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Pittsburgh (/ˈpɪtsbɜːrɡ/ 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.

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~ Katharine Hepburn, 1984

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View of downtown Pittsburgh from Duquesne University

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Heinz Tomato Ketchup
H. J. Heinz Company (NYSEHNZ), 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.

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David McCullough
David Gaub McCullough (/məˈkʌlə/ mə-KUL; born July 7, 1933) is an American author, narrator, 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.

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Fine, Perlow, and Weis Gallery, American Jewish Museum
The American Jewish Museum, or AJM, is a contemporary Jewish art museum located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 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.


Duquesne Dukes
The Duquesne Dukes is the name of the athletic teams of Duquesne University located in Pittsburgh. Duquesne fields varsity teams in NCAA Division I in Atlantic 10 Conference and also fields Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) football and more recently Women's Basketball. Dukes Football began in 1893 and had a rich history with two appearances in present day BCS bowls and five seasons in the top 25 AP Poll. More recently the FCS squad has claimed 11 MAAC titles.

Duquesne's most popular and successful sport though remains men's basketball, which plays games at the A. J. Palumbo Center and began play in 1914. Duquesne's men's basketball team has appeared in 21 postseason tournaments including the 1940 Final Four and made back-to-back appearances in the National Invitation Tournament in 1954 and winning it all in 1955. The basketball team has a major cross-town rivalry, termed the City Game, with the Pitt Panthers.



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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.

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