Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, March 3

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On This Day, March 3

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1791 Congress passed a measure taxing distilled spirits; it was the first internal revenue act in U.S. history.

1863 President Abraham Lincoln signed a measure creating the National Academy of Sciences.

1938 Fritz Reiner, noted Hungarian conductor, was appointed full-time director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

1950 A power-conserving "dimout" ended in the Pittsburgh district as the United Mine Workers and coal-mine operators agreed on a wage increase to settle a nationwide strike.

1981 The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation launched a two-year construction program for the Parkway East.

2002 Voters in Switzerland approved joining the United Nations, abandoning almost 200 years of formal neutrality.

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

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