December 15, 1968 The City of Brotherly love is well known for its loyal and fanatical fans, but even the fanatics have their moments. One of the cities most famous incidents, even gaining national attention, was the pelting of Santa Claus with snowballs at Franklin Field. However the circumstances leading up to this [...]
December 12, 1787 Delegates to the Pennsylvania Ratifying Convention meet at the Pennsylvania State House (now known as Independence Hall) to voted to ratify the Constitution. […]
December 7, 1736 Benjamin Franklin is at it again, this time with his Bucket Brigade. Following a series of publications in the Pennsylvania Gazette, 30 members came together and formed the Union Fire Company, the cities first volunteer fire department, on this day in 1736. […]
December 3, 1934 PhillyHappened on this day when KYW first broadcast in Philadelphia, Mayor Joseph Hampton Moore said of the move: The KYW call letters are among the best known in the radio world. With its removal from Chicago to Philadelphia, KYW will provide the radio listening public of the surrounding territory with an additional [...]
December 2, 1777 Legend has it that on this night, Philadelphia housewife and nurse Lydia Darragh single-handedly saves the lives of General George Washington and his Continental Army when she overhears the British planning a surprise attack on Washington's army for the following day.
December 1, 1891 The Philadelphia Botanical Club held its first meeting on this day at the Academy of Natural Sciences with eight founders present. The objectives of the new club were "to further the interests of Botany and to make a checklist and herbarium of the plants found within the radius of fifty miles from [...]
November 30, 1774 A controversial figure during his life time and immigrant to the American Colonies, Thomas Paine landed in Philadelphia on this day in 1774. Best known for penning the pamphlet Common Sense, his trip to the colonies was suggested by Benjamin Franklin.
November 29, 1775 PhillyHappened on this day when the second Continental Congress met and established a Committee of Secret Correspondence. Delegates on the committee; Benjamin Franklin, Robert Morris, John Dickinson, Benjamin Harrison and John Hay were tasked with providing a uniquely Patriotic interpretation of the situation in the colonies with the goal of [...]
November 27, 1926 PhillyHappened on this day when the Philadelphia Quakers clinched the league title against the New York Yankees with a final score of 13-6. There were some 15,000 fans present at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park to witness the climactic showdown for the championship of the first entity to be called the American Football [...]