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5 Fun Facts About October 3 In Pennsylvania History

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1. On October 3, 1789, President George Washington arrived in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, marking the first time a sitting U.S. President had visited the state. He stayed at the home of his friend and Revolutionary War colleague, Captain John Harris Jr.

2. On October 3, 1862, the Battle of Corinth began in Mississippi during the American Civil War. Though it did not happen in Pennsylvania, the battle was significant as many soldiers from the state fought on both sides.

3. In 1914, on October 3, the Liberty Bell arrived in Philadelphia after traveling across the country to be displayed at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. Thousands came to see the iconic bell as it toured the city before returning to Independence Hall.

4. On October 3, 1966, a massive fire destroyed the North Penn High School in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Over 2,000 students were displaced while the school was rebuilt, with classes being held in local churches and other makeshift locations.

5. October 3, 2018, marked the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Pittsburgh Zoo's African Savanna exhibit. The exhibit features a wide range of animals native to Africa, including elephants, lions, and zebras, and is consistently ranked as one of the top zoos in the country for its conservation efforts.
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