, raised in New Mexico and Utah, worked in Illinois and Connecticut and traveled to Egypt, Nepal, India, China, Austria, Italy, Germany, Turkey, and Peru, but never set foot in Indiana! (The character was originally named 'Indiana Smith', after 'Indiana', a pet dog of George Lucas, but changed to 'Indiana Jones' as Steven Spielberg did not like the name 'Indiana Smith')
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Baseball was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The very first professional game had played in Fort Wayne on May 4, 1871.

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In 1897, Indiana Representative Taylor Record introduced a bill that effectively redefined the mathematical value of pi as 3.2 (instead of the universlly accepted 3.14) and the bill passed the Indiana House of Representatived unanimously. Fortunately, the Senate saw the absurdity of the bill and the vote on the bill was postponed indefinitely. So, Indiana just stopped short of inventing a square wheel
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Bedford, Indiana, is known as the “Limestone Capital of the World.” Admired for its light color and ease of cutting, Indiana limestone was used in the construction of the Empire State Building in New York City, the Pentagon and National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., as well as several state capitols.
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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosted the first Indianapolis 500 mile race on its 2.5-mile track on May 30, 1911, two years after it opened. Equipped to seat an audience of more than 250,000, the Speedway is the world’s largest spectator sporting arena.
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Santa Claus, Indiana, receives hundreds of thousands of letters addressed to the Christmas legend every year—each of which is responded to individually.
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The first train robbery in the United States occurred in Indiana on October 6, 1866. A gang known as the Reno Brothers stopped an Ohio and Mississippi train in Jackson County and made off with $13,000.
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Wabash River, adopted by the 1996 General Assembly, is the state river of Indiana
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Vincennes, Indiana served as capital of the Indiana Territory from 1800 until 1813, when the government was moved to Corydon, Indiana. Corydon was the capital of the state until Indianapolis took over that role in 1825.
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Indianapolis International Airport (IND) is the busiest airport in Indiana