Pennsylvania in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 171 of 171

  • 1911-01-18 1st shipboard landing of a plane (Tanforan Park to USS Pennsylvania)
  • 1914-02-01 Pennsylvania State Board of [motion picture] censors appointed
  • 1917-04-10 Munition factory explosion at Eddystone, Pennsylvania, kills 133 workers
  • 1917-11-18 Sigma Alpha Rho, a Jewish high school fraternity, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1918-05-18 TNT explosion in chemical factory in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, kills 200
  • 1918-06-15 1" of snow falls in Northern Pennsylvania
  • 1918-07-25 Race riot in Chester Pennsylvania (3 blacks and 2 whites killed)
  • 1919-01-25 The Hotel Pennsylvania, at the time the world's largest, opens in Manhattan
  • 1921-03-06 Police in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, issue an edict requiring Women to wear skirts at least 4 inches below the knee
  • 1922-10-14 1st automated telephones-Pennsylvania exchange in NYC
  • 1923-02-03 The Alpha Zeta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia founded at Pennsylvania State University.
  • 1927-05-17 U.S. Army aviation pioneer Major Harold Geiger dies in the crash of his Airco DH.4 de Havilland plane at Olmstead Field, Pennsylvania
  • 1927-11-14 World's largest gas tank in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, explodes; 28 die
  • 1931-07-24 A fire at a home for the elderly in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania kills 48 people.
  • 1933-11-07 Pennsylvania voters overturn blue law, by permitting Sunday sports
  • 1933-11-29 1st state liquor stores authorized (Pennsylvania)

  • 1933-12-21 Dried human blood serum 1st prepared, University of Pennsylvania
  • 1934-01-02 1st state liquor stores open, in Pennsylvania
  • 1934-12-03 KYW-AM in Chicago Ill moves to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1935-01-21 WFI-AM in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania merges with WLIT as WFIL (now WEAZ)
  • 1935-02-10 Pennsylvania RR begins passenger service on new electric locomotive
  • 1936-06-12 1st 50 KW US radio station (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • 1936-07-10 111°F (44°C) Phoenixville, Pennsylvania (state record)
  • 1938-06-24 500 ton meteorite lands near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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1940-04-28 Glenn Miller records "Pennsylvania 6-5000"

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller
  • 1940-10-01 Pennsylvania Turnpike, pioneer toll thruway, opens
  • 1941-05-17 Pennsylvania declares legal holiday to honor A's manager Connie Mack
  • 1941-11-12 Alma Heflin, the first American female test pilot for commercial aircraft, made her first test flight for the Piper Aircraft Corporation, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
  • 1942-03-26 Explosion of 20 tons of gelignite in a stone quarry at Easton, Pennsylvania, kills 21
  • 1942-07-17 3' of rain falls on Pennsylvania, flooding kills 15
  • 1942-07-17 Estimated 34.5" (87.5 cm) of rainfall, Smethport, Pennsylvania (state record)
  • 1943-05-17 The United States Army contracts with the University of Pennsylvania's Moore School to develop the ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer).
  • 1947-02-18 24 die in a train crash in Gallitzin, Pennsylvania
  • 1948-10-30 20 die & 6,000 made ill by smog in Donora, Pennsylvania
  • 1948-12-21 1949 NFL Draft: University of Pennsylvania linebacker/center Chuck Bednarik is selected first by Philadelphia Eagles
  • 1949-06-16 Gas turbine-electric locomotive demonstrated at Erie, Pennsylvania
  • 1954-03-20 1st newspaper vending machine used (Columbia Pennsylvania)
  • 1954-09-04 Peter B Cortese of US achieves a one-arm deadlift of 370 lbs; 22 lbs over triple his body weight, at York, Pennsylvania
  • 1957-12-02 1st US large scale nuclear power plant opens, Shippingport, Pennsylvania
  • 1957-12-18 World's 1st full scale nuclear power plant begins to generate electricity, at the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania
  • 1959-05-24 1st house with built-in bomb shelter exhibited (Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania)

  • 1963-11-18 Bell Telephone introduces the touch-tone telephone to customers in Pennsylvania
  • 1965-03-18 A truck loses control down Moosic Street, Scranton, Pennsylvania, killing the driver. This accident later inspired the 1974 Harry Chapin song, "30,000 Pounds of Bananas."
  • 1967-05-06 400 students seize administration building at Cheyney State College, Pennsylvania
  • 1968-02-14 Pennsylvania Railroad and NYC Central merge into Pennsylvania Central
  • 1975-03-19 Pennsylvania is 1st state to allow girls to compete with boys in HS sports
  • 1976-03-28 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Delta States beat Immaculata, 69-64 at Pennsylvania State University
  • 1976-05-04 "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 7 performances
  • 1976-05-08 "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 7 performances
  • 1977-07-19 Floods in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, kill 76
  • 1977-07-20 Flash flood hits Johnstown, Pennsylvania, kills 80 and causes $350 million damage
  • 1979-03-28 Major nuclear accident at 3 Mile Island, Middletown, Pennsylvania (no deaths)
  • 1985-05-31 Tornado outbreak in United States and Canada sees 41 tornadoes hit Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario, leaving 90 dead
  • 1986-08-05 It's revealed Andrew Wyeth of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, had secretly created 240 drawings and paintings of his neighbor Helga Testorf
  • 1987-01-22 Pennsylvania politician R. Budd Dwyer shoots and kills himself at a press conference on live national television, leading to debates on boundaries in journalism
  • 1988-04-30 The then largest banana split ever, at 4.5 miles long, is made along Market Street in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
  • 1989-11-18 Pennsylvania is first to restrict abortions after US Supreme Court gave states the right to do so
  • 1991-04-04 Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania and six others are killed when a helicopter collides with their plane over an elementary school in Merion, Pennsylvania.
  • 1994-11-08 Republican Party nominee Tom Ridge wins Pennsylvania Gubernatorial election with 45% of the vote
  • 1998-09-01 American harness trainer/driver Dave Palone wins his 6,000th race, driving Oompa’s Terminator to victory at The Meadows Racetrack in Pennsylvania
  • 2001-09-11 Attempt by passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 to retake control of their hijacked plane from terrorists causes plane to crash in Pennsylvania field killing all 64 people on board

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2001-10-05 Tom Ridge resigns as Governor of Pennsylvania to become President George W. Bush's Homeland Security Advisor

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • 2002-07-28 Nine coal miners trapped in the flooded Quecreek Mine in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, are rescued after 77 hours underground.
  • 2006-10-02 Charles Carl Roberts murders five schoolgirls in a shooting incident at an Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania; he then commits suicide.
  • 2012-12-22 Tomasz Adamek outpoints Steve Cunningham in a split decision in the IBF heavyweight title eliminator at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • 2015-08-23 English Indycar driver Justin Wilson suffers a head injury during a race crash at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania
  • 2016-01-22 Winter storm conditions strand 500 motorists for 24 hours on the New Jersey turnpike in Pennsylvania
  • 2016-06-19 116th US Golf Open: Dustin Johnson wins with a one-under-par 69 by three shots, controversially penalised 1 stroke at Oakmont, Pennsylvania

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2018-04-26 Comedian Bill Cosby is found guilty of sexual assault in Pennsylvania

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
  • 2018-08-14 Pennsylvania grand jury alleges 300 "predator priests" abused over 1000 children over 30 years and Catholic leaders covered it, up after 2-year investigation
  • 2018-08-16 Pope Francis and the Vatican issues statement in support of the 300 victims of "predator priests" in Pennsylvania

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 948

  • 1835-04-27 John Murray Corse, American politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania [or 9/27] (d. 1893)
  • 1835-09-27 John Murray Corse, American politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1893 [or 4/27])
  • 1835-11-16 Elliott Warren Rice, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Allegheny, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1887)
  • 1837-02-17 Francis Jay Herron, American Major General (Union Army), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1902)
  • 1837-05-23 James Sanks Brisbin, American educator, lawyer, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1892)
  • 1837-06-17 Strong Vincent, American army officer (died famously at Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg), born in Waterford, Pennsylvania (d.1863)
  • 1838-07-11 John Wanamaker, American merchant (Wanamakers Department Store), pioneer in marketing and Postmaster General, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1922)
  • 1840-07-04 James McGranahan, American composer, born in Adamsville, Pennsylvania (d. 1907)
  • 1840-08-28 Ira D. Sankey, American evangelist, composer and singer (Gospel hymns), born in Edinburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1908)
  • 1842-04-03 Ulric Dahlgren, American Colonel (Union Army), born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania (d. 1864)

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 interestHenry John Heinz

1844-10-11 Henry John Heinz, German-American entrepreneur who founded prepared-foods company (H.J. Heinz Company-57 varieties), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1919)

Founder of Heinz Henry John Heinz
Founder of Heinz
Henry John Heinz
  • 1844-11-10 Henry Eyster Jacobs, American Lutheran theologian, born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1932)

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)
  • 1853-05-26 Monroe Althouse, American composer, born in Centre Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania (d. 1924)
  • 1853-11-13 John Drew Jr., American Shakespearean actor (The Big Bonanza), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1927)

Person of interestAndrew Mellon

1855-03-24 Andrew Mellon, American banker (Mellon Bank), industrialist and Secretary of the Treasury (1921-32), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1947)

Banker, Industrialist and US Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon
Banker, Industrialist and US Secretary of the Treasury
Andrew Mellon
  • 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)

Person of interestMilton S. Hershey

1857-09-13 Milton S. Hershey, American chocolate tycoon (The Hershey Chocolate Company) and philanthropist, born in Derry Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1945)

Chocolate Tycoon Milton S. Hershey
Chocolate Tycoon
Milton S. Hershey

Person of interestDaniel Williams

1858-01-18 Daniel Williams, American heart surgeon who performed the 1st open heart surgery, born in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1931)

Heart surgeon Daniel Williams
Heart surgeon
Daniel Williams
  • 1858-05-10 Frederick Zech Jr, American composer and pianist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1926)
  • 1859-06-21 Henry Ossawa Tanner, American artist, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1937)
  • 1860-07-31 Mary Vaux Walcott, American artist and naturalist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1940)
  • 1860-11-01 Boies Penrose, United States Senator from Pennsylvania (d. 1921)
  • 1861-02-02 Solomon R. Guggenheim, American businessman and philanthropist (Guggenheim Museum NYC), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1949)
  • 1861-07-01 Samuel D Riddle, American thoroughbred owner (Man 'o War, War Admiral), born in Glen Riddle, Pennsylvania (d. 1951)
  • 1863-05-24 George Grey Barnard, American sculptor, born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania (d. 1938)
  • 1863-10-10 Helen Dunbar, American actress (Fine Manners, Beyond the Rocks), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1933)
  • 1864-02-14 Robert E. Park, American sociologist (human ecology, marginal man), born in Harveyville, Pennsylvania (d. 1944)
  • 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)
  • 1867-07-31 Sebastian S. Kresge, American merchant and philanthropist (Kmart), born in Bald Mountain, Pennsylvania (d. 1966)
  • 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
  • 1868-07-05 William Henry Singer, American painter and collector (Singer Museum, Laren), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1943)
  • 1870-06-29 Joseph Carl Breil, American composer (Les amours de la reine Élisabeth), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1926)
  • 1870-07-25 Maxfield Parrish, American painter and illustrator, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1966)
  • 1871-04-27 Arthur Nevin, American composer, born in Edgeworth, Pennsylvania (d. 1943)
  • 1871-08-02 John French Sloan, American painter and etcher, born in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania (d. 1951)
  • 1871-09-13 Alma Kruger, American actress (Made For Each Other), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1960)

Person of interestHonus Wagner

1874-02-24 Honus Wagner, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (8-time NL batting champion), born in Chartiers Borough, Pennsylvania (d. 1955)

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • 1874-03-14 Mary Carr, Actress actress (Forbidden Trail, Pack Up Your Troubles), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1973)
  • 1875-03-25 Spencer Charters, American actor (3 Faces West, Big Town Girl, St Louis Kid), born in Duncannon, Pennsylvania (d. 1943)
  • 1875-06-26 Camille Zeckwer, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1924)
  • 1876-08-12 Mary Roberts Rinehart, American mystery writer ( The Circular Staircase), born in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania (d. 1958)

Person of interestLionel Barrymore

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

  • 1878-08-31 Frank Jarvis, American athlete (Olympic 100m Champion-1900), born in California, Pennsylvania (d. 1933)
  • 1879-05-24 H. B. Reese, American inventor of Reese's, born in York County, Pennsylvania (d. 1956)
  • 1879-07-10 Harry Nicholls Holmes, American chemist (crystallized vitamin A), born in Fayetteville, Pennsylvania (d. 1958)
  • 1879-08-15 Ethel Barrymore [Blythe], American classic film & stage actress (Constant Wife, Corn is Green), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • 1879-10-02 Wallace Stevens, American poet (Ideas of Order), born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1955)
  • 1880-01-06 Tom Mix [Thomas Hezikiah Mix], American silent screen cowboy actor (Dick Turpin), born in Mix Run, Pennsylvania (d. 1940)
  • 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)

Person of interestGeorge Marshall

1880-12-31 George Marshall, US Secretary of State (1947-49) who authored the Marshall Plan (Nobel 1953), born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)

Military Leader George Marshall
Military Leader
George Marshall
  • 1881-07-30 Smedley Butler, American Marine general, born in West Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1940)
  • 1881-09-27 William Clothier, American tennis player (US Open-1906) and 1st president of tennis hall of fame, born in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania (d. 1962)
  • 1881-12-14 Katherine MacDonald, American actress and film producer (Stranger Than Fiction, The Infidel), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1956)
  • 1882-02-15 John Barrymore, American actor (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1942)
  • 1882-05-25 Marie Doro, American stage and film actress of the early silent film era (The Heart of Nora Flynn, The White Pearl), born in Duncannon, Pennsylvania (d. 1956)
  • 1882-07-25 George S. Rentz, U.S. Navy Chaplain (awarded the Navy Cross during WW II), born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania (d. 1942)
  • 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)
  • 1883-03-07 Marion Lord, American actress (Broadway), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1942)
  • 1883-06-07 Sylvanus Morley, American archaeologist and spy, born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1948)
  • 1883-07-10 Sam Wood, American communist fighter and director (For Whom the Bell Tolls), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1949)
  • 1884-02-18 Burton "Burt" Mustin, American actor (All in the Family, The Andy Griffith Show), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1977)
  • 1884-12-25 [Florence] Evelyn Nesbit, American actress, born in Tarentum, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • 1885-05-02 Hedda Hopper [Elda Furry], American gossip columnist, born in Pennsylvania (d. 1966)
  • 1885-08-12 Marion Lorne, American actress (The Graduata, Mister Peepers), born in West Pittston, Pennsylvania (d. 1968)
  • 1885-10-08 Johnny Lush, American MLB pitcher (2 no-hitters), born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania (d. 1946)
  • 1886-06-25 Henry "Hap" Arnold, American commanding general, US Army Air Force (WWII), born in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania (d. 1950)
  • 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)
  • 1887-01-16 John Hamilton, American actor (Superman), born in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1958)
  • 1887-01-21 Alfred Henry Ackley, American composer, born in Spring Hill, Pennsylvania (d. 1960)
  • 1887-08-07 Charles Luckyth "Luckey" Roberts, stride pianist and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1968)
  • 1889-07-31 Donald Foster, American actor (Hazel, Lord Love A Duck), born in Oil City, Pennsylvania (d. 1969)
  • 1889-10-04 John B. Kelly, Olympic champion rower and father of Grace Kelly, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1960)
  • 1889-11-16 George S Kaufman, playwright (This is Show Business), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1890-01-10 Douglas MacLean, silent film comedian/producer (Going Up), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1890-02-18 Adolphe Menjou, US actor (Front Page, Star is Born), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1890-08-27 Man Ray, American artist and photographer (Dada), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1976)
  • 1891-01-08 Alexander Gray, American actor (Sally, This is Music), born in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania (d 1976)
  • 1891-03-04 Lois Wilson, American actress and co-founder of Al-Anon, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1891-06-24 Irving Pichel, actor and director (Mme Butterfly, Oliver Twist), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1891-06-28 Carl Spaatz, American World War II general and 1st Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, born in Boyertown, Pennsylvania (d. 1974)
  • 1891-08-12 John McDermott, American golfer (US Open 1911, 12), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1971)
  • 1892-07-29 William Powell, American actor (Thin Man, My Man Godfrey), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1984)
  • 1892-12-07 Stuart Davis, American modernist painter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1964)
  • 1893-02-10 Bill Tilden, American tennis player (US Open 1920-25, 29), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1953)
  • 1893-06-25 Charlotte Greenwood, American actress (Oklahoma, Moon over Miami), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1978)
  • 1894-01-22 Matt McHugh, American actor (Taxi, Freaks, Barbary Coast, Innocent Affair), born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania (d. 1971)

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