A special Thanksgiving Day edition of It Happened On. I don’t know why it’s special-nothing has to do with thanksgiving but it’s Thanksgiving and here’s today’s edition
It happened on October 8 1871…flames spark in the Chicago barn of Patrick and Catherine O’Leary, igniting a two-day blaze that kills between 200 and 300 people, destroys 17,450 buildings, leaves 100,000 homeless and causes an estimated $200 million ($3 billion in 2007 dollars) in damages. It was assumed that a cow kicked over a lantern and started the fire. Dry weather and an abundance of wooden buildings, streets and sidewalks made Chicago vulnerable to fire
Also, on October 8 1970, Matt Damon was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Happy Birthday Matt!