Poor Grant. He looks as sad as history seems to suggest he was. Dour and troubled. (Stage whisper) He drank, you know.

Important events: Fires in Chicago and Boston. Everyone knows about the former; the latter hasn't entered national consciousness the same way.

It's astonishing to think of the history consumed in those fires, but someone would have torn it down later anyway. More here. I do enjoy this detail:

A committee of concerned citizens and property owners who were deputized to demolish buildings in the path of the fire with gunpowder kegs. The explosions did more harm than good by most accounts.