On February 3rd, 1809 the Illinois Territory is created. It will go on to be the 21st state to join the United States, located in the former Northwest Territory. Its name was given by the state's French explorers after the indigenous Illiniwek people, a consortium of Algonquin tribes that thrived in the area. The word Illiniwek means simply "the people."
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A thought for the day: Michel de Montaigne said, There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.
On this date in history:
In 1494, on his second expedition to the New World, Columbus discovered Jamaica.
In 1886, four police officers were killed when a bomb was thrown during a meeting of ...Read More
Those born on this date include:
- Educator Horace Mann in 1796
- English biologist/agnostic Thomas Huxley in 1825
- American landscape painter Frederic Church in 1826
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Today is Wednesday, May 4, the 125th day of 2016 with 241 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus, Venus and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter and Mercury.
On May 4th, 1919, the May Fourth Movement took place in Tiananmen Square.
A thought for the day: Fifty percent of people won't vote and 50 percent don't read newspapers. I hope it's the same 50 percent. -- Gore Vidal