History of the World

By Mark Andrews

Feb. 14: ON THIS DATE in 1929, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre took place in a Chicago garage as seven rivals of Al Capone's gang were gunned down.

Feb. 15: ON THIS DATE in 1923, the burial chamber of King Tutankhamen's recently unearthed tomb was unsealed in Egypt. In 1959, Fidel Castro became premier of Cuba.

Feb. 16: ON THIS DATE in 1804, Lt. Stephen Decatur led a successful raid into Tripoli Harbor to burn the U.S. Navy frigate Philadelphia, which had fallen into the hands of pirates. In 1948, NBC began airing its first nightly newscast, "The Camel Newsreel Theatre," a 10-minute program of Fox Movietone newsreel clips with anchor John Cameron Swayze providing voiceovers.

Feb. 17: ON THIS DATE in 1801, the U.S. House of Representatives broke an Electoral College tie and elected Thomas Jefferson president over Aaron Burr. In 1947, the Voice of America began broadcasting to the Soviet Union.

Feb. 18: ON THIS DATE in 1885, Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was published. In 2001, auto-racing star Dale Earnhardt Sr. was killed in a crash on the last lap of the Daytona 500.

Feb. 19: ON THIS DATE in 1878, Thomas Edison received a patent for his phonograph. In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order giving the military the authority to relocate and intern Japanese-Americans.

Feb. 20: ON THIS DATE in 1809, the Supreme Court ruled that the power of the federal government is greater than that of any individual state. In 1965, the Ranger 8 spacecraft crashed into the moon after sending back thousands of pictures of the lunar surface.

( Mark Andrews can be reached via e-mail at mlandrews@embarq

What's Going On

Music at Post 991

The Marrs-Mayer American Legion Post 991, 11001 Depot Ave. in Worth, will present live music from 9 to midnight Friday, Feb. 15 and 8 to 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. For more information call 448-7006, Ext. 6. Performers will be Still Cruisin Band on Feb. 15, Dale Vargas on Feb. 22, Still Cruisin Band and an Elvis impersonator on Feb. 23, Karaoke night on March 1, Fabtones Red on March 2, Bobby Dunne on March 8, Roco Quinn on March 9, and Good OL'Daze on March 15.

Taste Wine

The Oak Lawn Park District's Stony Creek Clubhouse, 5850 W. 103rd St., will hold a wine tasting from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Participants will sample a selection of wines with pairings. Wines will be available for purchase. Must be 21 years or older. Admission is $13. For more information call 398-6284 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Science Fun

Evergreen Park High School will hold its 2nd annual Science Family Fun Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 for youths in kindergarten through eighth grade (must be accompanied by an adult). Event will feature hands-on science activities as well as demonstrations. RSVP by Tuesday, Feb. 19 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 398-1301.

Career Fair

The Office of Career Services at Governors State University will hold a career fair for people interested in employment and internship opportunities in education and related fields from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 in the school's Hall of Governors. Students, alumni and community members are invited to attend. Potential employers are invited to register as participants. The event is free and open to the public. Governors State is located at 1 University Parkway in University Park. For more information call 235-3974.

Embroiderers' Guild

The Beverly Hills Embroiderers' Guild will meet at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 at Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St. in Oak Lawn. The day meeting will feature "Fabric Framing Technique" presented by Dana Pyzik. The evening meeting will feature Part 3 "Elegance of Pulled Thread Embroidery" presented by Ronna Page. For information call 424-3189

Butterfly Man at OL Garden Club

The Oak Lawn Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St. in Oak Lawn. Speaker will be Bob Erlich, who will discuss raising Monarch butterflies. Erlich has successfully released thousands of butterflies over the years and volunteers at Lake Katherine's annual Butterfly Festival.

Library Notes

Chicago Ridge

The library and Iris Reading Corporation will present "Speed Reading" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. Learn how read faster, comprehend more and adjust to reading information on computer screens. Adults and students 12 years and older are invited to attend this free workshop. Call the library at 423-7753 for more information.


The Chicago Ridge Library is at 10400 Oxford Ave. The phone number is 423-7753.

Evergreen Park

After School Homework Help is offered Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Both teachers are bilingual (English and Spanish).


The Evergreen Park Public Library is at 9400 S. Troy Ave. The phone number is 422-8522.

Green Hills

Erik S. Gellman will present five myths of late 1960s Chicago history at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20. Gellman will address the campaign of Martin Luther King Jr., the Democratic Convention of 1968, and the assassination of Fred Hampton as points of departure to understand the context of social change and its repression during the era.


Teen Pizza & Movie Night featuring "The Avengers" will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. There will be free pizza and pop. One winner will receive a copy of the movie.


Family Movie Time featuring "Puss in Boots"will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. Each attendee gets popcorn and lemonade.


"How the Beatles Re-Imagined Rock 'n' Roll: 1967-1970" will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26. Presentation will show the Beatles broadening their artistry, performance and promo clips, rare photographs, and unreleased audio of the group at work.


Painting Owl Craft for youths 5 years and older will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. Children can take home an owl craft bank.


Adult Winter Reading Club through Feb. 25 will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Prizes include a Nook Color, Kindle Fire, gift certificates to local restaurants and bookstores, and more. Register at the information desk or at

Youth Winter Reading Club, "Reading is SNOW Much Fun!" for youths in kindergarten through eighth grade will be during the same period. Weekly prizes will be awarded. Register at the youth services desk or at


The library has an eBook service, Axis 360, through which users can download bestselling eBooks for as many as 21 days directly onto a device using the Blio software application. Titles automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Place holds on items that are checked out. Service is only available to Green Hills cardholders. To start browsing visit For more information call 598-8446.


The library is collecting first-person accounts of stories of military service to be donated to the Veteran History Project of the Library of Congress. The library is seeking photos, memoirs, and wartime diaries from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Call 598-8446 for more information.


The library offers Freegal Music, a downloadable music service that provides access to the Sony Music Entertainment catalog. The catalog offers hundreds of thousands of songs in more than 100 genres of music.


The library's Media on Demand program enables patrons to download best-selling and classic audiobooks, eBooks, music and video. No late fees. Works include best-selling novels, well-known classics and self-improvement guides. For more information visit


The library has a scanner available to the public. Pictures, documents, etc., can be scanned and sent to an email, printer or USB device.


The library offers TumbleBooks!, a collection of animated talking picture books with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles, and read-alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration but no animation). Visit or call 598-8446, Ext. 117, for more information.


The Green Hills Public Library is at 8611 W. 103rd St. in Palos Hills. The phone number is 598-8446.

Oak Lawn

A coffee and recipe tasting with chef Kate Bradley will be Thursday, Feb. 21. Event will feature a review of recipes for mint chocolate shortbread, cappuccino muffins, spice cake and oatmeal cookies. Advance registration and $5 fee are required. Food samples will be provided. Sign up at the library's Reception Booth.


A free jazz concert featuring Petra's Sweet Six will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. Chicago jazz vocalist Petra Van Nuis teams up with five musicians to play the tight two-horn arrangements of Joe Policastro. The group's songs conjure up a sound reminiscent of jazz vocal recordings of the 1950s, full of flavor and feeling. No advance registration required.


A free family movie, "Academy Awards Shorts," will be Monday, Feb. 18 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. It will feature an assortment of Oscar-nominated and Oscar-winning short animated films starring Superman, Bugs Bunny and more. Heart Failure in 2013


Dr. Gregory Macaluso of Advocate Christ Medical Center will present "Heart Failure in 2013" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20. Macaluso will discuss the signs and symptoms of heart failure, new treatment strategies, and when to see a specialist.


Free screenings of "Trouble with the Curve" (PG-13) starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and John Goodman will be at 2 and 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25. An ailing baseball scout in his twilight years takes his daughter along for one last trip.


"Awards Season at Your Library" for kindergartners through fifth-graders will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26. Children can vote for their favorite character, book, illustrator and more each week at the Youth Services Desk. A limited number of guests will dress in their best awards outfit, walk the red carpet and have their pictures taken. Advance registration is required.


"The Middlesteins" by Jami Attenberg is the February selection for Day & Night Reads, the library's bi-monthly book group for adults. Attenberg's novel centers on Edie and Richard Middlestein, who share a solid family life together in the suburbs of Chicago. But things are splintering apart, in part because of it Edie's fixation on food - thinking about it, eating it - and if she doesn't stop she won't have much longer to live. Discussions will be held at 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27.


A free lecture on the opera "Rigoletto" will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. A member of the Lyric Opera Lecture Corps will explain the plot, play musical selections and give background on the composer.


"Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum" with Food historian Cynthia Clampitt will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26. Clampitt will discuss why pirates are associated with the Caribbean; the connection with coffee, tea and chocolate,; and how rum was involved in uniting the United States' original 13 colonies, and how it was one issue that led to the American Revolution.


The library now offers movie check-out for free. Check-out periods are seven days with no renewals. Oak Lawn residents may check out up to 10 films at a time.


The library offers "Temporary Online Patron Registration." Fill out a registration form at oak, and visit the Circulation Desk within 14 days to receive a permanent card. Proof of residency in Oak Lawn is required.


The library has the newest and most popular titles and resources in its collection of eBooks, Blu-Ray and DVDs (movies and TV series), CDs for a range of music interests, and hard copy books. The library also has a language learning program and databases. During September, new library card-holders will add a leaf to the tree in the Cook Avenue foyer and be eligible to enter a drawing for a book of their choice (one child prize and one adult/young adult prize up to $35 value each). Cards are available to Oak Lawn residents at the Circulation Desk. Bring an ID and proof of address.


Books, tapes and CDs not found at the library can be requested online from another library. For more information call the Interlibrary Loan department or stop by the Help Desk on the first floor.


"Images of America: Oak Lawn" by Oak Lawn Library local history coordinator Kevin Korst contains more than 200 photographs with captions and chapter introductions, and highlights the many aspects of Oak Lawn's history including Round- Up Days and the 1967 Tornado. The book is available for purchase at the library's Reception Booth for $21.99 (cash or check). Book sales benefit the Oak Lawn Community Library Foundation. A corresponding photo exhibit is on display and features more than 100 historic Oak Lawn images and dozens of artifacts. The display is in the Local History Room on the library's second floor. For more information contact Korst at 422-4990.


The library offers "Accessible Archives," an electronic resource available at

Click on the "Research" tab and select the icon for "Accessible Archives." The collection features historic periodicals and books and provides eyewitness accounts and editorial observations of events, genealogical records, county histories and Godey's "Lady's Book" - a magazine published to entertain, inform and educate women of America. The Civil War collection is noteworthy and presents coverage based on various historical perspectives. The Oak Lawn Public Library is at 5300 W. 95th St. The phone number is 422-4990.


The library subscribes to Zinio, an online magazine stand that enables patrons to read magazines on computers, tablets or phones using web browsers and apps. Must have Worth Library card. Zinio is accessible at


The library offers Try-It Illinois, which allows access to 300 free databases from more than 40 vendors. Access Try-It at (login and password is available at the library).

Church Corner

The Lenten Series program to be held Feb. 20 at Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, 9411 S. 51st Ave. in Oak Lawn, will be presented by the Rev. Pamela Coleman from God Can Ministries in Ford Heights. Coleman will report on her church's work to address the "food desert" in Ford Heights, one of the poorest communities in the Chicago area. Coleman will discuss the church's community garden project and advocacy efforts to bring better grocery options to the community.

The first of five Wednesday evenings focused on "Food for All God's Children" will begin with a soup supper at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program at 7:15 p.m. A children's program on "Making the World a Better Place will begin at 7:15 p.m. for children in preschool through eighth grade.


A new group that will aid persons who have experienced the loss of a loved one, job, home or marriage will meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 17, and March 3 at Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, 9411 S. 51st Ave. The group is for anyone who has experienced loss of a loved one, a job, a home or a marriage. Pastor Yvette Eber of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Evergreen Park will co-lead the group along with Pastor Peggy McClanahan of Pilgrim Faith. The public is invited, regardless of faith. For more information contact McClanahan at 422-4200 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Benefits & Fundraisers

Caring for Quigleys, a tribute to Jimmy Quigley and a fundraiser for the Quigley family, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park. Tickets are $25 in advance and include buffet, wine and soft drinks. There will be raffle drawings and a silent auction. For more information visit caringforquigleys.