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Saturday, December 27, 2014

October 8 - This Day in History

October 8: General Interest
1871: Great Chicago Fire begins

On this day in 1871, flames spark in the Chicago barn of Patrick and Catherine O'Leary, igniting a two-day blaze that kills between 200 and 300 people, destroys 17,450 buildings, leaves 100,000 homeless and causes an estimated $200 million (in 1871 dollars; $3 billion in 2007 dollars) in damages. Legend has it that a cow kicked over a lantern in the O'Leary barn and started the fire, but other theories hold that humans or even a comet may have been responsible... read more

American Revolution
1778 : Continentals raid Unadilla

1869 : Frank Duryea, winner of the first American "horseless carriage" race, is born

Civil War
1862 : Union troops stop Rebels at the Battle of Perryville

Cold War
1970 : Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wins the Nobel Prize in literature

2009 : Self-help guru's sweat lodge ceremony turns deadly

1871 : Fire rips through Chicago

General Interest
1919 : First transcontinental air race

1967 : Che Guevara defeated

2005 : Massive earthquake hits Kashmir region

1970 : Matt Damon born

1937 : Lord Peter Wimsey marries Harriet Vane

1957 : Jerry Lee Lewis records "Great Balls Of Fire" in Memphis, Tennessee

Old West
1871 : The Great Fire destroys much of Chicago

1998 : U.S. House of Representatives initiates Clinton impeachment inquiry

Vietnam War
1968 : U.S. and South Vietnamese navies commence Operation Sealords

1970 : Communists reject Nixon's peace proposal

1972 : Possible breakthrough at Paris peace talks

World War I
1918 : U.S. soldier Alvin York displays heroics at Argonne

World War II
1941 : Germans overrun Mariupol, in southern Russia
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