Portal:Pittsburgh/On this day/April 20
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- (1818) The US District Court for Western Pennsylvania is formed, splitting off from Philadelphia.
- (1901) The worst flood in nearly 20 years strikes downtown at over 36'.
- (1930) Baseball writer & AL official statistician Irwin Howe picks Honus Wagner & Pie Traynor on his all-time team.
- (1932) Pirates ace Steve Swetonic strikes out 23 straight batters before losing his no-hitter bid with 2 outs in the 8th at Forbes Field v St. Louis.
- (1936) Mayor McNair is jailed for 2 hours after he refuses a judges order to refund a fine found unjust.
- (1942) Moon's Old Bell Farm & Dairy completes transfer to the Pentagon as bulldozers begin construction on a Pittsburgh airbase, to become Pittsburgh International.
- (1942) Pearl Harbor survivor Frank Bassa is welcomed home to Lawrenceville by 40,000, 6 bands & driven in a convertible by Fritzie Zivic.
- (1952) The Hornets win their 1st of 3 Calder Cups in a Game 6 OT at Providence, the franchises 4th of 7 trips to the finals.
- (1953) CMU announces demolition of 50 year old "Carnegie Inn" for construction of a modern dorm.
- (1957) The world's 1st FORTRAN computer system is installed at Westinghouse Bettis Labs.
- (1983) Pittsburgh International reports a $34.3 millionia modernization of runway 10C/28C.
- (1986)The Pirates play 13 innings at Chicago before suspending play due to darkness after 4:48 after Chicago scores 3 in the 9th. The game finished on August 11th with a Pirates win in the 17th, total game time 6:09.
- (1994) CJCS Gen. Shaliksahvili visits the Hilton for a major speech.
- (1995) The Pirates release knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.
- (1998) Carnegie dedicates a memorial at the site of Pirates hall of famer Honus Wagner's birthplace.
- (2003) Pirates ace Salomon Torres breaks a 3 game losing streak with an 8-2 win as he fastballs Sammy Sosa's helmet shattering it at PNC Park, later judged as "Photo of the Year" by MLB.
- (2012) Rep. Paul visits Oakland & speaks at Soldiers & Sailors Hall as Sec. Ray LaHood visits the Southside to speak on Drilling.
- (2012) A T206 Honus Wagner card is bought at auction for more than $1.26 millionia.