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5 Fun Facts About October 13 In Illinois History

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Here are 5 interesting facts about October 13 in Illinois history:

1. In 1917, the deadliest train crash in Illinois history occurred on October 13 when an incoming train collided with the rear of an outgoing train at the Ivanhoe station. The accident claimed the lives of 65 people and injured over 300 others.

2. In 1960, the first presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon was held on October 13, at the studios of WBBM-TV in Chicago. The debate was the first of four televised debates, which would play a major role in the outcome of the election.

3. On October 13, 1870, the first football game in Illinois was played between the Chicago YMCA and Racine College. The game was played at the Chicago lakefront and resulted in a 6-0 victory for Racine College.

4. In 1894, the Chicago World's Fair closed on October 13 after a six-month run. The fair attracted over 27 million visitors and showcased the latest technological advancements and cultural achievements from around the world.

5. October 13 is also known as Benjamin O. Davis Jr. Day in Illinois, in honor of the first African American general in the U.S. Air Force. Davis was born in Washington D.C. in 1912 and graduated from West Point in 1936. He went on to become a pioneering aviator and commander, breaking down barriers for African Americans in the military.
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