Mrs. O'Leary's Cow Linda talks with Edward Burke, member of the Chicago City Council, about his resolution to absolve Mrs. O'Leary's cow of blame for the famous fire of 1871. Newspaper accounts at the time reported that a witness saw Mrs. O'Leary's cow kick a lantern whick started the fire. Historians now believe the witness lied. The fire killed over 250 people and left 90,000 homeless.

Mrs. O'Leary's Cow

Mrs. O'Leary's Cow

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Linda talks with Edward Burke, member of the Chicago City Council, about his resolution to absolve Mrs. O'Leary's cow of blame for the famous fire of 1871. Newspaper accounts at the time reported that a witness saw Mrs. O'Leary's cow kick a lantern whick started the fire. Historians now believe the witness lied. The fire killed over 250 people and left 90,000 homeless.