This Week in History: 8/17/14


Dave Plier


Dave Plier and Dave Schwan talk ‘This Week in History’ including the debut of the first mail order catalog in the world from Chicago’s Montgomery Ward, the dial telephone is patented, the Aniti-Cigarette League of America launches in Chicago, Quin Ryan debuts on WGN Radio in 1924, Elvis Presley’s ‘Hound Dog’ hits #1, the TV game show scandals surface, Merv Griffin is pitted against Johnny Carson and Clinton denies his relationship with Monica Lewinsky in 1998.




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  • PHOTO: The WGN-TV mobile unit in operation on the street as it rehearsed programs for opening tonight at Illinois Street and the WGN Building on April 4, 1948. — Hardy Wieting, Chicago Tribune Archive Photo

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  • PHOTO: A view of the McDonald's museum in 2003. Ed Wagner, Chicago Tribune.

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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: The Democratic National Convention. Courtesy of Chicago Tribune Archives

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

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