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1900: Community news more than a century ago was a little more pedestrian than what you'd expect in a modern paper. Small-town news was really small-town. Mrs. Blum gave Mrs. Scherf a "very pleasant surprise party." Henry Clausing sold a bull that weighted 2,080 pounds. And $1,200 could buy you a cottage home.

1955: There may still be 20 headlines on the front page, but now there is photography, too.

1978: The Herald truly becomes daily when a Sunday edition is established. International news finds its way to the front page.

1979: An L.A.-bound DC-10 loses an engine and crashes in Des Plaines, moments after takeoff from O'Hare International Airport, killing all 271 on board and two on the ground.

1985: The conflagration that destroyed Arlington Park racecourse was national news -- and huge news for the suburbs.

1993: Two owners and five workers are slaughtered when two men rob the Brown's Chicken restaurant in Palatine.

2001: The world is stunned when four commercial airliners are used by terrorists to hit American targets. All told, 2,977 people are killed and about 6,000 injured.

2005: The Chicago White Sox win the World Series for the first time in 88 years.

2008: America elects its first black president. Barack Obama gives a stirring acceptance speech in Grant Park to a hometown throng.

2010: The Chicago Blackhawks capture the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1961. They would repeat just three years later.

2011: A 10-year hunt ends for the man who masterminded the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States ends with a nighttime Navy Seal raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.

Gallery posted: 10/6/2013 6:37 AM

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From chicken dinner news ... to your expanding world. Here's a look at some historic Daily Herald front pages over the years. This article is part of a special series celebrating National Newspaper week Oct. 6-12. The Week was designated in 1940 as a way to recognize the importance of newspapers to their communities.
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