1. On October 24, 1861, the Pennsylvania legislature passed an act to establish the Pennsylvania State Normal School. The school, which later became known as Millersville University, provided teacher education and has since grown to offer a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs.
2. In 1929, the opening ceremony of the Walnut Street Bridge took place on October 24. The iconic suspension bridge, which spans the Susquehanna River and connects Harrisburg and Wormleysburg, was the longest stone-arch bridge in the world at the time of its construction.
3. On October 24, 1946, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission was created. The commission oversaw the construction and operation of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which was the first long-distance highway in the United States.
4. In 1995, the Philadelphia 76ers played their first game at the CoreStates Center (now the Wells Fargo Center) on October 24. The new arena replaced the aging Spectrum and has since hosted numerous concerts and sporting events.
5. On October 24, 2019, the Philadelphia Flyers unveiled a life-size statue of Hall of Fame defenseman Bobby Clarke outside their home arena, the Wells Fargo Center. The statue depicts Clarke hoisting the Stanley Cup after the Flyers won back-to-back championships in 1974 and 1975.
5 Fun Facts About October 24 In Pennsylvania History
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