• EveryCubEver

    Historical Events: Where were the Cubs? (January 20-January 31)

    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    Jan 22nd, 2024

    Books*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 later became a founder of our nation, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and inspired an insurance company to name themselves after him. That insurance company built a famous skyscraper in Chicago, the John Hancock Center, which opened in 1969. There was exactly one resident living in the building, Ray Heckla–the building engineer, when Willie Smith hit the dramatic opening day homer at Wrigley Field.

    *On January 25, 1898, future gangster Hymie Weiss was born. Hymie was gunned down in a hail of bullets outside of Holy Name Cathedral in 1925. The bullet holes were still there in February of 1998 when Harry Caray was eulogized inside that very cathedral. The bullet holes remain in the base of the church today.

    *On January 30, 1882, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born. Just over fifty years later he would become president of the United States. The year he ran for president, he spent a memorable afternoon at Wrigley Field, during the 1932 World Series. FDR was in the ballpark the day that Babe Ruth supposedly called his shot.

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