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5 Fun Facts About May 19 In Illinois History

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1. In 1910, the University of Illinois dedicated the first physically accessible dormitory in the country for students with disabilities. At the time, the dormitory had a state-of-the-art design with accommodations for students with mobility impairments.

2. On May 19, 1964, the Illinois State Senate passed the Civil Rights Act, the first comprehensive civil rights legislation in Illinois history. The act outlawed discrimination based on race, religion, or national origin in housing, employment, and public accommodations.

3. In 2007, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Cincinnati Reds 8-0, marking the 10,000th win in franchise history. The Cubs are one of only two MLB franchises to reach this milestone (the other being the San Francisco Giants).

4. The Illinois State Capitol building was completed on May 19, 1888, after almost 20 years of construction. The building is famous for its ornate domed ceiling and marble interior, and currently serves as the seat of Illinois government.

5. In 1958, the Chicago White Sox set a major league record by scoring 11 runs in the 1st inning against the Baltimore Orioles. The inning featured a grand slam and two three-run homers, and the White Sox went on to win the game 20-6.
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