Portal:Pittsburgh/On this day/December 25

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  • (1860) Mayor Wilson and Council send a telegram to President Buchanan imploring him to reverse the ordered shipment of 124 Allegheny Arsenal cannon to forts in the south.
  • (1910) Stored mine powder ignites under a miners Greensburg porch during a Christmas dance for fellow workers, killing 3 and injuring 9, although ruled an accident some suspect striking miners of foulplay.
  • (1928) The Carnegie Refinery in Heidelberg suffers 2 massive explosions hours after the initial fire was thought under control, killing 2 firefighters & injuring 9.
  • (1942) Pittsburgh earns its moniker "Arsenal of Democracy" as all area steel mills operate on Christmas Day for the 1st time at full staff.
  • (1944) Hornets star Bob Walton scores a hat trick at Cleveland to tie them for the division lead.
  • (1975) Seven workers are treated for steam burns after a Homer City Generating Station accident, one so severely he is transported to West Penn Hospital.
  • (1979) The Panthers beat Arizona, 16-10, in the Fiesta Bowl to finish 11-1, the school's 12th bowl and 16th for area colleges.
  • (2003) George Zambelli, 79, dies at West Penn Hospital.