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5 Fun Facts About September 18 In Pennsylvania History

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1. On September 18, 1759, during the French and Indian War, the British army led by General John Forbes captured Fort Duquesne in present-day Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This victory marked the end of French control in the Ohio River Valley and opened up western Pennsylvania for settlement.

2. The Battle of Gettysburg, which was fought from July 1 to 3, 1863, ended on September 18 when Confederate General Robert E. Lee began his retreat back to Virginia. The battle was a turning point in the Civil War and is considered one of the most significant battles in American history.

3. In 1873, Johnstown, Pennsylvania experienced a devastating flood when the South Fork Dam failed, resulting in the deaths of over 2,200 people. The disaster occurred on September 18 and remains one of the deadliest floods in U.S. history.

4. The first night game in the history of professional baseball was played on September 18, 1880 at Recreation Park in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania. The game featured the home team, the Allegheny Athletics, and the visiting team, the Worcester Ruby Legs.

5. On September 18, 1932, Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot declared martial law in Carbon and Schuylkill counties as a result of the ongoing Anthracite Coal Strike. The strike, which began in May of that year, resulted in violent clashes between miners and mine owners, and was eventually settled in December of 1933 after the intervention of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
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