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1903: Chicago theatre fire kills nearly 600

On Dec. 30, 1903, just five weeks after opening, a fire ripped through the opulent Iroquois Theater in Chicago. Close to 600 people perished. An audience of more than 2,000 had packed into the 1,700-seat theatre for a matinée performance of the musical Mr. Blue Beard when sparks from a stage light ignited a muslin…

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United States presidential election, 1880

The United States presidential election of 1880 was a contest between Republican James A. Garfield and Democrat Winfield Scott Hancock in which the Republican Garfield prevailed. At the Republican convention, supporters of Ulysses S. Grant James G. Blaine, and John Sherman deadlocked for thirty-six rounds of voting before settling on Garfield as the nominee. At the Democratic convention, Hancock fended off challenges by Thomas F. Bayard, Samuel J. Randall, and Henry B.…

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