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5 Fun Facts About October 29 In Pennsylvania History

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1. On October 29, 1682, William Penn received a royal charter to establish Pennsylvania as a colony. He named the city of Philadelphia, which would become the capital of the colony.

2. On October 29, 1777, during the American Revolutionary War, British troops under General William Howe attacked Fort Mercer, located in what is now National Park, New Jersey. The fort was defended by about 400 American soldiers under the command of Colonel Christopher Greene, who successfully repelled the attack.

3. On October 29, 1901, the first automobile race was held in Philadelphia. The race covered a distance of 24 miles and was won by Alexander Winton, driving a Winton Bullet.

4. On October 29, 1929, the stock market crashed, triggering the Great Depression. This event had a profound impact on the economy of Pennsylvania and the rest of the country.

5. On October 29, 2008, Barack Obama held a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, during his campaign for the presidency. The rally drew a crowd of over 20,000 people and helped to solidify his support in the key swing state of Pennsylvania.
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