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5 Fun Facts About April 10 In Illinois History

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1. In 2010, the Illinois Fighting Illini men's gymnastics team won their 10th National Championship at the NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships in West Point, New York.
2. In 1957, the Chicago Cubs played their first game at Wrigley Field under permanent lights. They lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2.
3. In 1971, the Illinois State Constitution was approved by voters, replacing the previous one that had been in use since 1870.
4. In 1983, Harold Washington became the first African American to be elected Mayor of Chicago. He served in that role until his death in 1987.
5. In 1865, the steamship Sultana, carrying Union soldiers who had been released from Confederate prison camps, exploded on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee. Over 1,800 people died in what remains the deadliest maritime disaster in U.S. history. Many of the soldiers on board were from Illinois.
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