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Chicago Tribune 100 Years Ago

Chicago Tribune front pages are going back in time - 100 years into the past. Crime, public transit, the economy - you may notice that things really weren't that different back then.

June 30, 1914: Wife of the speaker of the house was nearly killed in a drowning on a party boat on the Potomac River.

June 29, 1914: Francis Ferdinand and duchess assassinated in Bosnia's capital.

June 28, 1914: A streetcar in Evanston rear-ended a hay wagon carrying partying girls, causing several injuries.

June 27, 1914: A bitter foe of vaccination has been placed in isolation because he came down with smallpox.

June 26, 1914: Nearly half the town of Salem, Mass., was destroyed by a fire today, causing many casualties including 10,000 homeless.

June 25, 1914: A line of very severe thunderstorms swept over Chicago late in the evening, leading to lightning strikes that set fires to buildings in the Loop.

June 24, 1914: A protest over wages by Paris postal employees caused the mail to be stopped for 7 hours.

June 23, 1914: Not sure if there were any mullets back then, but barbers continued a strike today.

June 22, 1914: 5 bottle-fed lion cubs ate their trainer in a train car at 16th and Clark streets, officials said.

June 21, 1914: A severe heat wave was hitting the central Plains on this date, with all-time highs causing wheat to wither in Kansas.

June 20, 1914: A steamer sank in the Mississippi River near St. Louis, and early reports indicated it was full of young girls and there was a great loss of life. Turns out, there was no one on the boat and that all the girls were let off at Alton.

June 19, 1914: A state analyst, speaking to a gathering of women, told them to eat bonbons and feed them to their kids, because they are safer than dye-infused hard candies and licorice.

June 18, 1914: There was a shooting on a street car at 12th and Crawford, and hundreds of passengers ran and spilled onto the streets. One policeman shot another. They were brothers.

June 17, 1914: It took 29 years, but 85-year-old Foster North received his bachelor's degree from Illinois University after being a rebel for much of his life.

June 16, 1914: Massive flooding overtakes the city-center in Paris, causing a lot of damage.

June 15, 1914: Children waiting to ride an elephant at the Toledo Zoo watched in horror as the elephant, described as "angry for a week, turned on and gored his trainer.

June 14, 1914: Former Vice President Adlai Stevenson has died after a long illness. He was the 23rd Vice President and served from 1893 to 1897 under Grover Cleveland.

June 13, 1914: So this story ... a hypnotist is in jail and he won't be released. That's interesting enough. But now you're getting very interested. So interested you ... (sorry. Editor's humor there). Before he went into jail, he put an 18-year-old under a spell, on his back pedaling an invisible bicycle. And now he won't break the spell until he's released. So yeah. That happened 100 years ago today.

June 12, 1914: Panama Canal tolls win Senate vote 50-35.

June 11, 1914: There is concern as to whether or not the ice cream supply in Chicago is safe due to refrigerator issues. And women are rallying for their right to choose how to wear a dress.

June 10, 1914: Uh-oh. A man who hypnotized another man 8 months ago is still in a trance and cannot be brought out of it, despite the intervention of many.

June 9, 1914: A systematic poisoning of people is suspected at a Cook County infirmary.

June 8, 1914: When a hydroplane became stuck in Lake Michigan, an aviator swooped in to save the pilot. Crowds cheered.

June 7, 1914: A severe thunderstorm moved over Chicago on this date, whipping up winds and waves.

June 6, 1914: President Roosevelt visits France.