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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 - Great Fire of 1901
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1901: The Great Fire of 1901 begins in Jacksonville, Fla., when a fire caused by a boiler explosion at a candle factory spreads to a nearby mattress factory. Over the course of the next eight hours, the fire burns 146 city blocks, destroying more than 2,368 buildings, killing seven and leaving almost 10,000 residents homeless.

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