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5 Fun Facts About April 11 In Pennsylvania History

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1. On April 11, 1940, the first Troop Train of World War II arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The train carried members of the 37th Infantry Division and other soldiers headed for Camp Shelby in Mississippi for training.

2. In 1846, the Pennsylvania Railroad was chartered on April 11. The new railway would connect Pittsburgh to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and eventually stretch across the United States.

3. On April 11, 1861, President Lincoln issued a proclamation calling on Pennsylvania to provide troops for the Union Army during the American Civil War. The state quickly responded, sending over 357,000 men to fight for the Union.

4. In 1963, the Pennsylvania State Police Academy opened on April 11. The academy trains state troopers and civilian police officers in law enforcement and emergency response.

5. On April 11, 1914, the first home game was played at the newly constructed Shibe Park in Philadelphia. The stadium, which would later be renamed Connie Mack Stadium, was home to the Philadelphia Athletics baseball team and the Philadelphia Eagles football team.
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