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 October 13th, 1812, the Battle of Queenston Heights took place.
A thought for the day: Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. -- Henry Ford
On this date in history:
In 1492, Christopher Columbus reached America, making his first landing in the New World on one of the Bahamas Islands. Columbus thought he had reached India.
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Those born on this date include:
- Elmer Sperry, who devised practical uses for the gyroscope, in 1860
- English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1872
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Today is Monday, Oct. 12, the 285th day of 2015 with 80 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus.
On October 12th, 1775, the United States Navy was formed.