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Richard J. Daley

Richard J. Daley
Richard J. Daley was mayor of Chicago from 21 years, from 1955 to 1976. During that time, he headed a vast Democratic political machine. He died unexpectedly at age 74 on Dec. 20, 1976, when he had a heart attack during a visit to his doctor's office. Daley had been mayor longer than anyone else, and his death came as a shock to a generation of Chicagoans who could remember no other mayor. He was often described as the last of the big city bosses ruling over the last of the big city political machines. But he was also an expert on municipal government and especially city finance. He was the most powerful Democrat in Illinois and the most influential mayor in the nation. His son, Richard M. D... Show more »
Richard J. Daley was mayor of Chicago from 21 years, from 1955 to 1976. During that time, he headed a vast Democratic political machine. He died unexpectedly at age 74 on Dec. 20, 1976, when he had a heart attack during a visit to his doctor's office. Daley had been mayor longer than anyone else, and his death came as a shock to a generation of Chicagoans who could remember no other mayor. He was often described as the last of the big city bosses ruling over the last of the big city political machines. But he was also an expert on municipal government and especially city finance. He was the most powerful Democrat in Illinois and the most influential mayor in the nation. His son, Richard M. Daley, was first elected mayor in 1989 and won a sixth term in 2007. « Show less

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  • UFO report stirs believers, skeptics

    The story last week about an unscheduled flight over O'Hare International Airport generated a universe of opinions from near and very far out. A man in Aurora said he came home from work on the same day as the O'Hare sighting, looked skyward in his...
  • The death of Mayor Richard J. Daley

    The death of Mayor Richard J. Daley
    A jovial, confident, seemingly healthy Mayor Richard J. Daley started his day on this frigid Monday by attending a pre-Christmas breakfast with his loyal department heads. By most accounts, the 21st year of Daley's record-breaking reign as mayor was one...
  • The election of Harold Washington the first black mayor of Chicago

    The election of Harold Washington the first black mayor of Chicago
    Other black politicians had run for the office of Chicago mayor before. In fact, even Harold Washington had. Most of those past campaigns had been quixotic, symbolic, and, in the end, futile. But things were different in 1983. Black community leaders and...
  • Richard J. Daley elected

    Richard J. Daley elected
    When Cook County Democratic leaders met in December 1954 to pick a candidate for the 1955 mayoral race, they gave Mayor Martin Kennelly three minutes and 58 seconds to make his case for re-endorsement. Elected in 1947 to bring an air of respectability...
  • O'Hare International Airport

    O'Hare International Airport
    Mayor Richard J. Daley's words were prophetic at a ceremony marking the start of scheduled passenger service at fledgling O'Hare International Airport. "I consider O'Hare's beginning as a long and firm step into the jet airline age, now upon us," Daley...
  • The 1959 'Go-Go' White Sox and the air-raid sirens

    The 1959  'Go-Go' White Sox and the air-raid sirens
    They were known as the "Go-Go Sox," hustlers who scraped together a 94-60 record less with bat-popping might than clutch pitching, flawless defense and jack rabbit speed on the base paths. There was Luis "Little Looie" Aparicio, the Venezuelan shortstop...
  • Robert Taylor Homes public-housing project

    Robert Taylor Homes public-housing project
    As a sort of welcome-wagon gift for the first family to move into the Robert Taylor Homes on this date, Mayor Richard J. Daley presented James Weston with flowers. Handing the bouquet to Weston, a glass inspector and married father of two children,...
  • President John F. Kennedy's assassination

    President John F. Kennedy's assassination
    On this day, a Friday, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade through Dallas. Chicago froze in horror, the moment sealed in memories people would carry for the rest of their lives. Office workers on their lunch hours when...
  • The Chicago Blizzard of 1967

    The Chicago Blizzard of 1967
    At 5:02 a.m. on this date, it began to snow. Nothing remarkable about that. It was January in Chicago, and, besides, 4 inches of snow had been predicted. But it kept snowing, all through this miserable Thursday and into early Friday morning, until it...
  • Walter Cronkite dies at 92; longtime CBS anchorman

    Walter Cronkite dies at 92; longtime CBS anchorman
    Walter Cronkite, the television newsman whose steady baritone informed, reassured and guided the nation during the tumultuous 1960s and '70s and who was still regarded as "the most trusted man in America" years after leaving his CBS anchor chair, has...
  • Chicago's Picasso sculpture

    Chicago's Picasso sculpture
    Just after noon, Mayor Richard J. Daley pulled a cord attached to 1,200 square feet of blue-green fabric, unwrapping a gift "to the people of Chicago" from an artist who had never visited--and had shown no previous interest in--the city. The artist was...