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5 Fun Facts About November 28 In Pennsylvania History

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1. On November 28, 1757, Fort Duquesne was abandoned by the French, marking the end of their control over the region now known as Pittsburgh. The fort was later rebuilt and renamed Fort Pitt by the British.

2. In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln designated November 28 as a national day of thanksgiving. This tradition continues today with the celebration of Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November.

3. On November 28, 1895, the first automobile race in the United States was held in Chicago. The race covered a distance of 54 miles and was won by Frank Duryea, a resident of Pennsylvania.

4. In 1941, Penn State University played its first football game on November 28 against Pittsburgh, winning 20-0. This marked the beginning of a longstanding rivalry between the two universities.

5. On November 28, 1979, the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh experienced one of the largest prison riots in U.S. history. The riot lasted for five days and resulted in the deaths of two inmates and two guards, as well as extensive damage to the facility.
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