Philadelphia, A City Of 12 Firsts – How Many Did You Know?

I love the City of Brotherly Love, Birthplace of America, The City That Loves You Back — Philadelphia, PA.

Philly, PA

That’s probably why my next book takes place in Philadelphia (more about this later).

     Philadelphia’s Firsts:

  1. Benjamin Franklin started the first library in 1731.

  2. The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, that opened in 1805, is the country’s first art museum and school.
  3. The Philadelphia Packet and Daily Advertiser is the first daily newspaper, begun in 1784.
  4. Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond started the nation’s first hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital.
  5. The first university in the nation, The University of Pennsylvania, began the first medical school in 1756 and the first business college, the Wharton School of Business, in 1881.

  6. The Philadelphia Zoo was the first ever American zoo, opening in 1874. Philly Zoo
  7. The first organized protest against slavery was the Germantown Quaker Petition, drafted in 1688.
  8. Mother Bethal A.M.E. Church is the first African American church established in 1794.
  9. First Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in Philly in 1920.
  10. The Philadelphia Naval Yard was the first naval shipyard in the nation, 1801.
  11. Johann Behrent built the first piano in America in 1775.
  12. The Philadelphia Stock Exchange was the first stock exchange, founded in 1790.

Have you ever visited Philadelphia? What do you like the best?

For more fun facts about Philadelphia, check out the following sites:

 

 

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