Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, October 24

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, October 24

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1861 The first transcontinental telegraph message was sent by Chief Justice Stephen J. Field of California from San Francisco to President Abraham Lincoln in Washington, D.C., over a line built by the Western Union Telegraph Co.

1951 A district epidemic of bank frauds spread to Pittsburgh; three officials of the Federal Credit Union of Kaufmann's were arrested on charges of embezzling $338,901.

1972 Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, who broken Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1947, died in Stamford, Conn., at age 53.

2001 Somerset Wind Farm opened as the largest wind-generated electricity facility in the eastern United States.

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

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