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5 Fun Facts About November 24 In Pennsylvania History

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1. On November 24, 1793, Redstone Old Fort, a key location on the National Road in Fayette County, was destroyed by fire. The fort served as a major supply center during the American Revolution and was a popular stop for travelers heading west during the early 19th century.

2. One of the most infamous bank robberies in Pennsylvania history occurred on November 24, 1950, when a group of armed men robbed the Brink's Armored Car Depot in Boston, Massachusetts. The robbers, who were all residents of western Pennsylvania, stole over $1.2 million in cash and securities, one of the largest hauls in the history of the United States.

3. On November 24, 1896, the first ever Big Ten Conference football championship game was played at the University of Chicago's Marshall Field. The game featured the University of Michigan Wolverines and the University of Chicago Maroons and ended in a 7-6 victory for Michigan.

4. The Pennsylvania Turnpike, one of the country's first superhighways, opened to traffic on November 24, 1940. The 160-mile road connected Irwin, near Pittsburgh, with Carlisle, near Harrisburg, and was an engineering marvel at the time of its construction.

5. On November 24, 1783, the last British troops left New York City, officially ending the American Revolutionary War. The British had held the city for seven years, but were forced to evacuate following the signing of the Treaty of Paris on September 3, 1783. The evacuation was marked by a parade of American troops and citizens through the streets of the city.
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