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World War I (1914-1918)

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  • 40 years ago today: Wrigley gum the first product to have its bar code scanned

    40 years ago today: Wrigley gum the first product to have its bar code scanned
    Bar codes turn 40 this week, but they aren’t over the hill yet. It was a Thursday morning when the first unique sticker of white and black lines facilitated the purchase of a 10-pack of Juicy Fruit gum, from Chicago-based Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. The...
  • The evidence is in: Germany deserves blame for World War I

    To the editor: Still believing that the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand triggered World War I is like saying that the assassination of John F. Kennedy triggered the Vietnam War. ("World War I: A war too easy to forget," Op-Ed, June 21)...
  • Appraisal Event Sheds Light On History Behind Heirlooms

    Appraisal Event Sheds Light On History Behind Heirlooms
    A 1930s Shirley Temple doll lovingly kept in good condition by its original owner, a "stereoscope" of the 1861 design by Oliver Wendell Holmes, and a miniature piano-music box with a lid made of marbled "catalin" were among the many cherished objects...
  • Robert J. Fisher: Mistakes made after WWI provide lessons for today's world

    In 1918, near the end of World War I, President Woodrow Wilson revealed the Fourteen Points, a peace proposal designed to make that war "the war to end all wars." Eight of the Fourteen Points pertained to self-determination, an effort to allow ethnic...
  • Bosnian Serbs erect statue to nationalist who ignited World War I

    Bosnian Serbs unveiled a bronze statue Friday in Sarajevo of Gavrilo Princip, the nationalist who assassinated Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand a century ago and set in motion the First World War, which took 10 million lives and shattered empires....
  • Historian Jay Winter: The five things Americans should know about the Great War

    Historian Jay Winter: The five things Americans should know about the Great War
    A chauffeur's happenstance wrong turn down a back street in Sarajevo 100 years ago this week ended in the assassination of the heir to the throne of the Habsburg empire. Archduke Franz Ferdinand's murder was the catalyst for the Great War that haunts...
  • July 4 in Chicagoland: Red, white, blue--and flying lollipops

    July 4 in Chicagoland: Red, white, blue--and flying lollipops
    Early on the Fourth of July, shoppers buzzed. They filled their bags with sweet corn — on sale five for $2 the Jewel in Bartlett. The line at the meat counter grew with each passing minute. Cupcakes, cookies and even Patriot Pretzels drowned in...
  • Film Review: 'Castles in the Sky'

    "Making the invisible visible" is the objective that Scottish physicist Robert Watson-Watt repeatedly claims to pursue in "Castles in the Sky." It's also what Gillies MacKinnon's staid but affable biopic seeks to do for its human subject, placing a soft...
  • Rickenbacker bio tells tales of 'Enduring Courage'

    "Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed" by John F. Ross; St. Martin's Press (400 pages, $27.99) World War I fighter ace Eddie Rickenbacker and the internal combustion engine came of age together....
  • Iraq should be split up [Letter]

    Iraq should be split up [Letter]
    The situation in Iraq is most analogous to that of Yugoslavia. Both countries were cobbled out of fallen empires after World War I, Iraq from the Ottoman Empire and Yugoslavia from the Austria-Hungarian Empire. Long standing ethnic, cultural and religious...
  • Concert Review: Grant Park Orchestra performs Elgar's First

    Concert Review: Grant Park Orchestra performs Elgar's First
    In a few days we'll observe the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the incident that brought about the cataclysm of World War I. Austrian writer Stefan Zweig called the period from just before the war –...