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1893 - May 1 - World's Columbian Exposition

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World's Columbian Exposition is held in Chicago, commemorating the 400th anniversary of European exploratory voyages to the western hemisphere. resources/state-history-timeline/ illinois.html

May 1 – The 1893 World's Fair, also known as the World's Columbian Exposition, opens to the public in Chicago, USA. The first United States commemorative postage stamps are issued for the Exposition. wikipedia

The World’s Columbian Exposition was held in Chicago, Illinois in 1893. Jackson Park was selected as the site for the historic exposition. Smaller buildings and concessions were located on a small strip of land connecting Jackson Park to Washington Park. This 80-acre strip was known as the Midway Plaisance. Jackson Park has two miles of Lake Michigan frontage.

The Midway was the first separate entertainment area deliberately made as a self-contained entertainment district. The attraction was so successful that it defined the entertainment district. To this day, entertainment areas at fairs are known as "midways."

The Exposition boasted many firsts, including the Ferris Wheel, Cracker Jacks, Aunt Jemima Syrup, Pabst Beer, and Juicy Fruit gum. The U.S. Mint offered its first commemorative coins: a quarter, half dollar, and dollar. pages/ h2286.html 
May 1, 1893

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