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 July 30th, 1733, the first Freemasons lodge was opened in what would become the United States.
A thought for the day: Samuel Davies, 18th-century American educator, said, Intolerance has been the curse of every age and state.
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In 1588, off the coast of Gravelines, France, Spain's Invincible Armada was defeated by an English naval force under the command of Charles Howard and Francis Drake.
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Those born on this date include:
- French historian Alexis de Tocqueville in 1805
- novelist Booth Tarkington in 1869
- Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in 1883
- actor Theda Bara in 1885
Today is Wednesday, July 29, the 210th day of 2015 with 155 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mars, Neptune and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Saturn and Venus.
On July 29th, 1836, the Arc de Triomphe in France was inaugurated.