On this day: October 8

Published On: Oct 05 2012 03:42:24 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 08 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

Chicago burns, Don Larsen is perfection in the World Series, Jerry Lee Lewis records his biggest hit, and Martha Stewart reports to prison, all on this day.

OTD October 8 - Chicago fire
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1871: On a hot, dry and windy autumn day, major fires break out on the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago; Peshtigo, Wisconsin; Holland, Michigan; and Manistee, Michigan; including the Great Chicago Fire. While the Chicago fire (pictured), which killed hundreds and burned more than three square miles of the city, is more well known, the Peshtigo fire was actually more deadly, killing between 1,200 to 2,500 people. That fire remains the deadliest in American history to this day.


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