Monday was the 49th anniversary of air raid sirens being sounded in Chicago at 10:30 PM for five minutes. This “sent thousands rushing into the streets and caused near panic in almost every section of the city” in fear of the start of a nuclear war, as the Chicago Tribune later reported. The Chicago White Sox had just won the American League pennant, their first pennant in 40 years, and city officials had ordered the sounding in celebration. Morons all.
I was 8 at the time, so I only have a vague memory of it. After checking the radio and tv stations and hearing nothing about a war, in a few minutes and we calmed down. But a family member later said he expected to see mushroom clouds over downtown.