Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, Feb. 19

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, Feb. 19

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1875: A "heavy smoke" entry in the daily journal of the Weather Bureau stated: "Extremely dark this morning. Had to keep all gaslights burning until 11 o'clock. Street lamps were lighted for a time after 9 o'clock (a.m.)."

1915: During World War I, British and French warships launched their initial attack on Ottoman forces in the Dardanelles, a strait in northwestern Turkey. (The Gallipoli Campaign that followed proved disastrous for the Allies.)

1941: Eight members of city council visited St. Louis to witness the effects of that city's smoke-control program. They were advised by Mayor Bernard F. Dickmann that Pittsburgh's air could be cleansed, too, "if you have the courage of your convictions."

1959: Thirteen men were arrested in a raid on the headquarters of the alleged numbers-racket boss Tony Grosso.

1968: The children's program "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," created by and starring Fred Rogers, made its network debut on National Educational Television, a forerunner of PBS, beginning a 31-season run. …

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