This Weeks Historical Events

    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    May 1st, 2017
    1 Comment
    2437 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
    1999 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
    3967 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
    2287 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 ...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    Apr 2nd, 2017
    2 Comments
    2975 Views
    April 2, 1917 Less than one month after beginning his second term in office, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war on Germany to keep the world “safe for democracy.” They obliged. The war didn’t immediately affect the national pastime. At first the American public rallied aroun...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    Mar 5th, 2017
    0 Comments
    2463 Views
    Where Were The Cubs? March 5, 1982 On this day in 1982, famous Cubs fan John Belushi died at the way too young age of 33. His career was peppered with references to his favorite baseball team. On Saturday Night Live, he flipped “Cheesborgers” in a place eerily similar to the place that al...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    Feb 1st, 2017
    0 Comments
    2549 Views
    Where were the Cubs? February 6, 1911 The most famous Cubs fan in history was born on this day. His name was Ronald Reagan. Reagan didn’t just grow up a Chicago Cubs fan. He owes much of his success to the team. Following college graduation, Reagan landed a job as a radio announcer at WOC [&hel...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    Jan 22nd, 2017
    0 Comments
    1674 Views
    *On January 20, 2009, President Obama was inaugurated President of the United States in 2009. The Chicago Tribune was putting together the final details for their sale of the Cubs to Tom Ricketts and his family. The final price tag is $900 million. *On January 23, 1737, John Hancock was born. He late...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    Jan 3rd, 2017
    0 Comments
    1970 Views
    ~On January 12, 1902, future Chicago entertainer Joe E. Lewis was born. He became the headliner at the famous north side of Chicago jazz club, The Green Mill. The owner of the club was Machine Gun Jack McGurn. As you might have guessed from his name, Machine Gun Jack McGurn was a Capone henchman. Whe...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    Dec 1st, 2016
    0 Comments
    2073 Views
    December 5, 1933 The city of Chicago rejoiced because Prohibition was officially repealed. Prohibition had lasted for 13 years, and during those years the Cubs led the league in drunks. Rabbit Maranville, the manager of the Cubs for part of the 1925 season, played with a flask of whiskey in his pants...