Then (1924) and Now (2008)

Then (1924) and Now (2008)

Then and now

Staff writer Jeff Huth compares what life was like in 1924, when Memorial Stadium was officially dedicated, and 2008, when a renovated Memorial Stadium will be rededicated


1924: UI's Harold Osborn becomes only athlete to win individual event (high jump) and decathlon in same Olympics

2008: Deron Williams becomes first former Illini to make U.S. Olympic team in men's basketball


1924: New York City holds its first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

2008: 59th annual Champaign County Freedom Celebration parade is held

Gasoline prices

1924: 21 cents per gallon

2008: Around $3.80 per gallon


1924: Ellis Island closes as immigration entry point to United States

2008: U.S. politicians, law enforcement agencies and human rights advocates wrestle with illegal immigration issue


1924: First regular airmail services start in United States

2008: Price for first-class stamp increases one penny to 42 cents

N. Prospect Ave.

1924: Farmland covers area just outside Champaign city limits

2008: Array of retail outlets north of Interstate 74 continues to grow


1924: J. Edgar Hoover appointed director of Bureau of Investigation (later changed to FBI)

2008: Agency priorities since Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks shift to national security, counterterrorism


1924: IBM Corp. founded by Thomas Watson

2008: Launch of Apple iPhone 3G plagued by activation problems

No. 1 pop music hit

1924: "California, Here I Come" by Al Jolson

2008: "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis


1924: Kansas City Monarchs win first Negro League World Series

2008: Negro Leagues Museum in 19th year in Kansas City, Mo.

Illini football

1924: Year after winning national title, Illini finish 6-1-1 and tie for second in Big Ten

2008: Year after reaching Rose Bowl, fans snapping up tickets


1924: Mars makes closest approach to Earth since 10th century

2008: NASA extends Phoenix Mars Lander's 90-day mission by five weeks as analysis of planet's soil continues


1924: WGN-AM in Chicago goes on the air March 28

2008: Federal Communications Commission approves merger of satellite radio companies Sirius and XM on July 25

Presidential election

1924: Calvin Coolidge elected 30th president Nov. 4

2008: U.S. voters to select 44th president Nov. 4


1924: Johnny Weissmuller sets 100-yard freestyle world record (52.4 seconds)

2008: Eamon Sullivan of Australia sets 100-meter freestyle world record (47.05) during semifinal swim at Beijing Olympics


1924: Hoof and Mouth epidemic in California leads to slaughter of more than 100,000 domestic livestock

2008: Salmonella illnesses in 43 states and District of Columbia mark the largest foodborne outbreak in U.S. history


1924: On Oct. 7, 160 consecutive days of 100 degrees at Marble Bar, Australia, begin

2008: Devastating floods strike U.S. Midwest in June and July, leaving 13 dead, damages of at least $8 billion.

Pro football

1924: Cleveland (formerly Canton) Bulldogs lose to Frankford Yellowjackets, ending 31-game undefeated streak

2008: New England Patriots lose to New York Giants in Super Bowl, ending 18-game winning streak

Prep basketball

1924: Les Moyer's Champaign High Maroons go 14-5, fall one win shy of state tournament

2008: Scott Davis' Champaign Central Maroons go 25-8, finish third in Class 3A state tournament

Auto industry

1924: Ford Motor Co. manufactures its 10 millionth Model T automobile

2008: Ford cuts production of pickups and SUVs, announces it doesn't expect to return to profitability by 2009

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