Pittsburghs Histoical Events

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    Pittsburgh Historical Events

  • Thousand of people attending the County Fair

    Thousand of people attending the County Fair
    Thousands of persons of all faiths, attending the county fair. Joined in a peace demonstration as Great Britain declared war on Nazi Germany.
  • Bedford Dwelling

    Bedford Dwellings, the first large federal public housing development, was completed.
  • Pear Harbor Attack

    Pear Harbor Attack
    Pittsburgh was shocked over the surprise attack on Pear Harbor
  • Black out

    Black out
    First "blackout" practice took place.
  • United Steel Workers

    United Steel Workers
    United Steel Workers' wage policy committee, meeting at William Penn Hotel, accepted a 44-cents-a-day wage increase granted by War Labor Board to employees of "Little Steel" firms.
  • Duration of the war

    Duration of the war
    In a mass rally outside the East Pittsburgh plant, 20,000 employees of Westinghouse reaffirmed a no-strike pledge for duration of the war.
  • Underway

    A survey showed that war contracts completed to date or underway in Pittsburgh district plants totaled $903,398,644, with $322,000,000 of it delivered to the front lines.
  • Christmas shoppers

    Christmas shoppers
    Thousands of Monday night Christmas shoppers were stranded Downtown by a 15-inch snowfall; all hotels were filled to capacity and lobbies were pressed into service as shelter; mills, schools, and many other activities were forced to suspend for two days.
  • Dr.John G. Bowman

    Dr.John G. Bowman
    Dr. John G. Bowman the nation's highest-paid educator of the day at $31,500 a year, resigned after 15 years as chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh; Dr. Rufus H. Fitzgerald, vice-chancellor, was designated his successor.
  • 100th anniversary

    100th anniversary
    The city marked the 100th anniversary of its great fire of 1845 with a parade and pageantry.
  • Special pray service

    Special pray service
    The city and county governments, business, schools, and all other activities were suspended, all churches scheduled special prayer services, and Mayor Scully asked all amusement places to close in mourning for President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • Lawrence College

    Lawrence College
    Dr. Paul R. Anderson, dean of Lawrence College in Appleton, Wisconsin, was elected president of Pennsylvania College for Women to succeed Dr. Herbert L. Spencer.
  • Steel Mills

    Steel Mills
    Russian labor leaders arrived to tour the district's steel mills.
  • Surrender of Japan

    Surrender of Japan
    The city was jubilant over the surrender of Japan.
  • laid off workers

    laid off workers
    Pittsburgh district industries laid off 7000 workers as the first cancellation of a war contract became effective.