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Did a meteor shower start The Great Chicago Fire? It's one theory for what set the Second City ablaze on this day in 1871. It would also explain three other fires that started around the Great Lakes that night, too: a comet broke up over the Midwest, then—boom!—simultaneous fires. It seems more likely that a lantern started the fire, just not one kicked over by Mrs. O'Leary's cow. That's the story you've probably heard already. In 1893, reporter Michael Ahern admitted to making it up.
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At Indio High School, Shmoop has been crucial in helping students prepare for the ACT exam. They walk into the exam with the confidence that they can be successful. Part of this is because students can work at their own pace, both at school and at home. The Shmoop program also gives them a better sense of the exam through the drills and practice exams—the explanations of why one answer choice was right and the others were wrong helped them gain a stronger understanding of what exactly the ACT exam is looking for.
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8th Grade Social Studies Teacher
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