On this day: October 8

POSTED: 01:42 PM PDT Oct 05, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Oct 07, 2014 

Chicago burns, Don Larsen is perfection in the World Series, Jerry Lee Lewis records his biggest hit, and Martha Stewart reports to prison, all on this day.

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1906: German native Karl Ludwig Nessler demonstrates the first "permanent wave" for hair, in his beauty salon on Oxford Street in London to an invited audience of hair stylists. The hair was soaked with an alkaline solution and rolled on metal rods that were then heated strongly. Nessler, who also invented false eyelashes, would move to the United States with the outbreak of World War I and open salons in New York, Chicago, Detroit, Palm Beach and Philadelphia with a peak of 500 employees.

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