50th anniversary of O'Hare dedication celebrated

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.kfvs12.com/story/21774023/50th-anniversary-of-ohare-dedication-celebrated

    It was 50 years ago on March 23, that President John F. Kennedy dedicated Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, calling it "1 of the wonders of the modern world."

    The city of Chicago will begin celebrating that dedication on Saturday, with live music being performed at each of the airport's terminals. The airport will also welcome the 51st airline serving the facility. Airberliner will inaugurate non-stop air service between Chicago and Berlin.

    At the time of Kennedy's visit, O'Hare served 16 million passengers a year, making it the world's busiest. Now serving more than 62 million passengers, O'Hare is now the world's fourth busiest.

    Read More: http://www.kfvs12.com/story/21774023/50th-anniversary-of-ohare-dedication-celebrated
     
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    There is something quite apropos about new Berlin service starting on the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's attendance.
     
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    And anyone reading the article would know the answer to the trivia question why O'Hare is called "ORD".

    Sorta like McCoy => Orlando (MCO)
     
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    agreed. Mrs & I are actually flying Berlin-ORD later this year on the new service.
    Being a Chicagoan, I sure hope I get this correct. I thought it was due to the orchards at/near ORD.
     
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    thank the Lord for google...
     
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    Sorta -- it's because O'Hare used to be called Orchard Field and took its designation from that name (ORcharD), so it kept the old designation when it took its new name just as Orlando's airport kept the old designation from when it was McCOy Field.

    There are a number of those around.

    Yes, that's another way to do it. :D
     
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