July 1936 – Worst Heatwave In US History

On this date in 1936, temperatures in the Chicago area reached 112 degrees.

11 Jul 1936, 1 – Chicago Tribune at Newspapers.com

July 11 temperatures in Indiana have been steadily declining for a century, and are down about ten degrees from the 1930’s.

This was near the beginning of a heatwave which was just going to get worse over the next week.

The Bulletin – Google News Archive Search

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3 Responses to July 1936 – Worst Heatwave In US History

  1. Johansen says:

    12,000 deaths in one week!!!! My wife can’t believe these old reports…. Keep it up

  2. Gator says:

    Judging by the other article from that page, it appears Chicago and Illinois politics have changed little…

    During much of the last half of the 19th century, Chicago’s politics were dominated by a growing Democratic Party organization. During the 1880s and 1890s, Chicago had a powerful radical tradition with large and highly organized socialist, anarchist and labor organizations.[244] For much of the 20th century, Chicago has been among the largest and most reliable Democratic strongholds in the United States; with Chicago’s Democratic vote the state of Illinois has been “solid blue” in presidential elections since 1992. Even before then, it was not unheard of for Republican presidential candidates to win handily in downstate Illinois, only to lose statewide due to large Democratic margins in Chicago. The citizens of Chicago have not elected a Republican mayor since 1927, when William Thompson was voted into office.


    Just keep banging that head against the wall, it will eventually work.

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