A Hundred Years Ago Today in Chicago
We are very big on "centennial" observations. This was, for example, the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the end of the American Civil War, Lincoln's Assassination, the death of John Wilkes Booth, and the trial, conviction, and executions (and prison sentences) of the Lincoln Conspirators. Last year was the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, and on May 7th it was the centennial of the torpedoing/sinking of R.M.S. Lusitania off the Old Head of Kinsale, Ireland - an event that would eventually help to lead to American involvement in World War I.
But today is also an anniversary of a nautical tragedy, which is remembered in the city of Chicago more than in the rest of the country. One hundred years ago today, when filling up with happily anticipatory families of workers, the steamship "Eastland" capsized still tied to the pier on the Chicago River that it was on. Over 800 men, women, and children, all planning for a nice picnic and fun