The reporter who was first to finger "Mrs. O'Leary's cow" as the cause of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 admitted decades later that he made-up the story. The anti-Catholic, anti-Irish prejudice part and parcel with the report comprise one of the last gasps of the vile Nativist Movement in the American Midwest.
There is evidence, however, that historians intent on placing the blame for the Great Chicago Fire should look even higher up the ranks of the Catholic Church to find the cause -- almighty God, Himself.
The Great Chicago Fire was only one of several giant conflagrations incinerating the Midwest on October 8, 1871. Peshtigo, in northern Wisonsin. Northern Michigan. The Saginaw Bay region of Michigan. Port Huron, Michigan, on the Canadian border. All were destroyed by fierce, raging fires...
While drought in the upper Midwest s widely blamed for the deadly October 8, 1871, coincidence, WHY THAT PARTICULAR DAY?
The answer may be in the observations of diverse victims of the fires: "Fire fell from the sky."
Space is filled with clouds of complex molecules, including flammable hydrocarbons, formed when sunlight catalyzed chemical reactions among atoms formed in stars and dispersed into and through local space by supernova explosions in nearby regions of the galaxy many thousands of centuries ago. As a consequence, Venus is covered with flamable methane; Titan is overed with flammable methane. The gas giant planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune have atmospheres containing flammable methane, ethane and acetylene.
Occasionally, a comet or cloud of gas in space containing concentrations of these hydrocarbons slam into the Earth's atmosphere, catch fire from the heat generated by atmospheric entry in the course of exposure to atmospheric oxygen, and rain fire upon the surface of the Earth.
The huge swath of deadly fires incinerating the upper Midwest on the night of October 8, 1871 make it fairly certain that something like this occurred at that time.