This Week in 1908

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    Aug 18th, 2017
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    How long ago was 1908? Orville Wright (photo) celebrates his 37th birthday in Washington on August 19th. It has only been four and a half years since the Wright Brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk. Because only five people witnessed that first flight, Wilbur and Orville still haven’t att...
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    Aug 11th, 2017
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    How long ago was 1908? One of the ugliest racial riots in American history occurs this week (Aug 14) in Springfield, Illinois. Before the race riots are over, forty homes are burned to the ground, 24 businesses are destroyed, and seven people are dead: two black people (lynched by the angry mob) and ...
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    Aug 4th, 2017
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    How long ago was 1908? Many historians consider Big Jim Colosimo the father of the Chicago mafia. His official title in 1908 is precinct captain (for First Ward Aldermen Kenna & Coughlin), but his real job is providing muscle, and collecting bribes. In exchange for these services, he is allowed ...
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    Jul 28th, 2017
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    How long ago was 1908? Meet Hinky Dink Kenna, one of the two Aldermen who represent Chicago’s red-light district, The Levee. The official name of the area, of course, is the First Ward, and Alderman Kenna is a proud and vocal supporter of his constituents. If anyone asks about the seediness of ...
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    Jul 21st, 2017
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    Two Cubs stars celebrate a birthday this week. Second baseman Johnny Evers (left photo) celebrates his 26th birthday (July 21) and shortstop Joe Tinker (right photo) celebrates his 28th birthday (July 27). It’s pretty clear that they won’t be celebrating it together, however, because they...
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    Jul 14th, 2017
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    How long ago was 1908? The Cubs are facing their arch rivals this week, the New York Giants. Two of the most memorable games of the rivalry take place at the 4-game series at West Side Grounds. One day Giants star pitcher Christy Mathewson (photo) is called on as a relief pitcher after he thought [&h...
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    Jul 7th, 2017
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    How long ago was 1908? The Summer Olympics open in London on July 13th. The games had been scheduled to take place in Italy, but the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 1906 had devastated Naples and London was chosen as the alternative site. Twenty-two nations are competing, including the United States. Whi...
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    Jun 30th, 2017
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    How long ago was 1908? A massive explosion occurs in a remote part of Russia, Tunguska in Siberia. Experts are dispatched to try to figure out what it was. Some think it was a comet. Some think it was a meteor. Some think it was a UFO. The measuring devices available at the time are […]...
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    Jun 23rd, 2017
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    How Long Ago was 1908? Chicago is just starting to enforce the brand new “Anti-White Slavery” laws passed by the Illinois House and Senate. Chicago Cops are reluctant to do this because many of them have made “personal agreements” with the various madames in the red-light Leve...
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    Jun 16th, 2017
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    How long ago was 1908? The Republican Convention comes to the Coliseum in Chicago, June 16-19. Teddy Roosevelt is one of the most popular Presidents in history, but he has decided not to seek a third term. On the second day of the convention, however, the mere mention of Roosevelt’s name by conventio...