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From Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and beyond, from the Appalachians to the Alleghenies to Lake Erie, the great state of Pennsylvania is a wondrously varied expanse of mighty rivers, scenic valleys, fertile farmlands, resource-rich plateaus, and endless mountains. No wonder its history is chock full of amazing true tales. It Happened in Pennsylvania goes behind the scenes to tell its story, in short episodes that reveal the intriguing people and events that have shaped the Keystone...

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Overview

From Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and beyond, from the Appalachians to the Alleghenies to Lake Erie, the great state of Pennsylvania is a wondrously varied expanse of mighty rivers, scenic valleys, fertile farmlands, resource-rich plateaus, and endless mountains. No wonder its history is chock full of amazing true tales. It Happened in Pennsylvania goes behind the scenes to tell its story, in short episodes that reveal the intriguing people and events that have shaped the Keystone State.

Find out whether or not the Battle of Gettysburg was sparked by an attempt by Confederates to capture shoes.

Meet the engineer who turned a spring into a popular toy, the doctor who spontaneously combusted, and the World War II-era Pittsburgh-Philadelphia football team called the Steagles.

Learn how a tragic accident involving 30,000 pounds of bananas became a popular song, and how a small leak triggered the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster.

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Comedienne Fran Capo has won Guinness Book recognition as the world's fastest talking female, but her ability to 603 words a minute (that's ten words a second!) impresses us less than her mastery of weird and wonderful Pennsylvania history. In this fascinating book, she and co-author Scott Bruce waltz us through thirty events in Keystone State history; from Pennsylvania's only witch trial to the Conspiracy of 1803 to "the lost children of the Alleghenies" and beyond. A second edition of a Commonwealth favorite.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762764099
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/8/2011
  • Series: It Happened In Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Fran Capo is a freelance writer, standup comic, lecturer, and the Guinness Book of World Records' Fastest Talking Female. This Queens College graduate has appeared on more than 248 radio shows and 98 TV shows, including Larry King Live, Entertainment Tonight, and Good Morning America.Scott Bruce is a professional comedian who has been performing in every available venue, including television, radio, stage, colleges, cruise ships, and comedy clubs.
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Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments A Witch in Pennsylvania—1683 For Whom the Bell Cracked—1752 The Birth of a Nation—1776 Up, Up, and Away!—1793 An Expedition in Search of a Beginning—1803 The Eastern State Penitentiary—1829 The Christiana Riot­­—1851The Lost Children of the Alleghenies—1856 Well…That’s a Deep Subject—1859 The Battle of Gettysburg—1863 Memorial Day in Boalsburg—1864–1865 The Handprint on the Wall—1877 A Million-Dollar Baby Is Born—1879 Punxsutawney Phil—1887 Water, Water Everywhere and Way Too Much to Drink—1889 The Birth of Professional Football—1892Tragedy at 700 Feet Below—1911 Fill ’er Up: Convenience on the Road—1913 The First Armored Car Robbery in History—1927 Getting Gypped on the Jeep—1940The Road to the Future: The Pennsylvania Turnpike—1940 A Shrine for the Lion—1942 The Steagles—1943 The Toy That Walked into Fame—1945 The Death Fog—1948 The Homer by the Fielder—1960 A Greyhound Bus and a Load of Bananas—1965 Roswell Comes to Pennsylvania—1965 The Mysterious Demise of Dr. Bentley—1966 Siamese Twins Set a Precedent—1977 Thirty Minutes to Meltdown—1979 Heroes in the Sky—2001 A Potpourri of Pennsylvania Facts Bibliography and Further Reading Index About the Authors
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