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: Robert Frost said, Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
On this date in history:
In 1653, the city of New Amsterdam was incorporated. (It later was renamed New York City.)
In 1848, the war between the United States and Mexico formally ended with the ...Read More
Those born on this date include:
- : French statesman Charles de Talleyrand in 1754
- psychologist Havelock Ellis in 1859
- Irish novelist James Joyce in 1882
- Charles Correll, Andy of radio's ...Read More
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This is Groundhog Day in the United States.
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On February 2nd, 1887, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania the first Groundhog Day is observed.