Today in Philadelphia History Archive: July, 2013

Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse opens

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Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse has been a Philadelphia landmark and tradition for generations. A non-governmental charity with free... Read more

One of Philly's most influential artists is born

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Born on this day in Philadelphia, Alexander "Sandy" Calder (1898-1976) was the son of a successful sculptor, Alexander Stirling Calder (1870-1945)... Read more

Legionnaire's disease hits Bellevue-Stratford

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Philadelphia's Bellevue-Stratford Hotel gained lasting notoriety during the nation's Bicentennial year. It was then and there that the first... Read more

John Fitch's steam boat makes history

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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... Read more

Moore Push-Pin Company incorporates

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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... Read more

Frigate Pennsylvania launches

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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... Read more

Free African Society church

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The majority of members of the Free African Society wanted to become united with the Episcopalian church. Absalom Jones became their spiritual... Read more

Adams targets Yellow Fever

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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... Read more