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  • World War I defined rest of the 20th Century

    Tom Emery|Nov 30, 2022

    It was called the “Great War” and the “war to end all wars.” Unfortunately for mankind, there were even greater, and more deadly, wars to come. Though overshadowed by the Second World War today, the effects of the first world conflict defined the remainder of the twentieth century. The war ostensibly began when Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, by a 19-year-old Serbian liberator named Gavrilo Princip. The killing sparked a firestorm of diplomatic tensions between most European powers. Though Princi...

  • War of the Worlds rocked radio listeners

    Tom Emery|Nov 2, 2022

    A seemingly innocent fictional radio broadcast caused panic in the streets in 1938. Sunday, Oct. 30, marked the anniversary of the national radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds, which was misunderstood by many listeners as an actual attack on Earth by Martians. An estimated 9 to 12 million Americans were frightened by the broadcast. The broadcast on CBS Radio was a dramatic interpretation of the 1898 novel of the same name by British author H.G. Wells. In an era before television, radio was a prime form of entertainment, and millions of...

  • SamJam keeps going for a great cause

    Tom Emery|Aug 31, 2022

    One of the larger music festivals in small-town Illinois music festival returns this year with an array of musical genres. The 2022 SamJam Music and Brewfest will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, from noon until 10 p.m. at the Macoupin County Fairgrounds, just north of Carlinville. The event will feature everything from R&B to country and rock and roll, jazz, and American folk. “We’ve become known for top-quality music,” said Sam’s father, Peter Oswald, who has spearheaded the SamJam events. “Every year, our fans tell us how good our music is,...

  • Illinois has been well-represented in American wars

    Tom Emery|Nov 10, 2021

    Since statehood, and even before, Illinois has been well-represented in American wars. In many cases, Illinois was among national leaders in the number of men and women supplied to the service. Today, statues, monuments, and memorials stand silently in cities and towns across the state, honoring the hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans who fought for their country in various conflicts over the last 200 years. Though Illinois did not attain statehood until 1818, there were a surprising number of skirmishes across the state in the War of 1812....

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