The Great Chicago Fire
On the evening of 8 Oct 1871, a fire started in Chicago. By the evening of 10 Oct 1871, a large portion of the city lay in ashes.
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It Wasn't The Cow!
8 Oct 1871 | Chicago, Illinois
Michael Ahern, a Chicago Republican reporter, made fabricated the story the Mrs. O'Leary's cow started the fire.
According to Wikipedia, the fire started at 9 p.m. on Sunday, October 8, in or around a small shed that bordered the alley behind 137 DeKoven Street.
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Chicago Tribune Reports on the Fire
Oct 1871 | Chicago, Illinois