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Today in Allegheny County History - On April 24, 1927, following a Sunday concert that drew an audience of 4,000 people, warrants were issued for 10 officers of the Pittsburgh Symphony for violating "blue laws" enacted in 1794 and 1855, which prohibited "performing or permitting to be performed worldly employment on the Lord's day, commonly called Sunday."
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The Allegheny County Jail is seeking applicants for the position of Part-Time Correctional Officer. For job duties, requirements and testing information, go to http://j.mp/PTJailGuard
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On April 21, 1942, following an auction of prize Holsteins, bulldozers began leveling 1,100 acres on the Bell Farm in Moon Twp. for construction of an Army Air Force fighter base to protect the region's industry. The defense base cost $5.5 million to build ($80 million today) and had 5,500-foot runways, a large hangar, control tower, barracks and other structures. When World War II ended in 1946, the federal government turned the airstrip over to Allegheny County, which created a Department of Aviation and charged it with designing and building a commercial airport.
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On April 19, 1792, early Pittsburgh homesteader and businessman James O'Hara was appointed by President George Washington as the 6th Quartermaster General of the U.S. Army, a position he held until 1796. O'Hara established the Pittsburgh Glassworks, set up a salt business and sawmill, and established Pittsburgh Point Brewery with partner John Reed. O'Hara was an investor in shipbuilding and in John Henry Hopkin's Ligonier Ironworks. He also became president of the Bank of Pennsylvania, all the while continuing as an enterprising land speculator throughout Allegheny County. He was the maternal grandfather of Mary Schenley, who donated her grandfather's homesteads to the City of Pittsburgh a century after he had staked them. Much of the donated land was developed into Schenley Park, Schenley Plaza and Schenley Farms neighborhood. O'Hara's home, Neill Log House, is preserved in Schenley Park. O'Hara Township and O'Hara Street on the University of Pittsburgh campus is named in his honor.
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Today in Allegheny County History - On April 17, 1957, ground was broken on the Ft. Tunnel, which cost $17 million to construct ($143 million today), took three years to complete, and created a direct link between the Parkway East and Parkway West. At the ceremony, Pennsylvania Highways Secretary Joseph J. Lawler announced a $300 million highway construction plan ($2.5 billion today), which included Crosstown Boulevard (I-579), a high-level bridge over the Allegheny River (Veterans Bridge), and a limited access road up the East Street Valley (I-279/Parkway North).
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On April 23, 1918, fire destroyed the covered wooden 16th Street Bridge. The blaze was said to have been caused by sparks from a passing locomotive. Twenty minutes after the first fire alarm sounded, the bridge lay in a smouldering mass floating on the Allegheny River. The bridge had been constructed in 1863 and was considered a masterpiece.
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Today in Allegheny County History - On April 22, 1896, Shadyside Hospital successfully used X-rays less than four months after William Röntgen published his paper, "On A New Kind Of Rays." In 1901, Röntgen was awarded the very first Nobel Prize in Physics, and he is considered to be the father of diagnostic radiology, the medical speciality that uses imaging to diagnose disease.
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On April 20, 1957, the FORTRAN computer programming language had its first commercial production run at the Westinghouse Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in West Mifflin. Bettis Engineer Herbert Bright also reported the first bug in FORTRAN's compiler that same day.
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Today in Allegheny County History - On April 18, 1795, weekly mail service was established between Allegheny County and Philadelphia County.
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April is Keep America Beautiful Month. You can help keep America & our community beautiful by adopting an Allegheny County road or bridge & organizing regular cleanup projects. The program is open to individuals & organizations. Learn more & adopt a road today at www.alleghenycounty.us/alleghenygreen/adoptroad.aspx
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Allegheny County was created on September 24, 1788, and is home to some of the most prestigious health care, educational and cultural institutions in the world.

During the last 30 years, our region has undergone a tremendous economic and environmental transformation.

Allegheny County is home to some of the world’s leading businesses and organizations in the fields of advanced manufacturing, information & communications technology, health care & life sciences, finance & business services, education & research, and energy & environmental solutions.

And yes –proudly – we still make steel here.

We have worked hard to create an economic climate in which businesses and entrepreneurs may thrive, and our results are paying off.

Out of the nation’s 100 biggest labor markets, Pittsburgh is one of only 13 that have regained all of the jobs they lost during the Great Recession.

Throughout the economic downturn, Allegheny County’s unemployment rate has consistently been two percentage points below the national average, and our foreclosure rate has been among the nation’s lowest.

Statistics like this led Time Magazine to call Pittsburgh the “one economic bright spot on Main Street” in the midst of the recession.