Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, July 20

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, July 20

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1861 The Congress of the Confederate States convened in Richmond, Va.

1923 Mexican revolutionary leader Pancho Villa was assassinated by gunmen in Parral, Mexico.

1917 The first lists for the military draft were published. Many Pittsburghers were assigned to go overseas in the 28th and 80th divisions.

1948 United States Steel Corp. raised prices of finished steel product an average of $9.34 per ton.

2012 James Holmes opened fire inside a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colo., during a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises," killing 12 people and wounding 70 others. He was convicted of murder and attempted murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Some items are from Stefan Lorant's "Pittsburgh: The Story of an American City" (digital. …

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