Category: Disasters

If Your Religion is OK with the Bombing in Manchester, It is Time to Re-think Your Beliefs!

If Your Religion is OK with the Bombing in Manchester, It is Time to Re-think Your Beliefs!
People will more than likely think this is a post looking to demonize the Islamic faith, it is not.  It is simply a call for those who hold beliefs that would cause them to justify the murder of at least 22 (mostly children) innocent people at an Ariana Grande concert to possibly re-think their political... Read more »

Champaign Dark History Con could fare well in Chicago

Champaign Dark History Con could fare well in Chicago
Dark History Con is a convention showcasing the darker side of history and Brian Ward, its creator, makes no apologies. “For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with ‘Dark History’; Killers, mobsters, tragic events. My hobby has been to research these things and visit sites related to them. I hope to... Read more »

A photo of the S.S. Eastland from Happier Times on the 100th Anniversary of the Disaster

A photo of the S.S. Eastland from Happier Times on the 100th Anniversary of the Disaster
I grew up in Cicero, Illinois and spent many days at the open houses at the Hawthorne Works location of the Western Electric Company.  I remember how huge the place was but didn’t realize how big it really was.  Turns out that if you lived in or around Cicero in the early part of the... Read more »
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July 10, 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition Cold Storage Fire Should be the Origin of “Murphy’s Law”

July 10, 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition Cold Storage Fire Should be the Origin of “Murphy’s Law”
122 years ago today, Chicago experienced the largest loss of fire-fighters in the 19th Century and it happened on the grounds of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Jackson Park. The building known as the Cold Storage Building was not an exhibit building per se but was more of a vendor building where any exhibitor... Read more »

Chicago Links to the Titanic - Annie Kate Kelly

Chicago Links to the Titanic - Annie Kate Kelly
Today, April 14, was the beginning of the end of the R.M.S. Titanic which started sinking on April 14, 1912 and became legend early on the morning of the 15th.  I have been writing a series of articles on Chicago’s links to the Titanic and this is the third in that series. Annie Kate Kelly,... Read more »

Anniversary of the Chicago Iroquois Theater Fire and the Unknown Victim

Anniversary of the Chicago Iroquois Theater Fire and the Unknown Victim
UPDATE: DECEMBER 30, 2016: I published this original article two years ago today and wrote about an unknown victim of the Iroquois Theater Fire named Emma Bartlett.  Thanks to a great lover of history who started a web page memorializing the fire and its victims, that is no longer the case!  The website is  http://www.iroquoistheater.com ... Read more »
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2014 Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Has its Origin in the Tragedy of Captain Santa and The Rouse Simmons

2014 Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Has its Origin in the Tragedy of Captain Santa and The Rouse Simmons
On November 25th, starting at 4:30 p.m., the City will have its official Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at Daley Plaza but many people aren’t aware of the history of our Chicago Christmas Tree. The origins of the tradition started with the tragic sinking of one of Chicago’s most famous Christmas Tree Ships, the Rouse Simmons... Read more »

The Willis Tower Skydeck Ledge Incident - Could have been worse

The Willis Tower Skydeck Ledge Incident - Could have been worse
First off, no offense to the Willis people, but I can’t stop calling it the Sears Tower!  Secondly, who doesn’t like the idea of standing out on a clear glass box 1,353 feet in the air over the great city of Chicago! When I had heard the news this morning that the glass bottom of... Read more »

MERS Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Isn't 1918 Flu Yet

MERS Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Isn't 1918 Flu Yet
So lately in the news we have been hearing about MERS or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. I find it interesting that three cases reported so far in the United States could be making this much news! You can check current MERS stats at the CDC website here.  In a nutshell, the MERS hoopla centers around... Read more »
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Ida and Jean Hippach - A truly Titanic Chicago Survival Story

Ida and Jean Hippach - A truly Titanic Chicago Survival Story
April 15th is the official sinking date of the R.M.S. Titanic.  It actually struck the iceberg very late on the 14th (ship time) and took approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes to sink beneath the freezing waters of the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m. (ship time) on the 15th of April in 1912.  Now while... Read more »