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5 Fun Facts About March 22 In Illinois History

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1. In 1832, the first organized horse racing meet occurred in Chicago, which featured a two-mile race with a prize of $100.
2. In 1865, the Chicago Board of Trade was officially organized, making it one of the oldest commodities exchanges in the world.
3. In 1906, the first legal execution by electric chair in Illinois occurred at the Cook County Jail in Chicago.
4. In 1970, the Illinois State Constitution was ratified, which established provisions for individual rights, education, taxation, and local government.
5. In 2005, the first ever Pride parade in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park was held, celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and promoting equality and acceptance.
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