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 Fosters "Susanna" (in Pittsburgh)
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
1920-11-02 - KDKA (Pittsburgh) goes on air as 1st commercial radio station
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 - Worlds 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
1954-02-23 - 1st mass inoculation 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
1989-09-10 - Browns allow Pittsburgh only 53 net yards, a team defensive record
1990-11-19 - Pittsburgh's Barry Bonds wins NL MVP
1992-09-27 - Pittsburgh Pirates win their 3rd straight NL East title
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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 42 of 42

1844-10-11 - Henry John Heinz, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, founded prepared-foods company (Heinz-57 varieties), (d. 1919)
1871-09-13 - Alma Kruger, Pittsburgh PA, actress (Made For Each Other)
1889-11-16 - George S Kaufman, Pittsburgh Pa, playwright (This is Show Business)
1890-02-18 - Adolphe Menjou, Pittsburgh, actor (Front Page, Star is Born)
1892-07-29 - William Powell, Pittsburgh PA, actor (Thin Man, My Man Godfrey)
1896-02-28 - Philip Showalter Hench, Pittsburgh, physician (cortisone-Nobel)
1899-05-17 - Ralf Harolde, Pittsburgh PA, actor (Framed, Smart Money, Tip-off)
1900-11-21 - Jobyna Ralston, South Pittsburgh TN, actress (For Heaven's Sake)
1902-02-08 - Lyle Talbot, [Lysle Hollywood], Pittsburgh, actor (Glen or Glenda)
1902-05-10 - David O Selznick, Pittsburgh Pa, producer (Gone With the Wind)
1902-07-04 - Vince Barnett, Pittsburgh, actor (Star is Born, Human Jungle)
Founder of Heinz Henry John HeinzFounder of Heinz Henry John Heinz (1844-10-11) 1903-12-16 - Hardie Albright, Pittsburgh, actress (Silver Streak, Scarlet Letter)
1905-09-17 - Dolores Costello, Pittsburgh PA, actress (Little Lord Fauntleroy)
1906-12-27 - Oscar Levant, Pittsburgh, actor (American in Paris, Dance of Life)
1913-09-22 - Leroy Holmes, Pittsburgh Pa, orchestra leader (Tonight Show, 1956-57)
1914-01-09 - Kenny [Klook] Clarke, Pittsburgh, jazz/drummer, composer (Epistrop)
1914-04-16 - John Hodiak, Pittsburgh PA, actor (A Bell for Adamo, Lifeboat)
1914-07-08 - Billy Eckstine, Pittsburgh PA, jazz singer (Tenderly, A Fool in Love)
1924-05-21 - Jack Twyman, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, basketball player (Rochester/Cincinnati Royals), (d. 2012)
1925-07-21 - Al Checco, Pittsburgh PA, actor (Extreme Close-up)
1928-03-21 - James W Kinnear, Pittsburgh Pa, CEO (Texaco)
1928-04-02 - Rita Gam, Pittsburgh, actress (Distortions, Hannibal, Sierra Baron)
1930-03-17 - James Benson Irwin, Pittsburgh Penn, Col USAF/astronaut (Apollo 15)
1930-11-27 - Joe DeNardo, Pittsburgh Meteorologist
1932-07-31 - Ted Cassidy, Pittsburgh PA, American actor (Lurch-Addams Family)
1933-04-05 - Frank Gorshin, Pittsburgh Pa, comedian/impersonator (Riddler-Batman)
Actor Ted CassidyActor Ted Cassidy (1932-07-31) 1937-01-22 - Joseph Wambaugh, East Pittsburgh Pa, police writer (Onion Fields)
1940-10-24 - F Murray Abraham, Pittsburgh PA, actor (Amadeus, Mad Man)
1941-01-26 - Scott Glenn, Pittsburgh, actor (Right Stuff, Personal Best, Backdraft)
1943-02-14 - Eric Anderson, Pittsburgh Pa, vocalist (Avalanche, Be True to You)
1943-03-22 - George Benson, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, American jazz/blues singer/guitarist (Greatest Love of All)
1946-10-27 - Terry J Hart, Pittsburgh Penn, astronaut (STS 41C)
1946-12-23 - Tony Craig, [Kulasa], Pittsburgh PA, actor (That Boy Next Door)
1963-08-16 - Scott Dunlap, Pittsburgh PA, Canadian Tour golfer (1995 S Afr Masters)
1963-09-11 - Bonnie Gadusek, Pittsburgh, tennis player (French Juniors 1981)
1963-12-05 - Bob Friend, Pittsburgh PA, Nike golfer (1991 Fort Wayne Open)
1964-02-07 - Gretchen Magers, Pittsburgh PA/San Antonio TX, tennis star
1967-01-11 - Jeff Bankett, Pittsburgh Pa, actor (Tyler-1 Life to Live)
1968-12-09 - Kurt Angle, Pittsburgh Pa, 220 lbs freestyle wrestler (Oly-gold-96)
1972-01-24 - Salima Davidson, Pittsburgh Penn, volleyball setter (Olympics-96)
1973-05-14 - Shanice, [Wilson], Pittsburgh Pa, vocalist (Discovery, Loving You)
1973-08-17 - A J Wood, Pittsburgh, soccer forward (Olympics-gold-96)

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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