Pennsylvania in History

Pennsylvania: Norristown - Philadelphia - Pittsburgh

Historical Events

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  • 1682-10-27 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is founded by Englishman William Penn
  • 1682-12-04 First General Assembly in Pennsylvania (Chester)

AgreementTreaty of Interest

1683-06-23 William Penn signs friendship treaty with Lenni Lenape indians in Pennsylvania; only treaty "not sworn to, nor broken"

English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania William Penn
English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania
William Penn

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1731-06-24 Freemason and Mayor of Philadelphia William Allen is appointed Provincial Grand Master of Pennsylvania, the first and youngest Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania

Mayor of Philadelphia William Allen
Mayor of Philadelphia
William Allen
  • 1732-12-28 1st known ad for "Poor Richard's Almanack" (Pennsylvania Gazette)
  • 1737-09-20 Runner Edward Marshall completes his journey in the Walking Purchase forcing the cession of 1.2 million acres (4,860 km²) of Lenape-Delaware tribal land to the Pennsylvania Colony.
  • 1738-05-25 A treaty between Pennsylvania and Maryland ends the Conojocular War with settlement of a boundary dispute and exchange of prisoners.
  • 1748-08-26 The first Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1751-05-11 1st hospital founded (Pennsylvania Hospital) in the 13 Colonies in America
  • 1756-06-04 Quakers leave assembly of Pennsylvania
  • 1758-05-21 Mary Campbell is abducted from her home in Pennsylvania by Lenape during the French and Indian War.
  • 1759-05-31 The Province of Pennsylvania bans all theater productions.
  • 1763-11-15 Charles Mason & Jeremiah Dixon begin surveying Mason-Dixon Line between Pennsylvania & Maryland
  • 1774-09-05 Twelve of the thirteen American colonies adopt a trade embargo with Britain at the first Continental Congress at Carpenters' Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1775-05-10 Second Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and issues paper currency for 1st time

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1777-10-04 Battle of Germantown: Gen George Washington's troops attack and are defeated by the British at Germantown, Pennsylvania

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1778-05-01 American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
  • 1780-03-01 Pennsylvania becomes 1st US state to abolish slavery (for new-borns only)
  • 1781-01-01 1,500 soldiers of the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment under General Anthony Wayne's command rebel against the Continental Army's winter camp in Morristown, New Jersey as part of the Pennsylvania (Continentals; Regiment) Mutiny of 1781.
  • 1783-09-26 Fayette County, Pennsylvania created
  • 1784-09-21 1st daily newspaper in America (Pennsylvania Packet & General Advertiser)
  • 1787-02-04 1st Anglican bishops of NY & Pennsylvania consecrated in London

AgreementConstitution of the United States

1787-12-12 Pennsylvania becomes 2nd state to ratify US constitution

  • 1788-01-01 Quakers in Pennsylvania emancipate their slaves
  • 1789-03-02 Pennsylvania ends prohibition of theatrical performances
  • 1790-12-06 The U.S. Congress moves from New York City to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1791-12-15 1st US law school established at University of Pennsylvania
  • 1794-02-28 US Senate voids Pennsylvania's election of Abraham Gallatin
  • 1794-08-01 Whiskey Rebellion begins in western Pennsylvania
  • 1798-09-02 First bank robbery in the US: Bank of Pennsylvania robbed of $162,821 at Carpenter's Hall, Philadelphia
  • 1799-02-15 1st US printed ballots authorized, Pennsylvania
  • 1805-12-26 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts established, Philadelphia
  • 1806-01-30 The original Lower Trenton Toll Bridge, which spans the Delaware River between Morrisville, Pennsylvania and Trenton, New Jersey, is opened. A later bridge opened in 1935 is also known as the Trenton Makes - the World Takes Bridge.
  • 1817-01-07 2nd Bank of US opens in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1817-05-15 Opening of the first private mental health hospital in the United States, the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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1824-07-24 Harrisburg Pennsylvanian newspaper publishes results of 1st public opinion poll, with a clear lead for Andrew Jackson

US President & General Andrew Jackson
US President & General
Andrew Jackson
  • 1848-05-01 The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta is founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
  • 1848-10-16 1st US homeopathic medical college opens in Pennsylvania
  • 1849-10-16 Avery College establishes in Allegheny, Pennsylvania
  • 1851-09-15 Saint Joseph's University is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1852-02-19 The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity is founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
  • 1854-12-30 Pennsylvania Rock Oil Co, 1st in US, incorporated in NYC

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1856-02-18 The American Party (Know-Nothings) convenes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to nominate its first Presidential candidate, former President Millard Fillmore.

13th US President Millard Fillmore
13th US President
Millard Fillmore
  • 1856-07-17 The Great Train Wreck of 1856 between Camp Hill and Fort Washington, Pennsylvania kills over 60 people.
  • 1863-06-20 Skirmish at Greencastle, Pennsylvania
  • 1863-06-24 Planning an invasion of Pennsylvania, Lee's army crosses Potomac
  • 1863-06-29 Lee orders his forces to concentrate near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1863-06-30 Battles in Hanover, Pennsylvania: 80 casualties
  • 1863-06-30 Skirmish at Sporting Hill Pennsylvania
  • 1864-07-30 Battle of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania - burned by Union forces under McCausland
  • 1865-10-09 First US underground pipeline for carrying oil is laid in Pennsylvania
  • 1867-10-28 Maimonides College in Pennsylvania is first Jewish college in the US
  • 1869-09-06 Mine fire kills 110 at Avondale, Pennsylvania
  • 1877-06-21 The Molly Maguires, ten Irish immigrants, are hanged at the Schuylkill County and Carbon County, Pennsylvania prisons.
  • 1878-12-18 John Kehoe, the last of the Molly Maguires, is executed in Pennsylvania.
  • 1879-06-21 Frank W. Woolworth opens his 1st successful "F. W. Woolworth Great Five Cent Store" on North Queen Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • 1887-02-02 In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the first Groundhog Day is observed.
  • 1888-07-11 Pennsylvania's Monongehela River rises 32' after 24 hour rainfall
  • 1891-01-27 Mine explosion kills 109 at Mount Pleasant Pennsylvania
  • 1897-09-10 Lattimer Massacre - a sheriff's posse kills twenty unarmed immigrant miners in Pennsylvania, United States.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1902-05-12 Some 140,000 miners of anthracite coal in Pennsylvania go out on a strike called by the United Mine Workers after the owners have refused to recognize the UMW, let alone negotiate or submit to arbitration; Theodore Roosevelt later threatens to have the army run the mine

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • 1904-01-05 -42°F (-41.1°C), Smethport, Pennsylvania (state record)
  • 1904-01-25 179 die in coal mine explosion at Cheswick, Pennsylvania
  • 1907-12-19 239 workers died in a coal mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania
  • 1911-01-18 1st shipboard landing of a plane (Tanforan Park to USS Pennsylvania)
  • 1914-02-01 Pennsylvania State Board of [motion picture] censors appointed
  • 1917-11-18 Sigma Alpha Rho, a Jewish high school fraternity, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1918-05-18 TNT explosion in chemical factory in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, kills 200
  • 1918-06-15 1" of snow falls in Northern Pennsylvania
  • 1918-07-25 Race riot in Chester Pennsylvania (3 blacks & 2 whites killed)
  • 1922-10-14 1st automated telephones-Pennsylvania exchange in NYC
  • 1923-02-03 The Alpha Zeta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia founded at Pennsylvania State University.
  • 1927-05-17 U.S. Army aviation pioneer, Major Harold Geiger, dies in the crash of his Airco DH.4 de Havilland plane at Olmstead Field, Pennsylvania
  • 1931-07-24 A fire at a home for the elderly in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania kills 48 people.
  • 1933-11-07 Pennsylvania voters overturn blue law, by permitting Sunday sports
  • 1933-11-29 1st state liquor stores authorized (Pennsylvania)
  • 1933-12-21 Dried human blood serum 1st prepared, Univ of Pennsylvania
  • 1934-01-02 1st state liquor stores open, in Pennsylvania
  • 1935-02-10 Pennsylvania RR begins passenger service on new electric locomotive
  • 1936-07-10 111°F (44°C) Phoenixville, Pennsylvania (state record)
  • 1938-06-24 500 ton meteorite lands near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1940-04-28 Glenn Miller records "Pennsylvania 6-5000"
  • 1940-10-01 Pennsylvania Turnpike, pioneer toll thruway, opens
  • 1941-05-17 Pennsylvania declares legal holiday to honor A's manager Connie Mack
  • 1941-11-12 Alma Heflin, the first American female test pilot for commercial aircraft, made her first test flight for the Piper Aircraft Corporation, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
  • 1942-07-17 3' of rain falls on Pennsylvania, flooding kills 15
  • 1943-05-17 The United States Army contracts with the University of Pennsylvania's Moore School to develop the ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer).
  • 1948-10-30 20 die & 6,000 made ill by smog in Donora, Pennsylvania
  • 1948-12-21 1949 NFL Draft: Chuck Bednarik from University of Pennsylvania first pick by Philadelphia Eagles
  • 1954-03-20 1st newspaper vending machine used (Columbia Pennsylvania)
  • 1954-09-04 Peter B Cortese of US achieves a one-arm deadlift of 370 lbs; 22 lbs over triple his body weight, at York, Pennsylvania
  • 1957-12-18 Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania USA, the world's 1st nuclear power plant begins to generate electricity
  • 1965-03-26 A truck loses control down Moosic Street, Scranton, Pennsylvania, killing the driver. This accident later inspired the 1974 Harry Chapin song, "30,000 Pounds of Bananas."
  • 1967-05-06 400 students seize administration building at Cheyney State College, Pennsylvania
  • 1968-02-14 Pennsylvania Railroad/NYC Central merge into Penn Central
  • 1976-05-04 "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 7 performances
  • 1976-05-08 "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 7 performances
  • 1977-07-19 Floods in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, kills 76
  • 1985-05-31 Tornadoes in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York State & Canada kill 88 & injured more than 1,000
  • 1985-05-31 1985 United States-Canadian tornado outbreak: Forty-one tornadoes hit Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario, leaving 76 dead.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 348


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1644-10-14 William Penn, English Philosopher, Quaker and founder of Pennsylvania (d. 1718)

English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania William Penn
English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania
William Penn
  • 1663-05-20 William Bradford, English-born colonial printer (Pennsylvania's first printing press) (d. 1752)
  • 1696-11-02 Conrad Weiser, Pennsylvania's ambassador to the Native Americans (d. 1760)

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1704-08-05 William Allen, Mayor of Philadelphia, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mayor of Philadelphia William Allen
Mayor of Philadelphia
William Allen
  • 1722-11-19 Benjamin Chew, Chief Justice of colonial Pennsylvania (d. 1810)

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1732-11-13 John Dickinson, Talbot County Maryland, American lawyer and Governor of Delaware and Pennsylvania (d. 1808)

Founding Father of the United States John Dickinson
Founding Father of the United States
John Dickinson

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1734-11-02 Daniel Boone, Oley Valley, Pennsylvania, frontiersman/explorer (US Hall of Fame-1915), (d. 182)

Frontiersman Daniel Boone
Frontiersman
Daniel Boone
  • 1740-03-24 John Antes, American composer and missionary, born in Frederick, Pennsylvania (d. 1811)
  • 1763-07-22 James Geddes, American Engineer (Erie Canal), born in Carlisle Pennsylvania (d. 1838)
  • 1787-06-27 Thomas Say, USA, American naturalist and father of descriptive entomology, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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1791-04-23 James Buchanan, 15th US president (1857-61), born in Cove Gap, Pennsylvania (d. 1868)

15th US President James Buchanan
15th US President
James Buchanan
  • 1808-08-01 Henry Darwin Rogers, American Geologist (theory of mountain building, first geological mapping of Pennsylvania), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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1826-07-04 Stephen Foster, American composer (Oh! Susanna, Swanee River), born in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania (d. 1864)

Father of American Music Stephen Foster
Father of American Music
Stephen Foster

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1826-12-03 George McClellan, Union army major general, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1885)

Union General George McClellan
Union General
George McClellan

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1832-11-29 Louisa May Alcott, Germantown Pennsylvania, American author (Little Women)

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1844-07-25 Thomas Eakins, American artist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Painter Thomas Eakins
Painter
Thomas Eakins

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1844-10-11 Henry John Heinz, founded prepared-foods company (Heinz-57 varieties), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1919)

Founder of Heinz Henry John Heinz
Founder of Heinz
Henry John Heinz
  • 1851-08-19 Charles Hires, American Inventor and Manufacturer of the Hires Root Beer beverage, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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1855-03-24 Andrew W. Mellon, banker (Mellon Bank), US Secretary of the Treasury (1921-32) and philanthropist, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Banker, Industrialist and Secretary of the US Treasury Andrew W. Mellon
Banker, Industrialist and Secretary of the US Treasury
Andrew W. Mellon
  • 1855-05-01 Cecilia Beaux, American portrait painter , born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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1856-03-20 Frederick Winslow Taylor, American mechanical engineer and the father of scientific management, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1915)

Mechanical Engineer Frederick Winslow Taylor
Mechanical Engineer
Frederick Winslow Taylor

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1857-09-13 Milton S. Hershey, American chocolate tycoon (The Hershey Chocolate Company) and philanthropist, born in Derry Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1945)

Chocolate Tycoon Milton S. Hershey
Chocolate Tycoon
Milton S. Hershey

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1858-01-18 Daniel Williams, Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, surgeon (1st open heart operation), (d. 1931)

Heart surgeon Daniel Williams
Heart surgeon
Daniel Williams
  • 1860-11-01 Boies Penrose, United States Senator from Pennsylvania (d. 1921)
  • 1864-04-18 Richard Harding Davis, American journalist and author (Soldiers of Fortune, The King's Jackal), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1916)
  • 1867-08-02 Frank Alvord Perret, American volcanologist renowned for his research at Vesuvius, Etna, Stromboli and Kilauea, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1871-09-13 Alma Kruger, actress (Made For Each Other), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1879-08-15 Ethel Barrymore, American classic film & stage actress (Constant Wife, Corn is Green), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1879-10-02 Wallace Stevens, poet (Ideas of Order), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 1880-02-21 Frank Orth, actor (Boston Blackie, Brothers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1881-09-27 William Clothier, American tennis player (US Open-1906) and 1st president of tennis hall of fame, born in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania (d. 1962)
  • 1882-02-15 John Barrymore, American actor (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1942)
  • 1884-02-18 Burt Mustin, actor ("All in the Family", "The Andy Griffith Show"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1886-11-09 Ed Wynn, [Isaiah Edwin Leopold], comedian (Ed Wynn Show), born in Philadelphia, 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
  • 1890-08-27 Man Ray, American artist and photographer (Dada), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1976)
  • 1891-06-24 Irving Pichel, actor/director (Mme Butterfly, Oliver Twist), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1891-06-28 Carl Spaatz, Boyertown, Pennsylvania, American Air Force general (d. 1974)
  • 1892-07-29 William Powell, actor (Thin Man, My Man Godfrey), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1894-06-28 Lois Wilson, actress (Alice-Aldrich Family), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1896-02-28 Philip Showalter Hench, physician (cortisone-Nobel), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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1896-06-19 Wallis Simpson [Duchess of Windsor], American divorcee whom British King Edward VIII abdicated his throne to marry, born in Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)

Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson
Duchess of Windsor
Wallis Simpson
  • 1898-04-06 Bobby Gilbert, actor, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1973)
  • 1898-04-09 Paul Robeson, singer (Old Man River)/actor/footballer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1898-07-22 Alexander Calder, sculptor (mobiles, stabiles), born in Lawnton, Pennsylvania (d. 1976)
  • 1898-11-09 Leonard Carmichael, American Psychologist and secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1953-1964), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1899-05-17 Ralf Harolde, actor (Framed, Smart Money, Tip-off), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1899-09-15 Milton S Eisenhower, Dwight's brother/pres (Pennsylvania State)
  • 1901-06-22 Jack Whiting, actor/singer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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1901-12-16 Margaret Mead, American anthropologist (Coming of Age in Samoa), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cultural Anthropologist Margaret Mead
Cultural Anthropologist
Margaret Mead
  • 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
  • 1902-08-13 Regis Toomey, actor (Burke's Law, Petticoat Junction), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1902-10-25 Henry Steele Commager, American historian (Atlas of Civil War), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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1903-06-13 Harold "Red" Grange, American "Galloping Ghost" of football (University of Illinois, Chicago Bears), born in Forksville, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)

NFL halfback Red Grange
NFL halfback
Red Grange
  • 1903-12-16 Hardie Albright, actress (Silver Streak, Scarlet Letter), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1904-04-29 Russ Morgan, orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 1905-03-02 Marc Blitzstein, composer (Cradle Will Rock), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1905-09-17 Dolores Costello, actress (Little Lord Fauntleroy), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1906-09-15 Penny Singleton, voice (Jane Jetsons)/actress (Blondie), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1906-10-06 Janet Gaynor, actress (Sunrise, A Star Is Born), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1906-12-27 Oscar Levant, actor (An American in Paris, Dance of Life), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1907-02-03 James A. Michner, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, American author (Tales of the South Pacific, Hawaii)
  • 1907-04-11 Paul Douglas, actor (Adventure Theater, Clash by Night), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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1907-05-25 Rachel Carson, American marine biologist, conservationist and writer (Silent Spring), born in Springdale, Pennsylvania (d. 1964)

Marine Biologist and Writer Rachel Carson
Marine Biologist and Writer
Rachel Carson
  • 1907-10-14 Allan Jones, actor/singer (A Day at the Races, Showboat), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania

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1908-05-20 Jimmy Stewart, American actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington, It's a Wonderful Life), born in Indiana, Pennsylvania (d. 1997)

  • 1909-06-04 Paul Nordoff, composer (Frog Prince), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1909-08-26 Frank Gasparro, US chief engraver (1965-81), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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1910-03-09 Samuel Barber, American composer (School for Scandal), born in West Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1981)

Composer Samuel Barber
Composer
Samuel Barber
  • 1911-01-30 Hugh Marlowe, actor (Ellery Queen), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1911-01-30 Roy Eldridge, Pitts, Pennsylvania, American jazz trumpeter (Gene Krupa, Artie Shaw)
  • 1911-04-02 Charles "Honi" Coles, American actor and tap dancer (Tito Suarez-Dirty Dancing), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • 1911-10-24 Nathaniel Wyeth, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, USA, American chemist and inventor (created PET plastic beverage bottle)
  • 1911-12-09 Broderick Crawford, American actor (All the King's Men, Highway Patrol), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1912-04-21 Eve Arnold, photojournalist (Marilyn Monroe) (d. 2012), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1912-08-01 Henry Jones, actor (Phyllis, Falcon Crest, Gun Shy), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1912-08-04 David Raksin, American composer renown for his work in film and TV (Laura, Modern Times), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • 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
  • 1914-01-10 Polly Rowles, actress (Aunt Laurie-Jamie), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1914-04-16 John Hodiak, actor (A Bell for Adamo, Lifeboat), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1914-06-12 Bill Kenny, singer (The Bill Kenny Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1914-07-08 Billy Eckstine, jazz singer (Tenderly, A Fool in Love), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1915-04-07 Billie Holiday, [Eleanora Fagan], jazz singer (Lady Sings the Blues), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • 1915-06-06 Vincent Persichetti, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, composer (Sibyl)
  • 1915-07-17 Cass Daley, actress (Red Garters), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1915-09-04 Dick Thomas, TV host (Village Barn), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1915-11-26 Earl Wild, composer/pianist (Caesar's Hour, NBC Symph 1942), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1916-01-18 James Crow, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, geneticist and influential educator (Genetic Theories and Influences: Comments on the Value of Diversity), (d. 2012)
  • 1916-02-16 Bill Doggett, jazz and blues musician (Honky Tonk), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1916-10-19 David Lewis, actor (Edward Quartermaine-General Hospital), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1916-11-10 Billy May, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1917-04-05 Richard Yardumian, composer (Come Creator Spirit), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1917-05-28 Papa John Creach, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, American blues violinist (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane)
  • 1917-10-02 William Marshall, band leader (Pennsylvanians), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1918-07-04 Buster Davis, choral director (Garry Moore Show), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • 1918-07-06 Eugene List, pianist/prof (Eastman School of Music), born in Philadelphi, Pennsylvania

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1779-04-08 US Defector General Benedict Arnold (38) weds Peggy Shippen (18) at Shippen's townhouse in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

US Defector General Benedict Arnold
US Defector General
Benedict Arnold

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Father of American Music Stephen Foster
Father of American Music
Stephen Foster

HeartWedding of Interest

1913-10-14 Athlete Jim Thorpe (25) weds Margaret Iva Miller at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe

HeartWedding of Interest

1916-12-30 MLB player Honus Wagner (42) weds Bessie Baine Smith (26) at St John's Church in Carnegie, Pennsylvania

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner

HeartWedding of Interest

1930-09-04 Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (21) weds Vivien Burey at First African Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

First Black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
First Black Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall

HeartWedding of Interest

1934-06-28 Novelist Kenneth Patchen (22) weds Miriam Patchen in nearby Sharon, Pennsylvania

Poet/Novelist Kenneth Patchen
Poet/Novelist
Kenneth Patchen

HeartWedding of Interest

1985-01-30 NFL Quarterback Dan Marino (23) weds Claire Veazey at St. Regis Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino

HeartWedding of Interest

2001-06-03 Writer and actress Tina Fey (31) weds "Saturday Night Live" composer Jeff Richmond (40) on a Greek Orthodox ceremony at The Merion Tribute House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Actress & Writer Tina Fey
Actress & Writer
Tina Fey
  • 2005-07-30 Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph (49) weds Pennsylvania Senator Vincent Hughes (48) at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles
  • 2009-07-25 "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" actor Marc Blucas (37) weds journalist Ryan Haddon (38) in Erie, Pennsylvania
  • 2009-09-26 "American Idol" runner-up Justin Guarini (30) weds Reina Capodici (27) at a private estate in Doylestown, Pennsylvania
  • 2009-09-29 American Idol's first runner-up Justin Guarini (30) weds Reina Capodici (27) in Doylestown, Pennsylvania
  • 2013-07-08 Model Amber Rose (29) weds rapper Wiz Khalifa (25) in Pennsylvania

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1718-07-30 William Penn, English Philosopher, Quaker and founder of Pennsylvania (No cross, no crown), dies at 73

English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania William Penn
English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania
William Penn
  • 1760-07-13 Conrad Weiser, Pennsylvania's ambassador to the Native Americans (b. 1696)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1808-02-14 John Dickinson, American lawyer and Governor of Delaware and Pennsylvania, dies at 75

Founding Father of the United States John Dickinson
Founding Father of the United States
John Dickinson
  • 1810-01-20 Benjamin Chew, Chief Justice of colonial Pennsylvania (b. 1722)
  • 1866-05-29 Henry Darwin Rogers, American Geologist (theory of mountain building, first geological mapping of Pennsylvania), dies at 57
  • 1893-11-22 James Calder, 5th President of the Pennsylvania State University (b. 1826)
  • 1921-12-31 Boies Penrose, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania (b. 1860)
  • 2006-09-01 Bob O'Connor, mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (b. 1944)
  • 2006-12-12 Raymond P. Shafer, 38th Governor of Pennsylvania (b. 1917)
  • 2008-11-12 Catherine Baker Knoll, 30th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, (b. 1930)