Fun Fact Friday: Hot Enough Yet?
By: Dawn McKenzie
July 6, 2012 10:00 am CT
Most of us who reside in Chicago live here for the amazing summers. However, with the heat we’ve been experiencing, we’re not able to take advantage of too many summertime activities because we’re taking refuge inside where the air conditioning is on full blast! According to the Chicago Tribune, only twice before has the Chicago area logged three straight days of temperatures in the 100s: July 3-5, 1911 and August 4-6, 1947.
As you’ve probably heard, we’re challenging the record books this week. The hottest day recorded in Chicago was in 1934 when it was 105 degrees. Here are a few facts to remember what life was like 78 years ago:
- Alcatraz became a prison
- Einstein visited the White House
- The Chevrolet Master’s new GM-developed all-steel Turret Top was a first among value-priced American cars of the period.
- The Chevrolet Suburban Carryall truck was soon to be introduced and was the first American station wagon-type truck-based vehicle to have a body made of steel.
- The first Three Stooges short was released
- The New Deal was introduced by President Roosevelt
- The first All-American Soap Box Derby was held in Dayton, Ohio
Be careful and stay cool out there!