It Happened in Chicago

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  • Copyright: 2009-08-04
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot
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Twenty to thirty episodes from the history of Chicago, including memorable events such as the great fire and the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, but also featuring lesser- known tales.

Author Biography

Scotti Cohn is a writer and freelance editor who was born and raised in Springfield, Illinois. She has written five other books for Globe Pequot Press, including Liberty's Children, Disasters and Heroic Rescues of North Carolina, and It Happened in North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Late 1600s/early 1700s: An event involving local Native American tribes before the area was settled heavily by Europeans/whites
1673: Discovery by whites
1779: Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, an African American from Sainte-Domingue (Haiti), builds the first permanent settlement at the mouth of the river just east of the present Michigan Avenue Bridge on the north bank
1812 : Massacre at Fort Dearborn
1855: Raising the elevation in Chicago approximately 10 feet
1860: Abraham Lincoln Nominated in National Political Convention in Chicago
1871, October 8-10: Great Chicago Fire
1875: Mary Todd Lincoln, living in Chicago, is committed to a mental asylum by her son Robert
1886 : The Haymarket Riot
1889: Hull House was opened by Miss Jane Addams
1889: Frank Lloyd Wright (later to become one of the world's most prominent and influential architects) builds his first house, a personal residence in the Oak Park neighborhood of Chicago. In all, twenty-seven Wright designs survived in Chicago into the 1990s
1891: Daniel Hale Williams helped found Provident Hospital in Chicago as the nation's first interracial hospital
1893: The World's Columbian Exposition was held in Chicago
1895 - The first automobile race in the United States is held along the Chicago lakefront/
1897 - St. James at Sag Bridge (cemetery) -- two musicians (William Looney, John Kelly) heard galloping, rumbling carriage; tall woman in white standing in road; horses "snow white, covered with fine netting" and carriage "dark vehicle, no driver"
1897 Louise Luetgert disappeared
1900: Flow of Chicago River Reversed
1900 Battle for Streeterville
1915 : Eastland Disaster
1915: Charlie Chaplin movie filmed in Chicago by Essanay Studios
1919: The World Series resulted in the most famous scandal in baseball history
1924: Leopold and Loeb crime of the century
1925: Red Grange plays his first game as a pro football player (for the Bears) in Chicago
1929: St. Valentine's Day Massacre
1933: A Century of Progress Chicago International Exposition
1942: December 2: First Controlled Atomic Reaction
1944 Mother of man convicted of killing police officer in 1932 offers $5,000 reward for information on real killer(s) -- inspires movie Call Northside 777, filmed in Chicago in 1947
1945 "Billy Goat" Sianis tries to bring his pet goat to a Cubs game but is turned away. Myth says that Sianis cursed the Cubs, saying they would never win a World Series until the goat was allowed in Wrigley Field
1946 -- Dr. Willis Potts of Children's Memorial Hospital (Chicago) agrees to perform an experimental heart procedure on a newborn with "blue baby" syndrome
1955: A team led by Mercy's pioneer neurosurgeon Dr. Harold Voris completes the first successful separation of Siamese twins joined at the head
1967: The rock band Chicago is formed in Chicago
1968: The 1968 National Convention of the U.S. Democratic Party
1979 "Disco Demolition Night" at Comiskey Park
1984 Oprah Winfrey is hired to host WLS-TV Channel 7 morning show "A.M. Chicago."
1990 -- John Hughes writes and produces and Chris Columbus directs the slapstick kid comedy Home Alone
1992 The "Great Chicago Flood
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