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 then the deadliest wildfire in recorded history

Great Chicago Fire

The Great Chicago Fire kills an estimated 300 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? 150 years and 2 months
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Libra