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5 Fun Facts About August 14 In Pennsylvania History

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1. The Battle of Bushy Run took place on August 14, 1763, near present-day Jeanette, Pennsylvania. It was a pivotal battle during Pontiac's War, in which British forces defeated a coalition of Native American tribes.

2. The Pennsylvania Turnpike opened on August 14, 1940. Running 160 miles from Carlisle to Irwin, it was the first long-distance, limited-access highway in the United States.

3. On August 14, 1906, a coal mine explosion in Wilkes-Barre claimed the lives of 12 miners. This tragedy led to increased safety regulations in Pennsylvania's coal mines.

4. Philadelphia Phillies legend Mike Schmidt hit his 500th career home run on August 14, 1987, becoming the 7th player in Major League Baseball history to achieve this milestone.

5. The first school for the blind in the United States, the Pennsylvania Institution for the Instruction of the Blind, was founded on August 14, 1833, in Philadelphia. It was the first of its kind in the country and served as a model for other institutions for the visually impaired.
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