Philadelphia in History (Part 2)

Pennsylvania: Harrisburg - Norristown - Pittsburgh

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 312

  • 1869-12-09 Noble Order of Knights of Labor founded, Philadelphia
  • 1869-12-30 Philadelphia Knights of Labor forms
  • 1870-02-05 1st motion picture shown to a theater audience, Philadelphia
  • 1871-10-30 Philadelphia Athletics beat Chicago for 1st National Association baseball pennant
  • 1872-06-05 Republican National Convention meets (Philadelphia)
  • 1874-07-01 1st US zoo opens (Philadelphia)
  • 1874-07-30 1st baseball teams to play outside US, Boston-Philadelphia in British Isles
  • 1876-02-02 Baseball's National League forms with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, St Louis
  • 1876-04-02 Philadelphia A's and Boston Red Caps play 1st NL game, in Philadelphia
  • 1876-04-22 1st NL game, Boston Braves beat Philadelphia Athletics 6-5
  • 1876-04-22 Philadelphia Nationals Wes Fisler scores baseball's 1st run
  • 1876-05-10 Centennial Fair opens in Philadelphia
  • 1876-06-05 Bananas become popular in US, at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia
  • 1876-06-14 1st player to hit for cycle (George Hall, Philadelphia Athletics)
  • 1876-06-27 1st NLer to get 6 hits in 9 inn game (Dave Force, Philadelphia Athletics)
  • 1876-10-06 American Library Association organized in Philadelphia
  • 1876-12-07 NY Mutuals & Philadelphia A's expelled from NL for not completing sked
  • 1878-12-26 1st US store to install electric lights, Philadelphia
  • 1880-02-12 US National Croquet League organizes (Philadelphia)
  • 1883-02-23 American Anti-Vivisection Society organized (Philadelphia)
  • 1883-05-01 Baseball returns to Philadelphia, 1st NL game since 1876

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1886-02-13 Painter Thomas Eakins resigns from Philadelphia Academy of Art after controversial over use of male nudes in a coed art class

Painter Thomas Eakins
Painter
Thomas Eakins
  • 1887-09-15 Philadelphia celebrates 100th anniversary of US Constitution
  • 1888-08-07 Theophilus Van Kannel of Philadelphia patents revolving door
  • 1888-12-25 1st indoor baseball game played at fairgrounds in Philadelphia
  • 1889-12-14 American Academy of Political & Social Science organized in Philadelphia
  • 1891-07-08 61°F, highest temperature for July 1891, in Baltimore & Philadelphia

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1894-11-17 Serial killer H. H. Holmes is arrested in Boston after being tracked there from Philadelphia by the Pinkertons

Serial Killer H. H. Holmes
Serial Killer
H. H. Holmes
  • 1901-05-08 In their long-delayed AL home opener, Boston defeats Philadelphia 12-4
  • 1902-06-09 1st Automat restaurant opens (818 Chestnut St, Philadelphia)
  • 1902-11-21 1st night football game, Philadelphia Athletics beats Kanaweola AC, 39-0
  • 1902-12-28 1st indoor pro football game, Syracuse beats Philadelphia 6-0 (Madison Square Garden, NYC)
  • 1903-04-27 1st Highlander (Yankee) shut-out, Philadelphia A's win 6-0

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1904-05-05 Cy Young of Boston pitches perfect game against Philadelphia A's (3-0)

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1905-07-04 Philadelphia A's beat Boston Red Sox 4-2 in 20 inning game
  • 1905-07-22 Philadelphia Athletic's Weldon Henley no-hits St Louis Browns, 6-0
  • 1905-08-15 Philadelphia A's Rube Waddell no-hits St Louis Browns, 2-0 in 5 innings
  • 1905-10-09 Philadelphia A's meet Giants in World Series, Giants win 3-0
  • 1905-10-14 NY Giants beats Philadelphia A's, 4 games to 1 in 2nd World Series
  • 1906-09-03 Philadelphia Giants win Negro Championship Cup in Philadelphia before 10,000 fans
  • 1906-10-22 3000 blacks demonstrate & riot in Philadelphia
  • 1907-06-21 13th US Golf Open: Alec Ross shoots a 302 at Philadelphia Cricket Club PA
  • 1907-10-05 Philadelphia A's Rube Vickers no-hits Washington Senators, 4-0 in 5 inning game
  • 1908-05-10 1st Mother's Day observed (Philadelphia)
  • 1908-07-29 St Louis Browns Rube Waddell strikes out 16 Philadelphia Athletics
  • 1908-09-20 Chicago White Sox Frank Smith 2nd no-hitter, beats Philadelphia 1-0
  • 1909-04-12 Philadelphia's Shibe Park (later Connie Mack Stadium) opens
  • 1910-02-23 1st radio contest held (Philadelphia)
  • 1910-06-18 16th US Golf Open: Alex Smith shoots a 298 at Philadelphia Cricket Club PA
  • 1910-10-23 Philadelphia A's beat Chicago Cubs 4 games to 1 in 7th World Series
  • 1911-02-25 Victor Herbert's opera "Natoma" premieres in Philadelphia

  • 1911-05-19 Philadelphia Athletics are 12½ games back in AL, & will win World Series
  • 1911-10-26 Philadelphia A's beat NY Giants, 4 games to 2 in 8th World Series
  • 1912-09-06 NY Giant Jeff Tesreau no-hits Philadelphia, 3-0

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1912-09-11 Philadelphia A's Eddie Collins steals 6 bases in 1 game

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • 1913-10-11 Philadelphia A's beat NY Giants, 4 games to 1 in 10th World Series
  • 1914-10-13 Boston Braves sweep Philadelphia A's, 1st sweep in World Series history

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1915-06-17 The League to Enforce Peace is organised at Independence Hall in Philadelphia with William Howard Taft as president; its program anticipates the League of Nations

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft
  • 1916-08-26 Philadelphia A's Bullet Joe Bush no-hits Cleve, 5-0
  • 1917-11-18 Sigma Alpha Rho, a Jewish high school fraternity, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1918-03-02 NY Yankees purchase 1st baseman George Burns from Detroit Tigers & immediately trades him to Philadelphia A's
  • 1918-05-15 1st airmail postal service (NY, Philadelphia & Washington, D.C.)
  • 1918-07-26 Race riot in Philadelphia (3 whites & 1 black killed)
  • 1920-11-25 1st Thanksgiving Parade (Philadelphia)
  • 1921-11-15 KYW-AM in Philadelphia PA begins radio transmissions
  • 1922-03-20 WIP-AM in Philadelphia PA begins radio transmissions
  • 1923-09-04 NY Yankee Sad Sam Jones no-hits Philadelphia A's, 2-0
  • 1923-09-07 Boston Red Sox Howard Ehmke no-hits Philadelphia A's, 4-0
  • 1924-09-13 19th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Philadelphia (5-0)
  • 1925-06-15 Philadelphia As go into bottom of 8th inning trailing 15-4, then score 13 times to defeat Cleveland 17-15
  • 1925-09-12 20th Davis Cup: USA beats France in Philadelphia (5-0)
  • 1926-05-31 Sesquicentennial Exposition opens in Philadelphia
  • 1926-09-11 21st Davis Cup: USA beats France in Philadelphia (4-1), for their 7th straight championship
  • 1927-09-10 22nd Davis Cup: France beats USA in Philadelphia (3-2)
  • 1928-11-02 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 1st Symphony, L Stokovski premieres in Philadelphia
  • 1929-10-14 Philadelphia A's beat Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 1 in 26th World Series
  • 1929-10-14 Philadelphia A's set World Series record of 10 runs in an inning
  • 1930-07-25 Philadelphia Athletics triple steal in 1st & 4th innings vs Cleveland
  • 1930-09-18 Philadelphia A's win AL championship for 2nd year in a row
  • 1930-10-01 World Series opens at Phila's Shibe Park, Philadelphia A's beat St Louis 5-2
  • 1930-10-04 Philadelphia Athletics' Jack Quinn aged 47, pitches 2 innings, oldest to play in World Series
  • 1930-10-08 Philadelphia A's beat St Louis Cards, 4 games to 2 in 27th World Series
  • 1931-08-23 Philadelphia A's Lefty Grove, loses 1-0 (Browns) after winning 16 straight
  • 1931-09-15 Philadelphia A's clinch pennant, beating Cleveland
  • 1931-10-10 St Louis Cards beat Philadelphia A's, 4 games to 3 in 28th World Series
  • 1932-07-31 Cleveland Municipal Stadium opens-Philadelphia A's beat Indians 1-0
  • 1933-11-12 1st Sunday football game in Philadelphia (previously illegal)
  • 1934-03-20 A woman Babe Didrickson pitches hitless inning for Philadelphia A's in exhibition game against Brooklyn Dodgers
  • 1934-12-03 KYW-AM in Chicago Ill moves to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1935-01-21 WFI-AM in Philadelphia Penn merges with WLIT as WFIL (now WEAZ)
  • 1935-04-27 Yanks pull a 1st inning triple-play & beat Philadelphia A's 9-8
  • 1935-12-04 1,200 at St Joseph's College (Philadelphia) enroll in anticommunism class
  • 1936-06-11 Presbyterian Church of America founded at Philadelphia
  • 1936-09-13 Cleve Bob Feller strikes out then record 17 in a game (vs Philadelphia A's)
  • 1937-02-04 Jim Margie, Philadelphia, bowls 900 in 3 (unsanctioned) games
  • 1937-08-29 Philadelphia A's Bob Johnson is 2nd to get 6 RBIs in an inning (1st)
  • 1938-08-05 33rd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Philadelphia (3-2)
  • 1938-11-08 1st African American woman legislator, Crystal Bird Fauset of Philadelphia
  • 1938-12-14 AL permits Cleveland & Philadelphia to play night games
  • 1939-03-28 Philip Barry's "Philadelphia Story" premieres in NYC

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 339

  • 1907-04-11 Paul Douglas, actor (Adventure Theater, Clash by Night), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1907-06-18 Benny Payne, pianist (Billy Daniels Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1907-08-16 Mae Clarke, [Violet Mary Klotz], American actress (Frankenstein, Waterloo Bridge), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • 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
  • 1910-08-16 Mae Clarke, American actress (Frankenstein, Nana, Parole Girl), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • 1910-10-26 John Krol, American former archbishop of Philadelphia (1961-88), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • 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
  • 1911-04-02 Charles "Honi" Coles, American actor and tap dancer (Tito Suarez-Dirty Dancing), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)

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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)
  • 1913-08-25 Walt Kelly, American cartoonist and animator (Pogo), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1973)
  • 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
  • 1914-06-12 Bill Kenny, singer (The Bill Kenny Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1915-02-13 Lyle Betther, actor (Harry-Grand Jury, Lone Ranger), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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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
  • 1916-02-16 Bill Doggett [William Ballard Doggett], American jazz and blues musician (Honky Tonk), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1916-07-28 Laird Cregar, actor (Charley's Aunt, Hangover Square), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1917-04-05 Richard Yardumian, American composer (Come Creator Spirit), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • 1917-07-19 Robert Aitken, Zen co-founder (Diamond Sangha), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1918-03-14 Dennis Patrick, actor (Dear Dead Delilah, Dallas, Rituals), born in Philadelphia, 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)

  • 1919-08-26 Ronny Graham, actor (Bob Crane Show, Chico & the Man), born in Philadelphia, 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
  • 1921-01-31 Mario Lanza, actor/singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 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)
  • 1921-08-30 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

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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
  • 1922-04-22 Lou Stein, pianist (Tonight! America After Dark), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1922-04-27 Jack Klugman, Philadelphia (Oscar-Odd Couple, Quincy, Goodbye Columbus), (d. 2012)
  • 1922-05-14 Richard Deacon, American actor (Dick Van Dyke Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1984)
  • 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
  • 1923-07-26 Jan Berenstain [Janice Marian Grant], American author (The Berenstain Bears), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)

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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
  • 1924-06-25 Sidney Lumet, director (Group, Pawnbroker, Fail Safe), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1924-09-20 Gogi Grant, [Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg], singer (The Wayward Wind), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1924-09-20 James Galanos, fashion designer (Coty Hall of Fame 1959), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1925-02-14 Elliot Lawrence, orchestra leader (Guide Right, Howard Cosell), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1925-06-25 Robert Venturi, architect (Levittown NY, Las Vegas), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1926-08-14 Buddy Greco, jazz singer (Away We Go, Broadway Open House), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • 1927-02-02 Stan Getz, jazz tenor saxophonist (Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1927-04-16 Peter Mark Richman, actor (Andrew-Dynasty), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1927-05-08 Murray Lerner, American documentary and experimental film director and producer (Secrets of the Reef), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • 1927-05-24 John Kelly Jr, American sculler (Olympic bronze 1956) and brother of Grace Kelly, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • 1927-09-27 Robert Chudnick [Red Rodney], American jazz trumpeter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 1927-10-07 Al Martino, singer (Here in My Heart)/actor (The Godfather), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1928-06-25 Jacob Druckman, American composer (Animus I Auerole), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1928-07-23 Vera Rubin, American astronomer who discovered dark matter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1928-08-10 Eddie Fisher, singer (Oh My Papa, Lady of Spain), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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1928-12-07 Noam Chomsky, American linguist (founded transformational grammar), philospher and political activist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Linguist & Author Noam Chomsky
Linguist & Author
Noam Chomsky
  • 1929-06-03 Chuck Barris, TV game show producer and host (Gong Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • 1929-06-03 Howard Yanks, founder (Philadelphia folk festival)
  • 1929-06-20 Edith Windsor [née Schlain], American LGBT rights activist (lead plaintiff in United States v. Windsor), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)

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1929-11-12 Grace Kelly, American actress (Rear Window) and Princess of Monaco, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1982)

Actress Grace Kelly
Actress
Grace Kelly
  • 1930-06-02 Charles Pete Conrad Jr, USN/astro (Gem 5 11, Ap 12, Skylab 2), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1930-11-17 David Werner Amram, composer (Splendor in the Grass), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1930-12-13 Robert Prosky, actor (Christine, Sgt Jablonski-Hill St Blues), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1931-04-07 Donald Barthelme, American writer (Snow White, Sadness), born in Philadelphia, Pa (d. 1989)
  • 1931-06-07 Henry Weinberg, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1931-09-12 Kristin Hunter, African-American author (God Bless the Child), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 1931-09-29 Eddie Barth, actor (Shaft, Simon & Simon), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1932-02-11 Jerome Lowenthal, pianist/prof (Jerusalem Academy of Music), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1932-04-21 Elaine May, American comedienne/writer/actress (New Leaf, Primary Colors), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1932-11-04 Noam Pitlik, actor and director (Sanford & Son, Bob Newhart), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1933-06-17 Anthony Bevilacqua, Roman Catholic Cardinal (Philadelphia), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1934-04-28 Lois Duncan, American young adult novelist (I Know What You Did Last Summer), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1934-12-01 Billy Paul [Paul Williams], American singer (Me & Mrs Jones), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1935-04-29 Otis Rush, American blues musician (Right Place, Wrong Time), born in Philadelphia. Mississippi
  • 1935-06-03 Ted Curson [Theodore], Jazz Trumpeter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1935-07-02 Ed Bullins, playwright, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1935-09-05 Werner Erhard, founded EST, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1935-11-22 Michael Callan, [Calinieff], actor (Peter-Occasional Wife), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1935-12-06 George Williams, soul singer (the Tymes), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • 1936-05-22 George H. Heilmeier, American engineer (helped invent LCD displays), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 1936-06-08 James Darren, actor (TJ Hooker, Diamond Head, Venus in Furs), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1936-11-21 James DePreist, American conductor (Mitropolos 1964), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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