1871 -- Historic wildfires swept across Wisconsin, Michigan, and Chicago. 17,000 buildings in Chicago were destroyed, 1100 people in Wisconsin killed, and 2.5 million acres in Michigan were charred.
1939 -- Goshen peaked at 90°. Fort Wayne had its warmest October low temperature: 69° (the high was 89°).
1992 -- A small tornado damaged the air traffic control tower at Fort Wayne International Airport and did damage to nearby cars and businesses. Siding was ripped from the air traffic control tower, and its windows were blown out.