Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, May 23

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, May 23

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1872 The new City Hall, erected at Smithfield and Oliver Way at a cost of $600,000, officially opened.

1934 Bank robbers Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were shot to death in a police ambush in Bienville Parish, La.

1945 Nazi official Heinrich Himmler committed suicide by biting into a cyanide capsule while in British custody in Luneburg, Germany.

1978 After being pinned by his legs for two hours atop the Brady Street Bridge, a screaming construction worker was freed by a physician who climbed to the top of the bridge to amputate his leg.

Some items are from Stefan Lorant's "Pittsburgh: The Story of an American City" (digital.library.pitt.edu/chronology).

- Compiled by Lexi Belculfine

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