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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On August 30th, 1850, Honolulu, Hawai'i became an official city.
A thought for the day: To give someone a piece of your heart is worth more than all the wealth in the world. -- Michael Jackson
On this date in history:
In 1533, Atahualpa, last of the Inca rulers, was strangled under orders of Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro. The Inca Empire died with him.
In 1949, the Soviet Union ...Read More
Those born on this date include:
- English philosopher John Locke in 1632
- author/poet Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. in 1809
- Henry Bergh, founder of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty ...Read More
Today is Monday, Aug. 29, the 242nd day of 2016 with 124 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Neptune and Uranus. Evening stars are Venus, Mercury, Mars, Saturn and Neptune.
On August 29th, 1756, the Seven Years' War began.