On This Day

What Happened on October 10, 1871

Historical Events

Great Chicago Fire

The Great Chicago Fire is finally extinguished after 3 days, leaving approximately 300 dead, 100,000 homeless, and costing $222m in damage

Famous Deaths

  • Octavius Catto, American educator (Institute for Colored Youth, 1859-71), civil rights activist, and baseball player (Philadelphia Pythians, 1865-71), killed in election day race riot in Philadelphia at 32
1871 Highlights

About October 10, 1871

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 150 years, 3 months and 8 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Libra