Events in Illinois History - Online Data


The Events below are only a handful of the many that have taken place in our State's history.
We'll add more as we type them!

Please see our Illinois
State Data page for databases that may pertain to these events, historic information, maps, biographies, research help and more.

The Night The Stars Fell - Leonid Meteor Shower of 13 Nov 1833

1834 Cholera Epidemic - Schuyler County

1851 Cholera Epidemic - Coles County

Lincoln's 1st Political Speech - June/July 1830 at Decatur, IL

The Expedition of the Donner Party and its Tragic Fate - the autobiography of Eliza P. Donner Houghton

1860 Iowa/Illinois Tornado (on our Iowa Site)

Dedication of Lincoln's Tomb - October 15, 1874 at Springfield, IL

Lincoln's Funeral Cortege - (Located on our Menard County website)

The attempted theft of Lincoln's body

The Chicago Fire - October 8-9, 1871 (Located on our Cook County website)

HayMarket Riot - May 4, 1886 (Located on our Cook County website)

1892 Deaths from La Grip (flu)
The deaths of well-known and old people were clipped from the telegraph columns of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat of Jan. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 & 21

1893 Dedication to the Kaskaskia Pioneers

"Carroll County’s Great Calamity" as told in the The Lanark Gazette. (Located on our Carroll County website)

1903 Athens Mine Explosion - (Located on our Menard County website)

Cherry Coal Mine Disaster - November 13, 1909 - Actual newspaper reports (Located on our Bureau County website)

March 1913 Floods in Cairo

The Eastland Disaster - July 24, 1915. The third worst maritime disaster. (Located on our Cook County website)

The 1918 Spanish Flu Epidemic in Illinois

The Tornado of 18 March 1925 - went through Missouri, Southern Illinois and Indiana

"Small Town, Big Fire" in Erie, Illinois - March 23, 1943 (Located on our Whiteside county site)

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