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15730 190804  Chicago Summer Festival Guide 2019 |
Chicago, Illinois

15735 190805  People Gather for Vigil in Collin County After 2 Mass Shootings - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
So Many People Were Shot In Chicago This Weekend, A Hospital Had To Briefly Stop Taking Patients  BuzzFeedNews
List of mass shootings in the United States in 2019 - Wikipedia
2019 El Paso shooting - Wikipedia  El Paso, Texas
2019 Dayton shooting - Wikipedia  Dayton, Ohio
Chicago, Illinois

Illinois becomes the 21st state - Dec 03, 1818 -

9429 150610  Chicago, Illinois Travel Guide - Must-See Attractions - YouTube
35 Things to do in Chicago Top Attractions Travel Guide - YouTube
Chicago - YouTube
10315 151019  ✈Chicago, illinois ►Vacation Travel Guide - YouTube

The Art Institute of Chicago
European Painting and Sculpture Impressionism and Post-Impressionism | The Art Institute of Chicago
Self-Portrait (Van Gogh), American Gothic (Grant Wood), Nighthawks (Edward Hopper)
Art Institute of Chicago - Wikipedia

Georges Seurat’s  “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte - 1884” Pointillism method  - 
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: Ferris Bueller's day off - Museum scene - YouTube 
9428 150610  Welcome to the Art Institute of Chicago - YouTube
Art Institute of Chicago - YouTube


* Beall Woods Nature Preserve and State Park : one of the largest virgin deciduous forests in the nation

Blackstone Hotel: President Kennedy stayed & 1st Gangster Convention was held (1923)
Cahokia Mounds, near Collinsville

Annual Chicago International Childrens Film Festival Chicago, Illinois, USA  late October - early November
Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Water Tower

Deere & Company (John Deere developed a steel plow in 1937)
10844 160208     February 7, 1804    Happy birthday John Deere!
John Deere - Inventor -
John Deere (inventor) - Wikipedia 
February 7, 1804 – May 17, 1886, an American blacksmith and manufacturer who founded Deere & Company, one of the largest and leading agricultural and construction equipment manufacturers in the world. Born in Rutland, Vermont, Deere moved to Illinois and invented the first commercially successful steel plow in 1837.
Deere & Company (John Deere developed a steel plow in 1937)
Farmers' Almanac TV John Deere, The Man - YouTube
John Deere Brief Bio - YouTube
History of John Deere - YouTube

Our Photos: John Deere Tractor & Tractor Pulling
The Field Museum (Natural History) T rex “Sue”, which was named after Sue Hendrickson, a marine archaeologist, who found the fossil in South Dakota in 1990. “T rex”: Tyrannosaurus rex.

Skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex discovered - Aug 12, 1990 -
Sue Hendrickson - Wikipedia  born December 2, 1949) is an
American paleontologist. Hendrickson is best known for her discovery of the remains of a Tyrannosaurus rex in South Dakota on August 12, 1990. Her discovery was the largest specimen of a T. rex found and one of the most complete skeletons. This skeleton is now known as "Sue" in honor of her discovery. It is on display at the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois.
South Dakota  |  Illinois


Sue Hendrickson - Wikipedia  born December 2, 1949, an American paleontologist. Hendrickson is best known for her discovery of the remains of a Tyrannosaurus rex in South Dakota on August 12, 1990. Her discovery was the largest specimen of a T. rex found and one of the most complete skeletons. This skeleton is now known as "Sue" in honor of her discovery. It is on display at the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois.
Illinois  |  Indiana  |  Florida  |  Seattle, Washington
Lincoln Log Cabin, Lerna

Millennium Park, Chicago
6842 140804  Millennium Park - Bing Images  Chicago, Illinois
Millennium Park - Wikipedia
City of Chicago :: Millennium Park
Crown Fountain - Bing Images
Crown Fountain - Wikipedia
10 years of being the faces on Crown Fountain in Millennium Park - Chicago Tribune  Barbara Brotman, 07/21/2014

* Nauvoo Mormon Temple: Mormons settled here from 1839-1844   Check out Nauvoo Temple at Historic Nauvoo 

+& Navy Pier      First Ferris Wheel (The original one was built by George Ferris for the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893)      
check out a small Ferris Wheel
@ New! Cirque Shanghai “Cloud Nine” opens in June (100528) on Navy Pier 

Museum of Science and Industry  -  Relic of a World’s Fair (1893)

Shedd Aquarium 

Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower):
 Sky Deck | The Ledge
Willis (Sears) Tower Skydeck & Ledge: 1 (Skydeck & Ledge video)  |  2  (7.12.2009)    Chicago, Illinois                 More Skywalks
Note: We went to the Sears Tower 10 years ago or so, but there was no ledge since the Ledge has only been around since 2009. Standing on the ledge looks very scary, but could be very exciting.
4067 131112  "America's Tallest Building"  Willis Tower loses to One World Trade Center as nation's tallest  w/ video (Chicago Tribune, Blair Kamin, 11/12/2013)
Photos: Willis Tower -- Chicago Tribune  11/12/2013
Photos: One World Trade Center -- Chicago Tribune   11/12/2013

Wrigley Field (Cubs’ home stadium, 2nd-oldest ballpark) - The Official Site of Major League Baseball  World Series: Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians;
Cubs win World Series after 108 years waiting |  2016

Zoolights at Lincoln Park Zoo    Holiday season

born February 7, 1804    John Deere
John Deere - Inventor -
John Deere (inventor) - Wikipedia  February 7, 1804 – May 17, 1886, an American blacksmith and manufacturer who founded Deere & Company, one of the largest and leading agricultural and construction equipment manufacturers in the world. Born in Rutland, Vermont, Deere moved to Illinois and invented the first commercially successful steel plow in 1837.

Deere & Company (John Deere developed a steel plow in 1937)
Farmers' Almanac TV: John Deere, The Man - YouTube
History of John Deere - YouTube

Vermont  |  Illinois
Our Photos: John Deere Tractor & Tractor Pulling    

born February 12, 1809    Abraham Lincoln    #16
Abraham Lincoln Biography  Civil Rights Activist, Lawyer, U.S. Representative, U.S. President
From Wood Cabin to White House: An Abe Lincoln Timeline  (Info from Tyler)
Abraham Lincoln - Wikipedia  February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865, 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War—its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.
Kentucky  |  Indiana  |  Illinois
Abraham Lincoln    #16
Civil War

born February 15, 1809    Cyrus McCormick
Who Made America? | Innovators | Cyrus McCormick
Cyrus McCormick's Reaper - YouTube
Cyrus McCormick - Wikipedia
  February 15, 1809 – May 13, 1884, an American inventor and businessperson, the founder of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company, which later became part of the International Harvester Company in 1902. From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, he and many members of his family became prominent residents of Chicago. Although McCormick has sometimes been simplistically credited as the [single] "inventor" of the mechanical reaper, he was one of several inventors who contributed successful models in the 1830s, and his efforts built on more than two decades of work by his father, as well as the aid of Jo Anderson, a slave held by his family. Even greater than his achievement as an inventor was his success in the development of a modern company, with manufacturing, marketing, and a sales force to market his products.
Virginia  |  Illinois   

Earthquake rocks the American wilderness - Dec 16, 1811 -
1811–12 New Madrid earthquakes - Wikipedia
New Madrid, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas

New Madrid: The Earthquakes of 1811-1812 - YouTube
The New Madrid Fault could Reawaken at any Time- documentary 2015 - YouTube  

Illinois becomes the 21st state - Dec 03, 1818 -

born December 13, 1818    Mary Todd Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln marries Mary Todd - Nov 04, 1842 -
Mary Todd Lincoln - U.S. First Lady Mini Bio BIO - YouTube
Mary Todd Lincoln | The White House
Mary Todd Lincoln - Wikipedia 
December 13, 1818 – July 16, 1882, the wife of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, and as such the First Lady of the United States from 1861 to 1865.
Lexington, Kentucky  |  Springfield, Illinois

Presidents:    Abraham Lincoln    #16

born May 27, 1837    Wild Bill Hickok
Wild Bill Hickok - Law Enforcement, Folk Hero -
Deadwood (TV Series 2004–2006) - IMDb
Wild Bill Hickok - Wikipedia  May 27, 1837 - August 2, 1876 - known as "Wild Bill" Hickok—was a folk character of the American Old West.

Photos:  Wild West Frontier Fest  |  Defeat of Jesse James Days Celebration
Illinois  |  South Dakota
Sheriff Wild Bill Hickok proves too wild for Kansas - Sep 27, 1869 -
Outlaws and Lawmen

born September 8, 1841    Charles Julius Guiteau
Charles Julius Guiteau - -
Charles J. Guiteau - Wikipedia 
September 8, 1841 – June 30, 1882, an American writer and lawyer who was convicted of the assassination of James A. Garfield, the 20th President of the United States. 
Illinois  |  Wisconsin

James Garfield    #20  

Rescuers reach Donner Party - Feb 19, 1847 -
The Donner Party (Full Documentary) - YouTube
Donner Party - Wikipedia
Springfield, Illinois (summer 1846) - California

born March 19, 1848    Wyatt Earp
Wyatt Earp (1994) - IMDb
Tombstone - Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Scene - YouTube
Doc Holliday & Johnny Ringo - YouTube

Outlaws and Lawmen
Illinois  |  Iowa  |  California

born September 3, 1856    Louis Sullivan 
Louis H. Sullivan  "father of modern American architecture", “Form follows function.”

Louis Sullivan: Father of the Skyscraper - YouTube
Architecture 16 of 23 Sullivan & Adler Auditorium Building Chicago - YouTube
Louis Sullivan - Wikipedia 
Louis Henry Sullivan, September 3, 1856 – April 14, 1924, an American architect, and has been called the "father of skyscrapers" and "father of modernism". He is considered by many as the creator of the modern skyscraper, was an influential architect and critic of the Chicago School, was a mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright, and an inspiration to the Chicago group of architects who have come to be known as the Prairie School. Along with Henry Hobson Richardson and Frank Lloyd Wright, Sullivan is one of "the recognized trinity of American architecture". "Form follows function" is attributed to him although he credited the origin of the concept to an ancient Roman architect. In 1944, ...
Louis Sullivan: the Struggle for American Architecture Clip 1 - YouTube
Louis Sullivan: the Struggle for American Architecture Clip 2 - YouTube
Buildings  |  Chicago, Illinois

born March 22, 1868    Robert A. Millikan
Robert A. Millikan - Facts
Robert Millikan | American physicist |
Robert Andrews Millikan - Wikipedia 
March 22, 1868 – December 19, 1953, an American experimental physicist honored with the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1923 for the measurement of the elementary electronic charge and for his work on the photoelectric effect.

born August 23, 1868    Edgar Lee Masters
Edgar Lee Masters, author of Spoon River Anthology, is born - Aug 23, 1869 -
Spoon River Anthology - Wikipedia
Edgar Lee Masters - Wikipedia  August 23, 1868 – March 5, 1950, an American attorney, poet, biographer, and dramatist.
Kansas  |  Illinois

Chicago Fire of 1871 - Facts & Summary -
​How the Great Fire of 1871 Actually Benefitted Chicago - YouTube
Great Chicago Fire 1871 - YouTube
Great Chicago Fire - Wikipedia  a conflagration that burned from Sunday, October 8, to early Tuesday, October 10, 1871. The fire killed up to 300 people, destroyed roughly 3.3 square miles (9 km2) of Chicago, Illinois, and left more than 100,000 residents homeless. ...
Lessons from History The Chicago Fire of 1871 - YouTube
The Chicago Fire - YOU ARE THERE - YouTube
Chicago, Illinois
13375 171008  Fire rips through Chicago - Oct 08, 1871 - 
Massive fire burns in Wisconsin - Oct 07, 1871 -
Wisconsin's Peshtigo Fire - YouTube
Great Michigan Fire - Wikipedia
Chicago, Illinois  |  Wisconsin  |  Michigan
Fire breaks out in Chicago theater - Dec 30, 1903 -

Edna Ferber, author of Show Boat, is born - Aug 15, 1887 -
Show Boat (1951) - IMDb
Show Boat (1951) - Trailer - YouTube
Show Boat - 1936 - YouTube
Paul Robeson - Ol' Man River (Showboat - 1936) J.Kern O. Hammerstein II - YouTube
Giant (1956) - IMDb
Giant (1956) Official Trailer - Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson Movie HD - YouTube
Edna Ferber - Wikipedia 
August 15, 1885 – April 16, 1968, an American novelist, short story writer and playwright. Her novels were especially popular and included the Pulitzer Prize-winning So Big (1924), Show Boat (1926; made into the celebrated 1927 musical), Cimarron (1929; made into the 1931 film which won the Academy Award for Best Picture), Giant (1952; made into the 1956 Hollywood movie) and Ice Palace (1958) filmed in 1960
Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin


Frank Duryea wins first U.S. horseless-carriage race - Nov 28, 1895 - HISTORY.coma 54-mile loop along the lakeshore from Chicago to Waukegan and back again
Chicago Times-Herald race - Wikipedia
Cars  |  Chicago, Illinois

born July 24, 1897    Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart flies from Hawaii to California - HISTORY  Jan. 11, 1935
Amelia Earhart Hops Foggy Pacific in 18 Hours in Lockheed Vega 1935-01-11 Universal Newsreel - YouTube
Amelia Earhart - First Woman To Fly Alone Mini Bio Biography - YouTube

Amelia Earhart - Wikipedia  born July 24, 1897; disappeared July 2, 1937, an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
Kansas  |  Minnesota  |  Illinois

born July 21, 1899    Earnest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway is born - Jul 21, 1899 -  Earnest Hemingway
Mini BIO - Ernest Hemingway - YouTube
Ernest Hemingway - Wikipedia 
July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961, an American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations.
Illinois  |  Florida 

15261 19030 American Automobile Association - Wikipedia  AAA was founded on March 4, 1902, in Chicago, Illinois

born October 5, 1902    Ray Kroc  Ray Kroc
Ray Kroc Documentary McDonalds History - YouTube
Ray Kroc and the History of McDonalds-National History Fair - YouTube 
Ray Kroc - Wikipedia  Raymond Albert "Ray" Kroc,
October 5, 1902 – January 14, 1984, an American businessman and philanthropist. He joined McDonald's in 1954 and built it into the most successful fast food operation in the world. Kroc was included in Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century, and amassed a fortune during his lifetime. He owned the San Diego Padres baseball team from 1974 until his death in 1984. ...
McDonald's - Wikipedia 
Illinois  |  Restaurants 

Fire breaks out in Chicago theater - Dec 30, 1903 -
Chicago Fire of 1871 - Facts & Summary -

born May 30, 1909    Benny Goodman
Headline News - on the Death of Benny Goodman, 1986 - YouTube
Benny Goodman - A Short History - YouTube
Benny Goodman - Wikipedia  May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986, an American jazz and swing musician, clarinetist and bandleader, known as the "King of Swing".

Chicago, Illinois  |  Music

born February 6, 1911    Ronald Reagan    #40 
Ronald Reagan
Mini BIO - Ronald Reagan - YouTube
Ronald Reagan | The White House
40 Ronald Reagan - YouTube
Ronald Reagan - Wikipedia 
February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004, an American politician and actor who served as the 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Prior to his presidency, he was the 33rd Governor of California from 1967 to 1975, following a career as a Hollywood actor and union leader. ...
The “Reagan Doctrine” is announced - Feb 06, 1985 -
Presidents:     Ronald Reagan    #40    |    Illinois

born April 4, 1913    Muddy Waters
Muddy Waters - Guitarist, Songwriter, Singer - 
April 4, 1913  – April 30, 1983
Muddy Waters - Topic - YouTube
Muddy Waters is born - Apr 04, 1913 -
Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones - Baby Please Don't Go - Live At Checkerboard Lounge - YouTube
Muddy Waters - Champagne & Reefer - YouTube
I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man - Muddy Waters - YouTube
Mississippi  |  Chicago, Illinois  |  Music

born February 4, 1921    Betty Friedan
The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan is published - HISTORY  Feb. 16, 1963
Betty Friedan - Books, Quotes & Life - Biography
Betty Friedan The Three Waves of Feminism - Ohio Humanities  2018
Betty Friedan - Wikipedia 
February 4, 1921 – February 4, 2006, an American writer, activist, and feminist. A leading figure in the women's movement in the United States, her 1963 book The Feminine Mystique is often credited with sparking the second wave of American feminism in the 20th century. In 1966, Friedan co-founded and was elected the first president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), which aimed to bring women "into the mainstream of American society now [in] fully equal partnership with men."
1950s Housewife to Women's Activist Betty Friedan - YouTube
Feminine Mystique - YouTube
Women's Rights | Betty Friedan interview 1977 - YouTube

Illinois  |  Women's Rights  |  Women's Movement

born December 26, 1921    Steve Allen 
Steve Allen Bio - YouTube
Steve Allen - Wikipedia 
December 26, 1921 – October 30, 2000, an American te levision personality, radio personality, musician, composer, actor, comedian, writer, and advocate of scientific skepticism. In September 1954, he achieved national fame as the first host of The Tonight Show, which was the first late night television talk show.
The Tonight Show - Wikipedia
JACK KEROUAC on THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW with Steve Allen 1959 - YouTube

New York  |  Chicago, Illinois

born January 17, 1922    Betty White
Betty White on Her Legacy, Memories and Her Recipe for Living a Long, Happy Life  Parade

Betty White - IMDb - Although best known as the devious Sue Ann Nivens on the classic sitcom Mary Tyler Moore (1970) and the ditzy Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls (1985), ...
Betty White - Wikipedia   January 17, 1922, an American actress, animal rights activist, author, comedian, radio host, singer, and television personality. Regarded as a pioneer of television, White was one of the first women to have control both in front of and behind the camera; and is recognized as the first woman to produce a sitcom, which contributed to her receiving the honorary title as the Mayor of Hollywood in 1955. ...
Betty White Gets All the Attention! - YouTube
Betty White Surprises Morgan Freeman at the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award - YouTube

Illinois  |  California

Dick Van Dyke born - Dec 13, 1925 -
Dick Van Dyke Interview Pt. 1 11-29-12 - CONAN on TBS - YouTube  Pt. 1 & 2
Dick Van Dyke - IMDb
Dick Van Dyke - Wikipedia  Richard Wayne "Dick" Van Dyke, born December 13, 1925, an American actor, comedian, singer, dancer, writer, and producer.
Mary Poppins Tales with Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke - YouTube
Chim Chim Cher-ee (from “Mary Poppins”) - YouTube
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (from Mary Poppins) - Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke - YouTube
Mary Poppins (1964) - IMDb
Missouri  |  Illinois

born April 9, 1926    Hugh Hefner
Hugh Hefner -
How Hugh Hefner Commercialized Sex - The Atlantic

Playboy - Wikipedia
Hugh Hefner - Wikipedia  April 9, 1926 – September 27, 2017, an American publisher and playboy. He was best known as the editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine, which he founded in 1953, and as chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises,
Chicago, Illinois
R.I.P.    September 27, 2017    Hugh Hefner 
Hugh Hefner dies at 91 | Los Angeles Times - YouTube

Harlem Globetrotters play their first game - Jan 07, 1927 -
Harlem Globetrotter Legends - YouTube
Harlem Globetrotters

Chicago, Illinois

born April 6, 1928    James Watson   
James Watson - Facts
James D. Watson - Academic, Biologist, Geneticist, Zoologist, Scientist -

James Watson - Wikipedia
born April 6, 1928, an American molecular biologist, geneticist and zoologist, best known as one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA in 1953 with Francis Crick and Rosalind Franklin. Watson, Crick, and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material".
DNA Story - Watson and Crick - YouTube 
What is DNA and How Does it Work? - YouTube
Chicago, Illinois

Rosalind Franklin - Chemist, Scientist, Scientist -
Rosalind Franklin - Wikipedia 
25 July 1920 – 16 April 1958, an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer who made contributions to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), RNA (ribonucleic acid), viruses, coal, and graphite. Although her works on coal and viruses were appreciated in her lifetime, her contributions to the discovery of the structure of DNA were largely recognized posthumously.
James Watson The most controversial statements made by the father of DNA - The Independent  Jan. 13, 2019
DNA pioneer James Watson stripped of honors after racist comments  USA TODAY, Jan. 13, 2019 

born March 14, 1933    Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones - Children's Activist, Music Producer, Television Producer, Songwriter, Trumpet Player -
Quincy Jones is best known as a composer and record producer for legendary musicians such as Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Celene Dion and Aretha Franklin.
Music  |  Chicago, Illinois

Jazz Standards Songs and Instrumentals (One O'clock Jump)  recorded Jan. 21, 1937
One O'Clock Jump - Count Basie and his Orchestra (1965) - YouTube
One O'Clock Jump - Count Basie - YouTube
One O'Clock Jump - Wikipedia 

Count Basie Orchestra - Wikipedia  a 16 to 18 piece big band, one of the most prominent jazz performing groups of the swing era, founded by Count Basie in 1935 and recording regularly from 1936. Despite a brief disbandment at the beginning of the 1950s, the band survived long past the Big Band era itself and the death of Basie in 1984. It continues as a 'ghost band'.
Kansas City, Missouri  |  Chicago, Illinois
Count Basie - Wikipedia  August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984, an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer.
New Jersey  | 
Harlem, New York


 October 26, 1946    Pat Sajak
Wheel of Fortune’s Pat Sajak born - Oct 26, 1946 -
Pat Sajak Reveals Reason for 1-Day Job Switch With Vanna White on 'Wheel of Fortune' - YouTube
Wheel of Fortune (U.S. game show) - Wikipedia
Pat Sajak - Wikipedia 
October 26, 1946, an American television personality, former weatherman, and talk show host, best known as the host of the American television game show Wheel of Fortune.
Chicago, Illinois
6,500 dresses later: 'Wheel of Fortune' host Vanna White on 35 years with Pat Sajak, why she loves her job - ABC News  Oct. 30, 2017

Vanna White - Wikipedia 
February 18, 1957, an American television personality and film actress best known as the hostess of Wheel of Fortune since 1982.
South Carolina

born January 24, 1949    John Belushi
John Belushi - Wikipedia 
January 24, 1949 – March 5, 1982, an American comedian, actor and musician. Belushi is best known for his "intense energy and raucous attitude" which he displayed as one of the seven original cast members of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL).
John Belushi - IMDb

Top 10 Saturday Night Live Sketches - YouTube
The Blues Brothers - Everybody needs somebody - 1080p Full HD - YouTube
Bluto's Big Speech - Animal House (9-10) Movie CLIP (1978) HD - YouTube


Sue Hendrickson - Wikipedia  born December 2, 1949, an
American paleontologist. Hendrickson is best known for her discovery of the remains of a Tyrannosaurus rex in South Dakota on August 12, 1990. Her discovery was the largest specimen of a T. rex found and one of the most complete skeletons. This skeleton is now known as "Sue" in honor of her discovery. It is on display at the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois.
Illinois  |  Indiana  |  Florida  |  Seattle, Washington
Skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex discovered - Aug 12, 1990 -
South Dakota  |  Illinois

born February 18, 1950    John Hughes
“Breakfast Club” director John Hughes dies - Aug 06, 2009 -
John Hughes (filmmaker) - Wikipedia  February 18, 1950 – August 6, 2009, an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He directed and/or scripted some of the most successful comedy films of the 1980s and early 1990s including the comedy National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), the coming-of-age comedy Sixteen Candles (1984), the teen sci-fi comedy Weird Science (1985), the coming-of-age comedy-drama The Breakfast Club (1985), the coming-of-age comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), the romantic comedy-drama Pretty in Pink (1986), the romance Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), the comedies Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) and Uncle Buck (1989), the Christmas family comedy Home Alone (1990) and its sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992).
John Hughes - IMDb

Michigan  |  Illinois

born August 4, 1961    Barack Obama    #44
Barack Obama |  Barack Obama
C-SPAN: President Barack Obama 2009 Inauguration and Address - YouTube

The Speech that Made Obama President - YouTube
Barack Obama - Wikipedia 
born August 4, 1961, the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office and the first president born outside the continental United States. ...
Presidents    Barack Obama    #44

Chicago (band) - Wikipedia  1967 - present
Chicago has its first #1 hit with “If You Leave Me Now” - Oct 23, 1976 -
Chicago - If you leave me now - 1977 (HQ) - YouTube
Chicago - You're The Inspiration (Official Music Video) - YouTube
Chicago - Topic - YouTube
Chicago - Hard To Say I'm Sorry-Get Away (Official Audio) - YouTube
Chicago - 25 Or 6 To 4 (HD) - YouTube
Chicago, Illinois

Protests at Democratic National Convention in Chicago - Aug 28, 1968 -  
Chicago Convention The Whole World is Watching 1968 ElectionWallDotOrg.flv - YouTube
1968 Democratic Convention - YouTube
Hubert Humphrey and the death of Robert Kennedy - Austin Daily Herald Austin Daily Herald  June 6, 2018

Vietnam War  |  Chicago, Illinois

Dec. 4, 1969, Chicago, Illinois  Police kill two members of the Black Panther Party - HISTORY 
The Story Of The FBI's Plot To Destroy The Black Panthers - YouTube
Black Panthers White Lies | Curtis Austin | TEDxOhioStateUniversity - YouTube
Black Panthers - History, Definition & Timeline - HISTORY
Civil Rights

Disco is dealt death blow by fans of the Chicago White Sox - Jul 12, 1979 -
The Death Of Disco - YouTube
Disco Demolition Night - Wikipedia
Disco - Wikipedia
Music  |  Chicago, Illinois
“I Will Survive” wins the first—and last—Grammy ever awarded for Best Disco Recording - HISTORY  Feb. 27, 1980
Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive [Official Video] 1978 [Audio iTunes Plus AAC M4A] - YouTube

DISCO DEMOLITION NIGHT AT OLD COMISKEY PARK (1979) - YouTube  July 12, 1979, Chicago, Illinois
Disco Changed Everything. So Why Did It Die? - YouTube
Top 10 Music Genres That Died Out - YouTube

@#& Deep-Dish Pizza:
Sam Rosati’s | Home of Deep-Dish Pizza: Gino’s East: In addition to Deep-Dish Pizza, here you can leave your name or other scribbles on the walls. Gino’s East
@ Classic Hotdog at
Wrigley Field (Cubs’ home stadium, 2nd-oldest ballpark)
& Hot Dog 

4701 140111  Chicago Tribune 2014 Dining Awards  (Chicago Tribune, Josh Noel, Kevin Pang and Phil Vettel, 01/09/2014)

4314 131211  A diner's guide to Eataly Chicago  (Chicago Tribune, Christopher Borrelli, 12/11/2013)

February 14, 2014  Valentine's Day  Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown Movie -
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown - Opening - YouTube
Valentine's Day - OFFICIAL Movie Trailer [HD] 2010 - YouTube
10 great romantic movies | Valentine's Day
Phil Vettel recommends: Valentine's Day dining  Love is in the air... (Chicago Tribune, Phil Vettel, 02/05/2014)
Valentine's Day photo page

4511 131226  Chicagoans of the Year in the Arts  (Chicago Tribune, 12/26/2013)

4833 140123  Listen, old chum, Marriott brings 'Cabaret' to life - THEATER REVIEW Cabaret at the Marriott Theatre  (Chicago Tribune, Chris Jones, 01/23/2014)
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire

4445 131221  No age barrier n these best performances of 2013  Chicago-area stages  (Chicago Tribune, Chris Jones, 12/19/2013)
our 2013 page

4342 131214  Top 10 shows that live on: Best Chicago theater of 2013  (Chicago Tribune, Chris Jones, 12/13/2013)
Best Chicago dance of 2013: A resplendent year  (Chicago Tribune, Laura Molzahn, 12/13/2013)

3165 130825  31st year for Chicago Triathlon -
Life Time Fitness - Chicago Triathlon
our Triathlon photo page (Lifetime Tri Minneapolis)

3088 130818  Photos Chicago Air and Water Show -- Chicago Tribune
City of Chicago: Chicago Air and Water Show  August 17 & 18, 2013, Chicago, Illinois
our Duluth Air Show photo page  | 

2553 130713  Taste of Chicago 2013 photos -- Chicago Tribune
City of Chicago Taste of Chicago  Chicago, Illinois
2008 Taste of Chicago - YouTube  |  2011 Taste of Chicago - YouTube  |  The Taste of Chicago 2012 - In The City - YouTube
our Taste of Minnesota photo page

2936 130806  Great Bull Run comes to Chicago in July -

5459 140326  Lollapalooza 2014 | August 1-3, 2014 : Grant Park : Chicago, IL
Lollapalooza 2014 lineup announced  (Chicago Tribune, Greg Kot, 03/26/2014)

2897 130804  Lollapalooza 2013 August 2-4, 2013 Grant Park Chicago, IL  |  lollapalooza - YouTube
Lollapalooza 2012 - Friday Highlights - YouTube
Lollapalooza - Wikipedia

3410 130915  "Music Festival"  Riot Fest - 2013 Music Festival  Chicago, Sept. 13-15, 2013       
Photos Riot Fest 2013 -- Chicago Tribune  |  Riot Fest - Bing Images
Riot Fest 2012 Highlights - YouTube
Riot Fest - Wikipedia

Information Resources: Chicago Tribune

2681 130721  Pitchfork Music Festival 2013, Union Park, Chicago, Illinois
INSIDE PITCHFORK MUSIC FESTIVAL 2012! - YouTube  |  Highlights-Pitchfork Music Festival 2009 - The True Experience - YouTube  |  Pitchfork Music Festival 2010 from the Crowd in 10 Minutes - YouTube
Pitchfork Music Festival - Wikipedia

4442 131221  An outdoor lover’s guide to Chicago  (GrindTV, Heather Hansman, 12/18/2013)

4731 140114  15 things to do with your kids this week -

Brief History*
1860 Abraham Lincoln becomes president | 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition (Chicago) | 1908 Springfield race riots leads to founding of NAACP | 1933 Chicago World’s Fair |  

Local Celebrities*
Walt Disney, Ernest Hemingway, Michael Jordan, Abraham Lincoln (1844-1861), Barack Obama, Ronald Regan, Oprah Winfrey, Frank Lloyd Wright (long time-resident), and more

Illinois | Chicago (Nickname: Windy City) | Springfield (Capital)
Largest Cities in Illinois

Tourism | Chicago’s Tourism Office

Top Ten Illinois attractions | Best of Chicago

15545 190602  Violent Chicago weekend leaves 10 dead, at least 35 wounded - ABC News
Crime in Chicago - Wikipedia


# Events:
Illinois State Fair officials unveil popular butter cow - YouTube
Illinois State Fair  Aug. 8 -118, 2019, State Fair Grounds, Springfield, Illinois
Butter sculpture - Wikipedia
Butter sculptures at the Iowa State Fair - Wikipedia
Iowa State Fair | Nothing Compares
  Aug. 8 -118, 2019, State Fair Grounds, Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa State Fair - Wikipedia

Princess Kay of the Milky Way Butterhead Sculpture, Minnesota State Fair, Minnesota

The Nation's Largest Auto Show Chicago Auto Show  Feb. 8-17, 2014, Chicago, Illinois, (IL)

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
           check out our St. Paul St. Patrick’s Day Parade photos
Chicago Air & Water Show < >  August  check out our Duluth Air Show pix
Taste of Chicago                       check out our Taste of Minnesota photos
Chicago Marathon                     check out our Twin Cities marathon photos

3855 131021  Highwood Pumpkin Festival, Highwood, Illinois (video)
Highwood falls short of jack-o-lantern record  photos (Chicago Tribune, Denys Bucksten, Special to the Tribune, 10/21/2013)
20,036 jack-o-lanterns, 2013, Highwood
World Record: 30,128 jack-o-lanterns, 2006, Boston
our jack-o-lantern photo page

More Events
for example, check out this site

Everything you need to know for the Fourth of July around Chicago - Voices  Brandon Wall | Get In Touch, 07/03/2014

*  Inge N. Dobelis (Project Editor): America: land of Beauty and Splendor (New York/Montreal: Reader’s Digest, 1992)
+  Laura Sutherland with Family Travel Forum: Amazing Places to Take Your Kids(Illinois: Publications International, Ltd., 2008)
Top 10 Museums in the United States
@  Lissa Poirot: “The Great American Road Trip” ,
AAA Living May/June 2010, Page 27-29 Travel AAA
x  William Mullen (
Chicago Tribune): “T. rex Sue has more than paid off for Chicago Museum” St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 22, 2010
v  Alma E. Guinness (Project Editor) et al: America A to Z (New York, USA: The Reader's Digest Association, 1997)
&  Michael Schuman
(Albany Times Union): “Chicago’s Finest – 10 landmarks that define the Windy City” Travel Section, St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 30, 2010
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