On this day: the Great Fire of Saint John

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The Great Fire of Saint John occurred in New Brunswick, Canada on the 20th of June, 1877.

It was after two in the afternoon when a spark fell onto hay in a storehouse, sparking a fire that burnt for nine hours. At least nineteen people were killed and many more were injured.

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1612 structures were destroyed, including fourteen hotels, eight churches, six banks, and a number of boats. The heat of the flames was so great that some buildings were said to have burst into flames before the fire reached them.

Cities all over the world donated money to the rebuilding effort, including Chicago, a city that had suffered a massive fire less than six years before.

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On this day: the future Queen in Canada

Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh was photographed in New Brunswick, Canada on the 6th of November, 1951. She walks with Premier John B. McNair.

Elizabeth would become Queen only weeks later, upon the death of her father.

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