This Weeks Historical Events

    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    Jun 12th, 2017
    1 Comment
    2235 Views
    June 18, 1912 During the 1912 Republican convention in Chicago at the Chicago Coliseum (1513 S. Wabash Ave.), Theodore Roosevelt’s supporters in the gallery tooted horns and rubbed sandpaper together to imitate the sounds of the “Taft steamroller” which was running them over without considering their...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    Jun 5th, 2017
    0 Comments
    2298 Views
    June 9th, 1930 Chicago Tribune reporter Jake Lingle was on his way to the racetrack, walking toward the underpass at Randolph and Michigan Avenue that led to the Illinois Central Suburban Trains. Jake Lingle had worked on thousands of stories for the Trib, but never actually wrote them. He simply cal...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    May 29th, 2017
    0 Comments
    1975 Views
    June 1, 1967 The Beatles, who have recently announced they will never tour again, finally release their new studio album. It’s called “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, and is an immediate sensation. It’s dubbed an instant classic, and to this day is considered by many critics to be the best al...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    May 22nd, 2017
    1 Comment
    2476 Views
    May 24, 1923 Colonel Robert McCormick broke ground on the Tribune Tower. Sixty years later the Cubs would be run by the men in that tower, but in 1923, they were still run by William Wrigley. Wrigley had commissioned the building of his own magnificent structure across the street from McCormick’...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    May 15th, 2017
    0 Comments
    2101 Views
    May 18, 1920 Future Pope (and Saint) John Paul II is born in Poland. Grover Cleveland Alexander is on the mound at Cubs Park in Chicago, and he beats the Giants 4-2. He also knocks in the game winning run. Cleveland could have never guessed that this boy born in Poland would one day be […]...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    May 8th, 2017
    0 Comments
    2503 Views
    May 9, 1873 Future Chicago mayor Anton Cermak is born. Throughout the last century many of Chicago’s mayors have been White Sox fans (most notably the Daleys), but there have been a few notable exceptions, and Mayor Cermak may have been the most famous. He loved the Cubs. When the Cubs and Yank...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    May 1st, 2017
    1 Comment
    2503 Views
    May 1, 1893 The Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago. It is the biggest World’s Fair the world had ever seen, scheduled to begin on the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of the new world. It covers 600 acres, features 200 or so brand new structures and buildings (many designed by ...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    Apr 24th, 2017
    0 Comments
    2047 Views
    April 29, 1997 Mike Royko passes away at the age of 65. As one final tribute to him, the Cubs win only their sixth game of the season (out of 24), 14-8 versus the Expos. Few Chicagoans were more closely associated with the Chicago Cubs than Mike Royko. As a columnist for the Daily News, […]...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    Apr 17th, 2017
    2 Comments
    4086 Views
    April 21, 1986 It’s hard to imagine a more heavily hyped television program than Geraldo Rivera’s broadcast on April 21, 1986 from the former Al Capone headquarters (1928-1931) at the Lexington Hotel in Chicago. The hotel was about to be renovated, but not before Geraldo was allowed to in...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    Apr 10th, 2017
    1 Comment
    2356 Views
    April 13, 1992 The city of Chicago was undergoing one of the strangest events in it’s colorful history. 250 million gallons of water were flooding the basements of Loop office buildings and retail stores because workers doing rehabilitation work on the Kinzie Street Bridge crossing the Chicago ...