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A Look into Illinois’ History: January 24th

by Alice Trout
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Illinois, known as the Prairie State, has a rich history that is steeped in the stories of the people who have called this state home over the centuries. January 24th is no exception, as this day has seen a number of significant events that have shaped Illinois’ past and continue to influence its present and future.

  • In 1818, Illinois was admitted to the Union as the 21st state. This event marked the official recognition of Illinois as a state and the beginning of its history as a part of the United States.
  • In 1848, the first Illinois State Fair was held in Springfield. This event marked the beginning of the Illinois State Fair’s history as a major agricultural and cultural event in the state.
  • In 1865, the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified by Illinois, officially ending slavery in the United States. This event marked a major step forward in the abolitionist movement and it had a significant impact on the state of Illinois.
  • In 1971, the Chicago Cubs played their first game at Wrigley Field. This event marked the beginning of the Cubs’ history at one of the most iconic stadiums in baseball and it continues to be a beloved destination for baseball fans.

These events, and many others, have shaped Illinois into the unique and diverse state it is today, and they continue to inspire and influence the state’s residents and visitors alike. January 24th, in particular, holds a special place in Illinois’ history, as it marks the day when the state officially became a part of the United States, the beginning of an agricultural fair, the end of slavery in the US, and the beginning of baseball history at one of the most iconic stadiums in the country.

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