Harrisburg in History

Pennsylvania: Norristown - Philadelphia - Pittsburgh

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 1836-12-04 Whig party holds its first national convention, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1929-03-16 WHP-AM in Harrisburg PA begins radio transmissions
  • 1953-04-15 WHP TV channel 21 in Harrisburg, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-06-19 WTPA (now WHTM) TV channel 27 in Harrisburg, PA (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1964-11-22 WITF TV channel 33 in Harrisburg-Hershey, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • 1918-02-25 Henry Norwood Ewell, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1948), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1918-10-18 Bobby Troup, pianist/actor (Emergency, Acapulco), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1921-08-28 Nancy Kulp, American actress (Miss Hathaway in Beverly Hillbillies), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1937-09-15 Cynthia Anzolut, LPGA golfer, born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1940-08-23 Richard Sanders, actor (Les Nessman -WKRP), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1943-06-17 Newt Gingrich, American politician (Rep-R-GA, 1979-99) and Speaker of the House (1995-97), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

US Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich
US Speaker of the House
Newt Gingrich
  • 1948-10-06 Glenn Branca, avant-garde composer and guitarist, born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1950-12-08 Dan Hartman, American musician (Edgar Winter Group), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1951-08-13 Gwen Cheeseman, field hockey goalie (Oly-bronze-1984), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1963-03-15 Bret Michaels, guitarist (Poison-Talk Dirty to Me), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania