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Julia Bikbova adjusts the uniform of Stepan Borozinets, a highly decorated Russian air force pilot during World War II, at the Skokie library on May 8. The Russian veterans were celebrating on the eve of "Victory Day," May 9, the date many Russians celebrate the end of the war and the defeat of the Nazis. (Brian L. Cox / Special to the Tribune.)

Former Soviet vets of World War II want to reconnect with their American allies

Like many military veterans, Stepan Borozinets can tell hair-raising stories of combat. Borozinets, 89, a highly decorated pilot in the Soviet air force during World … Read more ›

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Speakers to Illuminate Native American Role in War of 1812

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian will mark the bicentennial of the War of 1812 with a presentation about the often-overlooked role of Native … Read more ›

Spectators bid farewell to the once deemed unsinkable Titanic on April 10, 1912. (Photo courtesy of Ullstein Bild/Roger Viollet)
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Science Connections: Lake Michigan Almost as Cold as Titanic's Grave Site

By Will Mendelson/Medill News Service After striking an iceberg 375 miles south of Newfoundland, it took less than three hours for the legendary Titanic to … Read more ›

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Happy Valentine's Day

Sending Valentine wishes across the decades. This vintage 1942 Post card, sent from my Mom to my Dad 70 years ago is a charmer. Click … Read more ›

Lt. Frank Ebner Gartz Army Air Corps WWII
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Words, War, Worry-A Veterans' Day Remembrance

Sixty-eight years ago, on November 11, 1943, my grandmother penned a letter to her youngest son, training to be a navigator in World War II. … Read more ›

Lillian Koroschetz and Fred Gartz, August, 1941
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Falling in Love–70 Years Ago

The year was 1941. War was raging in Europe, and, prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, America was hotly debating whether to enter the … Read more ›

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HOLD CHICAGO HISTORY IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND A new mobile app and exhibit offer amazing new ways to explore Chicago’s past

CHICAGO, Ill. — It seems there‚Äôs an app for everything. On Saturday, Oct. 8 — just in time for the 140th anniversary of the Great … Read more ›

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Did Thomas Jefferson Sign the Constitution?

EVANSTON, Ill. — True or false? The U.S. Constitution is the oldest, shortest written constitution of any major world government? Thomas Jefferson is not among … Read more ›

Evanston firefighter Dan Bailey stands near a large American flag during Evanston's 9/11 memorial ceremony. (Jonathan Bullington/TribLocal)

Evanston comes together to remember 9/11

On the 10th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, the Evanston community gathered to remember those who lost their lives, to honor emergency personnel, … Read more ›

More than 100 people attended a Sept. 11 ceremony, where individuals tied yellow ribbons along the border of a handmade flag. (Jennifer Delgado/Tribune)

OCC remembers Sept. 11 with handwoven flag

Students, veterans and area residents gathered at Oakton Community College to pay tribute to the victims of Sept. 11 by tying 3,000 yellow ribbons to … Read more ›