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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In 30 B.C., Cleopatra, queen of Egypt and lover of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, committed suicide following the defeat of her forces by Octavian, the future first emperor of Rome.
Those born on this date include:
- English author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (Frankenstein) in 1797
- Louisiana Gov. Huey Long in 1893
- journalist/author John Gunther in 1901
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Today is Sunday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2015 with 123 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Mercury and Saturn.
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