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Today in Philadelphia History Archive: July, 2013
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Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse opens
Tue, Jul 23, 2013, 6:00 AM
Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse has been a Philadelphia landmark and tradition for generations. A non-governmental charity with free...
One of Philly's most influential artists is born
Mon, Jul 22, 2013, 6:00 AM
Born on this day in Philadelphia, Alexander "Sandy" Calder (1898-1976) was the son of a successful sculptor, Alexander Stirling Calder (1870-1945)...
Legionnaire's disease hits Bellevue-Stratford
Sun, Jul 21, 2013, 6:00 AM
Philadelphia's Bellevue-Stratford Hotel gained lasting notoriety during the nation's Bicentennial year. It was then and there that the first...
John Fitch's steam boat makes history
Sat, Jul 20, 2013, 6:00 AM
John Fitch's navigation of the first vessel ever successfully moved by steam, on the Delaware River at Philadelphia, on July 20, 1786: Fitch's...
Moore Push-Pin Company incorporates
Fri, Jul 19, 2013, 6:00 AM
In 1900, Mr. Edwin Moore founded the Moore Push-Pin Company (with a capital investment of $112.60) to make and sell an article of his own invention...
Frigate Pennsylvania launches
Thu, Jul 18, 2013, 6:00 AM
The frigate Pennsylvania was launched on July 18, 1837, and was built at the Philadelphia Naval Yard when it was located at the foot of Federal...
Free African Society church
Wed, Jul 17, 2013, 6:00 AM
The majority of members of the Free African Society wanted to become united with the Episcopalian church. Absalom Jones became their spiritual...
Adams targets Yellow Fever
Tue, Jul 16, 2013, 6:00 AM
On July 16, 1798, during one of Philadelphia's yellow fever epidemics, President John Adams signed into law a bill, "An Act for the Relief...
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