When he was 2 years old, he fell out of a second story window and fractured his skull
When he was 6 years old, he mistakenly drank boric acid.
When he was 9 years old, he fell over a small cliff and broke his leg.
When he was 11 years old, he contracted measles and was in a coma for nine days.
When he was 14 years old, he broke his arm when he caught it in a carriage door.
When he was 19 years old, he was struck on the head by a falling brick.
When he was 23 years old, he almost died from the effects of tainted wine.
When he was 29 years old, Adolph Sax invented the saxophone.
clearly someone didn’t want that saxophone invented
THIS NEEDS TO BE A 300-PAGE SCI-FI NOVEL BECAUSE I WOULD READ THE HELL OUTTA THAT
Scenes from the 1908 London Olympics, with events such as leapfrog, tug-o-war, and synchronized cycling.
The Victoria & Albert Museum
Chicago’s flag, officially adopted by the City Council in 1917, will be the central figure of the celebration of the Semi-Centennial of the Chicago Fire.
The white field of the flag is divided into three bars, the two outer sections representing the North and South Sides and the center the more populous area of the West Side.
The blue stripes represent the branches of the Chicago River, division lines of the city.
The six-pointed star nearer the staff symbolizes the Chicago fire of ‘71; the other the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1892-3, the two great formative events of Chicago’s history.
— from the Chicago Herald and Examiner, Oct. 2, 1921
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The aftermath of the first of several fires that would eventually destroy what remained of the Columbian Exposition, 1894, Chicago.
The World’s Columbian Exposition ended in October 1893. The Ferris Wheel closed in April 1894 and was dismantled and stored until the following year. It was then rebuilt on Chicago’s North Side, near Lincoln Park. Pictured above is the crew working on the Ferris Wheel reconstruction on N. Clark Street c. 1895. Photographer unknown.
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The original Ferris Wheel at the World’s Columbian Exposition c. 1893. Photographer unknown.
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The Rialto Theater, which stood at 546 S State Street, 1954, Chicago.
Chicago Theater, 175 North State Street, 1927. Photograph from Kaufmann & Fabry.
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Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived. View comic.