This Week in History – 05/04

Dave Plier and Dave Schwan talk this week in history including Benjamin Franklin testing the lightening rod, Paramount Pictures is formed in 1914 celebrating 100 years, Maxwell House Coffee ‘Good to the Last Drop’ advertising campaign debuts, the Alder Planetarium opens, the last broadcast of ‘I Love Lucy’, Ernie Banks manages the Cubs, and after 26 innings, the Sox beat the Brewers 7-6 in 1984, the longest game in MLB history.


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  • PHOTO: A Century of Progress. Eric DeLamarter and the Orchestra onstage at the Swift Bridge of Service bandshell, July 1, 1934 (Chicago Tribune archive photo). 

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  • PHOTO: Korean War veteran John Billingham of St. Louis pauses to read the inscription about Pearl Harbor from President Franklin D. Roosevelt: "...A date that will live in infamy..." Veterans and their guardians on an Honor Flight from St. Louis, MO were able to visit the WWII memorial today, as well as the Korean and Vietnam Veterans' memorials, despite the government shutdown. Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun /Tribune Publishing

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  • PHOTO: Al Capone. Chicago Tribune Archives

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  • PHOTO: Chicago Cubs' Ernie Banks kisses his 500th home run ball on May 12, 1970.
Courtesy of Ray Gora/Chicago Tribune

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  • PHOTO: Classic Swanson TV Dinner. Courtesy of Swanson/Pinnacle Foods.

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  • The Stanley Cup. Courtesy of WGN Radio’s Dave Plier, June 15, 2015.

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  • PHOTO: Cicero’s new ice rink will be named after Blackhawks great Bobby Hull, left, shown in the early 1970s. (Tribune file photo, Chicago Tribune / January 11, 2008)

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