In the 1927 Chicago mayoral election, Republican candidate William Hale
Thompson (campaign poster shown) defeated Democratic incumbent William
Emmett Dever. Dever had enforced Prohibition despite his opposition to
it, which led to rising violence in the city. Thompson, who had been
mayor from 1915 to 1923, was openly backed by the mobster Al Capone. He
promised to end the enforcement of Prohibition, bitterly attacked his
opponents throughout the campaign, and claimed that the United Kingdom
was conspiring to take back control of the United States. Dever's
supporters attempted to push back against Thompson's rhetoric and
claims; they insisted that Dever had the attitude and policies
appropriate for the city. Thompson, the last non-Democrat to win a
Chicago mayoral election, damaged Chicago's reputation across the United
States, and historians rank him among the most unethical mayors in
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1927_Chicago_mayoral_election>
Today's selected anniversaries:
Polish–Muscovite War: The outnumbered forces of the
Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth defeated the Tsardom of Russia at the
Battle of Klushino.
The Brazilian cruiser Bahia was accidentally sunk by one of
its own crewmen, killing more than 300 and leaving the rest adrift in
Four CIA officers arrived in Guatemala to begin Operation
PBHistory in an attempt to justify the United States' overthrow of
President Jacobo Árbenz one week prior.
Kylie Minogue's first album, Kylie, was released, going on to
top the charts in the UK, New Zealand, and Japan.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. Comprising things that are wholly from the United States of America;
completely made in the United States.
2. Regarded as embodying the ideal qualities of the United States;
(specifically) of a person: courageous, heroic; honest, wholesome, etc.
3. (US, chiefly sports) Of a person or a team, or some other thing:
regarded as the best in the United States.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every
July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the
White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics
where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets "iffy", and the flies
die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is
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