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On this day: May 3

Published On: May 03 2013 12:09:25 AM CDT   Updated On: May 03 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

Washington, D.C., is incorporated, Joe DiMaggio makes his major-league debut, the Sears Tower becomes the tallest building in the world, and the first spam email is sent, all on this day.

OTD May 3 - San Francisco fire
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1851: A fire breaks out in San Francisco and burns for much of the following day. The fire destroyed three-fourths of the city and killed 30 people.

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