What Chicago looked like in 1936, the year we had record-breaking cold on Feb. 19

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CHICAGO — Temperatures have dropped and the records are beginning to fall.

O’Hare Airport showed a  temperature of  -8 degrees Thursday morning that breaks the 79 year-old record of -7 degrees.


Last time it was this cold, on this date, Chicago looked like this!

Notice Soldier Field? The Field Museum? Adler Planetarium? Not much has changed.  During the 1936 the country (with FDR as President) was in still in the midst of The Great Depressions. Dealing with the cold must’ve been impossible.

There’s more.  The record cold daytime high it 9 degrees, which was also set in 1936. Chicago will only see a high of 3 degrees, shattering that record.

Once that record falls today will officially be the coldest late season daytime of all time!

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  • Zebra Stripes

    The Great Depression was caused by Calvin Coolidge’s (R) tax breaks for the rich. It hit shortly after Herbert Hoover (R) took office, and for over three years he only made it worse. FDR came in to a complete disaster (sound familiar?) and it took him many more years to dig this country out of the hole Republicans put it in. (sound familiar, too?)

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