175 years of memorable, horrible, humorous and remarkable events that shaped Chicago
Chicago (Zbigniew Bzdak / July 1, 2011)
1895: The nation's first automobile race is held in Chicago and Evanston.
1896: William Jennings Bryan gives his Cross of Gold speech at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
1896: Long Man and Short Man Gang terrorize city.
1896: City uses landfill to extend Grant Park into lake.
1896: Chicago Federation of Labor founded.
1897: Elevated train line built in Loop.
1897: Chicago Teachers Federation founded.
1898: First Chicago-to-Mackinac sailboat race.
1899: L. Frank Baum writes "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" at his Humboldt Park home.
1899: Construction of Louis Sullivan-designed Carson Pirie Scott store (was originally Schlesinger and Mayer building).
1900: Chicago River's flow is reversed.
1900: Chicago White Sox play their first game.
1901: Walt Disney is born in Chicago.
1902: Marshall Field's opens State Street store.
1902: Richard J. Daley is born.
1903: Iroquois Theater fire kills more than 600 people, the deadliest theater fire in U.S. history
1904: Riverview amusement park opens.
1905: Advertisement in the Tribune extols the virtues of new home design called a bungalow.
1906: Bosnians establish Chicago's first Muslim benevolence society.