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Pennsylvania is the only original colony not bordered by the Atlantic Ocean.

Christmas in Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania's Moravian population embrace Christmas with a "Love-Fest." These are musical services in which the congregation partakes of simple food while the choir sings appropriate hymns and anthems. Usually, the congregation must be served sweet buns and coffee in the time it takes to sing three hymns. Candles are distributed, made of beeswax (for until the 15th century, it was believed bees were made in Paradise), and as the final anthem is sung, all raise their lighted candles to "Praise to Our Heavenly King."

Pennsylvania Dutch serve Sand Tarts (thin, crisp sugar cookies).

This state’s name is spelled Pensylvania on the Liberty Bell. The Constitution uses one n in one section and two n’s in another.

"Named in honor of Admiral William Penn. The land was granted to Penn’s son, William Penn, to pay off a debt owed by the crown to the senior Penn. The name is made up of Penn + sylva (“woods” ) + nia (a noun suffix) to get “Penn's Woodland.” The younger Penn was embarrassed by the name and feared that people would think he had named the colony after himself, but King Charles would not rename the land."

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Aside from being a most deliciously tasteful chocolate candy, Klein's has real nutrative value. Every bar the children eat is equivalent to drinking a tumbler of sweet, creamy milk.

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  • 1643 - Tinicum Island is site of first European settlement in Pennsylvania

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996
  • 1718 - Pennsylvania - women are able to own and manage property – if their husbands are incapacitated.
  • 1731 - Benjamin Franklin opened first U.S. library webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ patimeln.htm
  • News  1737 - September 20 - Runner Edward Marshall completes his journey in the Walking Purchase forcing the cession of 1.2 million acres (4,860 km²) of Lenape-Delaware tribal land to the Pennsylvania Colony
    September 20, 1737
  • News  1738 - May 25 - A treaty between Pennsylvania and Maryland ends the Conojocular War with settlement of a boundary dispute and exchange of prisoners.
    May 25, 1738
  • 1754 - French and Indian War began; George Washington claimed first victory at Laurel Mountain; Lenape Indians attacked Gnadenhutten Mission, killed 11 white people webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ patimeln.htm
  • 1767 - Boundary between Maryland, Pennsylvania established, named Mason-Dixon line webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ patimeln.htm
  • News  December 1777 - June 1778 - The winter at Valley Forge
    This Pennsylvania encampment was occupied by the American army from December 1777 to June 1778. The winter was particularly harsh, and the army was short on food, clothing, and supplies. But they hung on. The leadership of Commander-in-Chief George Washington and Baron von Steuben, the Prussian drill sergeant, kept the soldiers occupied and made them better, tougher soldiers in the end. In June 19, 1778, the army set out for New Jersey, where they fought the British to a stand-still just nine days later, at the Battle of Monmouth. Among the soldiers who were encamped with Washington at Valley Forge were Generals Nathanael Greene and Benedict Arnold; Alexander Hamilton, Washington's personal aide; the Marquis de Lafayette; and a man named John Marshall, who would go on to become the first famous Chief Justice of the United States.
  • 1780 - Pennsylvania first state to abolish slavery webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ patimeln.htm
  • 1781 - January 1 - Mutiny of unpaid Pennsylvania soldiers
  • 1794 - Whiskey Rebellion occurred - protest against taxes on distilled spirits webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ patimeln.htm
  • January 16, 1831 - A great snowstorm raged from Georgia to Maine. Snowfall totals greater than 30 inches were reported from Pennsylvania across southern New England.
  • News  1863 - July 1–3 – American Civil War: Battle of Gettysburg – Union forces under George G. Meade turn back a Confederate invasion by Robert E. Lee in the largest battle of the war (28,000 Confederate casualties, 23,000 Union).
    July 3, 1863
  • News  1863 - November 19 – American Civil War: U. S. President Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address at the military cemetery dedication ceremony in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
    On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered a short speech at the end of the ceremonies dedicating the battlefield cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. That speech has come to be known as the Gettysburg Address. In it, Lincoln paid tribute to the Union soldiers who sacrificed their lives for union and equality. Lincoln had no idea at the time how famous his short speech would become.
    November 19, 1863
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  • News  1865 - DESTRUCTIVE FIRE AT MEADVILLE - Loss from $75,000 to $100,000
    A destructive fire occurred at Meadville on Thursday night, resulting in the destruction of property to the amount of between $75,000 and $100,000. The fire broke out in the extensive woolen factory Messrs H. S. & F. W. Huidekoper, and not withstanding the prompt arrival of the fire department, the flames had gained such headway as to render all efforts to save the building fruitless. In a short time the flames communicated with the long frame tenement block on the west, and the house of the JAMES DOUGLASS on the east. By super human efforts the fire was prevented from extending beyond the DOUGLASS house, although the building was rendered almost a wreck.

    The entire tenement house was soon in flames. The most the engines could do was to prevent the fire from spreading to other buildings. At the time the Republican, from which we obtain the above particulars, went to press on Thursday night, the fire was still raging, but it was thought it would not extend beyond the buildings... Read MORE...

  • News  1869 - A resident of Dauphin county, Penn., recently, within a week, lost five children by scarlet fever.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    July 3, 1869
  • News  1871 - There has been discovered, in Jefferson County, Pa., a mountain of iron.
    It may well be named the largest iron mountain in the United States. From all accounts, it will furnish and inexhaustible supply of good ore.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    June 17, 1871
  • News  1872 - Found Gold
    J. A. Sutter, the California pioneer who made the first discovery of gold, is now living in Litiz, Lancaster County, Pa., poor, and crippled with inflammatory rheumatism. He is sixty-nine years of age, and without means of support. His friends and all the country will be glad to hear that the California Legislature has just given him a pension of $250 a month for five years.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    March 16, 1872
  • News  1887 - February 2 – In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the first Groundhog Day is observed.
    February 2, 1887
  • News  1887 - An Entire Passenger Train Wrecked By a Double-Header Freight Train
    Meadville, Pa Dec 31, - At Eight o'clock this morning train No. 8, from the West, running fifty miles an hour, collided with a double-header freight four miles west of this city on the New York, Pennsylvania & Ohio railroad. The entire passenger train is a total wreck, and forty persons are supposed to be killed.

    All the physicians in the city and several hundred persons have gone to the scene by a special train

    Meadville, Pa., Dec 31.- 12:15 PM - A report from the wreck just received says that only four persons are killed and three wounded. No passengers are reported killed.

    Still Later
    Meadville, Pa., Dec 31. - ENGINEER SWANN, of the passenger train, ENGINEERS GOUGE and McFARLAND, of the double-header, and all the firemen are reported dead. All have families. It is said the number of wounded will reach one hundred.

    Further Particulars - The Injured and the Killed

    Meadville, Pa., Dec 31. - The following particulars of the wreck have just been received here at 2 ... Read MORE...

  • 1889 - South Fork Dam burst, town of Johnstown (PA) destroyed, over 2000 deaths webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ patimeln.htm
  • News  1889 - FRIGHTFUL WRECKS. Two Freight Trains on the Pennsylvania Railroad Reduced to Debris. A Large Number of Train-Hands and Passengers Killed and Wounded.
    PITTSBURGH, PA., June 26. - At 2:20 a.m. today west-bound freight No. 1313 telescoped the extra west-bound freight No. 308 at Monastery Coke-works, near Latrobe station on the Pennsylvania railroad. Just as this collision occurred an east-bound freight train was passing on the other track. The wreck of the west-bound trains caught the last two cars of the east-bound train wrecking them. In all twenty-five cars of merchandise were wrecked. Brakeman Miller was fatally injured. Engineer Caldwell and his fireman, name unknown, have not been found, and it is believed they are covered up in the wreck, very probably dead. The bodies of four unknown tramps who had been stealing a ride have been taken out. The other trainmen, so far as can be learned, escaped serious injury.

    Latrobe, PA., June 27. - Later particulars from the scene of the terrible wreck at Loyal Hanna bridge, just west of Latrobe, are to the effect that the derry shifter had left eighteen cars standing on the bridge while... Read MORE...

    Pittsburg, Nov. 26. - By an explosion at the Allegheny Bessemer Steel Works at Duquesne this morning WILLIAM MARSHALL, night superintendent of the wire mill, and a man named COOPER were killed and a number of others injured.
    Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    November 26, 1889
    Pottsville, Pa., July 25. - The list of victims of Saturday's explosion of gas at York Farm colliery has increased to fifteen dead and one momentarily expected to breathe his last. Thus not one of the men working in the vicinity of where the explosion occurred will be able to tell the tale of the disaster excepting LLEWELLYN, the man who first noticed the presence of gas and the unusual running of coal, and who, by strictly complying with colliery rule, had gone to inform the fire boss of these unusual indications, and thus was absent from the vicinity of the explosion.

    His story is that he and his "butty" CHRISTIAN HORNICKER, whose body still lies in the mine, had fired a shot with a battery to breast No. 1 of the second lift and immediately there was a strong rush of gas and run of coal. This gas rushed up the stairway connecting the first and second lifts, and was ignited, it is supposed by one of the safety lamps that was either upset and broken or faulty, and the terrible... Read MORE...

    Shamokin, Pa., April 1. - A miners lamp caused an explosion in the Noilson shaft operated by Langdon & Co. this morning. Many miners were in the mine at the time, and all escaped but twelve or fifteen who will lose their lives. A number of mules were also suffocated. Owing to yesterday being a holiday there were not as many men at work as usual.

    Ten of the dead have been recovered as follows:

    It is not certainly known whether any more are in the mine which is burning fiercely with momentary danger of explosions. Despite this danger a large force of men and officials are battling the flames and gas. The dead were all found in a vein in which smoke found the way from a vein two hundred feet below. A thousand men are thrown out of employment.
    Racine Daily Journal
    Racine, Wisconsin
    April 1, 1893
  • News  1893 - City Under Eight Feet of Water.
    NEW CASTLE, Pa., May 18. — The water is eight feet deep and still rising in a large part of this city. Several planning mills have been washed away, houses have been moved from their foundations, mills, factories and furnaces are flooded. The railroad bridges have been weighted with cars to keep them in place. Families were rescued from the second stories of their homes. A prisoner in the lockup was almost drowned. The contents of the cellars in the business part of the city are badly damaged.
    The Marion Daily Star
    Marion, Ohio
    May 18, 1893
  • News  1893 - COWS MILKED BY FISH
    A New Hope, Bucks county, dispatch says: The discovery that a German carp drinks milk, has averted what threatened to be wholesale suits for theft. Michael Tiernan for several months, or ever since the weather grew warm, has noticed that his blooded cows return from their luxuriant pastures with full stomachs and empty udders. There was a suspicion that the cows had been milked by families who reside in the neighborhood. This thing continued, and Mr. Tiernan's dairy product reached zero. He watched his cows, but could not discover the milk robbers.

    Last Wednesday ha had a startling revelation. He was standing by the mill race which run through his far, and saw his favorite cow enjoying herself in the water which touched her body. After a prolonged bath, the bovine emerged from the stream. Clinging to the animal's udder was a carp that weighed about 15 pounds. It had drunk every ounce of the cow's milk. Mr. Tiernan says that the cows have regularly gone to the mill race to keep... Read MORE...

  • 1894 - Milton Hershey founded Hershey Foods and town of Hershey webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ patimeln.htm
  • 1894 - April 5 - 11 strikers killed in riot at Connellsville, Penn
  • 1895 - Pennsylvania
    Pennsylvania, one of the so-called Middle States of the American Union, bounded N. by Lake Erie and New York, E. by New York and New Jersey, S. by Delaware, Maryland, and West Virginia, and W. by West Virginia and Ohio. Its northern line follows the parallel of 42° N. lat., except in the N.W.; its eastern boundary is washed throughout by the Delaware River; on the S. is "Mason & Dixon's line," lat. 39° 43' N.; and its western limit is 80°36' W. lon. It is called the Keystone State, because it was the seventh or central one in order of the original thirteen states. Area, 45,215 square miles. Maximum length, E. and W., 315 miles; breadth, 158 miles...

    Population.–In 1790, 434,373; in 1800, 602,365; in 1810, 810,091; in 1820, 1,047,507; in 1830, 1,348,233; in 1840, 1,724,033; in 1850, 2,311,786; in 1860, 2,906,215; in 1870, 3,521,951; in 1880, 4,282,891; in 1890, 5,258,014. Besides the original Swedish and English immigrations, the northeastern counties were very largely peopled from... Read MORE...

  • News  1895 - Deadly Knockout Drops. The Gentle Art of Drugging as Practiced in New York's "Tenderloin."
    “The term knockout drops is used to designate a solution of chloral that persons of evil intent place in the liquor or good natured, half drunken men in order to render the latter sleepy and helpless, so as to rifle their pockets the easier,” said Police Captain Pickett of the Tenderloin precinct to a New York Press reporter.

    “Most druggists sell the solution at a strength of 100 per cent. One drop of that strength contains about one grain of chloral, a teaspoonful contains enough to kill two men. Thugs who use 'knockout drops' generally carry a small vial that holds three or four teaspoonfuls. It has a pungent though not an unpleasant taste and smells like an overripe melon.

    “Those who follow the 'lay' get acquainted first with some fellow who has displayed considerable money. They drink together, and when the attention of the victim has been distracted the vial is whipped out, uncorked and a few drops poured into the glass from which the victim is about to drink. If the couple ... Read MORE...


    Wilkes-Barre, Pa., June 28. - While ninety miners were at work in the Red Ash vein of the Twin Shaft at Pittston, about 3 o'clock this morning, the roof caved in and it is believed that all of the men perished. About forty of the imprisoned men were English speaking miners, the others foreigners...

    The men were at work propping up the roof when the fall occurred. The alarm was immediately given by the ringing of the fire bells, and rescuers were put to work without delay.

    More than two-thirds of the victims were married men and leave families. Among them were Acting Mayor LANGAN, who was inside superintendent of the mine, and MICHAEL T. LYNOTT, a ward councilman.
    About two weeks ago the surveyors reported to General Superintendent Law ... Read MORE...

  • 1897 - September 10 – Lattimer Massacre: A sheriff's posse kills 19 unarmed immigrant miners in Pennsylvania.
  • News  1898 - March 24 – Robert Allison of Port Carbon, Pennsylvania, becomes the first person to buy an American-built automobile when he buys a Winton automobile that had been advertised in Scientific American.
    March 24, 1898
  • News  1899 - The Girl With Thin Arms
    Thin arms should be carefully concealed. They have an impoverished look that robs their owner of some of her dignity. If the arms are unduly long, as they occasionly are, the effect may be neutralized by wearing wide bands of velvet fastened with pretty buttons or clasps or buckles. This reduces the apparent length of the arms. "Thin arms," says M. Charles Blanc, the great French authority on dress, "denote bad health and an enfeebled race." The best remedy is to wash the arms with a fine lather of soap at least twice a day, and to dry them thoroughly and rub them vigorously. This treatment brings the pores into action and induces a healthy condition of the skin. Rubbing with a soft chamois leather is excellent for the skin, giving it both smoothness and gloss. -Mrs. Humphry in the June Ladies, Home Journal.
    The Daily News
    Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania
    Wed., May 31, 1899
  • News  1900 - Washing and Drying the Hair
    Once a month at the very least, the head should be washed. Borax makes the best cleanser. Plenty of warm water is needed after the process of cleansing has been gone through. The warm water should be poured over the head by a second person, the hair being held over a bathtub while this is being done. Yolk of an egg makes an excellent wash for the hair, but even greater care is needed after its application than in the case with borax. Otherwise the hair will be sticky when dry. No time should be lost in drying the hair after it has been washed. The best way to dry it quickly and thoroughly is, after a good rub with dry towels, to sit on a rug in front of a good fire, and, still rubbing, allow the heat to fall on the back, the sides and the top of the head alternately. A douche of cold water should always be poured over the head after the warm water, and in cold weather some alcohol should be rubbed well into the scalp. The hair should never been done up until it is perfectly dry, and... Read MORE...

  • News  1900 - Buildings Wrecked in Pennsylvania
    Lockhaven, PA, Nov 22 - A violent windstorm passed over this (Clinton) county yesterday. the building now under construction for the Pennsylvania Fire Brick company at Beach Creek was blown down and Thomas Stahl an employee severely injured. Two tobacco sheds belonging to Robert McCormick below this city were town to pieces, and the crop of 1,200 acres of tobacco leaf stored in the sheds was destroyed. The tobacco shed of Thomas McKeague at McFlhattan was also destroyed, and two iron stacks at L M Patterson & Co's pipe works, this city, were blown down.
    The Trenton Times
    Trenton, New Jersey
    November 22, 1900
  • News  1901 - THRILLING DASH FOR LIFE. Twelve Men and a Woman Swim Through Spouting Flames of Gas.
    Pittsburg, Pa., Nov. - Swimming through spouting flames of gas was the experience of 12 men and a woman on the sand boat, Vigilant, which was burned to the water's edge in the Monongahela river at Clairton yesterday.

    The boat was moored over a gas main which crosses the river at that point. A break in the main caused gas to bubble up through the water and ignite from the fires under the steamer's boiler. There was an explosion and the boat was enveloped in fire.

    The members of the crew and the woman jumped into the river and swam through the geysers of fire. All reached shore in safety, badly scorched or burned.
    Davenport Daily Republican
    Davenport, Iowa
    November 22, 1901
  • 1902 - Over 100,000 miners called strike, closed mines all summer, President Roosevelt intervened, forced mine owners to submit to arbitration webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ patimeln.htm
  • News  1903 - Cracked by Every Car
    By Publisher's Press Direct Wire

    Latrobe Pa Feb 11 Charles Henry of Indians, a fireman on the Pennsylvania Railroad attempted to board a rapidly moving train at Latrobe station yesterday and was dragged to Alexandria street where he lodged in the bridge and was struck by every car of the entire train in passing. He died on the way to a hospital.
    The Trenton Times
    Trenton, New Jersey
    February 11, 1903
  • 1904 - Major mine explosion in Cheswick, Pennsylvania entombed 179 coal miners webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ patimeln.htm

    Dubois, Pa., April 29. - The mine disaster that occurred at Eleanora shaft Thursday night is the worst that has taken place in this region since 1896, when 12 men were killed in the Berwind-White shaft, near this city. Twelve were killed and one had both legs and both arms broken. He will probably die. The explosion, occurred at 9:35, but for some unaccountable reason word was not set to surrounding towns until morning.

    The dead, so far as known, are:
    GEORGE KIRKWOOD, married, six children.
    ADAM KIRKWOOD, married, four children.
    JOE LONNA, married, five children.
    FRANK SCHRUM, married, three children.
    NICK FROMANSKY, single.
    JOHN FROMANSKY, wife and three children.
    GEORGE TANSKY, single.
    JOHN HOPKINS, trap boy.
    Also two foreigners whose names could not be learned.

    HARRY MOHNEY, arms and legs broken,...

    Wilkes-Barre, Aug. 6. - An explosion of gas occurred this afternoon in the old No. 1 shaft at Nanticoke, operated by the Susquehanna Coal company.

    As a direct result of the accident six men and one boy, all Polish, were injured or burned, four of whom are not expected to recover.
    The explosion was caused by a miner with a naked lamp coming in contact with a feeder of gas which he ignited while in the act of blasting.

    There were nearly 100 men in the main gangway at the time, but they fortunately escaped. Many of them were knocked down by the force of the explosion, but none was seriously injured, aside from the seven who were near the point where the gas was set off. FRANK LAMAN, a door boy, crawled along the rails in the mine and made his way through the doors and gave the alarm to one of the mine bosses. It took some time to reach the men and rescue them.

    The mine was on fire for a short time and while many of the men fought the fire with hose and water, others carried... Read MORE...

  • 1907 - Gas explosion in Jacobs Creek (PA) mine kills 239 webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ patimeln.htm
  • News  1907 - December 19 – An explosion in a coal mine in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania kills 239.
    December 19, 1907
  • News  1908 - January 13 – A fire at the Rhoads Opera House in Boyertown, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., kills 170.
    January 13, 1908
  • News  1908 - THREE MEN DEAD IN A MINE - Explosion Near Monongahela, Pa., With Fatal Results.
    MONONGAHELA, Pa., June 19. - Three miners are dead, two others perhaps fatally burned, and fifteen entombed, many of whom are supposed to be dead from an explosion at the Ellsworth No. 1 mine of the Pittsburg Coal company near here today. It is feared the entombed men are also dead. Of the victims taken from the mine JOHN BEAL is the only one identified. The others are foreigners whose features were too scorched to be recognized. The two burned men were hurried to the hospital here where it is said they will probably die. Little is known as to the cause of the explosion.

    Later reports from Ellsworth, Pa., are to the effect that all the men are out of the mine, the total number of victims being ten, three of whom, are dead. Two injured men, both named Peter Hazen, cousins, are at the hospital, terribly burned. Five other injured where taken out of the mine several hours after the explosion and brought to the hospital here tonight.
    The Nebraska State Journal
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    June 20, 1908
  • News  1908 - Hospital Burned
    Fire broke out in the Lock Haven hospital at 12:45 o’clock last Tuesday afternoon and in less than an hour the entire building was in ashes. All of the patients were taken out in safety. There was no water available with which to fight the flames and nothing could be done to save the building from destruction. Intense excitement prevailed throughout the city while the fire was in progress, but at the hospital the nurses and physicians worked heroically until every inmate was removed from the building. The hospital will be rebuilt.
    The Wellsboro Agitator
    Wellsboro, Pennsylvania
    August 5, 1908
    Besides Crew, Bodies of Two Others are Found and More May Be Buried Beneath the Debris - Injured Fireman is Dying, Brakeman is Better.

    The toll of death in Thursday's terrible wreck on the Connellsville division of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad was placed at five Friday. It will likely grow. In addition to the two trainmen known to have perished, another is missing and the safety of one in doubt. Besides these, two other bodies were found in the wreckage. One was that of JOHN EVANS, a pumper who lived at Hyndman, and the other supposedly a tramp.

    Just what has become of Fireman C. S. GARDNER is in doubt. Although the official report of General Manager C. W. GALLOWAY states that he leaped from his locomotive with Engineer GEORGE KIMMELL, all other reports state that the fireman is still missing and he is supposed to have perished.

    That the train was improperly handled is the conclusion reached by General Manager GALLOWAY, who states that a thorough investigation will be made.... Read MORE...

  • News  1919 - BOMB TEARS GREAT HOLE IN ROOF OF McKEESPORT MILL - Workmen Flee When Explosion Hurls Debris in All Directions - Attempt to Wreck Plant of American Sheet and Tinplate Company Fails
    PITTSBURGH, Pa., Oct. 8. - An attempt was made to wreck the plant of American Sheet and Tinplate Company, at McKeesport, early today, when a missile, believed to have been a bomb was thrown on the shipping department building. It exploded, tearing a large hole in the roof of the structure. No one was injured.

    The police believe the explosion was caused by a time bomb placed upon the roof of the building.

    Workmen on the night shift at their posts directly under where the missile exploded fled in terror when the explosion occurred, and bits of shattered wood and glass were hurled in all directions.

    Foreigners Frightened
    Foreign residents of the district, panic-stricken, rushed from their homes into the streets. The report of the blast could be heard from blocks and attracted hundreds of persons to the scene.

    Although several hundred mill guard and police were rushed to the plant immediately after the explosion. No trace of the person or persons responsible for the blast... Read MORE...

  • 1928 - Firedamp coal mine explosion in Mather killed 195 workers; Walter Diemer invented bubble gum webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ patimeln.htm
    DUBOIS, PA., Mar. 12. - Rescue workers reported Lee Selner, 32-year-old miner, died today - nearly 18 hours after he had been trapped under tons of slate in a mine.

    The victim called to his rescuers during the night while relays worked to save him but he was silent this morning.

    The collapse occurred yesterday afternoon. A second cave-in, early this morning, threatened the rescuers.

    Workers continued digging for Selner this morning after saying he had died. They expected to recover the body shortly.
    Clearfield Progress
    Clearfield, Pennsylvania
    March 12, 1936
  • News  1937 - June 14 – Pennsylvania becomes the first (and only) of the United States to celebrate Flag Day officially as a state holiday.
    June 14, 1937
  • 1940 - First section of Pennsylvania Turnpike opened, 160 miles long webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ patimeln.htm
  • January 8, 1953 - A severe ice storm in the northeastern U.S. produced up to four inches of ice in Pennsylvania, and two to three inches in southeastern New York State.
    In southern New England the ice coated a layer of snow up to 20 inches deep. The storm resulted in 31 deaths and 2.5 million dollars damage.
  • News  1963 - TORNADO IN ST. MARY'S.
    St. Mary's, Pa. (UPI) - The two men pulled their car off the highway to watch the storm clouds gather.

    "Suddenly we saw the twister," explained Tom Hauber. "It looked to be about 15 feet wide at the bottom and about 100 feet across the top. It lasted about 5 to 10 minutes, tearing up everything in its path."
    Hauber, a radio announcer, and John Mishock, an engineer, were returning to their studio Tuesday when a tornado bore down on this small northwestern Pennsylvania community, causing more than $1 million damage.

    The twister damaged between 100 and 150 homes and garages, including 20 trailer homes, turned a moving tractor-trailer around in the air four times, splintered countless utility poles, downed power lines and uprooted trees.

    Less than 20 persons required hospital treatment. Only four were hospitalized, the most serious suffering from a fractured leg.

    "Fortunately," said State Police Sgt. Joseph Hugar, "the kids were in school, the men were working and the mothers ... Read MORE...

  • News  1972 - June 30 - The entire state of Pennsylvania was declared a disaster area as a result of the catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Agnes, which claimed 48 lives, and caused 2.1 billion dollars damage.

    The Weather Channel
    June 30, 1972
  • 1976 - Legionnaire's Disease killed 29 webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ patimeln.htm
  • News  1979 - Three Mile Island nuclear accident - March 28

  • 2023 - Pennsylvania has something for everyone. Here's a list of places to go and things to do in the Keystone State:
    Independence National Historical Park: Explore iconic sites like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.
    Museum of Art: Run up the famous "Rocky Steps" and explore a world-class art collection.
    Reading Terminal Market: Savor Philly's famous cheesesteaks and diverse food offerings.

    Andy Warhol Museum: Discover the art and life of the famous pop artist.
    Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: Enjoy lush gardens and beautiful plant collections.
    Duquesne Incline: Take a funicular ride for panoramic views of the city.

    Gettysburg National Military Park: Tour the battlefield and learn about the Civil War's pivotal moment.
    Eisenhower National Historic Site: Explore the home of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

    Hersheypark: Experience thrilling rides and indulge in chocolate-themed attractions.
    Hershey's Chocolate World: Take a tour to see how chocolate is made and enjoy sweet treats.

    Amish Country (Lancaster County):
    Amish ...

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