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5 Fun Facts About March 28 In Pennsylvania History

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1. On March 28, 1774, the Provincial Committee of Safety of Pennsylvania called for a day of fasting and prayer in response to the Boston Port Act, which had closed the port of Boston to trade.

2. March 28, 1935 saw the opening of the new Philadelphia Municipal Airport (now known as Philadelphia International Airport) in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. It was at the time one of the largest airports in the world, with three runways and a terminal building that could accommodate up to 16 airplanes at once.

3. March 28, 1948 marked the first broadcast of "Judge for Yourself," a popular radio quiz show hosted by Fred Allen that originated from Philadelphia. The show featured celebrity guests and lively debates on a variety of topics, and was a precursor to modern-day shows like "Jeopardy" and "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!"

4. On March 28, 1984, the remains of more than 60 people were discovered in the basement of the former Holmesburg Prison in Philadelphia. The prison had been operating as a medical research facility since the 1950s, and the bodies were used for a variety of experiments and demonstrations.

5. March 28, 2002 was a significant day for Pennsylvania sports fans, as it marked the opening of PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The state-of-the-art baseball stadium, home to the Pittsburgh Pirates, features views of the Pittsburgh skyline and the Allegheny River, and has been named one of the best ballparks in the country.
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