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5 Fun Facts About January 30 In Pennsylvania History

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1. In 1933, at the height of the Great Depression, Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot called for a special legislative session to address unemployment relief measures. The session resulted in the creation of the Pennsylvania Emergency Relief Administration (PERA).

2. On January 30, 1939, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission was created. The Turnpike, one of the first limited-access highways in the United States, stretches 360 miles across Pennsylvania and is known as "America's First Superhighway."

3. The Pennsylvania State Capitol Building, located in Harrisburg, was completed on January 30, 1906. The building, which features a dome inspired by St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, is home to the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the offices of the governor and lieutenant governor.

4. On January 30, 1894, the world's first gas-powered automobile was demonstrated in Philadelphia by Charles Duryea. The car, which had a top speed of 20 mph, marked a major milestone in the development of the automobile.

5. In 1859, the first oil well in Pennsylvania was drilled at Titusville by Edwin Drake. The discovery of oil in Pennsylvania revolutionized the petroleum industry and helped to usher in the modern era of energy production.
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