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This Week's Facts:
  1. Symbolic Veterans Day Unique Among Holidays

  2. State Program Devoted to Women Veterans

  3. Daylight Saving Time Ends, Clocks Change Sunday

  4. Changing Seasons Can Bring Changes to Health

Document of the Month:
Reports of Cases in the Indiana Supreme Court

For those curious or interested about Indiana’s judicial history, the Reports of Cases in the Supreme Court of the State of Indiana, or Indiana Cases (1848-1981), will satisfy your curiosity!    The reports contain information such as the names of judges that presided during the reporting period as well as the names of the attorneys who practiced in the Supreme Court during this period. This document provides an alphabetical index of the cases tried and provides detailed accounts and narratives of each case. Reports of Cases in the Supreme Court can be found in the Indiana collection, I 345.4 I 385S. Indiana Cases are the precursor to the well-known North Eastern Reporter (Indiana Cases).  Indiana Cases are a valuable research tool for historians, but can also be used by genealogists who might be looking for family members involved in early litigation or who may have served on the Supreme Court.     


Friday Facts Editorial Team:

Katharine Springer
State Data Center Coordinator

Elisabeth O’Donnell
Documents Librarian
Kim Brown-Harden
Documents Coordinator

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Symbolic Veterans Day Unique Among Holidays

Veterans Day HistorySince 1918, the “eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month” has been designated as a day to honor veterans. Originally known as Armistice Day, it was first meant to mark the cessation of hostilities during World War I and honor those who had fought in it. Following the end of World War II, it became known as Veterans Day and was officially in honor of both wars. It wasn’t until after the Korean War that it was designated to honor all veterans. Government agencies are closed on this day and many private institutions do so as well. One big difference between Veterans Day and other federal holidays is that Veterans Day is always celebrated on November 11, regardless of what day of the week it falls on. The Uniform Holiday Bill of 1968 was created in order to make federal holidays be observed on a Monday, giving federal employees a three day weekend and thus encouraging travel and other recreational activities. However, it was soon realized that November 11 had too much historical and symbolic significance to a great majority of people, so Veterans Day was permanently placed on the 11th. For more history of Veterans Day, be sure to check out this site from the VA. The VA also has a kids’ site! Children can visit here to learn about veterans, Veterans Day, and to play games & do activities. Finally, you also may be interested in this Veterans Day timeline from

State Program Devoted to Women Veterans

Indiana Department of Veterans AffairsAs we celebrate Veterans day, let us remember our women veterans. The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) website has a section devoted to women veterans. In October 2007, it was estimated that Indiana had more than 33,000 women veterans. Indiana has veterans from every war period including World War I.  There are currently more than 2,200 women on active duty, not including the Indiana National Guard. Many women veterans are unaware of the benefits and services available to them. This portion of the DVA website is devoted to offering resources for women veterans, their families and friends. It contains a Women Veteran Coordinators Directory; a Crisis Hotline Directory by county; and a link to the National Women’s Health Information Center.  In order to connect women to information and resources, there is Hoosier Women Veterans Registry that is confidential and used only to link resources to women that need them.  For more information, call 317-232-3921 or email the coordinator.   Let us remember to honor all of our veterans for their sacrifice and service to our State and our country. 

Daylight Saving Time Ends, Clocks Change Sunday

1st & Green: Environmental ChallengeAmerica Falls Back to Standard TimeThis Sunday marks the end of Daylight Saving Time. Don’t forget to roll your clocks back Saturday before bedtime! According to NASA, Benjamin Franklin is first credited with the concept of DST. The basic principle is that it ensures that we get the most use of daylight hours as possible. However, it wasn’t widely used in the United States until World War I, when Canada and Europe began to use it as well. Although it was signed into official federal law in 1966, any state can opt out of it. Currently, there are only two – Arizona and Hawaii – who do so. The dates of DST have shifted somewhat over the years. In 1986, it was changed to be the first Sunday in April through the last Sunday in October. As of 2007, DST now runs from the second Sunday of March through the first Sunday of November. For a complete list of DST schedules in the United States and Europe through 2015, be sure to check out this site from NASA.

Changing Seasons Can Bring on Changes in Health

Medline Plus: Seasonal Affective DisorderThe days are shorter and dark hours are longer. The temperature is dropping outside and the heat is up at home and work. How can this affect your health and that of your loved ones? According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), cold weather can bring challenges for those with asthma, immune system deficiencies, lupus, and arthritis. See "When the weather gets cold", from a 2009 issue of the NIH News in Health for more information. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health provides details on conditions they call cold stress: hypothermia, frostbite, trench foot, and chilblains. Learn how to prevent damage to your body due to cold weather using their Cold Stress Fast Facts.

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD – not to be confused with Social Anxiety Disorder - also affects a portion of the population during winter. SAD is a type of depression that occurs at a certain time of the year. The Fall/Winter depression symptoms can include extreme or sudden mood changes, anxiety, depression, cravings for foods high in carbohydrates, weight gain, and difficulty concentrating and processing information. According to NAMI, the symptoms of SAD usually begin in October or November. A SAD article from the Mayo Clinic encourages, “Don't brush off that yearly feeling as simply a case of the ‘winter blues’ or a seasonal funk that you have to tough out on your own — you may have seasonal affective disorder... Addressing the problem can help you keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year.” See the Medline Plus article on SAD for more information.

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