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5 Fun Facts About December 30 In Illinois History

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1. On December 30, 1835, the Illinois and Michigan Canal was authorized by the Illinois General Assembly. This canal, which connects the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River, was a major transportation route for goods and materials in the 19th century.

2. The first documented baseball game in Illinois was played on December 30, 1859, in Calhoun County. The game was played between the "Alton" and "St. Louis" teams, with Alton winning by a score of 54-31.

3. December 30, 1903, saw the first flight of an airplane in Illinois. The Wright Brothers conducted their first flight in the state at Huffman Prairie near Dayton, while testing their new Wright Flyer III aircraft.

4. On December 30, 1922, the Lorraine Hotel in Springfield, Illinois, was destroyed by fire. The hotel was a popular gathering place for politicians and businessmen during the early 20th century, and its loss was a blow to the community.

5. The first successful open heart surgery in Illinois was performed on December 30, 1952, at the University of Chicago. Dr. Robert Gross and his team operated on a four-year-old girl with a congenital heart defect, effectively opening the door to modern cardiac surgery.
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