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This Day in Pop Culture for October 10

Great Chicago Fire

1871: The Great Chicago Fire

Although not confirmed, it has been long speculated that it was Mrs. O’Leary’s cow who knocked over a lantern at about 9 p.m. which started a barn fire. Others say that a group of men who were gambling in said barn that knocked over that lantern. In either case, it was the start of the Great Chicago Fire which burned the city to ground from October 8 to this day in 1871. It is estimated that 3.3 square miles of wooden buildings were destroyed, 300 people killed and over 100,000 people left homeless. More lives and building could have been saved had the firefighters not been sent to the wrong location initially.

1917: A Princess of Mars

Edgar Rice Burroughs’ A Princess of Mars was first published on the pages on All-Story Magazine in a serialized format from February-July, 1912. The story told the tale of Confederate veteran of the Civil War, John Carter with this adventure beginning after the war in Arizona and ending on the planet of Mars. Due to the planet’s lesser gravity, Carter finds to have great strength and he gets along with a tribe of green, six-limbed creatures. Meanwhile, Dejah Thoris, the Princess of Helium (a red Martian race) is kidnapped and soon John is found stuck in the middle of a political war between the two races. On this day in 1917, the story became a book, the first after three previous Tarzan novels. In 2012, Walt Disney Pictures brought the story to the big screen but with a different name: John Carter. Unlike the sci-fi book, the movie did not fare well. (Image: Wikipedia)

Movies Released

  • Dracula Untold (2014)
  • Kill Bill (2003)
  • Private Benjamin (1980)
  • The Duchess (2008)
  • The Judge (2014)
  • Whiplash (2014)

TV Series Debuts

  • All American (2018)
  • Arrow (2012)
  • Chicago Fire (2012)
  • Nashville (2012)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1900: Helen Hayes (actress)
  • 1924: Ed Wood (film director)
  • 1928: Sheila Walsh (singer)
  • 1946: Ben Vereen (actor)
  • 1950: Nora Roberts (author)
  • 1954: David Lee Roth (singer)
  • 1958: Tanya Tucker (singer)
  • 1959: Julia Sweeney (actress)
  • 1965: Chris Penn (actor)
  • 1969: Brett Favre (football player)
  • 1969: Wendi McLendon-Covey (actress)
  • 1973: Mario Lopez (actor)
  • 1974: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (race car driver)
  • 1982: Dan Stevens (actor)

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Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about pop culture, arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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