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Pittsburgh is the second largest city in Pennsylvania and its metropolitan area ranks as the largest in both Appalachia and the Ohio River Valley while being the 22nd largest urban area in the United States.
Pittsburgh is dominated by the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers which form the Ohio River. This strategic juncture was a major site of the North American theater of the Seven Years' War, with Great Britain winning control in 1758 to establish Fort Pitt in honor of "The Great Commoner", William Pitt. Following the American Revolution, the area grew as an important transportation center and primary gateway to the American frontier. 19th century coal and iron production made Pittsburgh into the world leader of steel and by 1910 the city was the eighth largest in the United States. With the collapse of American industries in the 1980s, Pittsburgh lost population but has successfully transitioned its economy into a world leader of healthcare, technology, education, and financial services.
Pittsburgh is known colloquially as "The Steel City", for its continued leadership in steel production, as well as "The City of Bridges" for its world record 466 structures. The city's official colors of black and gold are so symbolic that all pro-sports teams from the area, the Penguins, Pirates, and Steelers have also adopted them. Multiple publications have named Pittsburgh the "most livable city" in the United States for its low crime, affordability, and plentiful educational, cultural, and recreational amenities with its skyline vistas ranked by USA Today as second only to the Grand Canyon.
~ Brendan Gill The New Yorker, 1989
||The three most beautiful cities in the world are Paris; St. Petersburg, Russia; and Pittsburgh. If Pittsburgh were situated somewhere in the heart of Europe, tourists would eagerly journey hundreds of miles out of their way to visit it. Its setting is spectacular . . .
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The 2009 G-20 Pittsburgh Summit
was the third meeting
of the G-20
heads of state in discussion of financial markets
and the world economy
, which was held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center
on September 24–25, 2009. Announced shortly after the April 2009 G-20 London summit
, U.S. President Barack Obama
volunteered to host this summit, initially planning to hold it in New York City and coordinating it with the opening of the United Nations General Assembly
. However, due to coordination issues, on May 28, 2009, the Obama Administration
announced a change of venue to Pittsburgh in order to highlight the city's economic recovery following the collapse of its manufacturing sector in the latter half of the 20th century. In response to the Global credit crisis
, a G20 summit in one year was proposed shortly after the London summit in April 2009.
Amongst the issues discussed was a proposal to radically reform the International Monetary Fund. French President Nicolas Sarkozy also suggested that there would be an evaluation of measures already taken.
The primary venue of the summit was the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, which was at one point the largest LEED certified building in the world. A working dinner for world leaders was held at the Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, chosen to highlight its environmentally friendly features including an earth-sheltered welcome center and a Tropical Forest Conservatory described as the world’s most energy efficient. Other venues to be used around the city include The Andy Warhol Museum, the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts and Rosemont, the working farm of Teresa Heinz Kerry.
The Pittsburgh Panthers
, commonly also referred to as the Pitt Panthers
, are the athletic teams of University of Pittsburgh
. Pitt fields 19 varsity
teams at the highest level of competitive collegiate athletics in the United States, NCAA Division I
, which compete as members of the Big East Conference
, Eastern Wrestling League
, East Atlantic Gymnastics League
, and Eastern College Athletic Conference
. The 26 time bowl qualifying football team
founded in 1889 and the thirty time tournament qualifying basketball team
founded in 1905, are the most popular sports Pitt fields and enjoy significant local and national followings. Heinz Field
hosts the football team and the Petersen Events Center
hosts the basketball team.
The university's athletic program is one of only five current NCAA Division 1A schools to have won multiple national championships in both football (9) and basketball (2), and the Panthers have been ranked as having among the best combinations of football and basketball programs by multiple publications. Pitt was ranked as having the fifth best combination of football and basketball programs in CBSSports.com's Flourishing Five ranking in 2010. In its "Hoops & Helmets" list of the best combinations, CollegeFootballNews.com has ranked Pitt fifth in 2010 and 3rd in 2009.
On this day in Pittsburgh history...
The Carnegie Science Center
, located in the North Shore
neighborhood of Pittsburgh
, opened in 1991, however the museum's history dates to 1939. The Science Center is the most visited museum in Pittsburgh. Among its attractions are the newly constructed Buhl Digital Dome (which features the latest in projection), the Rangos Omnimax Theater, the Miniature Railroad & Village
, the USS Requin
(a World War II submarine
) and Roboworld, touted as "the world's largest permanent robotics exhibit" with more than 30 interactive displays featuring "all things robotic", including the first physical home for Carnegie Mellon University
’s Robot Hall of Fame
. The center also includes one of the largest science and sports exhibition in the world, the Highmark SportsWorks
, housed in an adjacent facility.
Michael John Douglas
(born September 5, 1951), better known as Michael Keaton
, is an American actor
, well known for his early comedic roles in films such as Night Shift
, Mr. Mom
, Johnny Dangerously
, and for his dramatic portrayal of Batman
in Tim Burton
and Batman Returns
, as well as lead roles in other films including The Paper
, Jackie Brown
, Jack Frost
, and White Noise
. His most recent film role was as the voice of Ken
in Toy Story 3
. From the Pittsburgh suburb of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania
, Keaton first started in film on local station WQED
in 1975 as one of the "Flying Zucchini Brothers" on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Keaton returned home to the city twice to film major motion pictures on location with 1986's Gung Ho and 1998's Desperate Measures.
- ... that the Pittsburgh Wayfinder System is composed of more than 1,500 traffic signs that point the way to popular destinations in the City of Pittsburgh?
- ... that University of Pittsburgh halfback Gibby Welch broke the single-season yardage record set by Red Grange, gaining 1,964 yards in just nine games in 1926?
- ...that St. Stanislaus Kostka Church is one of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's oldest churches and a prime example of the 'Polish Cathedral' style?
- ... that The Pittsburgh Courier crusaded against the blue discharge, calling it "a vicious instrument that should not be perpetrated against the American Soldier"?
- ... that Josh Gibson Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is named for Negro League star Josh Gibson, who has been called the "black Babe Ruth?"
- ... that Pittsburgh steel magnate John Walker's personal library, including all of the original furnishings, was donated to Washington & Jefferson College and installed in the Thompson Library exactly as he had left it?