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5 Fun Facts About September 28 In Pennsylvania History

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1. On September 28, 1776, General George Washington and the Continental Army were forced to retreat after losing the Battle of Germantown in Philadelphia during the American Revolutionary War.

2. On September 28, 1868, the Central Pennsylvania African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church was founded in Harrisburg. It was the first African American church established in the city.

3. On September 28, 1907, the first automobile race was held at the Philadelphia Fairgrounds. The race featured 45 drivers and was won by Lewis Strang in a 50-horsepower Pope-Toledo.

4. On September 28, 1951, the first automatic toll collection machine was installed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The machine was invented by John Gruber and allowed drivers to pay their tolls without stopping.

5. On September 28, 2004, Hurricane Jeanne caused extensive flooding and damage in parts of Pennsylvania. The storm killed six people in the state and caused over $100 million in damage.
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