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Today in Philadelphia History Archive: July, 2013
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Samuel Hopkins granted first patent in the United States
Wed, Jul 31, 2013, 6:00 AM
Samuel Hopkins (1765-1840) was granted the first U.S. patent (Patent No. 1) on *July 31*, 1790, for an improvement "in the making Pot ash and...
John B. Kelly's "Playhouse in the Park" opens
Tue, Jul 30, 2013, 6:00 AM
West Fairmount Park's "Playhouse in the Park" opened on July 30, 1952, as the nation's first municipally-owned and managed theater. Famed...
Oldest and largest African Protestant Espiscopal Church dedicated
Mon, Jul 29, 2013, 6:00 AM
In 1786 the membership of St. George's Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia included both blacks and whites. However, the white members...
WFIL Studio placed on National Register of Historic Buildings
Sun, Jul 28, 2013, 6:00 AM
The former WFIL Studio in West Philadelphia is not only famous as the original site of American Bandstand, it is also recognized as the first...
Society Hill Theatre, first playhouse in North America, founded
Sat, Jul 27, 2013, 6:00 AM
The Society Hill Theatre became the first playhouse in North America. It was once located at the southwest corner of Hancock and South...
Benjamin Franklin creates the Post Office Department
Fri, Jul 26, 2013, 6:00 AM
Benjamin Franklin, newly returned from England, was appointed chairman of a Committee of Investigation to establish a postal system. The...
Great American painter Thomas Eakins born
Thu, Jul 25, 2013, 6:00 AM
Thomas Cowperthwait Eakins was one of the greatest American artists of the 19th century. Born in Philadelphia on July 25, 1844, he graduated...
Albert Barnes, chemist and collector, dies in car crash
Wed, Jul 24, 2013, 6:00 AM
Philadelphian Albert Coombs Barnes (born 2 Jan <http://todayinsci.com/1/1_02.htm#BarnesAlbert> 1872) had purchased twelve acres of...
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