1. In 1933, the first drive-in movie theater in the United States opened in Camden, New Jersey, just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. The theater, called the “Automobile Movie Theater,” was designed to accommodate hundreds of cars with a large outdoor screen and speakers for each vehicle.
2. On March 12, 1938, a massive flood hit the city of Pittsburgh, causing extensive damage to homes and businesses in the area. The flood was caused by the melting snow and heavy rainfall that had accumulated over the previous days.
3. In 2019, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf declared March 12 to be “Girl Scout Day” in recognition of the organization’s contributions to the state and the country. The Girl Scouts have a long history in Pennsylvania, with the first troop established in Philadelphia in 1912.
4. On March 12, 1851, the Pennsylvania State Senate passed a resolution to investigate the atrocities committed against Native American tribes in the state. The resolution was prompted by reports of violence against the Seneca, Oneida, and Tuscarora tribes.
5. In 1966, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission opened the Allegheny Tunnel, a massive highway tunnel that stretches more than 3,000 feet beneath the Appalachian Mountains. The tunnel was a major engineering feat and remains one of the busiest stretches of highway in the state.
5 Fun Facts About March 12 In Pennsylvania History
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