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5 Fun Facts About December 29 In Pennsylvania History

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1) On December 29, 1845, Texas was officially admitted as the 28th state in the United States. While not directly connected to Pennsylvania, the admission of Texas had significant political and economic implications for the country as a whole.

2) In 1851, the Pennsylvania Railroad Company completed the first railroad line between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, connecting these two major cities and greatly facilitating trade and transportation in the state.

3) On December 29, 1890, the Johnstown Flood occurred, one of the deadliest natural disasters in American history. Heavy rain caused the failure of the South Fork Dam, resulting in a wall of water rushing down the valley and destroying the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Over 2,200 people were killed and thousands were left homeless.

4) In 1911, the Motion Picture Distributing and Sales Company was founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This would later become part of the famous film studio Warner Bros.

5) On December 29, 2004, the Philadelphia Eagles set a new NFL record for most points scored in a single quarter, putting up 31 points in the second quarter of their game against the St. Louis Rams. The Eagles went on to win the game 47-17.
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