Pittsburgh in History

Pennsylvania: Norristown - Philadelphia

Historical Events

  • 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

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1847-09-11 1st singing of Stephen Foster's "Susanna" (in Pittsburgh)

Father of American Music Stephen Foster
Father 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
  • 1928-01-02 14th Rose Bowl: Stanford beats Pittsburgh, 7-6
  • 1930-01-01 16th Rose Bowl: Southern California beats Pittsburgh, 47-11
  • 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
  • 1933-01-02 19th Rose Bowl: Southern California beats Pittsburgh, 35-0
  • 1936-06-12 1st 50 KW US radio station (Pittsburgh Pa)
  • 1936-07-17 Carl Hubbell begins winning streak, beating Pittsburgh 6-0
  • 1937-01-01 23rd Rose Bowl: #3 Pittsburgh beats #5 Washington, 21-0
  • 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

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1954-02-23 1st mass inoculation against polio with Salk vaccine (Pittsburgh)

Medical Researcher and Virologist Jonas Salk
Medical Researcher and Virologist
Jonas Salk
  • 1954-04-01 WQED TV channel 13 in Pittsburgh, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1956-01-02 22nd Sugar Bowl: #7 Georgia Tech beats #11 Pittsburgh, 7-0
  • 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)
  • 1973-12-21 3rd Fiesta Bowl: #10 Arizona State beats Pittsburgh, 28-7
  • 1976-11-30 42nd Heisman Trophy Award: Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh (RB)
  • 1977-01-01 43rd Sugar Bowl: #1 Pittsburgh beats #4 Georgia, 27-3; Tony Dorsett runs for record 202 yards
  • 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
  • 1979-12-25 9th Fiesta Bowl: #10 Pittsburgh beats Arizona, 16-10
  • 1980-03-12 NY Islanders 3rd scoreless tie, vs Pittsburgh Penguin

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1980-09-23 Bob Marley's last concert at Stanley Theatre Pittsburgh

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • 1982-01-01 48th Sugar Bowl: #10 Pittsburgh beats #2 Georgia, 24-20
  • 1984-01-02 13th Fiesta Bowl: #14 Ohio State beats #15 Pittsburgh, 28-23
  • 1989-09-10 Browns allow Pittsburgh only 53 net yards, a team defensive record

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1990-11-19 Pittsburgh's Barry Bonds wins NL MVP

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 1992-10-01 Greater Pittsburgh International Airport opens
  • 1995-11-07 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Pittsburgh PA on WXDX 105.9 FM
  • 2001-03-10 22nd Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Boston College beats Pittsburgh, 79-57
  • 2003-03-15 24th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Pittsburgh beats Connecticut, 74-56
  • 2004-03-13 25th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Connecticut beats Pittsburgh, 61-58
  • 2005-01-01 34th Fiesta Bowl: #5 Utah beats #19 Pittsburgh, 35-7
  • 2006-03-11 27th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Syracuse beats Pittsburgh, 65-61
  • 2006-07-11 77th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-2 at PNC Park, Pittsburgh
  • 2007-03-10 28th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats Pittsburgh, 65-42
  • 2008-03-15 29th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Pittsburgh beats Georgetown, 74-65

Famous Birthdays


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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

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1855-03-24 Andrew Mellon, American banker (Mellon Bank), industrialist and Secretary of the Treasury (1921-32), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1947)

Banker, Industrialist and US Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon
Banker, Industrialist and US Secretary of the Treasury
Andrew Mellon
  • 1871-09-13 Alma Kruger, actress (Made For Each Other), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1884-02-18 Burt Mustin, actor ("All in the Family", "The Andy Griffith Show"), 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
  • 1891-06-24 Irving Pichel, actor/director (Mme Butterfly, Oliver Twist), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 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
  • 1895-02-17 Edna Park Edwards, American stage and vaudeville actress, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • 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
  • 1902-08-13 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
  • 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
  • 1907-09-09 Leon Edel, American biographer (Henry James: A Biography 1953–1972 - Pulitzer 1963), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1997)
  • 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
  • 1915-11-26 Earl Wild, composer/pianist (Caesar's Hour, NBC Symph 1942), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 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
  • 1918-12-25 Eddie Safranski, orchestra leader (Jonathan Winters Show), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1919-10-11 Art Blakey, drummer (Billy Eckstine Band, Jazz Messengers), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1922-06-17 Jerry Fielding, composer (Lively Ones, Hogan's Heroes), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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1923-06-15 Erroll Garner, American jazz pianist (Misty), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner
  • 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
  • 1926-01-19 Fritz Weaver, actor (Josef-Holocaust, Day of the Dolphin), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 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), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)

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1928-08-06 Andy Warhol, American pop artist and film producer (Frankenstein, Bad), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)

Pop Artist Andy Warhol
Pop Artist
Andy Warhol
  • 1928-11-06 Peter Matz, orchestra leader (Hullabaloo, Carol Burnette Show), 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
  • 1931-05-16 Jack Dodson, actor (Howard Sprage- "The Andy Griffith Show"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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1932-07-31 Ted Cassidy, American actor (Lurch-Addams Family), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • 1932-09-18 Jack Mullaney, actor (My Living Doll, It's About Time), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1932-11-14 Ramon Zupko, American composer, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1933-04-05 Frank Gorshin, comedian/impersonator (Riddler-Batman), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1934-03-22 Orrin Hatch, politician (Sen-R-UT, 1977- ), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1935-03-17 Adam Wade, singer (Tony Orlando & Dawn), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1935-04-16 Bobby Vinton, singer (Roses are Red, Blue on Blue), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1937-01-22 Joseph Wambaugh, American police writer ("The Onion Fields"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1939-03-12 Barbara Feldon, actress (Agent 99-Get Smart), 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
  • 1944-07-26 Kiel Martin, actor (Det LaRue-Hill Street Blues), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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1945-06-11 Robert Munsch, Canadian children's author (The Paper Bag Princess, Love You Forever), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Children's Author Robert Munsch
Children's Author
Robert Munsch
  • 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

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1951-09-05 Michael Keaton, actor (Gung Ho, Batman, Beetlejuice), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • 1952-10-22 Jeff Goldblum, actor (Fly, Jurassic Park, Independence Day), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1953-10-20 Bill Nunn, American actor (Do the Right Thing), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1953-11-03 Dennis Miller, comedian/TV host (SNL, Dennis Miller Show), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1955-05-09 Kevin Peter Hall, actor (Misfits of Science), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1956-06-06 Marilyn Jones, actress (Carey-King's Crossing), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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1963-01-07 Rand Paul, US politician (Senate-R-Kentucky 2011-), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

United States Senator Rand Paul
United States Senator
Rand Paul
  • 1963-08-16 Scott Dunlap, Canadian Tour golfer (1995 South African 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
  • 1964-09-30 Stephen N Frick, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1967-01-11 Jeff Bankett, actor (Tyler-1 Life to Live), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1967-03-14 Edward M Fincke, Capt USAF/astronaut, 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
  • 1973-06-26 Aaron Jackson, actor (Mark Winkle-California Dreams), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1973-08-17 A J Wood, soccer forward (Olympics-gold-96), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1975-11-21 Cherie Johnson, actress (Cherie-Punky Brewster), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Famous Weddings


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

Famous Deaths

  • 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)