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Al Capone dies in Florida. Born in New York in 1899 to immigrant parents, Alphonse "Scarface" Capone's 7-year reign as crime boss of the Chicago Outfit ended when he was 33, with a prison sentence for tax evasion. His role in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in 1929 of 7 rival gang members led to the federal government's determination to end his reign in Chicago.

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Early Entertainment Industry in Springfield

Online Presentation

  • 11 January 2022
  • Author: Jenni Dahl
  • Number of views: 83

Event date: 1/18/2022 Export event

The people and technology forces of Springfield’s early entertainment industry will be the topic of the Sangamon County Historical Society’s video program released Tuesday, January 18, 2022. This virtual presentation replaces the in-person event.

A Power Point presentation discusses everything from nickelodeons and Air Dome theaters, to the fanciest movie houses and their attempts to stay relevant as consumer tastes, population shifts, radio, television and newer media technologies have eaten into movie going audiences. The presentation is a collaboration of Sangamon County Historical Society researchers and writers.

The program can be viewed on the Society’s Facebook, YouTube and webpage,

            The Society’s next program will be Tuesday, February 15, 2022.

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