Here are 5 interesting facts about March 28 in Illinois history:
1. On March 28, 1835, the Illinois State Register was first published in Springfield, becoming the second newspaper in the state's capital. The publication became a prominent voice in Illinois politics and continued until the early 20th century.
2. In 1891, the famous Illinois Central train robbery took place on March 28 near Litchfield, Illinois. The heist involved a group of bandits who stopped a train, broke into a safe, and escaped with $75,000 (equivalent to around $2.2 million today).
3. March 28, 1904, marked the opening of the St. Louis World's Fair exposition, where Illinois had several pavilions showcasing its agriculture, industry, and culture. The fair attracted over 19 million visitors and showcased some of the most significant technological advancements of the time.
4. On March 28, 1936, the iconic Wrigley Building in Chicago was officially dedicated. The landmark skyscraper, known for its stunning white terra cotta façade, was designed by architect Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, and it has become a symbol of Chicago's architecture and history.
5. March 28, 1942, was the day when the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) program was established in the US Navy. More than 27,000 women enlisted in WAVES during World War II, including many from Illinois, serving in a variety of non-combat roles to support the war effort.
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