Today in Pittsburgh History

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 58 of 58

1755-07-09 - Battle at Duquesne (Pittsburgh): French troops beat British
1758-11-25 - Britain captures Fort Duquesne (later Fort Pitt/Pittsburgh) from French
1787-02-28 - The charter establishing the institution now known as the University of Pittsburgh is granted.
1811-10-29 - 1st Ohio River steamboat leaves Pittsburgh for New Orleans
1842-09-18 - 1st edition of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, published
1845-04-10 - More than 1,000 buildings damaged by fire in Pittsburgh, Pa
1847-09-11 - 1st singing of Stephen Foster's "Susanna" (in Pittsburgh)
Father of American Music Stephen FosterFather of American Music Stephen Foster 1856-02-22 - 1st national meeting of Republican Party (Pittsburgh)
1881-11-15 - American Federation of Labor (AFL) founded (Pittsburgh)
1887-02-20 - 1st minor league baseball association organizes (Pittsburgh)
1890-09-01 - 1st baseball tripleheader-Boston vs Pittsburgh
1894-03-12 - Pittsburgh issues free season tickets for ladies on Tuesday & Friday
1894-06-21 - Workers in Pittsburgh strike Pullman sleeping car company
1900-07-13 - Phillies beat Pittsburgh 23-8
1903-06-25 - Boston Beaneater Wiley Piatt is only 20th-century pitcher to lose 2 complete games in one day, falling to Pittsburgh 1-0 & 5-3
1908-12-05 - 1st US football uniform numerals used (University of Pittsburgh)
1910-03-10 - Pittsburgh Courier begins publishing
1910-08-23 - Fred Clarke makes a record 4 outfield assists for Pittsburgh
1920-09-29 - Joseph Horne Company in Pittsburgh sells radios for $10
1920-10-27 - Westinghouse radio station in East Pittsburgh, KDKA begins
1921-01-02 - 1st religious service radio broadcast in US, KDKA-Pittsburgh
1922-01-09 - KQV-AM in Pittsburgh PA begins radio transmissions
1923-12-31 - 1st transatlantic radio broadcast of a voice, Pittsburgh-Manchester
1925-01-28 - -46°F (-43°C), Pittsburgh, New Hampshire (state record)
1927-03-11 - 1st armored commercial car hold-up in US, Pittsburgh
1927-11-14 - World's largest gas tank in Pittsburgh Penn explodes; 28 die
1931-07-24 - A fire at a home for the elderly in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania kills 48 people.
1932-04-04 - Vitamin C 1st isolated, CC King, Univ of Pittsburgh
1936-06-12 - 1st 50 KW US radio station (Pittsburgh Pa)
1936-07-17 - Carl Hubbell begins winning streak, beating Pittsburgh 6-0
1937-09-10 - 2nd American Football League plays 1st game (LA 21, Pittsburgh 0)
1938-06-24 - 500 ton meteorite lands near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
1944-01-28 - Leonard Bernstein's "Jeremiah" premieres in Pittsburgh
1944-07-11 - 12th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-1 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh
1949-01-02 - KDKA TV channel 2 in Pittsburgh, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
1950-10-29 - Cleveland Browns' Marion Motley sets record for highest avg gain in a game with 17.1 (10 attempts), Cleveland 45, Pittsburgh 7
Medical Researcher and Virologist Jonas SalkMedical Researcher and Virologist Jonas Salk 1954-02-23 - 1st mass inoculation against polio with Salk vaccine (Pittsburgh)
1954-04-01 - WQED TV channel 13 in Pittsburgh, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
1957-09-01 - WHC (now WPXI) TV channel 11 in Pittsburgh, PA (NBC) 1st broadcast
1957-11-10 - Cleveland Browns' Don Paul sets club record for longest fumble return with a 89-yard run (and TD), beating Pittsburgh 24-0
1958-09-14 - WTAE TV channel 4 in Pittsburgh, PA (ABC) begins broadcasting
1959-01-30 - Paul Hindemith's symphony "Pittsburgh" premieres
1959-07-07 - 26th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh
1959-09-14 - WQEX TV channel 16 in Pittsburgh, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
1968-10-01 - "Night of the Living Dead" premieres in Pittsburgh
1969-02-01 - WPGH TV channel 53 in Pittsburgh, PA (IND) begins broadcasting
1971-10-13 - 1st World Series night game (Pittsburgh 4-Baltimore 3)
1976-11-30 - 42nd Heisman Trophy Award: Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh (RB)
1978-09-30 - Cleveland, Houston, NY, Philadelphia & Pittsburgh Phillies win 3rd consecutive NL East Division title
1979-11-25 - Pittsburgh gains 606 net yards against Cleveland, winning 33-30
1980-03-12 - NY Islanders 3rd scoreless tie, vs Pittsburgh Penguin
Reggae Musician Bob MarleyReggae Musician Bob Marley 1980-09-23 - Bob Marley's last concert at Stanley Theatre Pittsburgh
1989-09-10 - Browns allow Pittsburgh only 53 net yards, a team defensive record
1990-11-19 - Pittsburgh's Barry Bonds wins NL MVP
1992-10-01 - Greater Pittsburgh International Airport opens
1995-11-07 - Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Pittsburgh PA on WXDX 105.9 FM
1997-08-31 - Pittsburgh Senior Golf Classic
2006-07-11 - 77th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-2 at PNC Park, Pittsburgh

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 46 of 46

1844-10-11 - Henry John Heinz, founded prepared-foods company (Heinz-57 varieties), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1919)
1855-03-24 - Andrew W. Mellon, banker (Mellon Bank), US Secretary of the Treasury (1921-32) and philanthropist, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1871-09-13 - Alma Kruger, actress (Made For Each Other), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1889-11-16 - George S Kaufman, playwright (This is Show Business), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1890-02-18 - Adolphe Menjou, actor (Front Page, Star is Born), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Banker, Industrialist and Secretary of the US Treasury Andrew W. MellonBanker, Industrialist and Secretary of the US Treasury Andrew W. Mellon (1855-03-24) 1892-07-29 - William Powell, actor (Thin Man, My Man Godfrey), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1896-02-28 - Philip Showalter Hench, physician (cortisone-Nobel), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1899-05-17 - Ralf Harolde, actor (Framed, Smart Money, Tip-off), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1902-02-08 - Lyle Talbot, [Lysle Hollywood], actor (Glen or Glenda), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1902-05-10 - David O Selznick, producer (Gone With the Wind), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1902-07-04 - Vince Barnett, actor (Star is Born, Human Jungle), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1902-10-25 - Henry Steele Commager, American historian (Atlas of Civil War), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1903-12-16 - Hardie Albright, actress (Silver Streak, Scarlet Letter), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1905-09-17 - Dolores Costello, actress (Little Lord Fauntleroy), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1906-12-27 - Oscar Levant, actor (An American in Paris, Dance of Life), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1913-09-22 - Leroy Holmes, orchestra leader (Tonight Show, 1956-57), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1914-01-09 - Kenny [Klook] Clarke, jazz/drummer, composer (Epistrop), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1914-04-16 - John Hodiak, actor (A Bell for Adamo, Lifeboat), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1914-07-08 - Billy Eckstine, jazz singer (Tenderly, A Fool in Love), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jazz Pianist Erroll GarnerJazz Pianist Erroll Garner (1923-06-15) 1923-06-15 - Erroll Garner, American jazz pianist (Misty), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1924-05-21 - Jack Twyman, basketball player (Rochester/Cincinnati Royals), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
1925-07-21 - Al Checco, actor (Extreme Close-up), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1926-10-13 - Ray Brown, American jazz double bassist , born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1928-03-21 - James W Kinnear, CEO (Texaco), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1928-04-02 - Rita Gam, actress (Distortions, Hannibal, Sierra Baron), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1930-03-17 - James Benson Irwin, Col USAF/astronaut (Apollo 15), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1930-11-27 - Joe DeNardo, American Meteorologist, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Actor Ted CassidyActor Ted Cassidy (1932-07-31) 1932-07-31 - Ted Cassidy, American actor (Lurch-Addams Family), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1933-04-05 - Frank Gorshin, comedian/impersonator (Riddler-Batman), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1937-01-22 - Joseph Wambaugh, American police writer ("The Onion Fields"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1940-10-24 - F Murray Abraham, actor (Amadeus, Mad Man), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1941-01-26 - Scott Glenn, actor (Right Stuff, Personal Best, Backdraft), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1943-02-14 - Eric Anderson, vocalist (Avalanche, Be True to You), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1943-03-22 - George Benson, American jazz/blues singer/guitarist (Greatest Love of All), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1946-10-27 - Terry J Hart, astronaut (STS 41C), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1946-12-23 - Tony Craig, [Kulasa], actor (That Boy Next Door), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States Senator Rand PaulUnited States Senator Rand Paul (1963-01-07) 1963-01-07 - Rand Paul, United States Senator, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1963-08-16 - Scott Dunlap, Canadian Tour golfer (1995 S Afr Masters), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1963-09-11 - Bonnie Gadusek, tennis player (French Juniors 1981), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1963-12-05 - Bob Friend, Nike golfer (1991 Fort Wayne Open), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1964-02-07 - Gretchen Magers, Pittsburgh PA/San Antonio TX, tennis star
1967-01-11 - Jeff Bankett, actor (Tyler-1 Life to Live), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1968-12-09 - Kurt Angle, 220 lbs freestyle wrestler (Oly-gold-96), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1972-01-24 - Salima Davidson, volleyball setter (Olympics-96), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1973-05-14 - Shanice, [Wilson], vocalist (Discovery, Loving You), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1973-08-17 - A J Wood, soccer forward (Olympics-gold-96), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 1 of 1

Father of American Music Stephen FosterFather of American Music Stephen Foster (1850-07-22) 1850-07-22 - Composer Stephen Foster (24) weds Jane Denny McDowell at Trinity Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 3 of 3

1755-07-13 - Edward Braddock, British general, dies in battle at Pittsburgh
2006-09-01 - Bob O'Connor, mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (b. 1944)
2010-06-10 - Metropolitan Basil Schott, Archbishop of the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh (b. 1939)


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