Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, Sept. 9

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, Sept. 9

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1776 The second Continental Congress made the term "United States" official, replacing "United Colonies."

1850 California became the 31st state of the union.

1947 A river excursion boat, the Island Queen, said to be the largest river pleasure boat in the world, exploded as it was tied to the Monongahela River wharf. Nineteen people died.

1957 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the first civil rights bill to pass Congress since Reconstruction, a measure concerned with protecting voting rights and also establishing a Civil Rights Division in the U.S. Department of Justice.

1974 President Gerald Ford visited Pittsburgh amid cheers and boos - he was booed for giving a pardon to former President Richard Nixon the day before.

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

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