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Champaign-Urbana History

  • Agriculture: Pioneers grow crops and raise livestock

    Agriculture: Pioneers grow crops and raise livestock
    Source: Celebrating Champaign-Urbana Historyhttp://www.champaign.org/justkids/homework_help/illinois_champaign/champaign_history/story_of_champaign_urbana.htmlBecause there were no stores, pioneers had to make, grow, and raise their own food. If they didn’t, they would die.Picture source: http://www.library.illinois.edu/funkaces/acdc/images/Field_BW.jpg
  • VIP: Where Abraham Lincoln used to stay

    Source: Henry Sadorus; Early Champaign County History Abraham Lincoln used to go through Champaign when he was learning law. When he went through here he would sometimes stay at Henry Sadorus’s house for the night.
  • VIP: The Creator of Champaign

    Source: Champaign Historical Packet John Vance is the main person who made Champaign County. Without him there may not be any Champaign County.
  • before b t washington school

    The first school in Champaign was a log cabin and had only 12 children. The kids needed to bring there own stuff like desk and chairs.
  • War: Civil War

    American Civil War In the Civil War the north fought the south. Champaign fought on the northern side. Picture source: http://images01.tzimg.com/cache/h3w4/500_1194999407_civil_war_reenactors_ca.jpg
  • Disasters: Champaign tornado

    Champaign Illinois Tornado In July 1861 tornados swept through Champaign which then led to hail. Up to this date there has been 5 people that have been heard of killed.
  • Technology: Champaign Urbana gets trains

    Technology: Champaign Urbana gets trains
    Source: Transportation- Interurban In Urbana 1863 a group of businessmen wanted to connect the railroad tracks to the Illinois Central Railroad in Champaign. So then Urbana made the Urbana Railway company.
  • VIP: John Milton Gregory

    John Milton Gregory John Milton Gregory is who founded the University of Illinois at Urbana. Without him, there might not be any university in Urbana.
  • University Opened for Classes

    University Opened for Classes
    Source: Wikipedia - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Under the Morrill Act of 1862, each state was given land to form a public university. Urbana was chosen as the site in 1867. Many people wanted the university to focus on agriculture, industrial education, and military science, but the first president, John Milton Gregory, preferred a liberal arts curriculum.
  • African American History: The Fourteenth Amendment

    African American History: The Fourteenth Amendment
    African American History: The Fourteenth Amendment On July 9th, 1868 the 14th Amendment was passed in Congress. It stated, along with other things that blacks can’t be owned and for the first time ever they could be registered as citizens.
    Picture Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourteenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution
  • Disasters: The Champaign Urbana Fire

    Disasters: The Champaign Urbana Fire
    Great Chicago Fire In 1871 a fire swept through Champaign Urbana killing hundreds of people. It destroyed 4 square miles. Also it was one of the largest fires in Champaign Urbana.
  • University Name Change

    Source: A Brief History of the University of Illinois Regent Selim Peabody changed the name of the Illinois Industrial University, as it was called then, to the University of Illinois. This change showed that the university curriculum included liberal arts and engineering colleges as well as industrial education. People also thought the old name made the university sound like a school for delinquents!
  • African American History: First African American to enroll

    African American History: Guide to African-American Research Resources The first African American to enroll into the University of Illinois was Jonathan A. Rogan. He broke the barrier by enrolling to go to the college during the 1887-1888 semesters.
  • University: Orange and Blue Become Official Colors

    University: Orange and Blue Become Official Colors
    Source: University Colors: Milestones: UI Histories Before 1894 different colors were used to represent the university at different events, including green, silver, gold, and black. Then President Draper officially proposed orange and blue. The orange symbolizes liberty and blue stands for steadfastness.
  • University: First African American Graduates

    Source: U. Illinois Archives – Guide to African American Research Resources William Walter Smith became the first African American to graduate from the University of Illinois (A.B. in Literature and Arts in 1900 and then B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1907). African American Chief Clerk Albert Lee joined the University staff in 1895 and became "defacto dean of African-American students" while he was there.
  • African American History: First African American Graduate

    African American History: Guide to African-American Research Resources However, Jonathan A. Rogan was not the first African American to graduate from the U of I. William Walter Smith received the honor of being the first African American to graduate from the U of I by receiving an A.B. (Bachelor of Arts) in Literature.
  • Population: 1900 average lifespan for the CU area

    Source: National Vital Statistics System In 1900 it was known that if people were over 50 they were considered old during the time, because the average lifespan was 49 years and amazingly people worked until they died!
  • Population: Population in CU area 1900

    Source: Census 1900-1990 Champaign County’s population in 1900 was roughly 48,000 people because during the time people just came to Champaign so it was still growing in the 50 year old city of central Illinois.
  • Natural History: Domesticating Squirrels

    Natural History: Domesticating Squirrels
    http://squirrelsarerad.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/stan
    a href='http://uihistoriesproject.chass.illinois.edu/cgi-bin/cview?SITEID=1&ID=318 ' >“Squirreling” Campus: Milestones: UIHistories</a> In 1901, there was a meeting about being domesticating squirrels on campus meaning that squirrels were not considered wild, but being able to be taken care of by the University. This was accepted. To take care of these squirrels it would be at least 250 dollars. Professor Rolfe was asked to supervise this.
  • War: World War 1

    Source: World War 1In World War 1, Allies fought the Central Power. The Allies won World War 1.
  • Entertainment: Orpheum Museum Opens

    Orpheum-About-History The old Orpheum Museum started out as a vaudeville theater and a Major Motion Picture place. It was said to be the best theater in downstate Illinois. The theater closed once in 1986, but in 1989, PACA went on a campaign to save the theater, and was transformed into a hands-on science museum!
  • Agriculture: Crops sold

    Source: A Standard History of Champaign County, Illinois, by J. R. Stewart, published by The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York, 1918.http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/champaign/agriculture.htmIn 1915, 13,742,000 bushels of corn and 11,928,000 bushels of oats were raised. In total, the price was $11,219,924.Picture source: http://i.ehow.com/images/a07/gi/ho/schools-agriculture-degree-champaign-illinois-200X200.jpg
  • Disasters: Downtown fire

    Downtown fire On March 17th 1915 a tank of kerosene exploded and a fire happened downtown witch proceeded into a 400,000 dollar loss. The fire started at 6:30 AM it was brought under control at 11:00.
  • Agriculture: Dairy

    Source: A Standard History of Champaign County, Illinois, by J. R. Stewart, published by The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York, 1918.http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/champaign/agriculture.htmIn 1916, 70,884 gallons of milk and 69,886 gallons of cream were made. The milk was priced at $19,139 and the cream was priced at $69,886.
  • Agriculture: live stock

    Source: A Standard History of Champaign County, Illinois, by J. R. Stewart, published by The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York, 1918.http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/champaign/agriculture.htmIn 1916, there were 13,339 beef cattle, priced $233,551, 6,719 dairy cows, priced $537,520, and 25,115 hogs, priced $375,210. There were also 25,424 horses.
  • Agriculture: Tractor owners

    Source:http://champaign.ilgenweb.net/other/tractorowners.html"Champaign County Tractor Owner's Directory", pgs. 253-54
    In 1917, 212 people owned tractors. There were many different brands.
  • Agriculture: World Wars

    Source: Celebrating Champaign-Urbana Historyhttp://www.champaign.org/justkids/homework_help/illinois_champaign/champaign_history/story_of_champaign_urbana.htmlDuring the world wars, farmers had to grow extra crops. Even people who were not farmers helped.
  • Entertainment: Virginia Theater Becomes Landmark in Business District of Champaign, IL

    Entertainment: Virginia Theater Becomes Landmark in Business District of Champaign, IL
    The Virginia Theater-History The Virginia Theater became a landmark in the business district of Champaign in 1921. Picture Source: http://www.illinoisloyalty.com/Forums/showthread.php?t=8253
  • : Frank the son of Mary who turn to a sport athletic

    [: Champaign sport history ](' > Champaign sport history </a><a href='http://www.google.com/search?q=champaign+sport+history&hl=en&safe=strict&tbs=tl:1,tl_num:10,tll:1920,tlh:1929&prmd=ivns&sa=X&ei=Uw2BTeTQCIGtgQey8_SKCA&ved=0CCUQyQEoAQ ) In May 20, 1925 a sport athletic named Frank he had born in Philo Champaign County. Frank had attended St. Joseph High school. After that he had accomplish a mini sport athletic
  • Disasters: Champaign County tornado

    National weather service Champaign county tornado The tornado began 4 miles north of Leverett and ended 2 miles south of Tolono. 11 people got wounded and it destroyed 2.5 miles of land.
  • University: Alma Mater Sculpture Revealed

    University: Alma Mater Sculpture Revealed
    Source: Alma Mater: UI Histories Project Virtual TourThe Alma Mater sculpture is a cast bronze statue that with two figures that stand for the University’s motto: “Learning and Labor.” It was created by Lorado Taft, a University of Illinois graduate. Unveiled on Alumni Day in 1929, the statue was moved to its current place in 1962.
  • Fashion: Alix Madame becomes famous!

    Fashion: Alix Madame becomes famous!
    Modern fashion The fashion designer Alix Madame becomes famous for designing elegant draped dresses. Also tennis player René Lacoste also manufactures a new tennis shirt.
    Picture source: operachic.typepad.com/.../2009/11/index.html
  • African American History: First African American Women to recieve a PhD

    African American History: Guide to African-American Research Resources Hilda H. Lawson became the first A.A. woman to get a PhD. She received the PhD. in English during the 1939 spring semester.
  • War: World War 2

    Source: World War 2World War 2 was when the Allies fought the Axis. The Allies won the World War 2.
  • Fashion: WW2

    Modern fashion As World War 2 comes it starts to affect many Paris fashion stores and couture houses and forces them to close down
  • VIP: Lonnie Clark

     VIP: Lonnie Clark
    Lonnie Clark Lonnie Clark was born on May18, 1940 in Champaign &lived in Urbana.
    He protested against companies who wouldn’t hire black people. Soon enough he became the manager of the men’s clothing department.
  • Sports: The NFC north rivals met in Chicago with the bears.

    Sports: The NFC north rivals met in Chicago with the bears.
    Source: The Daily lllini In 1941 the NFC north rivals had a game vs. the Bears .the Bears had won 33-14 in the Wrigley field on Chicago.
  • University: African American Students Allowed to Live on Campus

    Source: Projects: Cold War Guide: The Struggle for Integration in the 1940s and 50s African American students were not allowed to live on campus until 1945. Even more shockingly, African Americans were not allowed to eat in restaurants on campus or in the surrounding areas until the 1960s.
  • Disasters: Streamliner derailed

    Champaign Illinois Streamliner derailed In April 1947 a streamliner crashed killing 2 people and leaving 21 wounded. Headquarters say that the train was slowing down when it ran a switch.
  • War: Korean War

    Source: Korean War Source: Korean War United Nations supported the Republic of Korea.
  • building the school

    building the school
    b t washington school was built in 1951.but torn down in 2010 may 31
  • Sports: The highest score in basketball was in Chicago

    Sports: The highest score in basketball was in Chicago
    Source: Illini basketball history The greatest high score had happen in Chicago. They had won the game and the championship of the NCAA. It had happened in the Big Ten history. The lowest score was made by the Illini.
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    Technology: ILLIAC

    Source: ILLIAC
    The ILLIAC I got built by the University of Illinois. It started to be used in public in September 22, 1952. ILLIAC II came out in 1962 made by the U of I, it was better than the 1st one. The ILLIAC III was invented in 1966. In 1976 the ILLIAC IV was finally ready to come out.
  • The football team Southern California decided to stay in Illinois

    Champaign sport history In 2953 the Southern California football team who’s Coach Ray Eliot had coached in Illinois. But the Southern California decided to stay in Illinois. But another coach who led the Champions Browns said that the Southern California had to go to Ohio state university.
  • Fashion: Cristóbal Balenciaga

    Modern fashion The fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga designs the semi fit dresses.

    That includes soft and round shoulders. This made him the 1950s best fashion designer.
  • Entertainment: Sholem Aquatic Center Construction Starts

    Parks & Facilities – Sholem Aquatic Center The Sholem Aquatic Center is named after Jerome J. Sholem, who was a Champaign Park District Commissioner from 1969-1975. Though after the first construction was completed, it was demolished in fall, 2005. It was rebuilt as what it is today on July 1, 2006.
  • Population: Population in 1960 for the CU area

    Source: Census 1900-1990 By 1960 the population had doubled! We think that more people moved to the CU area because the land was getting more occupied the east coast so people moved to Illinois, where there was more space and the population increased to 130,000!
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    Technology: PLATO

    Source: PLATO (computer system) In 1960 the first PLATO system was made by the University of Illinois. PLATO was a generalized computer assisted instruction system. Then in 1961 the PLATO II came out. But then between the years of 1963 and 1969 PLATO III was being redesigned. Then PLATO IV came out in 1972.
  • Fashion: 1960s fashion

    1960s Fashion History Women wore mini skirts and over blouses witched looked like the 1990s fashion. Kids fashion was even shorter than women’s fashion. This fashion didn’t change and remained popular until 1979.
  • VIP: Amazing ice skater

    VIP: Amazing ice skater
    [Source: Bonnie Blair Biography](url:http://sports.jrank.org/pages/490/Blair-Bonnie.html) Bonnie Blair was born in Cornwall, New York. She got raised in Champaign, Illinois. She is an amazing ice skater that has won 5 gold medals in The Olympics. Picture source: http://www.premierorthopedics.com/images/BonnieBlair.jpg
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    African American History: Civil Rights Sweep the City and Country

    African American History: History of African Americans in Champaign During the late 1960s, many civil rights protests happened, mirroring the civil rights protests that were sweeping the nation. These protests were based off of those organized by M.L.K., and many, many others.
  • Entertainment: Krannert Center Built

    Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Herman C. Krannert and his wife made a gift of $16 million which made the Krannert Center possible. That’s why it’s called the Krannert Center.
  • When a school took over sports like tennis.

    Campaign sport history Schools had interview 26 years by how they took over sports like tennis. Then Chicago decided to send six youngsters so that they stay in Champaign for 2 years.
  • Entertainment: First Taste of Champaign Celebration

    Programs & Events – Events – Taste Special of CU The Taste of Champaign has been going on for 41 years. It’s family fun and it benefits a great cause. Pay money for tickets to eat sweet food and do awesome activities.
  • Technology: Champaign-Urbana gets MTD

    Source: Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District In August 2, 1971 MTD started; they were buses that took routes to pick up people. When it just started you would have to pay $0.30, but then it reduced to $0.10 in 1973.
  • VIP: who made Krannert center possible to build

     VIP: who made Krannert center possible to build
    Herman C. Krannert Herman C. Krannert made it possible to build many buildings. One of those buildings is Krannert Center. He donated $2.73 million to build the building. Without him there might not be any Krannert Center.
  • War: Vietnam War

    Source: Vietnam WarNorth Vietnamese won the Vietnam War.
  • Entertainment: First Urbana Sweet Corn Festival

    Entertainment: First Urbana Sweet Corn Festival
    The First Urbana Sweet Corn Festival The first Urbana Sweet Corn Festival was held by Busey Bank, the Sweet Corn Festival representing the beginning of a long-term Urbana end-of-summer tradition. Additional sponsors of the festival soon included the Downtown Urbana Promotion Committee, Lincoln Square, and the City of Urbana.
    Picture Source: http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs015/1102115819905/archive/1102862205378.html
  • Population: Population in 1990 for the CU area

    Source: Census 1900-1990 By 1990 the population stopped increasing rapidly because by then the immigrants slowed coming to the U.S. and Champaign counties population increased only to 175,000 by 1990.
  • War: Gulf war

    War: Gulf war
    Source: Gulf warThis war started because of a ground assault. The battlefield was in Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Israel. Picture source:
    http://jspivey.wikispaces.com/file/view/gulf_war.jpg/34334557/gulf_war.jpg
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    Technology: Mosaic

    Source: Web Browser In late 1992 Mosaic invented at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana at the National Center of Supercomputing Applications. Mosaic is a web browser that made the Internet popular to the world. It came to the public in 1993.
  • Population: 1997 average lifespan for the CU area

    Source: National Vital Statistics System In 1997 the average lifespan had changed a lot in the 20th century. It had changed from 49 years to 77 years, this caused a change in tradition because in 1900 50 year olds were considered old and in 1997 80 year olds were considered old. This is how it caused the change in tradition.
  • Natural History: Constructing Illinois

    Shake, Rattle, and Slide –University of Illinois Extension Illinois was once under a shallow sea, which is why most of the land here was eroded and became flat and is built on rock that is billions of years old. Also the reason why we have so muck sedimentary rock is because rivers that were flowing into the sea deposited soil and rock. And the sea pressurized it making it flat. This really happened 500 million years ago
  • Natural History: The Great Delta

    Shake, Rattle, and Slide –University of Illinois Extension A great delta was formed. Many forests grew around the delta. From this we gained a major fuel source coal. In these trees the first reptiles and amphibians were formed. There also were huge insects like roaches over 6 inches long and dragonflies as big as a hawk. This really happened 350 million years ago.
  • Natural History: Time of the Dinosaurs

    Natural History: Time of the Dinosaurs
    http://library.thinkquest.org/C0128701/Pictures/hadrosaurus.jpg
    f='http://urbanext.illinois.edu/earth/65.cfm?ID=65' >Shake, Rattle, and Slide –University of Illinois Extension</a> The delta eventually dried out and dinosaurs roamed on the land. Since the land was sedimentary rock when the dinosaurs walked around they created many fossils which is why we have so many. An example of a dinosaur that lived in Illinois is Hadrosaurus (duckbilled dinosaur). This really happened 230 million years ago.
  • Natural History: Wisconsinan Glacier

    Shake, Rattle, and Slide –University of Illinois Extension, Wikipedia- Laurentide ice sheet The glacier came over Illinois. This lasted about 65,000 years and ended 10,000 years ago. Rock and soil in the glacier was deposited on the land and as a result it made it a flat landscape. When the glacier melted it created lots of waters that created valleys and all move the Mississippi R
  • Natural History: Illinois Prairie Land

    DNR The reason prairie grows here is because of our hot summers and cold winters. When the glacier melted all the rivers collected sand and others nutrients in soil and gravel and when the glacier stopped melting the rivers shrunk and the sand and dirt made lots good soil for plants to grow in.
  • Fashion: China fashion week

    Fashion: China fashion week
    fashion week 2004 Many celebrities went to the china fashion week including important models at the time, photographers, and businesspeople on that spring of 2004.
    Picture source: www.santabanta.com/gallery1.asp?mid1=8928
  • Technology: The Big Broadband

    Source: Taking sides on Big Broadband In February 1, 2009 Champaign-Urbana started the Big Broadband. It was a thing that helped people get Internet who couldn’t afford it. The government has payed 30 million dollars grant for the Big Broadband.
  • African American History: Kiwane Carrington is murdered by police

    African American History: Kiwane Carrington is murdered by police
    African American History: Champaign police fatally shoot an unarmed 15 year old African American youth Kiwane Carrington was shot badly after two Champaign police officers confronted him and a short struggle ensued, resulting in a gun going off and killing him. This became one of the saddest African-American deaths in the CU area.
    Picture Source: http://thor.he.net/~gludlow/rip.
  • Population: Geography of CU area

    Population: Geography of CU area
    Source: Champaign Geography The area of CU is 17.04 square miles. 17.0 square miles are the land area and 0.04 square miles are the water area this means Champaign does not have much water and is more land based. Picture Source:http://www.landsat.com/samples/county07/ChampaignIL07_1nc_o.JPG
  • Disasters: University of Illinois blizzard

    University of Illinois Urbana Campus Blizzard of Februarys 2011 In February 2011 a blizzard went through campus ,in Urbana. There were winds that went up to 50 mph.
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    what happened in 2011 march -april

    In 2011 march-may B.T.W students are making mural formal B.T.W students can help to. On line you can go to www.champaignschools.org and click schools then click B.T Washington find more information.
  • BTW:new stem school

    BTW:new stem school
    The school expects the $18 million project will be done in July. We had to pay 18 million dollars for our new school. In early 2011they were done with the out side but they need to work on the in side. The school was taking place in Columbia while there new school was being built. if you look to your left you will see a picture of the new school
  • about the new school

    The school will be called a S.T.E.M school (science, technology, engineering, mathematics school). The new school will be 59,000 square ft. It will be located at 606 east grove street .There’s going to be 425 students.