| Jun 24, 2014
| 5:55 PM
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...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 2:35 PM
More than 800 people are scheduled to participate in this year's edition of the Downers Grove July 4 parade.
About 80 organizations, businesses, churches and political figures are on tap to march down the village's center Friday afternoon, officials...
| Jun 21, 2014
| 7:03 PM
Don Miyada remembers the classes he took, the carefree days with his high school classmates and the building excitement as graduation day approached.
But that moment never arrived.
A month before he was to put on his cap and gown and march with the...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 9:53 AM
The U.S. Navy, which earlier began allowing "humanist" as a designated religious preference despite the fact that many humanists are atheists, recently rejected its first application from a humanist chaplain.
Days later, the U.S. Senate approved a...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 1:16 PM
As the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Cantor Andrea Rae Markowicz had a personal stake in spending a recent Monday evening glimpsing ominous diary passages penned by a close confidant of Adolf Hitler.
"This is part of my family's narrative, and a...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 9:52 AM
Two minutes after 5 p.m. on the afternoon of June 15, 1942, thousands of startled spectators from Virginia Beach to Old Point Comfort saw the Battle of the Atlantic come to Hampton Roads in a spectacularly violent fashion.
Steaming in as part of...
| Jun 13, 2014
Every year around Father's Day, I recall several personal stories my father, now long gone, told me during our trip to the Normandy battlefield 30 years ago. Since this summer is the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Europe in World War II, the...
| Jun 10, 2014
The article states: "Some say the [Ukraine] land grab carries uncomfortable echoes of the border-crossing aggression that Moscow and Washington joined forces to defeat in World War II." ("Obama, Putin talk briefly at D-day 70th anniversary event," June 6)...
| Apr 26, 2014
| 10:10 AM
Daniel Anker, an award-winning documentarian who used film to reexamine complex historical events, including Hollywood's portrayal of the Holocaust and a life-saving sled-dog run in Alaska, died Monday in New York. He was 50.
The cause was pneumonia,...
| May 21, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Seymour Reitman remembers the start of the Battle of the Bulge as the time "when all hell broke loose."
Reitman, 89, of Avon, was a private first class in the U.S. Army as Allied troops forged into Germany in late 1944.
But the German army launched...
| May 22, 2014
Your article starts out: "Seventy years ago next month, the Americans made a historic landing in France. They're at it again." ("American actors and directors projected to shine at Cannes," May 18)
I appreciate seeing an arts story on the front page....