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On October eighth, 1871, the Great
Chicago Fire erupted while another deadly blaze
broke out in Peshtigo, Wisconsin.
On this date:
In 1869, the 14th president of the
United States, Franklin Pierce (puhrs), died in
Concord, New Hampshire.
In 1890, American
aviation hero Eddie Rickenbacker was born in Columbus,
In 1918, Sergeant
Alvin C. York almost single-handedly killed 25
German soldiers and captured 132 in the Argonne
Forest in France.
In 1934, Bruno
Hauptmann was indicted for murder in the death of
the infant son of Charles A. Lindbergh.
In 1944, "The
Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" made its
debut on CBS Radio.
In 1945, President
Truman announced that the secret of the atomic
bomb would be shared only with Britain and
In 1956, Don
Larsen pitched the only perfect game in a World
Series to date as the New York Yankees beat the
Brooklyn Dodgers, 2-0.
In 1970, Soviet
author Alexander Solzhenitsyn was named winner of
the Nobel Prize for literature.
In 1982, all labor
organizations in Poland, including Solidarity,
In 1985, the
hijackers of the Italian cruise ship
"Achille Lauro" killed American
passenger Leon Klinghoffer.
Ten years ago:
Israeli police opened fire on rioting
Palestinians on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem,
killing 17. The House approved a revised
deficit-reducing budget plan, and both chambers
of Congress approved stopgap spending legislation
to end a government shutdown. American doctors
Joseph E. Murray and E. Donnall Thomas were named
recipients of the Nobel Prize for medicine.
Five years ago: On
the final day of his fourth US pilgrimage, Pope
John Paul the Second celebrated Mass at Oriole
Park in Baltimore.
One year ago: A
damage award to State Farm auto insurance
customers swelled to nearly $1.2 billion after a
judge in Illinois ruled that the nation's largest
auto insurer committed fraud by using generic
auto-body repair parts. (The $730 million award
of actual and punitive damages came on top of a
jury's $456 million verdict in the same
class-action lawsuit.) President Clinton
dedicated a new US embassy in Ottawa, Canada.
Laila Ali, the 21-year-old daughter of Muhammad
Ali, made her professional boxing debut by
knocking out opponent April Fowler 31 seconds
after the opening bell in Verona, New York.
usually the executive expression of human
Vera Brittain, British author (1893-1970).