King George III dies. The monarch oversaw the collapse of British holdings in the Americas, causing a tremendous loss of revenue back to England.
The stress of the American Revolution led to a nervous breakdown and mental illness. By 1810, he was certifiably insane, and completely withdrew from public life.
His son took over as Regent beginning in 1810, and took the crown in 1820 as King George IV.
Kansas becomes the 34th state in the Union. Amdist the tension of the civil war, it joined as a Free State.
Kansas and Nebraska became formal territories in 1954, whose citizens would cast votes nationally on the issue of slavery. Most of the settlers were transplants from the Midwest, and were abolitionists.
Regardless, Kansas would be a battleground often during the Civil War.
Folk band Peter, Paul and Mary ink their first recording contract.
Though they rose to fame alongside the like of Bob Dylan and other contemporary legends, the group would not become quite the icons. They were the product of commercial America — good looking people who could sing, but didn’t write their own material.
President George W. Bush first publicly uses the term Axis of Evil to describe rogue nations with despotic leaders. The nations included Iran, Iraq, and North Korea.
These were countries that harbored and supported terrorist groups around the country. President Bush most heavily criticized Iraq’s actions. He would lead efforts to oust Saddam Hussein in the coming years.
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is unanimously ousted from office by the state senate.
The latest major scandal for a public officer in Illinois came when Blagojevich was caught trying to sell the Senate seat vacated by President Obama.
Phone tapes caught Blago shopping the seat around in return for cash and other perks. He at one point offered it to Oprah.
Following his federal trial in that ended in August 2010, he was found guilty on 17 of 20 counts of extortion and bribery. He was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison, where he’s presently serving in Littleton, Colorado.