CHICAGO (CBS) -- Wednesday's extreme cold is certainly rough to deal with, but it's probably still better than facing the historic blizzard that slammed Chicago 55 years ago today.
On Jan. 26, 1967, snow started falling on Chicago, and didn't stop until more than a day later, after there were 23 inches on the ground. It's the worst snowstorm on record in Chicago.
People went to work and school like normal that morning, but by noon eight inches of snow were on the ground, shutting down O'Hare International Airport.
Some businesses and schools let out early, but cars and buses got stranded in the heavy snow.
About 800 CTA buses and 50,000 cars were abandoned on city streets and expressways.
The city didn't really dig out until two days later, thanks to a workforce of 2,500 people, and 500 pieces of equipment to clear streets.
A total of 26 Chicagoans lost their lives, including a man run over by a snow plow and a girl caught in crossfire between police and looters.
Schools cancelled classes for days as the city tried to return to some semblance of normalcy.
Kids made snow forts and jumped from windows and rooftops onto massive snow drifts, while parents worried about making sure their families had enough food.
Fortunately, snow removal is a lot of different now than it was then.
The main difference is technology, of course
But back then, the city didn't have more than a 1,000 remote cameras helping officials more effectively direct snow trucks. Also, snow trucks did not have GPS systems, cell phones, and automatic transmissions.
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