On This Day

What Happened on October 8, 1871

Historical Events

  • Forest fire destroys Peshtigo, Wisconsin, killing between 1,200 and 2,500 people, making it the deadliest wildfire in recorded history
  • Great Fire of Chicago kills 200 people and destroys over 4 square miles (10 square km) of buildings and the original Emancipation Proclamation
1871 Highlights

About October 8, 1871

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 149 years, 1 month and 16 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Libra