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5 Fun Facts About September 28 In Illinois History

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1. In 1960, the first televised presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon was held at the CBS studios in Chicago.

2. In 1844, the Illinois and Michigan Canal, which connected the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River, was officially opened after more than a decade of construction.

3. In 1865, the first YWCA in the United States was founded in Chicago by Emma Powell.

4. In 1955, Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African American boy from Chicago, was brutally murdered in Mississippi, sparking nationwide outrage and becoming a catalyst for the civil rights movement.

5. In 1972, Congress overrode President Richard Nixon's veto to enact the Clean Water Act, which greatly improved the quality of Illinois' waterways and had a lasting impact on environmental policy nationwide.
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