Illinois History Minutes

November 28 Illinois History Minute


It’s November 28th. And on this day in 1968, women from across the United States and Canada met at a YMCA summer camp north of Chicago for the first national gathering of women’s liberation activists. The three-day conference is credited with inspiring women’s liberation efforts across North America in the years that followed.

On this day in 1978, the Blues Brothers, Chicago bluesmen Jake and Elwood Blues (but really comedians John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd) opened for comedian Steve Martin at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles. Even though the Blues Brothers weren’t real musicians, the record album of their concert, “A Briefcase Full of Blues”, became one of the highest-selling blues albums of all time.