In Ohio, a late night fire destroys the Cincinnati Academy of Music.
A massive fire in Cincinnati, Ohio completely destroyed the city's Academy of Music late in the evening. The audience for an evening performance had just cleared the building before the discovery of the fire and a greater calamity was avoided, with no serious casualties reported. No arson was obvious but press reports soon began to speculate on the spate of recent fires in public buildings around the country. (By John Osborne)
"Burning of the Academy of Music, Cincinnati," Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, August 11, 1866, p. 325.