Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, Oct. 18

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, Oct. 18

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1892 The first long-distance telephone line between New York and Chicago was officially opened. It could handle only one call at a time.

1912 In a pre-election speech before 12,000 people at Duquesne Gardens in Pittsburgh, Woodrow Wilson, Democratic candidate for president, attacked the government's "protective tariff."

1954 The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis contracted to buy the Salk polio vaccine for 9 million people.

1977 West German commandos stormed a hijacked Lufthansa jetliner on the ground in Mogadishu, Somalia, freeing all 86 hostages and killing three of the four hijackers.

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

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