Pennsylvania in History

Historical Events

Historic Event

1682-10-27 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is founded by Englishman William Penn

  • 1682-12-04 First General Assembly in Pennsylvania (Chester)
  • 1683-06-23 William Penn signs friendship treaty with Lenni Lenape indians in Pennsylvania; only treaty "not sworn to, nor broken"
  • 1688-04-18 "Germantown Quaker Petition Against Slavery": Francis Daniel Pastorius presents 1st formal written protest against African-American slavery in English colonies in Germantown, Pennsylvania

Appointment of Interest

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

  • 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.

Historic Event

1751-05-11 Pennsylvania Hospital founded by Dr. Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin, in Philadelphia

  • 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 and Jeremiah Dixon begin surveying Mason–Dixon line between Pennsylvania and Maryland
  • 1767-10-18 Boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania, the Mason–Dixon line is agreed upon
  • 1768-02-20 1st American chartered fire insurance company opens in Pennsylvania
  • 1772-06-09 1st Protestant church west of Pennsylvania (in Ohio) holds communion
  • 1774-07-12 Citizens of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, pass a symbolic declaration of independence
  • 1774-09-05 Twelve of the thirteen American colonies adopt a trade embargo against Great 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 Battle

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

  • 1777-12-17 George Washington's army returns to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
  • 1777-12-19 Washington settles his troops at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania for the winter
  • 1778-05-01 American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
  • 1778-07-03 British forces massacre 360 men, women and children in Wyoming, Pennsylvania
  • 1780-03-01 Pennsylvania becomes 1st US state to abolish slavery (for newborns only)

Historic Event

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 Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser becomes the 1st successful daily newspaper in the United States
  • 1787-02-04 1st Anglican bishops of NY & Pennsylvania consecrated in London
  • 1787-06-06 Franklin College founded, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Now part of Franklin & Marshall College.
  • 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
  • 1803-02-14 Apple parer patented by Moses Coats, Downington, 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.
  • 1808-02-11 Anthracite coal 1st burned as fuel, experimentally, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
  • 1812-12-04 Peter Gaillard of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, patents a horse-drawn mower
  • 1817-01-07 2nd Bank of US opens in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1817-03-02 1st Evangelical church building dedicated, New Berlin, Pennsylvania
  • 1817-05-15 First private mental health hospital opens in the US, Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Historic Publication

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

  • 1831-02-19 1st practical US coal-burning locomotive makes 1st trial run in Pennsylvania
  • 1834-03-18 1st railroad tunnel in US completed, in Pennsylvania (275 m long)
  • 1836-12-04 Whig party holds its first national convention, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1845-04-10 More than 1,000 buildings damaged by fire in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 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
  • 1850-03-11 Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania opens, 2nd female medical school in the US
  • 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
  • 1854-01-01 Lincoln University, a black college, chartered (Oxford, Pennsylvania)
  • 1854-04-29 Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, receives its charter from Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, making it the 1st degree-granting Black college in US
  • 1854-10-12 Lincoln University founded in Pennsylvania as Ashmun Institute
  • 1854-12-30 Pennsylvania Rock Oil Co, 1st in US, incorporated in NYC

Historic Event

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

  • 1856-07-17 The Great Train Wreck of 1856 between Camp Hill and Fort Washington, Pennsylvania kills over 60 people
  • 1859-08-27 1st successful oil well drilled, near Titusville, Pennsylvania, by Edwin Drake
  • 1862-06-06 Skirmish at Harrisonburg, Virginia, sees the Confederates win a minor victory in the Battle of Good's Farm
  • 1863-06-20 Skirmish at Greencastle, Pennsylvania
  • 1863-06-24 Planning an invasion of Pennsylvania, Lee's army crosses Potomac
  • 1863-06-29 Confederate General Robert 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
  • 1863-07-01 Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Lee's northward advance halted
  • 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
  • 1872-06-18 Woman's Suffrage Convention held at Merchantile Liberty Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1876-12-06 1st crematorium in US begins operation, Washington, 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 First Groundhog Day observed at Gobbler's Knob, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
  • 1888-07-11 Pennsylvania's Monongehela River rises 32' after 24 hour rainfall
  • 1888-10-10 Teatotalers excursion train crushed, killing 64 at Mud Run, Pennsylvania
  • 1891-01-27 Mine explosion kills 109 at Mount Pleasant Pennsylvania
  • 1892-02-23 1st college student government forms at Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • 1892-06-04 Oil City and Titusville, Pennsylvania, destroyed by oil tank explosion; 130 die
  • 1892-07-06 Striking steel workers in Homestead, Pennsylvania, fire on scabs, killing 7
  • 1893-02-28 Edward Acheson of Pennsylvania, patents an abrasive he names "carborundum" (Silicon carbide)
  • 1897-09-10 Lattimer Massacre - a sheriff's posse kills twenty unarmed immigrant miners in Pennsylvania, United States
  • 1902-01-01 Nathan Stubblefield makes 1st public demonstration of radio, Pennsylvania
  • 1902-05-12 140,000 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, negotiate or submit to arbitration
  • 1903-01-13 Rhodes Opera House burns in Boyertown, Pennsylvania killing 170
  • 1904-01-05 -42°F (-41.1°C), Smethport, Pennsylvania (state record)
  • 1904-01-25 179 die in coal mine explosion at Cheswick, Pennsylvania

Historic Event

1906-10-19 Frederick Winslow Taylor is awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Science by the University of Pennsylvania

  • 1907-12-19 239 workers died in a coal mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania
  • 1908-11-28 154 men die in coal mine explosion at Marianna, Pennsylvania
  • 1910-12-19 Rayon 1st commercially produced in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania
  • 1911-01-18 1st shipboard landing of a plane (Tanforan Park to USS Pennsylvania)

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1621-04-23 William Penn, English admiral and politician, father of the founder of the Province of Pennsylvania, born in St. Thomas Parish, Bristol (d. 1670)

William Penn

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

  • 1663-05-20 William Bradford, English-born colonial printer (Pennsylvania's first printing press), born in Leicestershire, England (d. 1752)
  • 1696-11-02 Conrad Weiser, Pennsylvania's ambassador to the Native Americans, born in Herrenberg, Germany (d. 1760)
  • 1699-03-23 John Bartram, naturalist and explorer, father of American botany, born near Darby, Pennsylvania (d. 1777)

William Allen

1704-08-05 William Allen, American loyalist, Chief Justice of the Province of Pennsylvania and Mayor of Philadelphia, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1780)

  • 1712-10-12 William Shippen, American physician and delegate to the Continental Congress, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1801)
  • 1714-09-19 Charles Humphreys, American delegate to the Continental Congress, born in Haverford, Pennsylvania (d. 1786)
  • 1722-11-19 Benjamin Chew, Chief Justice of colonial Pennsylvania, born in Anne Arundel County, Maryland (d. 1810)
  • 1732-04-08 David Rittenhouse, American astronomer, inventor, and mathematician, born in Paper Mill Run, Pennsylvania (d. 1796)

John Dickinson

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

Daniel Boone

1734-11-02 Daniel Boone, American frontiersman and explorer (US Hall of Fame 1915), born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1820)

  • 1735-06-10 John Morgan, American physician-in-chief of Continental Army and co-founder of the Medical College at the University of Pennsylvania, the first medical school in Colonial America, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1789)
  • 1738-10-10 Benjamin West, Anglo-American painter (Death of General Wolfe), born in Springfield, Province of Pennsylvania (d. 1820)
  • 1740-03-24 John Antes, American composer and missionary, born in Frederick, Pennsylvania (d. 1811)
  • 1740-05-02 Elias Boudinot, American lawyer and patriot, President of the Continental Congress, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1821)

Anthony Wayne

1745-01-01 Anthony Wayne, American Military Leader (Legion of the United States), born in Easttown Township, Province of Pennsylvania (d. 1796)

Betsy Ross

1752-01-01 Betsy Ross [Elizabeth Griscom], American seamstress widely credited with making the first American flag, born in Gloucester City, Colony of New Jersey (d. 1836)

  • 1752-07-27 Samuel Smith, American politician, Senator and Representative from Maryland, born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania (d. 1839)
  • 1754-12-02 William Cooper, American judge and developer (founded Cooperstown, New York), born in Smithfield, Pennsylvania (d. 1809)
  • 1756-07-04 William Rush, American sculptor (Spirit of the Schuylkill), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1833)
  • 1759-05-01 Jacob Albright, German-American Christian leader, founder of Albright's People (Evangelical Association), born in Fox Mountain, Pennsylvania (d. 1808)
  • 1760-02-14 Richard Allen, 1st African American ordained by Methodist-Episcopal church, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1831)
  • 1763-07-22 James Geddes, American Engineer (Erie Canal), born in Carlisle Pennsylvania (d. 1838)

Robert Fulton

1765-11-14 Robert Fulton, American inventor and engineer (first commercial steamboat), born in Little Britain, Pennsylvania (d. 1815)

  • 1771-06-12 Patrick Gass, sergeant of Lewis and Clark Expedition, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1870)
  • 1774-09-26 Johnny Appleseed [John Chapman], American pioneer nurseryman (introduced apple trees to Pennsylvania, Ontario, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois), born in Leominster, Massachusetts (d. 1845)
  • 1778-04-06 Joseph Funk, early American composer, born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania (d. 1862)
  • 1785-05-09 James Pollard Espy, American meteorologist (Philosophy of Storms), born in Pennsylvania (d. 1860)
  • 1787-06-27 Thomas Say, American naturalist and father of descriptive entomology, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1834)
  • 1787-12-10 Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, American pioneer of educating the deaf, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1851)

James Buchanan

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

  • 1792-07-10 George Mifflin Dallas, American politician (11th Vice President of the United States) and United States Minister to Russia, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1864)
  • 1793-01-06 James Madison Porter, American politician, born in Norristown, Pennsylvania (d. 1862)
  • 1793-12-15 Henry Charles Carey, American economist (Principles of Poli Economy), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1879)
  • 1796-07-26 George Catlin, American author and painter (American Indian scenes), born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (d. 1872)
  • 1796-08-25 James Lick, American land baron in California, born in Stumpstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1876)
  • 1799-03-08 Simon Cameron, U.S. Senator and Secretary of War (Union), born in Maytown, Pennsylvania (d. 1889)
  • 1800-09-19 William McKean, American naval officer (Union Navy), born in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania (d. 1865)
  • 1802-03-16 George Archibald McCall, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1868)
  • 1802-11-20 James L. Lardner, American naval officer (American Civil War), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1881)
  • 1804-07-10 Emma Smith, Inaugural President of the Women's Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, born in Harmony Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1879)
  • 1805-09-30 Samuel Peter Heintzelman, American Major General (Union Army), born in Manheim, Pennsylvania (d. 1880)
  • 1806-03-09 Edwin Forrest, American actor and philanthropist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1872)
  • 1806-05-16 George C. Cadwalader, American Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1879)
  • 1807-04-24 Charles Ferguson Smith, American Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1862)
  • 1807-07-01 Thomas Green Clemson, American politician and founder of Clemson University, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1888)
  • 1808-08-01 Henry Darwin Rogers, American Geologist (theory of mountain building, first geological mapping of Pennsylvania), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1866)
  • 1808-10-05 Thomas Algeo Rowley, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1892)
  • 1809-01-15 Cornelia Connelly, American foundress (Society of the Holy Child Jesus), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1879)
  • 1809-11-13 John A. Dahlgren, US Navy officer and inventor (Civil war Dahlgren-cannon), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1870)
  • 1810-01-10 Jeremiah S. Black, American statesman & lawyer, born in Stony Creek, Pennsylvania (d. 1883)
  • 1810-08-21 Thomas Jefferson McKean, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Burlington, Pennsylvania (d. 1870)
  • 1810-11-02 Andrew Atkinson Humphreys, American Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1883)
  • 1811-08-21 William Kelly, American inventor (pneumatic process of steelmaking), born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania (d. 1888)
  • 1812-06-14 Fernando Wood, American politician, New York City mayor (1855-58 and 1860-62), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1881)
  • 1813-06-08 David Dixon Porter, United States Navy admiral, born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1891)
  • 1813-06-25 William High Keim, American politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1862)
  • 1813-08-10 William Henry Fry, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1864)
  • 1813-09-11 Conrad Feger Jackson, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Alsace Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1862)
  • 1815-01-15 Henry Morris Naglee, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1886)
  • 1815-03-13 James Curtis Hepburn, American missionary and linguist, born in Milton, Pennsylvania (d. 1911)
  • 1815-09-08 Alexander Ramsey, American politician (1st Governor of Minnesota Territory), born in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1903)
  • 1816-01-07 Stephen Miller, American politician (Governor of Minnesota) Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Perry County, Pennsylvania (d. 1881)
  • 1816-08-04 Israel Vogdes, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Chester County, Pennsylvania (d. 1889)
  • 1817-02-28 James Craig, American lawyer, politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Washington County, Pennsylvania (d. 1888)
  • 1817-03-26 Herman Haupt, American civil engineer and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1905)
  • 1817-07-21 Joseph K Barnes, American Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1883)
  • 1817-07-29 James Blair Steedman, American Major General (Union Army), born in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania (d. 1883)
  • 1819-01-01 Tom Hyer, American bare-knuckle boxer (American heavyweight champion 1841-51), born in Caernarvon Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1864)

Christopher Latham Sholes

1819-02-14 Christopher Latham Sholes, American newspaper man, politician and inventor of the typewriter, born in Mooresburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1890)

  • 1819-03-19 David Henry Williams, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania (d. 1891)
  • 1819-07-08 Alexander Hays, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Franklin, Pennsylvania (d. 1864)
  • 1819-12-20 John Geary, American lawyer & politician (1st SF postmaster; 1st mayor), born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania (d. 1873)
  • 1819-12-30 John White Geary, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania (d. 1873)
  • 1820-07-02 George Law Curry, American newspaper publisher and Governor of Oregon, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1878)
  • 1820-07-10 Andrew Porter, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (d. 1872)
  • 1820-09-20 George Washington Morgan, American lawyer, politician, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Washington County, Pennsylvania (d. 1893)
  • 1820-09-20 John Fulton Reynolds, American Major General (Union Army), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (d. 1863)
  • 1820-10-11 Alfred Washington Ellet, American civil engineer and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania (d. 1895)
  • 1820-12-26 Gustavus Adolphus Smith, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania(d. 1885)
  • 1821-03-24 [George] Hector Tyndale, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1880)
  • 1821-05-22 Alfred Sully, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1879)
  • 1821-09-28 Jonathan Clarkson Gibbs, American politician (Secretary of State and Superintendent of Public Instruction of Florida) and Presbyterian minister, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1874)
  • 1822-01-27 Thomas Leiper Kane, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1883)
  • 1822-04-05 James Nagle, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1866)
  • 1822-04-13 William Stephen Walker, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1899)
  • 1822-06-11 Samuel Davis Sturgis, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1889)
  • 1822-12-03 Charles Adam Heckman, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Easton, Pennsylvania (d. 1896)
  • 1823-02-27 William Buel Franklin, American Major General (Union Army), born in York, Pennsylvania (d. 1903)
  • 1823-03-27 Samuel Kosciusko Zook, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Tredyffrin Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1863)
  • 1823-03-30 Joseph Farmer Knipe, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania (d. 1901)
  • 1823-05-29 John H. Balsley, American carpenter and inventor (a practical folding wooden stepladder), born in Connellsville, Fayette County, Pennsylvania (d. 1895)
  • 1823-08-10 Charles Thomas Campbell, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in St. Thomas Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1895)
  • 1823-12-28 Thomas Alexander Scott, American businessman and Assistant Secretary of War (Civil War), born in Peters Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1881)
  • 1824-02-14 Winfield Scott Hancock, American politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania (d. 1886)
  • 1824-07-25 George B. Vashon, American, lawyer, academic and poet, first African American lawyer in NY, born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania (d. 1878)
  • 1824-09-21 Joseph Andrew Jackson Lightburn, American Baptist Minister and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Webster, Pennsylvania (d. 1901)
  • 1826-04-09 Thomas Hewson Neill, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1885)

Stephen Foster

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


Famous Weddings

Benedict Arnold

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

Stephen Foster

1850-07-22 American composer Stephen Foster (24) weds Jane Denny McDowell (20) at Trinity Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jim Thorpe

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

Honus Wagner

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

Thurgood Marshall

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

Kenneth Patchen

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

Dan Marino

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

Tina Fey

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

  • 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 American model Amber Rose (29) weds American rapper Wiz Khalifa (25) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; divorce in 2016

Famous Deaths

  • 1670-09-16 William Penn, English admiral and politician, father of the founder of the Province of Pennsylvania, dies at 49

William Penn

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

  • 1752-05-23 William Bradford, English-born printer (Pennsylvania's first printing press), dies at 89
  • 1760-07-13 Conrad Weiser, Pennsylvania's ambassador to the Native Americans, dies at 63
  • 1789-10-15 John Morgan, American physician-in-chief of Continental Army and co-founder of the Medical College at the University of Pennsylvania, the first medical school in Colonial America, dies at 54

John Dickinson

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

  • 1810-01-20 Benjamin Chew, Chief Justice of colonial Pennsylvania, dies at 87
  • 1845-03-18 Johnny Appleseed [John Chapman], American pioneer nurseryman (introduced apple trees to Pennsylvania, Ontario, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois), dies at 70
  • 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, American politician (U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania (1897-1921)), dies at 61
  • 1987-01-22 R. Budd Dwyer, American Pennsylvania State Treasurer who shot himself at a televised news conference while facing prison for conspiracy and perjury, shoots himself to death, at 47
  • 1991-04-04 John Heinz, American businessman and Republican politician (Senator from Pennsylvania, 1977-1991), dies in a plane crash at 52
  • 1994-06-08 William Marshall, American singer, bandleader and actor (State Fair, Pennsylvanians), dies at 76
  • 2003-01-24 Lucien Blackwell, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania), dies at 71
  • 2006-09-01 Bob O'Connor, American politician (Mayor of Pittsburgh, 2006), dies of brain cancer at 61
  • 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)
  • 2010-02-08 John Murtha, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania), dies at 77
  • 2013-04-23 Robert W. Edgar, American businessman and politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 7th district), dies from a heart attack at 69
  • 2015-02-07 Joseph M. Gaydos, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania), dies at 88
  • 2017-08-24 Charlie Robertson, American politician (mayor of York, Pennsylvania 1994-2002), dies of cancer at 83
  • 2017-09-24 Joseph M. McDade, American politician (Rep-R-Pennsylvania, 1963-1999), dies at 85
  • 2019-01-21 Harris Wofford, American politician (Sen-D-Pennsylvania 1991-94), head of AmeriCorps, dies at 92