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5 Fun Facts About February 8 In Pennsylvania History

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1. On February 8, 1918, the Tuckerton Railroad's last train ran from Tuckerton to Willow Grove. The Tuckerton Railroad was a narrow-gauge railway line that operated in eastern Pennsylvania from 1902 to 1927.

2. February 8, 1940, marked the opening of the Harrisburg State Hospital. The psychiatric facility was established to serve central Pennsylvania and provided services to mentally ill patients for over 60 years.

3. In 1968, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission approved a $10 million project to build the Beaver Valley Expressway. Construction began on February 8 of that year, and the 9-mile highway was completed in 1972.

4. February 8, 2021, saw the opening of the COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The facility was set up to vaccinate thousands of eligible individuals each day in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.

5. On February 8, 2018, Penn State University was rocked by the hazing-related death of Timothy Piazza, a sophomore engineering major from New Jersey. Piazza died after being forced to consume large amounts of alcohol at a fraternity party, leading to a crackdown on hazing practices on college campuses across the country.
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