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 December 5th, 1776, the Phi Beta Kappa fraternity was founded, making it the first scholastic fraternity in the United States.
A thought for the day: Great players are willing to give up their own personal achievement for the achievement of the group. It enhances everybody. -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
On this date in history:
In 1881, the Los Angeles Times published its first edition.
In 1942, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered liquidation of the Works Progress Administration, created ...Read More
Those born on this date include:
- Scottish historian Thomas Carlyle in 1795
- English novelist Samuel Butler in 1835
- actor/singer Lillian Russell in 1861
- Spanish dictator Francisco Franco ...Read More
Today is Sunday, Dec. 4, the 339th day of 2016 with 27 to follow.
The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Jupiter and Saturn. The evening stars are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Neptune, and Uranus.
On December 4th, 1110, the Crusaders conquered Sidon in the First Crusade.