A newspaper is an institution developed by modern civilization to present the news of the day, to foster commerce and industry, to inform and lead public opinion, and to furnish that check upon government which no constitution has ever been able to provide.
“The big reason for his Tribune’s success is that McCormick has simply made it indispensable,” Time commented on June 9, 1947. “No paper in all Chicagoland can match its overwhelming coverage of the news."
Still rings true.
How we celebrated the 100th anniversary, 75 years ago to the day.
Even the rival Daily News was complimentary: “We salute the Chicago Tribune and its publisher upon the second century of exciting, meteoric and controversial journalistic adventures.”
Cheers to another 175 years.
Hot off the presses, or more accurately, fresh from a box unearthed today from the Tribune’s archives: Boxing legend Jack Johnson in an undated photo in Chicago. #JackJohnson#boxing#boxinghistory#legend
From the archives: On Jan. 16, 1967, McCormick Place was destroyed by a fire. One person, a security guard, died in the blaze. bit.ly/2mDOGLa
Read more about the night McCormick Place burned here: trib.in/2mFlgfX
From the archives: On Dec. 11, 1921, gangster "Terrible Tommy" O'Connor escaped from the Cook County Jail days before he was to be executed. He was never caught. trib.in/2BV748o
Read more about the escape here: trib.in/2jyI8QK
How fascinating — hundreds of letters written during World War II, mostly by members of a single Rockford family, are again seeing the light of day after turning up in an unclaimed storage unit trib.in/2BGTpBF
John B. Anderson, an Illinois Republican who cultivated a free-thinking reputation during his 20 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, and who mounted a serious third-party bid for the White House in 1980, has died. trib.in/2AV7eAh
50 years ago, Francis Brenton sailed a catamaran from #LakeMichigan to #Senegal in a catamaran he fashioned from a canoe and a pontoon. The harrowing journey ended up taking 106 days, far longer than the 45 days he predicted. See the journey: trib.in/2hTEwUL