Pittsburgh ( PITS-burg) is a city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States, and is the county seat of Allegheny County. As of 2017, a population of 305,704 lives within the city limits, making it the 63rd-largest city in the U.S. The metropolitan population of 2,353,045 is the largest in both the Ohio Valley and Appalachia, the second-largest in Pennsylvania (behind Philadelphia), and the 26th-largest in the U.S.
Located at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers, Pittsburgh is known both as "the Steel City" for its more than 300 steel-related businesses and as the "City of Bridges" for its 446 bridges. The city features 30 skyscrapers, two inclined railways, a pre-revolutionary fortification and the Point State Park at the confluence of the rivers. The city developed as a vital link of the Atlantic coast and Midwest, as the mineral-rich Allegheny Mountains made the area coveted by the French and British empires, Virginians, Whiskey Rebels, and Civil War raiders.
~ Katharine Hepburn, 1984
||My beautiful Grandmother, Caroline Garlinghouse, came from Pittsburgh . . . I never met her but I have followed many of her ideas -- through my mother -- and it has given me a warm spot in my heart for your city.
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H. J. Heinz Company
), commonly known as Heinz
and famous for its "57 Varieties
" slogan and its ketchup, is an American food company with world headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Perhaps best known for its ketchup, the H.J. Heinz Company manufactures thousands of food products in plants on six continents and markets these products in more than 200 countries and territories. Heinz ranked first in ketchup in the United States with a market share in excess of 50 percent. Moreover, its Ore-Ida label held more than 50 percent of the frozen-potato sector. Overall, the company claims to have 150 number one or number two brands worldwide. Breaking the company's sales down by sector: ketchup, condiments, and sauces account for about 24 percent of overall sales; frozen foods (including Ore-Ida, Budget Gourmet, and Weight Watchers), 15 percent; pet products (9-Lives, Gravy Train, and Ken-L-Ration), 14 percent; soups, beans, and pasta meals, 12 percent; tuna, 12 percent; infant foods, 11 percent; and other, 12 percent. Geographically, about 55 percent of revenues are generated in North America, 26 percent in Europe, 11 percent in the Asia-Pacific region, and eight percent elsewhere.
David Gaub McCullough
; born July 7, 1933) is an American author
, and lecturer
. He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize
and the National Book Award
, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
, the United States' highest civilian award.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, McCullough attended Yale University, earning a degree in English literature. His first book, The Johnstown Flood, was published in 1968; he has since written seven more on topics such as Harry S. Truman, John Adams, and the Brooklyn Bridge. McCullough has also narrated multiple documentaries, as well as the 2003 film Seabiscuit; he also hosted American Experience for twelve years. Two of McCullough's books, Truman and John Adams, have been adapted into a TV film and mini-series, respectively, by HBO. McCullough's next work, about Americans in Paris between the 1830s to the 1930s, is due out in 2010.
The American Jewish Museum
, or AJM
, is a contemporary Jewish art
museum located in Pittsburgh
. A department of the Jewish Community Center
(JCC) of Greater Pittsburgh, the museum is located in the Squirrel Hill
JCC at the corner Forbes Avenue and Murray Avenue, in the heart of Pittsburgh's historically Jewish neighborhood. The museum was founded in 1998, and though it does not have a permanent collection, it hosts several original and traveling exhibitions each year. The AJM aims to explore contemporary Jewish issues through art and related programs that facilitate intercultural dialogue.
On this day in Pittsburgh history...
- (1819) After 33 years as an academy, Pitt changes its charter to a University.
- (1932) Charles Schwab makes the city a dateline for world news as he defiantly proclaims: "I Shall never leave Bethlehem Steel until they kick me out."
- (1941) Westinghouse spins off its broadcast stations into Westinghouse Radio Inc.
- (1949) The Panthers snap WVU's 58 game home win streak with a 1 basket win.
- (1953) The Dukes win their 500th in their 1st 100-point game, 109–66 at Geneva College.
- (1961) Bruno Sammartino kills Chick Garibaldi by bodyslam.
- (1961) The North Park ice skating rink opens.
- (1977) Four Pittsburgh Police officers who moonlighted as security at the notorious Garden Theater are suspended.
- (1978) Rival Villanova finally meets the Panthers after having the game postponed due to a player outbreak of "Russian Flu", tho fans suspect it is an excuse to rest Villanova star Bradley who scores 35. Pitt wins 97–81 as fans chant "Who's got the Flu?" throughout.
- (1981) Police Chief Coll & Council President "Jeep" DePasquale get into a shouting match during a meeting at City Hall as both County Chairman Foerster & State Supreme Court Justice Larsen take the witness stand at the courthouse claiming there was no conspiracy plot against Coroner Wecht.
- (1989) 400 pro-life protesters rally at 3 clinics, leading to 200 arrests.
- (1992) Penguins star Joe Mullen scores a hat trick v Toronto at the Igloo.
- (1995) Hundreds of Tri-State first responders attend the St. Paul funeral for 3 firefighters who lost their lives on a Valentine's day house fire.
- (2004) 17 year old CERT publishes its 1st Incident Report.
- (2012) The Colonials beat Cent. Conn. at Sewall for win #500.
- (2013) County council votes 9-4 with 1 abstention to allow for drilling at Pittsburgh International.
- (2014) Postal operations officially move into the Federated Tower from the US Courthouse.
Did you know...
- ...that though legend says the mid-way bend in Pittsburgh's Armstrong Tunnel was a mistake and that the engineer responsible killed himself in shame, the chief engineer, Vernon R. Covell, did not commit suicide?
- ... that Jaromir Jagr became the first Czechoslovakian to be drafted in the NHL without defecting when he was selected in the first round by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1990?
- ... that Hays Hall, the first dormitory at Washington & Jefferson College, was designed by noted Pittsburgh architect Frederick J. Osterling?
- ... that Fr. Martin Hehir, the fourth president of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, was affectionately known to students as "Daddy Hehir"?
- ... that the 1952 Pittsburgh Pirates, the worst Pirates team of the 20th century, were so bad that their catcher Joe Garagiola later said "In an eight-team league, we should've finished ninth"?