Staged to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal, and drawing over 19 million visitors in only nine months, the Pan-Pacific International Expo rose like a literal jewel from the ashes of San Francisco's 1906 Earthquake and Fire.
A Century of Progress International Exposition was held in Chicago, Illinois from 1933 to 1934 to celebrate the city's centennial. The theme of the fair was technological innovation. Its motto was "Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Conforms".
The 1939-40 New York World's Fair, located on the current site of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, was one of the largest world's fairs of all time. The fair ran for two seasons and over 44 million people attended.
The Golden Gate International Exposition was held in San Francisco, California to celebrate the opening of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge. The exposition's first season ran from February 18, 1939 through October 29, 1939 and its second season was from May 25, 1940 through September 29, 1940.
The 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair, located on the current site of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The fair ran for two seasons and took place without sanctioning from the Bureau of International Expositions.
Expo 67 was held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from April 27 to October 29, 1967. It was considered to be the most successful World's Fair of the 20th century, with over 50 million visitors and 62 nations participating.
Jim, I don't think anyone was hiding anything, as the story was openly carried in the news. There were several deaths during the building and demolition of the Fair, and the papers generally did cover them, at least as far as we know. It would have been nice if there had been some sort of memorial to them, but I don't think was common back in those days. Sorry you lost your dad at such a young age. My great-great-great-grandfather fell off the Brooklyn Bridge when it was being built. All we really know about him is from newspaper accounts of his death. There were many deaths on that project, but again no memorial that I know of.
Jim, that is a most painful memory to carry all of these years. That is a jolting loss for one so young. And it's a shame your father was not recognized and remembered at the site of the accident in some manner. I am glad, however, that you found this site. Jim
I am Jim Hynes. My Dad died in that accident. This is all very new and raw to me. I was 6 years old at the time. My email is email@example.com if you want to communicate with me. He died publicly out in the open. What and why were the authorities hiding?