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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 302,407 lives within the city limits, making it the 63rd-largest city in the U.S.. The metropolitan population of 2,324,743 is the largest in both the Ohio Valley and Appalachia, the second-largest in Pennsylvania (behind Philadelphia), and the 27th-largest in the U.S.

Pittsburgh is located in the south west of the state, 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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~ Brendan Gill The New Yorker, 1989

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View of downtown Pittsburgh and the Duquesne Incline from Mount Washington

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Pinkerton men leave the barges after their surrender during the Homestead Strike
The Homestead Strike was an industrial lockout and strike which began on June 30, 1892, culminating in a battle between strikers and private security agents on July 6, 1892 that resulted in several deaths and the eventual involvement of the Pennsylvania state militia . It was one of the most serious disputes in US labor history. The dispute occurred in the Pittsburgh-area town of Homestead, Pennsylvania, between the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers (the AA) and the Carnegie Steel Company. The final result was a major defeat for the union, and a setback for efforts to unionize steelworkers.

The Bost Building, AA headquarters during the strike and today a National Historic Landmark. The pumphouse where the gunfight occurred remains as a museum and meeting hall. There are several historical markers as well as a metal commemorative sign with the US Steel logo that reads "In Honor Of The Workers."

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Mark Cuban
Mark Cuban (born July 31, 1958) is an American entrepreneur. He is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, an NBA basketball team, owner of Landmark Theatres, and Chairman of HDNet, an HDTV cable network. Mark Cuban was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in the Pittsburgh suburb of Mt. Lebanon. Cuban enrolled as a full time student at the University of Pittsburgh, where after one year he transferred to Indiana University. After earning billions in the Dot-com boom, in 2000 he purchased a majority stake in the NBA Dallas Mavericks basketball team. Cuban's ownership has been the source of extensive media attention and controversy involving league policies and fines. He has also appeared in several television shows and films, sometimes as himself, including an appearance on The Simpsons and Dancing with the Stars.

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The Carnegie Museum of Art, located in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is an art museum founded in 1895 by the Pittsburgh-based industrialist Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie envisioned a museum collection consisting of the "Old Masters of tomorrow" and the Carnegie Museum of Art became, arguably, the first museum of modern art in the United States. The museum presents as many as 15 changing exhibitions annually and continues Carnegie's love of contemporary art by staging the Carnegie International every few years. Its permanent collection comprises roughly 35,000 works and includes European and American decorative arts from the late seventeenth century to the present, works on paper, paintings, prints, sculptures and installations, film and video works, as well as plaster casts of outstanding classical, ancient, and medieval architectural. Approximately 1,800 works are on view at any given time in the complex. The museum was featured prominently in the 1983 Academy Award winning Flashdance.

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Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers are a professional American football team based in Pittsburgh. The team belongs to the North Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League. Founded in 1933, the Steelers are the fifth-oldest franchise in the NFL and the oldest franchise in the AFC. Pittsburgh has won more Super Bowl titles (six), won more AFC Championship Games (eight) and played in (fifteen) and hosted more (eleven) conference championship games than any other NFL team. With the exception of the 1960s which featured only three Super Bowls, the Steelers have appeared in at least one Super Bowl in every decade of the contest. The Steelers won their most recent championship, Super Bowl XLIII, on February 1, 2009.

The team enjoys a large, widespread fanbase nicknamed Steeler Nation and currently play their home games in Heinz Field on Pittsburgh's North Side, which also hosts the University of Pittsburgh Panthers.

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On this day in Pittsburgh history...

  • (1792) James O'Hara, grandfather of Mary Schenley, is appointed the 6th U.S. Quartermaster General.
  • (1852) The rivers flood the Forks of the Ohio to 35'1".
  • (1900) Honus Wagner debuts for the Pirates, with 2 hits in a pitching duel 3-0 loss to Cy Young at St. Louis.
  • (1902) The Gazette reports on a “game that would make amateurs blush” as Pirates hits make St. Louis set the NL record for errors with 11 & 15 combined.
  • (1942) The 13 & 16 year old sons of "Boss" Lawrence are killed in a Zelienople car crash.
  • (1948) A bench clearing brawl erupts at Cincinnati after Red Hank Sauer hits a homer causing a collision at 2nd as Ohioans toss bottles at players causing a game delay.
  • (1950) Police make world news as retired & widowed motorcycle patrolmen George Blair leaves his $421,203ia estate to his parrot.
  • (1979) The Pirates trade Frank Taveras for Tim Foli.
  • (1986) RJ Reynolds celebrates his 27th birthday with a grand slam at Chicago 14-8 Pirates win. The game featured six home runs (three by each team) and 28 hits (14 by each team).
  • (1988) CMU dedicates a memorial to alumnus & Challenger astronaut Judith Resnick.
  • (1997) The Post-Gazette becomes among the 1st to report on the Dihydrogen Monoxide hoax.
  • (1998) The Guinness Book of Records visits as Mariss Jansons conducts 2,048 young musicians from the tri-state area to set the record for the "World's Largest Orchestra".
  • (2002) The Pittsburgh Stock Exchange building is sold to preservationists for $474,011ia.
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