Today in History: American Indian Movement occupies Wounded Knee

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 27, the 58th day of 2024. There are 308 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 27, 1973, members of the American Indian Movement occupied the hamlet of Wounded Knee in South Dakota, the site of the 1890 massacre of Sioux men, women and children. (The occupation […]

Today in History: World Trade Center bombed in 1993

Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 26, 1993, a truck bomb built by Islamic extremists exploded in the parking garage of the North Tower of New York’s World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000 others. (The bomb failed to topple the North Tower into the South Tower, as the terrorists had […]

Today in History: Ketanji Brown Jackson nominated to the Supreme Court

Today is Sunday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2024. There are 310 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 25, 2022, President Joe Biden nominated federal appeals court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, making her the first Black woman selected to serve on it. On this date: […]

Today in History: Russia begins full-scale invasion of Ukraine

Today is Saturday, Feb. 24, the 55th day of 2024. There are 311 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 24, 2022, Russia began a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, launching airstrikes on cities and military bases and sending troops and tanks from multiple directions. On this date: In 1803, in its […]

Today in History: Mississippi grand jury declines new charges in Emmett Till killing

Today is Friday, Feb. 23, the 54th day of 2024. There are 312 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 23, 2007, a Mississippi grand jury refused to bring any new charges in the 1955 slaying of Emmett Till, the Black teenager who was beaten and shot after being accused of […]

Vintage Chicago Tribune: Tom Skilling

Vintage Chicago Tribune: Tom Skilling

“Skilling quits,” the headline read. WGN-TV’s chief meteorologist Tom Skilling will retire next week. Forty-six years ago, though, he was a household name in Milwaukee. At the popular WITI-TV, Skilling presented detailed reports using maps and charts — unique for the time and his calling card today — to help viewers understand weather patterns. He […]

Today in History: US hockey team beats USSR in ‘Miracle on Ice’

Today is Thursday, Feb. 22, the 53rd day of 2024. There are 313 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 22, 1980, the “Miracle on Ice” took place in Lake Placid, New York, as the United States Olympic hockey team upset the Soviets, 4-3. (The U.S. team went on to win […]

Today in History: Rev. Billy Graham, influential evangelist and friend to presidents, dies

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 21, the 52nd day of 2024. There are 314 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 21, 2018, the Rev. Billy Graham, a confidant of presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died at his North Carolina home at age 99. On this date: In […]

Today in History: Congress proposes repealing Prohibition

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2024. There are 315 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 20, 1933, Congress proposed the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to repeal Prohibition. Here’s what happened when the repeal of Prohibition let Chicagoans drink again On this date: In 1792, […]

Today in History: Franklin Roosevelt paves way for internment of Japanese

Today is Monday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2024. There are 316 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 19, 1942, during World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which paved the way for the relocation and internment of people of Japanese ancestry, including U.S.-born citizens. […]

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