21. The Blizzard of 1967

Photographer: Chicago Tribune

Year: January 1967

Location: Midwest

Casualties: 26

Chicagoans will tell you, "if you don't like the weather, just wait a minute." This is precisely what happened in late January, 1967, following days of sixtysomething-degree weather, when 23 inches of snow poured over the city in just over 24 hours. Transportation, business, and schools were shut down for days. Some reveled in the snowy city, like the boys seen playing 3-4 feet above their average altitude, on a drift nearly covering an automobile. Others had less innocent intentions in the in one case, gunfire between opportunistic looters and police caught a 10-year-old girl and killed her. The snowfall and impact on the city make it Chicago's worst storm ever.