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Heavyweight Champion of the World

“Joe, we need muscles like yours to beat Germany.” These are the words President Franklin ... more

Groovy Baby

Bell-bottom pants, long hair, free thought and peace symbols. These are just a few of the identifying ... more

Never Again

Five hundred and ninety-nine women lined up and gave a crumb of bread into my palm to help me ... more

It’s a bird, it’s a plane!

Most 80th birthday celebrations don’t end up with the guest of honor jumping out of a perfectly ... more

The Running Machine on Wheels

“You throw your leg over kind of like you are jumping on a horse with your feet, your toes ... more

Battle of Midway

It was a gross underestimation of American power. In 1942, Japanese forces planned a complex ... more

Bill Remembers: Graceland

Bill Kurtis looks back on Elvis and his house on a hill, known as Graceland.

Drive-In Restaurants

The first drive-in opened in 1921, and whether the booming success of these new eateries was ... more

Operation Overlord

"Soldiers, sailors and airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force: You are about to embark upon ... more

Celebrating 125 Years of Chicago’s “L” Trains

"That idea of riding through the backyards and back porches of the city is still very much the ... more

Johnstown Flood

On May 31, 1889, a flood of enormous proportions took the lives of more than 2,000 people in ... more

The Great Seal Bug

It was 1945 and the U.S. and the Soviet Union had at best a tenuous relationship. What was presented ... more

The Pluto Platter

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a Pluto Platter! The Pluto Platter is a plastic disc that ... more

Bill Remembers Bonnie and Clyde

Bill Kurtis talks about the deadly duo Bonnie and Clyde, along with many other outlaws who have ... more

Killer Couple

Their inevitable demise came on May 23, 1934, in a deadly ambush down a Louisiana state highway; ... more

FDR Signs the Tennessee Valley Authority Act

On May 18, 1933, FDR signed the Tennessee Valley Authority Act as part of his New Deal. It was ... more

The Rise of the Miniskirt

In the 1960s women’s rising hemlines created an international fashion revolution, and we have ... more

Sue the Dinosaur Finds a New Home in Chicago

A decade after the discovery of the oldest, largest and most complete tyrannosaurus rex fossil ... more
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