On This Day in Pittsburgh History: December 3, 1954

KDKA is renamed as Westinghouse closes on the largest purchase in television history as WDTV signs off. [WikipediaThe Pittsburgh Press

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: December 2, 1919

Henry Clay Frick dies at 69, leaving over $2.68 billion, including $26.8 million to the city to develop Frick Park on his estate. Since May, both H. J. Heinz and Andrew Carnegie have died. [Wikipedia]

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: December 1, 1913

Gulf Oil opens the world’s first drive-in service station at Baum and St. Clair streets in East Liberty. [WikipediaExplore PA History]

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: November 30, 1955

Pennsylvania College for Women was renamed Chatham College and announced a $12 million development program. [Historic Pittsburgh

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Celebrate the Season Parade, late 1980s

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: November 29, 1980

Kaufmann’s department store sponsors Pittsburgh’s first Celebrate the Season parade. [Historic Pittsburgh

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: November 28, 1958

Sale of Forbes Field to University of Pittsburgh is approved; the Pirates will stay on for five years, until new Northside stadium is built. In reality, the Pirates stayed on not for five but for twelve years, until Three Rivers Stadium opened in 1970. [Historic Pittsburgh]

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: November 27, 1950 

The city and its environs were snowbound. Newspapers failed to publish; most stores were closed; schools were closed; deaths resulting from the storm totaled 15. [Historic PittsburghThe Pittsburgh Press

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: November 26, 1946

Pittsburgh was assured funds for the Conemaugh Dam flood-control project when the Truman administration decided to spend an additional $55 million for such work. [Historic Pittsburgh

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: November 25, 1881

Andrew Carnegie made his first move to create a free library for Pittsburgh; he offered $250,000 on the condition that the city government agree to appropriate $15,000 annually for its maintenance. The city was unable to accept the gift as it had no funds on hand for such a purpose. [Historic Pittsburgh

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: November 24, 1950

Auto, bus, and trolley traffic was brought to a standstill by a 30.5-inch snowfall — heaviest in the city’s history. Snowbanks on streets were piled as high as automobile tops. [Historic PittsburghThe Pittsburgh Press

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On This Day in Pittsburgh History: November 23, 1753

Maj. George Washington, 21, emissary from Virginia’s Governor Robert Dinwiddie to the French commandant at Fort LeBoeuf on French Creek (now Waterford, Pa.), observed the land at the junction of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers (where Pittsburgh is today) and described it as “extremely well situated for a Fort; as it has the absolute Command of both Rivers. The Land at the Point is 20 or 25 Feet above the common Surface of the Water; and a considerable Bottom of flat, well timbered Land all around it very convenient for Building.” [Historic Pittsburgh

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Nov. 22, 1956: ”Christmas Parade Downtown Pittsburgh” 

Despite 27-degree weather, thousands of people packed Downtown streets to watch the annual Christmas parade during the noon hour on Thursday, Nov. 22, 1956. 

Leading the way was a Marine Corps color guard and mounted county police officers. Behind them were marching bands. Waving from open-topped cars were the “Santa Belles,” women drawn from the membership of the Pittsburgh Models Club. The women covered their goose bumps by modeling fur coats. 

The Indian Bonnettes, an Oil City unit of baton twirlers who ranged in age from six to 12, weren’t so lucky. The girls’ legs turned a rosy red as they marched and spun in the frosty air. They marched, counter marched and swung batons as though they had lived at the North Pole all their lives, wrote David Martin of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

There was a float with a nativity scene. Also in the procession were 40 mammoth balloons, pulled by boys in clown suits. One balloon was shaped like an ice cream cone. The others were characters such as Humpty Dumpty, Felix the Cat and Jocko the Monkey. Santa Claus and his eight reindeer sat on an 85-foot-long float and brought up the end of the procession. 

Back then, the parade route was different. Participants started in Gateway Center and marched up Liberty Avenue to Fifth Avenue, up Fifth to Grant Street, then down Sixth Avenue to Liberty and back to Gateway Center. 

(Post-Gazette photo)

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Roberto Clemente was a member of the Montreal Royals, the minor-league (AAA) affiliate of the Brooklyn Dodgers. 1954.

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: November 22, 1954

Roberto Clemente is drafted #1 by the Pittsburgh Pirates

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: November 21, 1960 

Light Up Night has its first official debut at 6 p.m., and all department stores unveil their holiday displays. The previous year a smaller unofficial light-up event was launched. [WikipediaBrady Stewart