On this day: September 21

Published On: Sep 20 2012 06:09:01 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 21 2012 02:00:00 AM EDT

"The Hobbit" is published for the first time, Jimmy Hendrix becomes Jimi, Sandra Day O'Connor is confirmed as the first female Supreme Court justice, and a track superstar dies, all on this day.

OTD September 21 - NYC fire 1776
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New York Public Library Digital Collection

1776: Part of New York City burns shortly after being occupied by British forces during the American Revolutionary War. The fire crossed Broadway near Beaver Street, and then burnt most of the city between Broadway and the Hudson River. Among the buildings destroyed was Trinity Church.

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