100 Years Ago Today

Grand Forks daily herald., July 24, 1915, Image 1

from the Chronicling America collection of the Library of Congress.

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On this day the Eastland excursion ship, docked at the Illinois River in Chicago, capsized, killing approximately 844 people as they were about to embark on a day trip to Michigan City, Indiana. The trip was sponsored by the Western Electric company as a day to picnic and enjoy Lake Michigan’s beaches.  Twenty-two complete families were lost in this disaster.

Search historic American newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

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