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5 Fun Facts About December 15 In Pennsylvania History

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1. The Battle of White Marsh took place on December 15, 1777, during the American Revolution. The battle was fought near Whitemarsh Township, Pennsylvania, and resulted in a British tactical victory, but the American forces were able to withdraw intact.

2. The Hershey chocolate company was founded on December 15, 1894, by Milton Hershey. The company grew to become one of the largest and most well-known chocolate producers in the world.

3. The first steel-reinforced concrete bridge in the United States was dedicated on December 15, 1909, in Butler County, Pennsylvania. The bridge was designed by John Alexander Low Waddell and is still in use today.

4. The first commercial radio broadcast in the United States took place on December 15, 1920, from the Westinghouse Electric Company's radio station in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The station was known as KDKA and broadcast the presidential election returns of Warren G. Harding and James M. Cox.

5. The Pennsylvania Turnpike opened on December 15, 1940, becoming the first long-distance, limited-access highway in the United States. The highway initially ran for 160 miles from Irwin to Carlisle, and today it spans over 550 miles across the state.
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