Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, Jan. 7

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, Jan. 7

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1789: America held its first presidential election as voters chose electors who, a month later, selected George Washington to be the nation's first chief executive.

1850: Joseph Barker, an itinerant reformer, was elected Pittsburgh mayor while serving a year's term in jail for disturbing the peace.

1904: The Marconi International Marine Communication Co. of London announced that the telegraphed letters "CQD" would serve as a maritime distress call (it was later replaced with "SOS").

1946: Sworn in as the city's 47th mayor for the start of the 13th year of unbroken Democratic rule in the city, David L. Lawrence promised that his basic objective was to make Pittsburgh "outstanding where it is now merely good."

1982: U.S. Steel obtained 51 percent of Marathon Oil stock. …

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