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August 23

  • (1895) A 5 AM ET Works "volcanic explosion" kills 8 & severely injures 8 more, some near death.
  • (1907) Pirates ace Howie Camnitz throws a 5 inning no-hitter with 4 walks v Mike Lynch's Giants at the Polo Grounds. The game was the nitecap of a doubleheader, & after the 1st match went extra innings (the Pirates won 4-2 in 10 frames behind Sam Leever & Honus Wagner’s 3 hits), the teams agreed to a shortened 2nd game. Pittsburgh won 1-0.
  • (1909) Troopers & workers clash for the 2nd straight day of the Press Steel Car strike as 5 die & scores injured.
  • (1910) Fred Clarke throws an NL record 4 OF assists to home, 3rd & 2 to 2nd in a 6-2 loss to Philadelphia at Forbes Field. Clarke also makes a running catch in the 8th to rob an extra bases from John Titus. Chief Wilson's RF assist ties the NL team record of 5 total.
  • (1940) The $50.5 millionia "Water Street Bypass" expressway opens.
  • (1942) The USS Varuna is laid down at Neville Island.
  • (1959) Severe storms damage 3 buildings.
  • (1959) The Pirates sweep a doubleheader v the Dodgers‚ beating Don Drysdale in both games at Forbes Field. As a starter‚ Drysdale lost the opener 9-2, lasting 2-2/3 innings‚ then relieved in the nitecap, taking a 4-3 loss in the 10th. ElRoy Face won his 16th without a loss in the 2nd game, equaling Cal Hubbell's (1936) & Ewell Blackwell's (1947) record winning streaks.
  • (1966) Pitt becomes "state-related" as House Bill 2 is signed.
  • (1970) Roberto Clemente had his 2nd straight 5-hit game at Los Angeles with a homer, double, 3 RBIs & 4 runs, the 1st in the 20th century to collect 10 hits in consecutive games. Bill Mazeroski adds 4 hits as Freddy Patek, Matty Alou & Manny Sanguillen each get 3 to help with Steve Blass' complete game 4 hit, 8Ks performance.
  • (1974) Five years after being merged into the Philadelphia Exchange the Pittsburgh Stock Exchange trades its last issue at 3PM, leaving the city without a trading floor for the 1st time since 1864.
  • (1987) The famed flying fortress Nine-O-Nine crashes at a Beaver airshow.
  • (1989) Eligible for free agency for the 1st time, Mario Lemieux signs a new Penguins contract.
  • (1991) The Raiders fan who was arrested for beating a visiting Steeler fan gets 6 months & 3 years probation.
  • (1993) [1]
  • (1994) Mellon shareholders approve the $3.05 billionia purchase of Dreyfuss.
  • (1998) Mark McGuire hits homer 53 at Three Rivers.
  • (2001) The Pirates beat Arizona 5-1 with a Kevin Young homer & Keith Osik double in the 7th despite a 16 Ks by Randy Johnson as he becomes the 1st to set the MLB record of 300 Ks in 4 straight seasons & strikes out 3 on 9 pitches.
  • (2004) The 59-year-old Center for the Arts closes & lays off 13 due to a $1.41 millionia deficit.
  • (2007) ACI ranks Pittsburgh International #1 in "Marketing & Communications" for its 4 year old & industry 1st "Fare Alert Emails".
  • (2011) A 5.8 quake centered in N. Virginia is felt in the city as schools & buildings are evacuated as a precaution.
  • (2012) A Guinness record of 3,524 Pitt freshman honor Gene Kelly's 100th birthday.
  • (2014) Alvarez hits 2 homers in 2 innings as Russell Martin homers in a 10-2 win at 1st place Milwaukee for its 2nd win in a row as the convention center closes the 4 day USA Gymnastics National Congress & Trade Show.
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