Today in history – October 8, 2019

1871 – A massive Chicago fire destroyed more than 17,000 buildings, killed more than 300 people and left 100,000 homeless.

1918 – American Army Sgt. Alvin York almost single-handedly killed 25 German soldiers and captured 132 in the Argonne Forest in France.

1959 – Margaret Thatcher was first elected to the British Parliament as a Conservative representing the North London suburb of Finchley.

1969 – The Days of Rage demonstrations, organized by the Weather Underground, kick off in Chicago.

1982Cats opens on Broadway and runs for nearly 18 years before closing on September 10, 2000.

1991 – A federal judge in Anchorage, Alaska approved a $1 billion settlement against Exxon for the Valdez oil spill.