Pennsylvania in History (Part 2)

Pennsylvania: Norristown - Philadelphia - Pittsburgh

Historical Events

Events 101 - 123 of 123

  • 1957-12-18 World's 1st full scale nuclear power plant begins to generate electricity, at the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania
  • 1965-03-18 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
  • 1975-03-19 Pennsylvania is 1st state to allow girls to compete with boys in HS sports
  • 1976-03-28 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Delta States beat Immaculata, 69-64 at Pennsylvania State University
  • 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, kill 76
  • 1985-05-31 Tornadoes in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York State & Canada kill 88 & injured more than 1,000
  • 1985-05-31 Tornado outbreak in United States and Canada sees 41 tornadoes hit Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario, leaving 44 dead
  • 1987-01-22 Pennsylvania politician R. Budd Dwyer shoots and kills himself at a press conference on live national television, leading to debates on boundaries in journalism.
  • 1988-04-30 Largest banana split ever, at 455 miles long, was made in Pennsylvania
  • 1989-11-18 Pennsylvania is first to restrict abortions after US Supreme Court gave states the right to do so
  • 1991-04-04 Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania and six others are killed when a helicopter collides with their plane over an elementary school in Merion, Pennsylvania.
  • 2001-09-11 Attempt by passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 to retake control of their hijacked plane from terrorists causes plane to crash in Pennsylvania field killing all 64 people on board

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2001-10-05 Tom Ridge resigns as Governor of Pennsylvania to become President George W. Bush's Homeland Security Advisor

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • 2002-07-28 Nine coal miners trapped in the flooded Quecreek Mine in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, are rescued after 77 hours underground.
  • 2006-10-02 Five school girls are murdered by Charles Carl Roberts in a shooting at an Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania before Roberts commits suicide.
  • 2012-12-22 Tomasz Adamek outpoints Steve Cunningham in a split decision in the IBF heavyweight title eliminator at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • 2015-08-23 English Indycar driver Justin Wilson suffers a head injury during a race crash at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania
  • 2016-01-22 Winter storm conditions strand 500 motorists for 24 hours on the New Jersey turnpike in Pennsylvania
  • 2016-06-19 116th US Golf Open: Dustin Johnson wins with a one-under-par 69 by three shots, controversially penalised 1 stroke at Oakmont, Pennsylvania

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 526

  • 1905-09-17 Dolores Costello, actress (Little Lord Fauntleroy), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1905-09-19 Betty Garde, actress (Aggie-Real McCoys), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1905-10-10 Jane Winton, actress (Hell's Angel, Patsy, Don Juan), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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1906-10-06 Janet Gaynor, actress (Sunrise, A Star Is Born), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Actress Janet Gaynor
Janet Gaynor
  • 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)
  • 1907-02-20 Malcolm Atterbury, actor (Jonas-Thicker than Water, Apples Way), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1907-03-31 Eddie Quillan, actor (Julia, Hell Town), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1907-04-11 Paul Douglas, actor (Adventure Theater, Clash by Night), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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1907-05-27 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
  • 1907-06-18 Benny Payne, pianist (Billy Daniels Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1907-08-16 Mae Clarke, [Klotz], actress (Frankenstein, Waterloo Bridge), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1907-09-09 Leon Edel, American biographer (Henry James: A Biography 1953–1972 - Pulitzer 1963), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1997)
  • 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)

  • 1908-09-15 Penny Singleton, American actress (Blondie) and voice actress (Jane-Jetsons), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • 1908-11-18 Imogene Coca, comedienne (Your Show of Shows, Grindl), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1909-06-04 Paul Nordoff, American composer (Frog Prince), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1977)
  • 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
Samuel Barber
  • 1910-08-16 Mae Clarke, actress (Frankenstein, Nana, Parole Girl)[or 1907], born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1910-11-06 Arthur Cohn, American composer and writer on music, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1998)
  • 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)

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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
  • 1912-05-18 Richard Brooks, director (Blackboard Jungle, In Cold Blood), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1912-06-19 Martin Gabel, TV host (With this Ring), 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
  • 1914-03-07 Morton DaCosta, director (Island of Love, Music Man), 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
  • 1915-02-13 Lyle Betther, actor (Harry-Grand Jury, Lone Ranger), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1915-03-06 Pete Gray [Wyshner], MLB one-armed outfielder (St Louis Browns), born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)

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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)
  • 1916-05-04 Jane Jacobs, American-Canadian author and urbanologist (The Death and Life of Great American Cities), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • 1916-07-28 Laird Cregar, actor (Charley's Aunt, Hangover Square), born in Philadelphia, 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
  • 1917-04-05 Richard Yardumian, American composer (Come Creator Spirit), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • 1917-05-28 Papa John Creach, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, American blues violinist (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane)
  • 1917-07-19 Robert Aitken, Zen co-founder (Diamond Sangha), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1917-10-02 William Marshall, band leader (Pennsylvanians), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1918-03-14 Dennis Patrick, actor (Dear Dead Delilah, Dallas, Rituals), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1918-07-04 Buster Davis, choral director (Garry Moore Show), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • 1918-07-06 Eugene List, American concert pianist and teacher (Eastman School of Music), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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1918-08-20 Jacqueline Susann, author (Valley of the Dolls), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1974)

  • 1918-12-25 Eddie Safranski, orchestra leader (Jonathan Winters Show), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1919-04-06 Paula Kelly, Grove City, Pennsylvania, American big band singer
  • 1919-04-13 Madalyn Murray O'Hair, American atheist who opposed prayer in school and was murdered in 1995, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • 1919-08-26 Ronny Graham, actor (Bob Crane Show, Chico & the Man), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1919-10-11 Art Blakey, drummer (Billy Eckstine Band, Jazz Messengers), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1919-11-17 Hershy Kay, composer/arranger (Olympic Hymn), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1920-01-15 John J "Cardinal" O'Connor, Roman Catholic Archbishop of NY, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1920-02-17 Paul Fetler, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1920-08-29 Joseph Lesniewski, American Easy Company, soldier in 101st Airborne, born in Erie, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)

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1920-11-21 Stan Musial, MLB outfielder (St Louis Cardinal, 7 times NL bat champ), born in Donora, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 1920-12-13 Don Taylor, actor (Father's Little Dividend), born in Freeport, Pennsylvania
  • 1921-01-12 Leo Smit, pianist/composer, born in Philadelphi, Pennsylvania
  • 1921-01-31 Mario Lanza, actor/singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1921-02-20 Mervin Shiner, American country singer, born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • 1921-02-20 Joseph A. Walker, WWII and NASA test pilot (1st spaceplane flights to edge of outerspace), born in Washington, Pennsylvania (d. 1966)
  • 1921-03-12 Ralph Shapey, composer (Fantasy, Rituals), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1921-05-10 Nancy Walker, American actress (Rhoda, McMillan & Wife), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1921-05-25 Kitty Kallen, singer ("Little Things Mean a Lot"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1921-08-28 Nancy Kulp, American actress (Miss Hathaway in Beverly Hillbillies), born in Harrisburg, 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)
  • 1921-09-24 Jim McKay, sportscaster (ABC's Wide World of Sports), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1921-10-29 Ed Kemmer, actor (Buzz Corey-Space Patrol), born in Reading, Pennsylvania

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1921-11-03 Charles Bronson, American actor (Magnificent Seven, Death Wish, Dirty Dozen), born in Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)

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1921-11-19 Roy Campanella, Brooklyn Dodger catcher (NL MVP 1951/53/55), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • 1922-01-17 Nicholas Katzenbach, lawyer (US Attorney General), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1922-01-20 Ray Anthony, Bentleyville, Pennsylvania, American orchestra leader (Ray Anthony Show, Peter Gunn Theme)
  • 1922-04-22 Lou Stein, pianist (Tonight! America After Dark), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1922-06-17 Jerry Fielding, composer (Lively Ones, Hogan's Heroes), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1922-09-27 Arthur Penn, director (Miracle Worker, Bonnie & Clyde), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1922-12-10 Allen Dwight Sapp, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 1922-12-31 Joan McCracken, actress (Claudie Story of a Marriage), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1923-04-28 William Guarnere, South American WWII Veteran portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 1923-04-29 Irvin Kershner, director (Never Say Never Again), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1923-05-17 Peter Mennin[i], Erie Pennsylvania, composer (Moby Dick)

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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
  • 1923-07-10 Jean Kerr, novelist (Please Don't Eat the Daisies), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania

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1923-08-30 Elias Victor Seixas, American tennis player (Wimbeldon and U.S. Open champion), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
  • 1924-03-24 Norman Fell, actor (Mr Roper-3's Company, The End, Graduate), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1924-05-18 Jack Whitaker, sportscaster (ABC, CBS), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1924-05-21 Robert Parris, composer (Book of Imaginery Beings), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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