Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, April 10

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, April 10

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1845 A fire that started in the back of an icehouse at Ferry Street and Second Avenue destroyed 982 buildings, made about 12,000 persons homeless, resulted in damage estimated between $5 million and $8 million and left one-third of Pittsburgh in ashes.

1912 The British liner RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, on its ill-fated maiden voyage.

1924 It was announced that the first city-county airport would be built and named in honor of Galbraith Perry Rodgers, first aviator to span the U.S. on Nov. 5, 1911.

1995 The Pittsburgh Symphony appointed Mariss Jansons as music director to succeed Lorin Maazel.

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

- Compiled by Rick Nowlin

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