On this day: March 20

POSTED: 10:31 AM PDT Mar 15, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Mar 19, 2016 

Napoleon returns to Paris, "Uncle Tom's Cabin" is published, the Republican Party is born, John and Yoko get hitched, and Janis Joplin hits No. 1 posthumously, all on this day.

OTD March 20 - Boston fire
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1760: The "Great Fire" of Boston, Massachusetts, consumes shops and homes along King and Congress streets and continues down to the wharves, where 10 ships were left in ashes. More than 300 buildings were destroyed in the blaze, the worst to strike a colonial American city.


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