Fort Duquesne Bridge, Pittsburgh, 1964
On This Day in Pittsburgh History: December 12, 1964
A 21-year-old Pitt chemistry major drives a 1959 Chrysler station wagon off the end of the unfinished Ft. Duquesne Bridge and lands unhurt, making world news, comedy shows and D.J. Rege Cordic. [Wikipedia]
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. [Wikipedia; Brady Stewart]
On This Day in Pittsburgh History: November 6, 1962
Andy Warhol opens his three-week New York premiere of Campbell’s Soup Cans.
Pittsburgh Pirates fans celebrate victory in the World Series, October 1960. George Silk for Life magazine.
View of Butler at 44th Street, showing G.C. Murphy Company and Arsenal Bowling Lanes, Pittsburgh, 1960. [University of Pittsburgh Digital Archives]
On This Day in Pittsburgh History: October 13, 1960
With the World Series even, three games each, the Pirates win the seventh game 10-9 over the New York Yankees with a home run by Bill Mazeroski in the ninth inning. [Historic Pittsburgh]
Related: “50 Years Ago Today: World Series, Game 7,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2010
JFK campaign flyer for stop in Pittsburgh, 1960 (via)
On This Day in Pittsburgh History: October 10, 1960
John F. Kennedy campaigns in the city. [Wikipedia; Flickr]
Pittsburgh Pirates teammates Bill Mazeroski and Hal Smith celebrate after beating the New York Yankees in the 1960 World Series.
On This Day in Pittsburgh History: October 1, 1968
George Romero’s ”Night of the Living Dead" premieres in Pittsburgh. [Wikipedia]
On This Day in Pittsburgh History: September 25, 1960
The Pittsburgh Pirates win the National League pennant. Although losing 4-2 to the Milwaukee Braves, the St. Louis Cardinals’ loss on same day gives the Pirates the victory. [Historic Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
On This Day in Pittsburgh History: September 17, 1961
Civic Arena opens. [Historic Pittsburgh; Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh]
On This Day in Pittsburgh History: September 5, 1966
Pirates star Bill Mazeroski celebrates his 30th birthday with a grand slam in a 13-5 win over the Braves at Forbes Field.
August 28, 1963: "The March on Washington"
The first special train arrived at Union Station in Washington D.C. before 7 a.m. and carried 535 marchers from Pittsburgh. Next came a train from Cincinnati. People were coming by bus, plane, automobile, bicycle and foot. The whole affair was giving the nation’s capital a case of the jitters. Alcohol sales were banned. Hospitals and jails made room for an onslaught of arrivals. More than 5,000 police were on hand. Many expected riots and looting.
Instead, the “March for Jobs and Freedom” had the peaceful atmosphere of a church picnic. Known now as the “March on Washington,” the event drew more than 200,000 people to the capital and became a defining moment in the nation’s Civil Rights Movement.
The march itself was fairly short — nine blocks, from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial, where formal ceremonies were held. In the front ranks were the Pittsburgh delegation, singing marching songs and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
Men removed their coats in the summer heat. The chant of “freedom, freedom” filled the air. At the Lincoln Memorial, speakers and musicians awaited the start of the official program. Not everyone was pleased with President John F. Kennedy’s pending Civil Rights legislation. Two Kennedy aides stood by, ready to pull the plug on the sound system should any of the speakers get out of hand.
Of course, The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech was the day’s highlight. It was carried live on television and is today considered one of the most important and moving speeches in American history.
Before the march, the Pennsylvania delegation met with Rep. William S. Moorhead, a Pittsburgh Democrat. Over coffee and breakfast rolls, Moorhead confided that passage of Civil Rights legislation then before Congress was by no means certain — blunt assessment that “mystified and dismayed” Moorhead’s fellow Pittsburghers, according to the Press.
“Do you think our coming here has helped the bill?” one marcher asked.
Probably, Moorhead replied. The march, in fact, is now credited with providing the political momentum that ensured passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
— Steve Mellon
Roberto Clemente, Jr., kissing his father’s picture (via)
On This Day in Pittsburgh History: August 17, 1965
Baseball broadcaster and former pro Roberto Clemente, Jr. is born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is the oldest of three sons fathered by Pittsburgh Pirates legend Roberto Clemente, the first Latin American player to record 3,000 hits and enter the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. (via)