Today in Philadelphia History Archive: July, 2013

Samuel Hopkins granted first patent in the United States

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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... Read more

John B. Kelly's "Playhouse in the Park" opens

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West Fairmount Park's "Playhouse in the Park" opened on July 30, 1952, as the nation's first municipally-owned and managed theater. Famed... Read more

Oldest and largest African Protestant Espiscopal Church dedicated

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In 1786 the membership of St. George's Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia included both blacks and whites. However, the white members... Read more

WFIL Studio placed on National Register of Historic Buildings

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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... Read more

Society Hill Theatre, first playhouse in North America, founded

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The Society Hill Theatre became the first playhouse in North America. It was once located at the southwest corner of Hancock and South... Read more

Benjamin Franklin creates the Post Office Department

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Benjamin Franklin, newly returned from England, was appointed chairman of a Committee of Investigation to establish a postal system. The... Read more

Great American painter Thomas Eakins born

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Thomas Cowperthwait Eakins was one of the greatest American artists of the 19th century. Born in Philadelphia on July 25, 1844, he graduated... Read more

Albert Barnes, chemist and collector, dies in car crash

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Philadelphian Albert Coombs Barnes (born 2 Jan <http://todayinsci.com/1/1_02.htm#BarnesAlbert> 1872) had purchased twelve acres of... Read more