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5 Fun Facts About February 13 In Pennsylvania History

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1. On February 13, 1635, Swedish settlers founded the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley, on the site of present-day Wilmington, Delaware. The settlement, called Fort Christina, was named after Queen Christina of Sweden.

2. In 1861, Abraham Lincoln visited Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on his way to Washington, D.C. for his inauguration as President of the United States. Lincoln spoke to a large crowd at the Jones House Hotel, and his arrival in Harrisburg marked the beginning of his journey to the nation's capital.

3. February 13, 1849 is the birthdate of Benjamin Franklin Yoakum. Yoakum was a railroad executive who played a significant role in the development of the Pennsylvania Railroad, one of the largest and most successful railroads in the world.

4. The Pennsylvania State Capitol Building, located in Harrisburg, was completed on February 13, 1906. The building is a masterpiece of Beaux-Arts architecture and is considered one of the most beautiful state capitol buildings in the country.

5. On February 13, 2006, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell signed into law the Clean Indoor Air Act, which prohibits smoking in most public places, including workplaces, restaurants, and bars. The law has been credited with improving public health in the state and reducing the negative effects of secondhand smoke on non-smokers.
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