OnThisDay: October 8th
1840 - First Hawaiian constitution proclaimed
1871 - Great Fire killed 200, destroyed over 4 miles (10 km) of Chicago buildings, along with the original Emancipation Proclamation
1896 - Dow Jones started reporting an average of industrial stocks
1918 - Sargeant Alvin York single-handedly killed 25, captured 132 Germans
1971 - John Lennon released his megahit "Imagine"
Sigourney [Susan Alexandra] Weaver