Today in Philadelphia History

Pennsylvania: Norristown - Pittsburgh

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 145

1682-06-18 - William Penn founds Philadelphia, US
1682-10-27 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is founded.
1726-07-23 - Benjamin Franklin sails back to Philadelphia
1726-10-11 - Benjamin Franklin returns to Philadelphia from England
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
1731-11-08 - In Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin opens 1st US library
1732-02-26 - 1st mass celebrated in 1st American Catholic church, St Joseph's, Philadelphia
United States Founding Father Benjamin FranklinUnited States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin 1732-11-14 - First professional librarian in north America, Louis Timothee, hired in Philadelphia
1743-02-03 - Philadelphia establishes a "pesthouse" to quarantine immigrants
1748-08-26 - The first Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1752-05-11 - 1st US fire insurance policy issued (Philadelphia)
1759-01-11 - 1st American life insurance company incorporated, Philadelphia
1761-05-22 - 1st life insurance policy in North America issued in Philadelphia
1765-05-03 - 1st US medical college opens in Philadelphia
1768-02-15 - 1st mustard manufactured in America advertised, Philadelphia
1770-06-28 - Quakers open a school for blacks in Philadelphia
1773-12-26 - Expulsion of tea ships from Philadelphia
1774-09-05 - 1st Continental Congress assembles at Carpenters' Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1774-10-14 - 1st Continental Congress makes Declaration of Colonial Rights in Philadelphia
1774-10-26 - First Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia
1775-05-10 - 2nd Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and issues paper currency for 1st time
First US President George WashingtonFirst US President George Washington 1775-05-10 - 2nd Continental Congress in Philadelphia names George Washington, supreme commander
1775-07-26 - United States Post Office (U.S.P.O.) created in Philadelphia under Benjamin Franklin
1776-07-08 - Col John Nixon gave 1st public reading of Decaration of Independence (Philadelphia)
1777-09-25 - British general William Howe conquers Philadelphia
1777-09-27 - British General William Howe occupies Philadelphia during American Revolution
1778-06-18 - British Redcoats evacuate Philadelphia
1778-06-24 - David Rittenhouse observes a total solar eclipse in Philadelphia
1781-05-26 - Bank of North America incorporates in Philadelphia
1782-01-07 - 1st US commercial bank, Bank of North America, opens in Philadelphia
1784-01-07 - 1st US seed business established by David Landreth, Philadelphia
1785-03-01 - Philadelphia Society for the Promotion of Agriculture organized
1787-01-28 - Philadelphia's Free Africa Society organizes
1787-04-12 - Philadelphia's Free African Society forms
Page one of the original copy of the Constitution of the United StatesPage one of the original copy of the Constitution of the United States 1787-05-14 - Delegates gather in Philadelphia to draw up US constitution
1787-09-17 - US constitution adopted by Philadelphia convention
1790-03-13 - John Martin, 1st American-born actor, performs in Philadelphia
1790-06-09 - 1st book copyrighted under constitution, "Philadelphia Spelling Book"
1790-12-06 - The U.S. Congress moves from New York City to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1793-01-09 - 1st hot-air balloon flight in the US lifts off in Philadelphia, piloted by Jean Pierre Blanchard
1793-01-23 - Humane Society of Philadelphia (1st aid society) organized
1793-06-10 - Washington supersedes Philadelphia as US capital
1794-06-10 - Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia forms
1794-07-17 - Richard Allen organizes Philadelphia's Bethel African Meth Episcopal Church
1794-07-29 - African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia, dedicated
1800-01-02 - Free African American community of Philadelphia petitions US Congress to abolish the slave trade
1804-02-16 - Lt Stephen Decatur raids Tripoli Harbor & burns Navy frigate "Philadelphia" after pirates seized it
1805-12-26 - Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts established, Philadelphia
1808-04-08 - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Baltimore was promoted to an archdiocese, with the founding of the dioceses of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Bardstown (now Louisville) by Pope Pius VII.
1810-02-28 - 1st US fire insurance joint-stock company organized, Philadelphia
1816-12-02 - First savings bank in US opens (Philadelphia Savings Fund Society)
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.
1821-11-09 - 1st US pharmacy college holds 1st classes, Philadelphia
1828-03-24 - Philadelphia & Columbia Railway (1st state owned) authorized
1833-12-04 - American Anti-Slavery Society formed by Arthur Tappan in Philadelphia
1834-10-14 - In Philadelphia, Whigs and Democrats stage a gun, stone and brick battle for control of a Moyamensing Township election, resulting in one death, several injuries, and the burning down of a block of buildings.
1835-06-01 - 6th national black convention (Philadelphia)
1839-02-24 - Steam shovel patented by William Otis, Philadelphia
1847-05-05 - American Medical Association organized (Philadelphia)
1849-05-15 - Philadelphia Turngemeinde founded
1851-01-01 - City of Glasgow steamer inaugurates Philadelphia-Liverpool line
1851-09-15 - Saint Joseph's University is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1854-12-15 - 1st street-cleaning machine in US 1st used in Philadelphia
13th US President Millard Fillmore13th US President Millard Fillmore 1856-02-18 - The American Party (Know-Nothings) convenes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to nominate its first Presidential candidate, former President Millard Fillmore.
1856-06-17 - Republican Party opens its 1st national convention in Philadelphia
1858-03-09 - Albert Potts of Philadelphia patents the street mailbox
1859-03-21 - Zoological Society of Philadelphia, 1st in US, incorporated
1861-11-19 - The first petroleum shipment (1,329 barrels) from the U.S. to Europe leaves Philadelphia, USA, for London, England on the Elizabeth Watts
1869-12-09 - Noble Order of Knights of Labor founded, Philadelphia
1869-12-30 - Philadelphia Knights of Labor forms
1870-02-05 - 1st motion picture shown to a theater audience, Philadelphia
1874-07-01 - 1st US zoo opens (Philadelphia)
1876-02-02 - Baseball's National League forms with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, St Louis
1876-04-02 - Philadelphia A's & Boston Red Caps play 1st NL game, in Phila
1876-05-10 - Centennial Fair opens in Philadelphia
1876-06-05 - Bananas become popular in US, at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia
1876-10-06 - American Library Association organized in Philadelphia
1878-12-26 - 1st US store to install electric lights, Philadelphia
Painter Thomas EakinsPainter Thomas Eakins 1886-02-13 - Painter Thomas Eakins resigns from Philadelphia Academy of Art after controversial over use of male nudes in a coed art class
1888-12-25 - 1st indoor baseball game played at fairgrounds in Philadelphia
1894-11-17 - Serial killer H. H. Holmes is arrested in Boston after being tracked there from Philadelphia by the Pinkertons
1909-04-12 - Philadelphia's Shibe Park (later Connie Mack Stadium) opens
1910-02-23 - 1st radio contest held (Philadelphia)
1911-02-25 - Victor Herbert's opera "Natoma" premieres in Philadelphia
1915-06-17 - The League to Enforce Peace is organised at Independence Hall in Philadelphia with William Howard Taft as president; its program anticipates the League of Nations
1917-11-18 - Sigma Alpha Rho, a Jewish high school fraternity, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
27th US President William Howard Taft27th US President William Howard Taft 1918-07-26 - Race riot in Philadelphia (3 whites & 1 black killed)
1921-11-15 - KYW-AM in Philadelphia PA begins radio transmissions
1922-03-20 - WIP-AM in Philadelphia PA begins radio transmissions
1924-09-13 - 19th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Philadelphia (5-0)
1925-09-12 - 20th Davis Cup: USA beats France in Philadelphia (5-0)
1926-05-31 - Sesquicentennial Exposition opens in Philadelphia
1926-09-11 - 21st Davis Cup: USA beats France in Philadelphia (4-1), for their 7th straight championship
1927-09-10 - 22nd Davis Cup: France beats USA in Philadelphia (3-2)
1929-10-14 - Philadelphia A's set World Series record of 10 runs in an inning
1933-11-12 - 1st Sunday football game in Philadelphia (previously illegal)
1935-01-21 - WFI-AM in Philadelphia Penn merges with WLIT as WFIL (now WEAZ)
1936-06-11 - Presbyterian Church of America founded at Philadelphia
1937-02-04 - Jim Margie, Philadelphia, bowls 900 in 3 (unsanctioned) games
1938-08-05 - 33rd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Philadelphia (3-2)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 69 of 69

1704-08-05 - William Allen, Mayor of Philadelphia, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1787-06-27 - Thomas Say, USA, American naturalist and father of descriptive entomology, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1808-08-01 - Henry Darwin Rogers, American Geologist (theory of mountain building, first geological mapping of Pennsylvania), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1826-12-03 - George McClellan, Union army major general, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1885)
1844-07-25 - Thomas Eakins, American artist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1851-08-19 - Charles Hires, American Inventor and Manufacturer of the Hires Root Beer beverage, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Painter Thomas EakinsPainter Thomas Eakins (1844-07-25) 1853-10-29 - Josephine Beall Bruce, African American activist (NACW) Philadelphia Pa.
1855-05-01 - Cecilia Beaux, American portrait painter , born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1867-08-02 - Frank Alvord Perret, American volcanologist renowned for his research at Vesuvius, Etna, Stromboli and Kilauea, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1879-08-15 - Ethel Barrymore, American classic film & stage actress (Constant Wife, Corn is Green), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1890-08-27 - Man Ray, American artist and photographe (Dada), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1896-06-18 - Philip Barry, US, dramatist (Philadelphia Story)
1898-04-09 - Paul Robeson, singer (Old Man River)/actor/footballer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1898-11-09 - Leonard Carmichael, American Psychologist and secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1953-1964), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1899-07-07 - George Cukor, producer/director (Adam's Rib, Philadelphia Story)
Cultural Anthropologist Margaret MeadCultural Anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901-12-16) 1901-12-16 - Margaret Mead, American anthropologist (Coming of Age in Samoa), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1906-10-06 - Janet Gaynor, actress (Sunrise, A Star Is Born), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1909-06-04 - Paul Nordoff, composer (Frog Prince), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1910-10-26 - John "Cardinal" Krol, former archbishop (Philadelphia)
1911-04-02 - Charles "Honi" Coles, American actor and tap dancer (Tito Suarez-Dirty Dancing), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
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
1912-08-04 - David Raksin, American composer renown for his work in film and TV (Laura, Modern Times), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
1914-06-12 - Bill Kenny, singer (The Bill Kenny Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
Jazz Musician Billie HolidayJazz Musician Billie Holiday (1915-04-07) 1915-04-07 - Billie Holiday, [Eleanora Fagan], jazz singer (Lady Sings the Blues), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1915-07-17 - Cass Daley, actress (Red Garters), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1917-04-05 - Richard Yardumian, composer (Come Creator Spirit), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1919-11-17 - Hershy Kay, composer/arranger (Olympic Hymn), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1921-05-10 - Nancy Walker, American actress (Rhoda, McMillan & Wife), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1921-08-30 - Angelo Dundee [Angelo Mirena], boxing trainer and cornerman (Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, George Foreman), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
1921-11-19 - Roy Campanella, Brooklyn Dodger catcher (NL MVP 1951/53/55), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
MLB Catcher Roy CampanellaMLB Catcher Roy Campanella (1921-11-19) 1923-04-28 - William Guarnere, South American WWII Veteran portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
1923-08-30 - Elias Victor Seixas, American tennis player (Wimbeldon and U.S. Open champion), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1924-05-21 - Robert Parris, composer (Book of Imaginery Beings), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1928-06-26 - Jacob Druckman, composer (Animus I Auerole), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1929-06-03 - Howard Yanks, founder (Philadelphia folk festival)
1929-11-12 - Grace Kelly, actress (Rear Window)/Princess (Monaco), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1982)
1930-11-17 - David Werner Amram, composer (Splendor in the Grass), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1931-04-07 - Donald Barthelme, American writer (Snow White, Sadness), born in Philadelphia, Pa (d. 1989)
Actress Grace KellyActress Grace Kelly (1929-11-12) 1932-04-21 - Elaine May, American comedienne/writer/actress (New Leaf, Primary Colors), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1933-06-17 - Anthony Bevilacqua, Roman Catholic Cardinal (Philadelphia), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
1935-06-03 - Ted Curson [Theodore], Jazz Trumpeter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
1936-11-21 - James DePreist, American conductor (Mitropolos 1964), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1941-06-22 - Ed Bradley, Journalist and CBS news correspondent (60 Minutes), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1941-07-28 - Riccardo Muti, Napoli Italy, conductor (Philadelphia Orch)
1941-10-03 - Chubby Checker [Ernest Evans], American singer-songwriter (The Twist, Limbo Rock), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1942-01-10 - Jim Croce, rock vocalist (Time in a Bottle) (d. 1973), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1942-06-12 - Len Barry, [Leonard Borisoff], American rocker (1-2-3-Dovells), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1942-11-22 - Guion Bluford, Col USAF, NASA astronaut (STS 8, 61A, 39, 53) 1st African American in space, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1943-02-06 - Fabian [Fabiano Anthony Forte], American vocalist (Turn Me Loose, Tiger), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1944-06-23 - Rosetta Hightower, American singer (Don't Hang Up), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, (d. 2014)
1945-09-09 - Dee Dee Sharp [Dione Larue], American R&B singer (I Love You Anyway), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1948-02-19 - Mark Andes, rock bassist (Spirit, Heart, Fireball), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1948-09-01 - James Rebhorn, PA, actor (White Collar, Homeland), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
1948-12-09 - Ron Vawter, Latham NY, actor (Philadelphia, Empire City, Twister)
1952-02-22 - James Philip Bagian, MDPE/astronaut (STS 29, STS 40), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Actor Tom HanksActor Tom Hanks (1956-07-09) 1956-07-09 - Tom Hanks, Concord California, actor (Bossom Buddies, Forrest Gump, Philadelphia)
1956-07-18 - Audrey Landers [Hamburg], American actress/singer (Dallas, Chorus Line), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1957-01-11 - Darryl Dawkins, American professional basketball player (Philadelphia 76ers, NJ Nets), born in Orlando, Florida (d. 2015)
1958-10-07 - Judy Landers, American actress (BJ & the Bear, Madame's Place), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1961-11-29 - Kim Delaney, American actress (All My Children, NYPD Blue), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1963-02-14 - John Marzano, catcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1963-11-10 - Michael Anthony Powell, long jumper (world record 1991, Olympic-silver-88, 92), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1967-07-19 - Dale Hurley Jr, rower (Olympics-1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1971-09-14 - Jonathan "Adam" Holland, rower (Olympics-1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1974-02-08 - Seth Green, American actor and producer (Family Guy, Austin Powers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1975-01-05 - Bradley Cooper, American actor (Silver Linnings Playbook, American Hustle), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1982-06-10 - Tara Lipinski, figure skater (1997 World Champ), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1988-01-12 - Andrew Lawrence, American actor (Brotherly Love, Recess), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 6 of 6

US Defector General Benedict ArnoldUS Defector General Benedict Arnold (1779-04-08) 1779-04-08 - US Defector General Benedict Arnold (38) weds Peggy Shippen (18) at Shippen's townhouse in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1930-09-04 - Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (21) weds Vivien Burey at First African Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1939-04-02 - Author Jacqueline Susann (20) weds Irving Mansfield at Har Zion Temple in Philadelphia
1998-11-28 - "The Truman Show" actor Noah Emmerich (33) weds "The West Wing" actress Melissa Fitzgerald (30) in a tent outside Philadelphia's Memorial Hall
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
2007-02-03 - Jackass prankster Bam Margera (27) weds Missy Rothstein (26) in downtown Philadelphia

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 6 of 6

Mayor of Philadelphia William AllenMayor of Philadelphia William Allen (1780-09-06) 1780-09-06 - William Allen, Mayor of Philadelphia, dies at 76
1968-07-02 - Francis Brennan, US cardinal of Philadelphia, dies at 74
1976-01-23 - Paul Robeson, athlete/lawyer/singer, dies in Philadelphia at 77
1981-12-09 - Daniel Faulkner, Philadelphia police officer (b. 1955)
1995-03-03 - Howard Yanks, founder of the Philadelphia folk festival, dies at 65
2015-08-27 - Darryl Dawkins, American professional basketball player (Philadelphia 76ers, NJ Nets), dies at 58

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