100 Years Ago Today

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

from the Chronicling America collection of the Library of Congress.


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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