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On December 30, 1903, 602 people died when the Iroquois Theatre in Chicago caught fire and quickly became an inferno during a matinee showing of Mr. Bluebeard. 212 of those who died in this "absolutely fireproof" building were children.

December 1903 - 602 people died when the Iroquois Theatre in Chicago caught fire and quickly became an inferno during a matinee showing of Mr. 212 of those who died in this "absolutely fireproof" building were children.

On December 30th, 1903, 602 people were killed in what remains the worst theatre fire in the US. This tragedy          occurred at the         Iroquois Theatre, only 5 weeks old and boasting to be “fireproof”, in post “Great          Fire” Chicago, the home of some of the most strict fire codes in the          world, both then and now.

On December 30th, 1903, 602 people were killed in what remains the worst theatre fire in the US. This tragedy occurred at the Iroquois Theatre, only 5 weeks old and boasting to be “fireproof”, in post “Great Fire” Chicago, the home of some of the most strict fire codes in the world, both then and now.

On this day, March 24, 1913, The Armory Show opens at The Art Institute of Chicago

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State Street in Chicago, 1912

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The intersection of Clark, Broadway and Diversey, c.1905, Chicago.   Note the sign on the building to the left pointing to Riverview Amusement Park…

The intersection of Clark, Broadway and Diversey, Chicago. Note the sign on the building to the left pointing to Riverview Amusement Park…

theater fires | ... fire at the Iroquois Theater. It is the deadliest single-building fire

fire at the Iroquois Theater. It is the deadliest single-building fire

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