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5 Fun Facts About December 17 In Illinois History

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1. On December 17, 1875, the first game of the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs was held in Chicago. The Chicago White Stockings (now known as the Cubs) defeated the Louisville Grays 4-0.

2. The construction of the Union Stock Yard in Chicago began on December 17, 1864. The stockyard became the largest in the world and helped establish Chicago as a leading meatpacking center.

3. December 17, 1903, marked the inaugural flight of the Wright brothers' airplane at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. While not directly related to Illinois, the Wright brothers had a significant impact on aviation throughout the world.

4. On December 17, 1967, the first cardiac pacemaker was implanted in Chicago. The pacemaker was invented by a team of researchers led by Chicago cardiologist Dr. Bernard Lown.

5. In 1939, on December 17, the State of Illinois recognized Kwanzaa as an official holiday. Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration of African American culture and is observed from December 26 to January 1.
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