The Library of Congress Fire
In 1851, the Library of Congress was home to more than 50,000 works of literature. It was home to the personal library of President Thomas Jefferson, and housed some of his own personal writings. Unfortunately, it would not last. On Christmas Eve, a fire began that was so strong and so devastating in size that it engulfed most of the library. When the smoke cleared, over two thirds of the books had been completely destroyed, including the books from Jefferson.