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5 Fun Facts About August 29 In Pennsylvania History

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1. On August 29, 1758, Fort Duquesne in present-day Pittsburgh was captured by British forces during the French and Indian War. The fort was renamed Fort Pitt in honor of British Prime Minister William Pitt the Elder.

2. The first iron bridge in the United States was completed on August 29, 1816, in York County, Pennsylvania. The bridge spanned the Codorus Creek and was designed and built by James Smith.

3. On August 29, 1855, the first commercial oil well in the United States was drilled in Titusville, Pennsylvania. The well was drilled by Edwin Drake, and it marked the beginning of the modern oil industry.

4. The largest earthquake in Pennsylvania's history occurred on August 29, 1897. The earthquake had a magnitude of 5.2 and was centered in Lawrence County, near New Castle.

5. On August 29, 1966, the Beatles played their last concert in the United States at the old Shea Stadium in Philadelphia. The concert was attended by over 55,000 fans, and it marked the end of the Beatles' touring years.
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