It Happened in Pennsylvania

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From the story behind the crack in the Liberty Bell to the tale of how a small leak triggered the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster, It Happened in Pennsylvania takes readers on a behind-the-scenes look at intriguing people and episodes from the Keystone State's past.
Here you'll find out whether or not the Battle of Gettysburg was an attempt by Confederates to capture shoes, and how Frank W. Woolworth nickel-and-dimed his way to purchasing the Woolworth building for $13.2 ...

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Overview

From the story behind the crack in the Liberty Bell to the tale of how a small leak triggered the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster, It Happened in Pennsylvania takes readers on a behind-the-scenes look at intriguing people and episodes from the Keystone State's past.
Here you'll find out whether or not the Battle of Gettysburg was an attempt by Confederates to capture shoes, and how Frank W. Woolworth nickel-and-dimed his way to purchasing the Woolworth building for $13.2 million-cash. You'll 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.
In an easy-to-read style that's entertaining and informative, authors Fran Capo and Scott Bruce recount twenty-eight of the most captivating and unusual moments from Pennsylvania's history.

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Comedian Fran Capo has won Guinness Book recognition as the world's fastest-talking female, but her ability to utter 603 words a minute (that's 10 words a second!) may be less impressive than her mastery of weird and wonderful Pennsylvania history. In this fascinating book, she and coauthor Scott Bruce waltz us through 30 events in Keystone State history, from Pennsylvania's only witch trial to the Conspiracy of 1803 to "the lost children of the Alleghenies."
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This engaging little book contains 28 short (five to six page) accounts of events that occurred in Pennsylvania, starting with how the Liberty Bell got its crack and ending with the plane that went down in a Pennsylvania field on 9/11. In between, the reader will learn not only about the drilling of the first oil well in Titusville and the strategies of the generals at Gettysburg, but also about how Punxsutawney Phil became a season forecaster, how the Slinky was invented, and how Penn State came to have the Nittany Lion as its mascot. Disasters, too, occurred in Pennsylvania: the Johnstown flood; the Price-Pancoast coal mine fire; Three Mile Island. While each chapter is well researched, each story is told with an upbeat twist that makes it entertaining as well as informative. A map of Pennsylvania locates all events and a "potpourri" of facts accompanies the text. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2005, Globe Pequot, 164p. map. bibliog. index., Ages 12 to 18.
—Patricia Moore
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762730469
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Series: It Happened In Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.52 (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. He is currently the new host of The Pennsylvania Game, a television trivia show that airs on PBS.

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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—1851

The 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—1892

Tragedy 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—1940

The 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2009

    Interesting

    I bought this as a gift for my dad's 62 birthday and I read 3/4 of it before I even gave it to him! He loved it and we had fun talking about
    our favorite stories. Some were mysterious, some sad, some occurred close to our home, etc. It is an easy to read history of interesting events that "happened in PA". He passed it on to his brother. I highly recommend it. It would also make a nice gift for someone moving to PA.

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