Here are 5 interesting facts about February 16 in Illinois history:
1. In 1923, the world's largest indoor livestock exhibit opened at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago. The exhibit featured more than 10,000 animals from 36 states and 14 countries.
2. In 1952, the Illinois Legislature became the first in the nation to pass legislation prohibiting racial discrimination in housing.
3. In 1984, the NBA All-Star Game was held at the old Chicago Stadium. The game featured future Hall of Famers such as Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and Michael Jordan.
4. In 1998, Illinois Governor Jim Edgar signed a bill making Illinois the first state to prohibit the execution of intellectually disabled individuals.
5. In 2017, the city of Peoria celebrated the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the Caterpillar Tractor Company. The company, which was founded in Central Illinois, has grown to become one of the largest manufacturers of construction and mining equipment in the world.
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