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Scopes Monkey Trial (July 21, 1925)
July 21, 1925

Moment 66: Scopes Monkey Trial

The Scopes Monkey Trial, formerly known as The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes, was the first ever live broadcast of a trial in U.S. history. WGN Chicago placed microphones throughout the courtroom, and reporter Quinn Ryan guided listeners through what was happening at the “trial of the century.”

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