Philadelphia in History

Pennsylvania: Harrisburg - Norristown - Pittsburgh

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 341


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1682-06-18 William Penn founds Philadelphia, US

English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania William Penn
English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania
William Penn
  • 1683-10-06 13 Mennonite families from Germany found Germantown, Philadelphia
  • 1703-11-24 1st Lutheran pastor ordained in America, Justus Falckner at Philadelphia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1726-07-23 Benjamin Franklin sails back to Philadelphia

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin

AppointmentAppointment 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

Mayor of Philadelphia William Allen
Mayor of Philadelphia
William Allen
  • 1731-11-08 In Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin opens 1st library in the north American colonies
  • 1732-02-26 1st mass celebrated in 1st American Catholic church, St Joseph's, Philadelphia
  • 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 in Philadelphia

USALiberty Bell

1752-09-01 Liberty Bell arrives in Philadelphia
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The Liberty Bell on its ornate stand, 1872
The Liberty Bell on its ornate stand, 1872
  • 1759-01-11 1st American life insurance company incorporated, Philadelphia
  • 1759-12-13 First music store in America opens (Philadelphia)

  • 1761-05-22 1st life insurance policy in North America issued in Philadelphia
  • 1765-05-03 1st North American medical college opens in Philadelphia
  • 1768-02-15 1st mustard manufactured in America advertised, Philadelphia
  • 1768-06-21 1st medical diploma in America is granted to Dr John Archer from the College of Philadelphia
  • 1770-06-28 Quakers open a school for blacks in Philadelphia
  • 1773-12-26 Expulsion of tea ships from Philadelphia
  • 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
  • 1774-09-05 With the meeting of the Continental Congress, Philadelphia becomes the 1st capital of United States
  • 1774-10-14 1st Continental Congress makes Declaration of Colonial Rights in Philadelphia
  • 1774-10-26 First Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia
  • 1774-11-17 First City Troop Philadelphia City Cavarly formed at Carpenter's Hall, Philadelphia - oldest US military unit still in service
  • 1775-04-14 1st abolitionist society in US organizes in Philadelphia
  • 1775-05-10 Second Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and issues paper currency for 1st time

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

1775-05-10 Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia names George Washington Supreme Commander

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington

USAUnited States Declaration of Independence

1776-07-08 Colonel John Nixon gives the 1st public reading of the Declaration of Independence to an assemblage of citizens in Philadelphia
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Engrossed copy of the United States Declaration of Independence
Engrossed copy of the United States Declaration of Independence

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1777-09-26 British General William Howe occupies Philadelphia during American Revolution

Military Leader William Howe
Military Leader
William Howe
  • 1778-06-18 British Redcoats evacuate Philadelphia
  • 1778-06-24 David Rittenhouse observes a total solar eclipse in Philadelphia
  • 1778-06-27 Liberty Bell returns home to Philadelphia after the British departure

  • 1781-05-26 Bank of North America incorporates in Philadelphia
  • 1782-01-07 1st US commercial bank, Bank of North America, opens in Philadelphia
  • 1783-05-30 Benjamin Tower of Philadelphia publishes 1st daily newspaper in US
  • 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

USAConstitution of the United States

1787-05-14 Delegates gather in Philadelphia to draw up US constitution
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Page one of the original copy of the Constitution of the United States
Page one of the original copy of the Constitution of the United States
  • 1787-05-25 Constitutional convention opens at Philadelphia, George Washington presiding
  • 1787-08-06 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia begins debate on the first draft of the Constitution
  • 1787-09-17 The US Constitution is signed by delegates at the 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.
  • 1791-12-12 Bank of North America opens at Carpenter's Hall, Philadelphia
  • 1792-07-31 Cornerstone laid for 1st US government building: US Mint in Philadelphia
  • 1792-12-15 1st life insurance policy issued in US (Philadelphia)
  • 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
  • 1794-02-14 1st US textile machinery patent granted, to James Davenport, Philadelphia
  • 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
  • 1796-03-28 Bethel African Methodist Church of Philadelphia is 1st US-African church
  • 1798-09-02 First bank robbery in the US: Bank of Pennsylvania robbed of $162,821 at Carpenter's Hall, Philadelphia
  • 1800-01-02 Free African American community of Philadelphia petitions US Congress to abolish the slave trade
  • 1804-02-16 US Navy Lt Stephen Decatur raids Tripoli Harbor & burns Navy frigate "Philadelphia" after pirates seized it
  • 1805-12-26 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts established, Philadelphia
  • 1807-05-22 Townsend Speakman 1st sells fruit-flavored carbonated drinks in 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.
  • 1809-06-10 1st US steamboat to a make an ocean voyage leaves NY for Philadelphia
  • 1809-07-31 1st practical US railroad track (wooden, for horse-drawn cars), Philadelphia
  • 1810-02-01 1st insurance company managed by African Americans, The African Insurance Company opens in Philadelphia
  • 1810-02-28 1st US fire insurance joint-stock company organized, Philadelphia
  • 1816-04-09 African Methodist Episcopal Church organizes (Philadelphia)
  • 1816-12-02 First savings bank in US opens (Philadelphia Savings Fund Society)
  • 1817-01-07 2nd Bank of US opens in Philadelphia, 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
  • 1821-11-09 1st US pharmacy college holds 1st classes, Philadelphia
  • 1828-03-24 Philadelphia & Columbia Railway (1st state owned) authorized
  • 1829-07-04 Cornerstone laid for 2nd US mint at Chestnut and Juniper St, Philadelphia, the "Grecian Temple"
  • 1830-09-15 First National Negro Convention begins in Philadelphia
  • 1831-06-06 2nd US national black convention (Philadelphia)
  • 1832-06-04 3rd national black convention meets (Philadelphia)
  • 1833-06-03 4th national black convention meets (Philadelphia)
  • 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
  • 1846-06-05 Telegraph line opens between Philadelphia and Baltimore
  • 1847-05-05 American Medical Association organized (Philadelphia)
  • 1847-05-07 American Medical Association organizes (Philadelphia)
  • 1849-05-15 Philadelphia Turngemeinde founded
  • 1849-12-21 1st US skating club formed (Philadelphia)
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

13th US President Millard Fillmore
13th US 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
  • 1858-03-23 Streetcar patented (E A Gardner of Philadelphia)
  • 1858-03-30 Pencil with attached eraser patented (Hyman L Lipman of Philadelphia)
  • 1859-03-21 Zoological Society of Philadelphia, 1st in US, incorporated
  • 1859-05-31 Philadelphia A's organize to play "town ball" became baseball 20 years later

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 481


Person of interestWilliam Allen

1704-08-05 William Allen, Mayor of Philadelphia, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mayor of Philadelphia William Allen
Mayor of Philadelphia
William Allen
  • 1712-10-12 William Shippen, American physician and delegate to the Continental Congress, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1801)
  • 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)

Person of interestFrancis Hopkinson

1737-09-21 Francis Hopkinson, American author and composer (designed the first American flag), born in Philadelphia, British America (d. 1791)

Designer of the American Flag Francis Hopkinson
Designer of the American Flag
Francis Hopkinson
  • 1740-05-02 Elias Boudinot, American lawyer and patriot, President of the Continental Congress, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1821)
  • 1745-12-24 Benjamin Rush, American physician & politician (signed the Declaration of Independence), born in Byberry, Philadelphia (d. 1813)

Person of interestBetsy Ross

1752-01-01 Betsy Ross [Elizabeth Griscom], American seamstress widely credited with making the first American flag, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1836)

Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag Betsy Ross
Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag
Betsy Ross
  • 1756-07-04 William Rush, American sculptor (Spirit of the Schuylkill), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1833)
  • 1760-02-14 Richard Allen, 1st African American ordained by Methodist-Episcopal church, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1831)
  • 1771-06-12 Patrick Gass, sergeant of Lewis and Clark Expedition, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1870)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1793-12-15 Henry Charles Carey, American economist (Principles of Poli Economy), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1879)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1810-11-02 Andrew Atkinson Humphreys, American Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1883)
  • 1812-06-14 Fernando Wood, American politician, New York City mayor (1855-58 and 1860-62), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1881)
  • 1813-08-10 William Henry Fry, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1864)
  • 1815-01-15 Henry Morris Naglee, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1886)
  • 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)
  • 1820-07-02 George Law Curry, American newspaper publisher and Governor of Oregon, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1878)
  • 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)
  • 1822-01-27 Thomas Leiper Kane, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1883)
  • 1826-04-09 Thomas Hewson Neill, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1885)

Person of interestGeorge McClellan

1826-12-03 George McClellan, American Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1885)

Union General George McClellan
Union General
George McClellan
  • 1827-04-20 John Gibbon, American Major General (Union Army), born in Holmesburg, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1896)
  • 1827-05-07 Francis Engle Patterson, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1862)
  • 1827-05-11 Septimus Winner, American songwriter (Listen To The Mockingbird), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1902)
  • 1827-11-14 Isaac Wistar, American lawyer, author, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1905)
  • 1828-10-10 Samuel J. Randall, American politician (Speaker of the United States House of Representatives), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1890)
  • 1829-02-15 Silas Weir Mitchell, American physician (discovered causalgia, erythromelalgia) and author (Roland Blake, Hugh Wynne), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1914)
  • 1829-09-24 James St Clair Morton, American engineer, author, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1864)
  • 1838-07-11 John Wanamaker, American merchant (Wanamakers Department Store), pioneer in marketing and Postmaster General, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1922)
  • 1842-10-28 Anna Elizabeth Dickinson, American orator (Joan of Arc of the Civil War), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1932)

Person of interestThomas Eakins

1844-07-25 Thomas Eakins, American artist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1916)

Painter Thomas Eakins
Painter
Thomas Eakins

Person of interestCharles E. Hires

1851-08-19 Charles E. Hires, American pharmacist, inventor and manufacturer of the Hires Root Beer beverage, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1947)

Pharmacist and Root Beer Brewer Charles E. Hires
Pharmacist and Root Beer Brewer
Charles E. Hires
  • 1852-02-16 Mary Ewing Outerbridge, American citizen credited with importing tennis to the US from Bermuda (1874), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1886)
  • 1853-10-29 Josephine Beall Bruce, African-American activist (NACW) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1923)
  • 1853-11-13 John Drew Jr., American Shakespearean actor (The Big Bonanza), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1927)
  • 1855-05-01 Cecilia Beaux, American portrait painter , born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Person of interestFrederick Winslow Taylor

1856-03-20 Frederick Winslow Taylor, American mechanical engineer and the father of scientific management, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1915)

Mechanical Engineer Frederick Winslow Taylor
Mechanical Engineer
Frederick Winslow Taylor
  • 1856-07-09 Daniel Guggenheim, American mining magnate and philanthropist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1930)
  • 1856-09-28 Kate Douglas Wiggin, American author (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1923)
  • 1857-10-24 Ned Williamson, American baseball player (Chicago White Stockings), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1894)
  • 1858-05-10 Frederick Zech Jr, American composer and pianist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1926)
  • 1858-11-26 Katharine Drexel, American philanthropist and Roman Catholic Saint, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1955)
  • 1860-07-31 Mary Vaux Walcott, American artist and naturalist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1940)
  • 1860-11-01 Boies Penrose, American politician (U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania (1897-1921)), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1921)
  • 1861-02-02 Solomon R. Guggenheim, American businessman and philanthropist (Guggenheim Museum NYC), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1949)

Person of interestConnie Mack

1862-12-22 Connie Mack, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher, manager and owner (World Series 1910, 11, 13, 29, 30; most managerial wins, losses & games managed in MLB history; Philadelphia A's), born in East Brookfield, Massachusetts (d. 1956)

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • 1864-04-18 Richard Harding Davis, American journalist and author (Soldiers of Fortune, The King's Jackal), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1916)
  • 1864-11-19 George Barbier, American actor (Tarzan's Revenge, Wife vs Secretary), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1945)
  • 1865-10-26 Benjamin Guggenheim, American businessman, who dies aboard the Titanic, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1912)
  • 1867-08-02 Frank Alvord Perret, American volcanologist renowned for his research at Vesuvius, Etna, Stromboli and Kilauea, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1943)
  • 1867-12-30 Simon Guggenheim, American businessman and philanthropist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1869-03-07 Bertha Townsend, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1888-89), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1909)
  • 1869-09-18 Ellen Hansell, American tennis player (US National champion 1887), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1937)
  • 1870-07-25 Maxfield Parrish, American painter and illustrator, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1966)
  • 1874-02-06 Milton Bennett Medary, American architect (Washington Chapel), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1929)
  • 1874-03-14 Mary Carr, American actress (Forbidden Trail, Pack Up Your Troubles), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1973)
  • 1875-06-26 Camille Zeckwer, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1924)
  • 1877-05-25 Billy Murray, American singer (Denver Nightengale), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1954)

Person of interestLionel Barrymore

1878-04-28 Lionel Barrymore [Blythe], American actor (Free Soul, Dr Kildare), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1954)

  • 1879-08-15 Ethel Barrymore [Blythe], American classic film & stage actress (Constant Wife, Corn is Green), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • 1880-01-28 Mary Boland, American comedienne and actress (Ruggles of Red Gap), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1965)
  • 1880-01-29 W C Fields, [William Claude Dukenfield], actor (Bank Dick), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1880-02-21 Frank Orth, American actor (Boston Blackie, Brothers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1962)
  • 1882-02-15 John Barrymore, American actor (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1942)
  • 1882-04-18 Leopold Stokowski, British conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra, Disney's Fantasia), born in London, England (d. 1977)
  • 1882-09-30 George Bancroft, American actor (Underworld), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1956)
  • 1883-01-10 Florence Reed, American silent film actress (Dancing Girl), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • 1883-07-10 Sam Wood, American communist fighter and director (For Whom the Bell Tolls), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1949)
  • 1884-02-10 Herbert Hordern, cricketer (pioneering leggie for Aust & Philadelphia)
  • 1885-08-15 Mary Nash, American actress (The Philadelphia Story, Till the Clouds Roll By), born in Troy, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1885-10-08 Will Vodery, African-American composer, born in Philadelphia (d. 1951)
  • 1886-08-24 William Francis Gibbs, American naval architect, designed Liberty ships, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • 1886-09-13 Alain LeRoy Locke, African-American writer and philosopher “Father of the Harlem Renaissance”, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1954)
  • 1886-10-09 Frank Newburg, American actor (Homemaker), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1969)
  • 1886-11-09 Ed Wynn [Isaiah Edwin Leopold], American comedian (Ed Wynn Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1966)
  • 1887-04-21 Joe McCarthy, American baseball manager (New York Yankees), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1978)
  • 1887-07-02 Marcel Tabuteau, French-American oboist (Philadelphia Orch 1915-54), born in Compiègne, Oise, France (d. 1966)
  • 1887-08-07 Charles Luckyth "Luckey" Roberts, stride pianist and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1968)
  • 1889-10-04 John B. Kelly, American rower and father of Grace Kelly (3 x Olympic gold 1920, 24), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1960)
  • 1890-01-10 Douglas MacLean, American silent film comedian/producer (Going Up), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • 1890-08-27 Man Ray, American artist and photographer (Dada), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1976)
  • 1891-01-25 William Christian Bullitt Jr., 1st US ambassador to USSR, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • 1891-05-22 Lucien Cailliet, French-American composer, conductor and teacher (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1919-1937), born in Châlons-sur-Marne, France (d. 1985)
  • 1891-08-12 John McDermott, American golfer (US Open 1911, 12), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1971)
  • 1892-12-07 Stuart Davis, American modernist painter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1964)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

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

US General and Turncoat Benedict Arnold
US General and Turncoat
Benedict Arnold

LoveWedding of Interest

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

First Black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
First Black Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Actress & Writer Tina Fey
Actress & Writer
Tina Fey
  • 2007-02-03 Jackass prankster Bam Margera (27) weds Missy Rothstein (26) in downtown Philadelphia

Famous Deaths


Person of interestWilliam Allen

1780-09-06 William Allen, Mayor of Philadelphia, dies at 76

Mayor of Philadelphia William Allen
Mayor of Philadelphia
William Allen

Person of interestHaym Salomon

1785-01-06 Haym Salomon, Polish-born American broker who helped finance the American Revolution, dies in Philadelphia at 44

Financier Haym Salomon
Financier
Haym Salomon

Person of interestConnie Mack

1956-02-08 Connie Mack, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher, manager and owner (World Series 1910, 11, 13, 29, 30; most managerial wins, losses & games managed in MLB history; Philadelphia A's), dies at 93

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • 1963-10-31 Henry Daniell, British actor (The Great Dictator, Camille, Philadelphia Story, Body Snatchers), dies at 69
  • 1966-01-04 Marcel Tabuteau, French-American oboist (Philadelphia Orch 1915-54), dies at 78
  • 1968-07-02 Francis Brennan, US cardinal of Philadelphia, dies at 74
  • 1971-06-17 C Christopher Morris, cricketer (brilliant batsman for Philadelphia), dies
  • 1976-01-23 Paul Robeson, American singer (Old Man River), actor and civil rights activist, dies in Philadelphia at 77
  • 1976-12-03 Mary Nash, actress (Philadelphia Story, Till the Clouds Roll By), dies at 91
  • 1977-09-13 Leopold Stokowski, British conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra, Disney's Fantasia), dies of a heart attack at 95
  • 1981-12-09 Daniel Faulkner, Philadelphia police officer (b. 1955)
  • 1985-01-03 Lucien Cailliet, French-American composer, conductor and teacher (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1919-1937), dies at 93
  • 1985-11-10 Pelle Lindbergh, goalie (Philadelphia Flyers), dies in drunk driving accident
  • 1991-01-24 Lawrence Lott, actor (Real Men, Philadelphia Experiment), dies of AIDS at 40
  • 1991-07-16 Frank Rizzo, (Mayor-D-Philadelphia, 1972-80), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1992-06-25 Jerome Brown, defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagle), dies in car crash at 27
  • 1995-02-19 John Howard, American actor (The Philadelphia Story, My Three Sons), dies of heart failure at 81
  • 1995-03-03 Howard Yanks, founder of the Philadelphia folk festival, dies at 65

Person of interestJames Stewart

1997-07-02 Jimmy Stewart, American actor (The Philadelphia Story and It's a Wonderful Life), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 89

  • 2015-08-27 Darryl Dawkins, American basketball center (Philadelphia 76ers, NJ Nets; NBA breaking a backboard rule), dies of a heart attack at 58

Person of interestDolph Schayes

2015-12-10 Dolph Schayes, American basketball Hall of Famer (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers) and coach, dies of cancer at 87

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes
  • 2017-04-26 Jonathan Demme, American film director (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia), dies at 73
  • 2019-10-28 Al Bianchi, American basketball guard, coach and general manager (Philadelphia 76ers, Virginia Squires; GM NY Knicks), dies from congestive heart failure at 87