What are the most recent no-hitters in Chicago Cubs history?

Almost eight years to the day of Jake Arrieta's second no-hitter in an 11-start span, let's look back at the most recent Cubs hurlers who made baseball history.
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Sunday marked the eighth anniversary of Chicago Cubs ace and reigning NL Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta turning in his second no-hitter in as many seasons in a 16-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds. That made today as good a day as any to reminisce on Arrieta's pair of no-nos, as well as some of the more recent Cubs pitchers to accomplish the feat.

First, a little high-level Cubs no-hitter history. There have been 17 no-nos in the team's 148 years, which started back in 1876 as the Chicago White Stockings. A 36-year drought spanned from Milt Pappas' no-hitter against the San Diego Padres in 1972 until Carlos Zambrano made history in 2008 - and that's where we'll begin.

Carlos Zambrano did something in his no-hitter no other pitcher has

On Sept. 14, 2008, the Houston Astros played host to the Chicago Cubs ... at Miller Park in Milwaukee. The contest had been pushed out of Texas by Hurricane Ike, setting the stage for Zambrano's historic effort on the mound.

After battling shoulder tendinitis in the weeks leading up to that start, the right-hander looked as healthy as ever in front of what amounted to a home crowd in Milwaukee, despite the Astros being the home team on the scoreboard. Zambrano actually credited his injury with his performance that day talking to the press afterwards.

“I think the rest helped me out,” Zambrano said. “All my pitches were working. I saw in the 1st inning I was throwing 99 mph so I said, ‘Let’s go.’ I want to thank God and hopefully, the next step will be the World Series for us.”

As we all know, the Cubs wouldn't make the World Series that season, with their brief postseason run ending abruptly in the first round at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers. But that season gave us all plenty of memories, perhaps none more iconic than Zambrano taking a knee and pointing to the sky with both arms outstretched after finishing off his no-hitter with a 1-2-3 ninth.