Dates in History - January

Tags: Calendar, January, History, Dates

People say you need to know where you come from to know who you are. In 2011 we published and sold 2,000 calendars with dates of local history imbedded into the monthly date grid. We researched the dates from a variety of local sources. Our confidence level in the accuracy of the dates is generally high. The Dates in History are fairly enjoyable to read. Some are surprising. Contact us with other prominent dates in local history. We will add them to our list.

Revised List of memorable events for Project Pride 2011 Calendar

Approx. 215,  arranged by month



  • Will County first Courthouse built.
  • Will County first brewery, Betz & Erhard, built in Joliet
  • Druggist J.D. Brown opened Joliet’s 1st pharmacy
  • Joliet True Democrat Newspaper founded
  • Will County Second Courthouse built.
  • Joliet 1st Volunteer Fire Department formed


  • Work started on Collins St. Prison in Joliet College of Francis founded


  • DeLasalle Christian Brothers founded Lewis University


  • US Rte. 66 connects Joliet with Los Angeles


  • New St. Joseph Hospital opened


  • College of St. Francis became University