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5 Fun Facts About February 23 In Pennsylvania History

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1. In 1864, Pennsylvania's own General George G. Meade was promoted to the rank of major general in recognition of his successful leadership of Union forces during the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.

2. On February 23, 1927, the iconic "Honeymoon Bridge" spanning the Niagara River between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York collapsed due to high winds and ice, killing four workers. The bridge had been built by the Phoenix Bridge Company of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

3. In 1945, the historic Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia was officially opened to the public. The market, located in the heart of the city, has been in continuous operation for over 125 years and is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.

4. On this day in 1971, the Pennsylvania Railroad's iconic GG1 electric locomotive made its last regularly scheduled run between Washington, DC and New York City. The GG1 was considered one of the most successful and powerful locomotives of its time and was designed and built by the Pennsylvania Railroad's Altoona Works.

5. Also on February 23, but in 1982, Pennsylvania State University football coach Joe Paterno was awarded the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award for his outstanding contributions to the sport of football. Paterno is considered one of the greatest college football coaches of all time, having led Penn State to two national championships and countless other victories during his storied career.
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