Today in Pittsburgh History

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 59 of 59

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
Father of American Music Stephen FosterFather of American Music Stephen Foster 1847-09-11 - 1st singing of Stephen Foster's "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
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 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
1992-09-27 - 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
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, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, founded prepared-foods company (Heinz-57 varieties), (d. 1919)
1855-03-24 - Andrew W. Mellon, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, banker (Mellon Bank), US Secretary of the Treasury (1921-32) and philanthropist
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)
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, 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)
1902-10-25 - Henry Steele Commager, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, American historian (Atlas of Civil War)
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)
Jazz Pianist Erroll GarnerJazz Pianist Erroll Garner (1923-06-15) 1923-06-15 - Erroll Garner, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, American jazz pianist (Misty)
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)
1926-10-13 - Ray Brown, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, American jazz double bassist
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
Actor Ted CassidyActor Ted Cassidy (1932-07-31) 1932-07-31 - Ted Cassidy, Pittsburgh PA, American actor (Lurch-Addams Family)
1933-04-05 - Frank Gorshin, Pittsburgh Pa, comedian/impersonator (Riddler-Batman)
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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