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Wednesday, October 8, 2014
The Great Fire of Chicago was ignited on this date 143 years ago. Some accounts blame Mrs. Catherine O'Leary's cow for starting the fire when it overturned a lamp.
Even contemporary officials concluded that the cow wasn't guilty, and in 1997 Chicago formally forgave Mrs. O'Leary for a century of slander. So what really did cause the fire that burned 17,000 buildings and left a third of the city homeless? The world may never know.
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