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5 Fun Facts About January 2 In Pennsylvania History

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1. In 1893, the first police officer killed in the line of duty in the history of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was buried on January 2. Officer John Kenny was shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant, and his death shocked and saddened the community.

2. On January 2, 1918, a massive fire broke out in the city of Chester, Pennsylvania, destroying over 200 homes and leaving many without shelter in the dead of winter. The blaze was so intense that it could be seen from Philadelphia, nearly 20 miles away.

3. In 1963, the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Pittsburgh International Airport was held on January 2. The project, which was completed in 1992, replaced the aging Greater Pittsburgh Airport and was designed to be one of the most modern and efficient airports in the world.

4. On January 2, 1971, former governor William Scranton was appointed as the US ambassador to the United Nations by President Richard Nixon. Scranton had served as governor of Pennsylvania from 1963 to 1967, and his appointment to the prestigious diplomatic post was seen as a major coup for the state.

5. In 2006, the first baby of the New Year in Philadelphia was born on January 2. Jaylen Curry, weighing in at 6 pounds and 6 ounces, arrived just after midnight at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. His parents, Tamara and Kevin Curry, were thrilled to welcome him into the world and start the New Year with a new addition to their family.
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