Philadelphia in History

Pennsylvania: Harrisburg - Norristown - Pittsburgh

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 333

Historic Event

1682-06-18 English Quaker William Penn founds Philadelphia, in the Pennsylvania Colony

  • 1682-10-27 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is founded by Englishman 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

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

  • 1731-11-08 In Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin opens 1st library in the north American colonies, the Library Company of Philadelphia
  • 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
  • 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 the 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 Cavalry formed at Carpenter's Hall, Philadelphia, one of the oldest US military units 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

Appointment of Interest

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

United 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

Historic Event

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

  • 1778-06-18 British Redcoats evacuate Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and head for New York
  • 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
  • 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 it is seized by pirates
  • 1805-12-26 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts established, Philadelphia
  • 1807-05-22 Townsend Speakman 1st sells fruit-flavored carbonated drinks in Philadelphia

Historic Event

1808-04-08 Roman Catholic Diocese of Baltimore promoted to an archdiocese by Pope Pius VII, with the founding of the dioceses of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Bardstown (now Louisville)

  • 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 the US used in Philadelphia

Historic Event

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

  • 1856-06-17 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 479

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)
  • 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)

Francis Hopkinson

1737-09-21 Francis Hopkinson, American judge, signer of the Declaration of Independence, author, flag designer (first American flag), and composer (The Battle of the Kegs), born in Philadelphia, British America (d. 1791)

  • 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)

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)

  • 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)

George McClellan

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

  • 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)

Thomas Eakins

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

Charles E. Hires

1851-08-19 Charles E. Hires, American pharmacist, inventor and manufacturer of the Hires Root Beer beverage, born in Elsinboro, Pennsylvania (d. 1937)

  • 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

Frederick Winslow Taylor

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

  • 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)

Connie 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)

  • 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, Irish-American vaudeville and early recording popular music tenor, known as the 'Denver Nightengale' ("Shine On, Harvest Moon"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1954)

Lionel Barrymore

1878-04-28 Lionel Barrymore [Blythe], American actor (It's A Wonderful Life; Dr. Kildare (films); Key Largo), 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], American actor (Bank Dick), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1946)
  • 1880-02-21 Frank Orth, American actor (Boston Blackie, Brothers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1962)

John Barrymore

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, 1912-40; Disney's Fantasia, 1939; American Symphony Orchestra, 1962-72), 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 Ranji Hordern, Australian cricket spin bowler (7 Tests, 46 wickets, BB 7/90; NSW CA), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1938)
  • 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 Hall of Fame manager (World Series 1932, 36–39, 41, 43; 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) [various sources dispute year - 1887 to 1895] [1]
  • 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 clarinetist, composer, conductor (Allentown Band), arranger (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1919-1937), and teacher, 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

Benedict Arnold

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

Thurgood Marshall

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

Jacqueline Susann

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

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

  • 2007-02-03 Jackass prankster Bam Margera (27) weds Missy Rothstein (26) in downtown Philadelphia

Famous Deaths

William Allen

1780-09-06 William Allen, American loyalist, Chief Justice of the Province of Pennsylvania and Mayor of Philadelphia, dies at 76

Haym Salomon

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

Connie 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

  • 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 Orchestra, 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 stage and screen bass-baritone singer ("Old Man River"), actor, and civil rights activist, dies of stroke complications 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, 1912-39; 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, American actor (Real Men, Philadelphia Experiment), dies of AIDS at 40
  • 1991-07-16 Frank Rizzo, American politician (Mayor-D-Philadelphia, 1972-80), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1992-06-25 Jerome Brown, American 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, American founder of the Philadelphia folk festival, dies at 65

James Stewart

1997-07-02 Jimmy Stewart, American actor (The Philadelphia Story; It's a Wonderful Life; Mr Smith Goes to Washington; Vertigo), 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

Dolph Schayes

2015-12-10 Dolph Schayes, American basketball Hall of Famer (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers, 1948-63) and coach (76ers, 1963-66; Buffalo Braves, 1970-72), dies of cancer at 87

  • 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