Today in history: Oct. 8 In 1869, the 14th president of...

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October 08, 2001

Today in history: Oct. 8

In 1869, the 14th president of the United States, Franklin Pierce, died in Concord, N.H.

In 1871, the Great Chicago Fire erupted while another deadly blaze broke out in Peshtigo, Wis.

In 1892, Sergei Rachmaninoff publicly performed his piano Prelude in C-sharp minor in Moscow.

In 1956, Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in a World Series to date as the New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 2-0.

In 1970, Soviet author Alexander Solzhenitsyn won the Nobel Prize for literature.

In 1982, all labor organizations in Poland, including Solidarity, were banned.

Ten years ago: The U.S. Senate postponed its vote on Clarence Thomas' Supreme Court nomination to investigate allegations that he'd sexually harassed a former aide, Anita Hill.

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