New Orleans Union Station (shown here in the 1920s) opened in 1892 and was torn down in 1954 for the current New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal that consolidated the inter-city railroad services. It was the only railroad station Chicago architect Louis Sullivan ever designed. Sullivan’s brother Albert worked for the Illinois Central Railroad, who commissioned the building. Sullivan also used this train station when traveling to his vacation bungalow in nearby Mississippi.
17-year-old Ruzena M. Henzlik was employed as a typist with the Western Electric Company. She died July 24, 1915 during the Eastland Disaster. A total of 844 passengers and crew were killed in what was to become the largest loss of life from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes. Henzlik and many victims are found in Section 16 of Bohemian National Cemetery in Chicago.
On this day 80 years ago, America’s first Public Enemy Number One John Dillinger was shot to death by FBI agents as he exited the Biograph Theater in Chicago after seeing the Clark Gable gangster film Manhattan Melodrama. This reenactment of the shooting includes hand drawn images of the participants superimposed on a photo of the notorious Chicago street corner where the events took place.