1912 – Progressive Party holds convention in Chicago
In August 1912, the national convention of the new Progressive Party met in Chicago, Ill. The Progressive Party, which was formed after several members left the Republican party. nominated Theodore Roosevelt for President and Governor Hiram W. Johnson of California for Vice President.
In November the Republicans for the first and only time in history came in third in both the popular and electoral vote for President. Roosevelt came in second, and because of the split in the normal Republican vote, Democrat Woodrow Wilson was elected.
1939 – All-Russia Exhibition Center opens to public
The All-Russia Exhibition Center, which is a multi-purpose tradeshow facility located in Moscow, Russia, officially opened its doors on August 1, 1939.
At the time, the existing site, known as Ostankino Park, was approved in August 1935. The master plan was improved the next year, and the tradeshow season was announced to begin in 1937.
However, plans for the Exhibition Center were stalled and postponed until August 1938. Builders and planners failed their expected opening date again and the site was not ready until August 1939. From its opening, the Center operated from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. until October 25.
1947 – Deutsche Messe founded
On August 16, 1947, Deutsche Messe was founded as Deutsche Messe- und Ausstellungs- AG (German Trade Fair and Exhibition Company). The original company held a registered share capital of 1.2 million reichsmarks.
Following the war, the British military government agreed that Germany should hold a trade fair from August to September, 1947. Western powers were certain that the country could only become economically self –reliant again through exporting its own goods.
August 18, 1947, the first “Hannover Export Fair” opened. After 21 days, over 735,000 visitors from 53 different nations had attended the show, which covered 320,000 square feet and hosted 1,300 exhibitors.
Tradeshow history as reported by Exhibit City News
1994 – McCormick Garage under new management
On August 1, 1994, the McCormick Place underground garage formally changed management. This shift also implemented the appointment of Standard Parking, a Chicago-based firm, to replace the Chicago Park District in running he 2,000-space facility.
At the time, rumors circulated that there would be an increase in parking rates. However, officials at McCormick place debunks those rumors with an announcement that rates would stay the same.
The new management company did, however, start offering parking packages that were useful to customers. This included things like jump starts, tire repairs, and locksmith and late-night escort services.
2001 – Teamsters ratify agreement with contractors
In August 2001, Teamsters Local 631 and representatives from Freeman Decorating Company and GES Exposition Services came to a new agreement that would address the needs of Las Vegas convention customers. The new reconciliation would assure the quality, quantity and training of tradeshow industry workers.
The new contract replaced a previous contract that expired in May 2001. During the negotiations, which started in April 2001, there were no interruptions of work at tradeshows.
“The Teamsters’ vote in favor of this agreement shows that both parties recognize the importance of working together to provide an adequate work force,” said Barry Rappaport, regional vice president for Freeman Decorating Company.
2005 – MediaLive modifies drayage charge
San Francisco-based MediaLive, the company who put on Comdex, Interop and VoiceCon, partnered with Champion Exposition Services and announced that on August 9, 2005, the pricing model for material handling costs had changed.
The company announced that it would charge drayage based on square footage of an exhibit booth and add a fixed fee for shipping services at all events.
“By signing an exclusive agreement with Champion Exposition Services to provide drayage pricing based on square footage instead of total weight, MediaLive now creates a material handling model that eliminates unknown fees, providing exhibitors with up-front information on shipping costs,” MediaLive said in a written statement.