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5 Fun Facts About April 29 In Pennsylvania History

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1. Pennsylvania Established as a Colony
On April 29, 1681, the English king, Charles II, granted a charter to William Penn to establish a new colony in America. Penn had previously been a Quaker missionary who had traveled to America to convert Native Americans. The land grant was named Pennsylvania and became a haven for religious freedom and tolerance.

2. Birth of Legendary Pianist
On April 29, 1909, the renowned jazz pianist, Arthur "Art" Tatum, was born in Toledo, Ohio. Tatum was considered one of the greatest pianists of all time and was known for his unparalleled technique and improvisational abilities.

3. Groundbreaking for the Liberty Bell Center
On April 29, 2003, ground was broken for the Liberty Bell Center in Philadelphia. The center houses the Liberty Bell, which is one of the most significant symbols of American independence.

4. Pittston Coal Strike Ends
On April 29, 1900, the Pittston Coal Strike in northeastern Pennsylvania ended after six months of unrest. The strike had been marked by violence and intimidation, with striking miners clashing with company-hired militias.

5. Record-Breaking Heatwave
On April 29, 1915, a record-breaking heatwave struck Pennsylvania, with temperatures reaching over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in some parts of the state. The heat caused widespread discomfort and health issues, leading to increased water usage and electricity demand.
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