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1991
Alex Wolszczan and Dale Frail at Pennsylvania State Univ. reported evidence of 3 extra-solar planets (exoplanets) orbiting around the spinning remains of Pulsar B1257+12. They found the pulsar in 1990 using the Arecibo radio telescope.
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1992 Jan 21
The US Supreme Court agreed to review a Pennsylvania law imposing waiting periods and other restrictions on abortions. The court later upheld most of the restrictions while reaffirming women's constitutional right to abortion.
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1992 Apr 18
Democrat Jerry Brown met with black leaders in Philadelphia while front-runner Bill Clinton visited a Phillies-Pirates ballgame as the two courted Pennsylvania primary voters.
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1992 Apr 22
The US Supreme Court heard arguments on Pennsylvania's restrictive abortion law. The court upheld most of the law's provisions the following June, but also reaffirmed a woman's basic right to an abortion.
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1992 Apr 28
President Bush and Bill Clinton won the Pennsylvania presidential primary.
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1992 Jun 1
The Pittsburgh Penguins completed a four-game sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks to win hockey's Stanley Cup for the second straight year.
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1992 Jun 28
A 35-year-old man at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center became the first recipient of a baboon liver transplant; he lived 10 more weeks.
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1992 Sep 6
An unidentified 35-year-old man who was the recipient of a transplanted baboon liver died at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 10 weeks after receiving the organ.
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1992 Oct 27
In Oil City, Pennsylvania, Shauna Howe (11) was kidnapped while walking home from a pre-Halloween party. Her battered body was found 3 days later. For every year afterward, the City Council voted to allow trick-or-treating in the afternoon only. In 2004 a witness came forward and police turned to DNA evidence. Two brothers were arrested and convicted of murder and sexual assault. A third man pleaded guilty to murder. In 2008 the city council voted to allow Halloween back to night hours.
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1992
Scranton, Pa., entered Act 47, a state program that provides assistance to financially distressed cities.
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1993 Jan 7
US forces in Somalia unleashed tank, helicopter and rocket fire on two clan camps in Mogadishu where snipers had been taking potshots at the troops. Cpl. James Perciavalle of Leetsdale, Pa., became the 1st US Marine wounded by friendly fire in Somalia.
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1993 Jan 10
An unidentified 62-year-old man at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center underwent the world's second baboon liver transplant. The man died less than a month later without regaining full consciousness.
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1993 Mar 8
Singer-bandleader Billy Eckstine died in Pittsburgh at age 78.
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1993 Mar 18
In Pennsylvania Amish man Edward Gingerich outraged his normally peaceful religious community of Rockdale Township, where he crushed his wife's skull and used a kitchen knife to remove her stomach organs from her dead body. Gingerich was diagnosed with schizophrenia and convicted of manslaughter in 1994. After serving his maximum sentence of four years in prison for the killing, moved to a mental institution in Michigan before going to Indiana and eventually returning to Pennsylvania and the Brown Hill Amish community in 2007. In 2011 Gingerich (44) committed suicide in a barn in Cambridge Springs, Pa.
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1993 Jul 4
South African leaders F.W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela received the Liberty Medal in a ceremony outside Philadelphia's Independence Hall.
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1993 Jul 26
Ret. Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway (98), US Army Chief of Staff (1953-55), died in Fox Chapel, Pa.
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1993 Aug 20
Conjoined twins Angela and Amy Lakeberg were separated at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in an operation that sacrificed Amy, since the sisters shared a common heart and liver tissue. Angela died in June 1994.
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1993 Oct 13
The Philadelphia Phillies won the National League pennant, defeating the Atlanta Braves in game six.
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1993 Oct 17
The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-4, evening the World Series at one game each.
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1993 Oct 21
The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 in game five of the World Series; Toronto still led the Series 3-2.
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1993 Oct 23
The Toronto Blue Jays repeated as baseball champions as they defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 8-6, in game six of the World Series.
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1994 Jun 7
Vicki Van Meter 912) of Meadville, Pa., completed a trans-Atlantic flight, landing in Glasgow, Scotland. She was accompanied by her flight instructor.
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1994 Sep 8
A US Air Boeing 737 from Chicago crashed near Pittsburgh Int’l. Airport and killed all 132 people onboard. USAir Flight 427 crashed 6 minutes before it was due to land. In 2002 Bill Adair authored "The Mystery of Flight 427."
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1994 Oct 10
Anna Hauptmann (95), wife of Lindbergh baby kidnapper Bruno, died in New Holland, Pennsylvania.
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1994 Nov 1
In Cherry Hill, Pa., Len Jenoff and Paul Daniels clubbed to death Carol Neulander (52), the wife of Rabbi Fred J. Neulander (53), under a contract from Rabbi Neulander. Neulander stood trial in 2001 in New Jersey. He was convicted of murder Nov 20, 2002 and sentenced to life in prison.
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1994 Nov 11
Eddie Polec (16), a Fox Chase high school student, died after being clubbed to death by students of Abington High School. On March 20, 1996, Carlo Johnson (20) and Bou Khathavong (18) – believed by prosecutors to be the ring leaders in the assault, although neither beat Polec – received maximum five- to 10-year sentences for conspiracy. Prosecutors believe the two organized the rumble and provided the baseball bats. Anthony Rienzi and Nick Pinero, both 18, were sentenced to the maximum 15- to 30-year terms for third-degree murder and conspiracy. Thomas Crook (19) sobbed and apologized to his family before receiving 14.5 years to 30 years on the same charges. Dawan Alexander (18) who was convicted of manslaughter for kicking Polec, received an eight- to 20-year term. Seventh defendant Kevin Convey (19) had pleaded guilty earlier to third-degree murder in exchange for testifying against the others. In February he had been sentenced to five to 20 years. In 2000 Bryn Freedman and William Knoedelseder authored "In Eddie’s Name: One Family’s Triumph Over Tragedy."
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1994
The Andy Warhol Museum opened in Pittsburgh.
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1994
Judith Rodin (b.1944) began serving as president of the Univ. of Pennsylvania. She served until 2004 and in 2005 became president of the Rockefeller Foundation.
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1994
Steven Spielberg helped establish the Righteous Persons Foundation. In 2008 $1 million from the foundation was given toward establishing a new Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.
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1995 Apr 22
Maggie Kuhn (89), activist (Gray Panthers), died at her home in Pennsylvania.
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1995 Jun 26
In San Francisco a demonstration occurred on behalf of Abu-Jamal, convicted in the 1981 killing of a Philadelphia police officer. Police arrested 279 demonstrators. In 1996 34 of the demonstrators won small claim settlements of $1,000 each for lack of probable cause in the felony-arson arrests where 2 trash bins and a couch were set on fire.
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1995 Aug 4
J. Howard Marshall II, Texas oil tycoon and alumnus of Haverford College, Pa., died. In 1994 Marshall had married Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith (26). In 2002, a federal judge ruled that the dying 90-year-old truly loved his then 26-year-old wife and awarded her $88 million in a court fight with Marshall’s son. In 2004 an appeals court reversed the judgment. In 2010 a federal appeals court recognized a 2001 jury verdict in Texas that determined an irrevocable trust and will leaving $1.6 billion to Pierce Marshall was valid.
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1995 Aug 7
Ten days before he was to be put to death for the murder of a police officer, black activist and radio reporter Mumia Abu-Jamal won a reprieve from the original trial judge in Philadelphia. As of 2008, his legal appeals are still unsettled and he is a prisoner at State Cor-rectional Institution Greene near Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.
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1995 Sep 18
President Clinton began a five-day re-election campaign fund-raising tour that got off to a rocky start after a deal to convert the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard to civilian use collapsed at the last minute.
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1995 Oct
In Pennsylvania Jonny Gammage died from asphyxiation when police officers subdued him following a traffic stop in Overbrook. In 1999 the Justice Dept. closed its case against the officers due to lack of evidence that they used unreasonable force.
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1995 Dec 24
Fire broke out at the Philadelphia Zoo, killing 23 rare gorillas, orangutans, gibbons and lemurs.
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1995
Abu-Jamal, in a Pennsylvania jail for a 1981 murder conviction, published "Live from Death Row."
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1996 Jan 22
Clinton declared Pennsylvania a disaster area after floods on the Susquehanna and other rivers killed 8 and forced a 100,000 people to leave their homes.
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1996 Jan 26
Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz was fatally shot at the suburban Philadelphia estate of John E. du Pont; du Pont surrendered 48 hours later. Du Pont was later convicted of third-degree murder but mentally ill; he's serving a 13- to 30-year sentence.

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1996 Jan 28
In Super Bowl XXX the Dallas Cowboys captured their third Super Bowl victory in four years, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-to-17.
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1996 Feb 10
World chess champion Garry Kasparov lost the first game of a match in Philadelphia against an I-B-M computer dubbed "Deep Blue."
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1996 Feb 11
A day after losing to an IBM computer dubbed "Deep Blue," world chess champion Garry Kasparov rebounded to defeat the machine and even their six-game series in Philadelphia at one victory apiece.
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1996 Feb 13
In the continuing drama of man versus machine, world chess champion Garry Kasparov asked for a draw in his third game against the IBM supercomputer named "Deep Blue," leaving the six-game match in Philadelphia tied at one and a-half games each.
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1996 Feb 16
World chess champion Garry Kasparov won for the second time against IBM supercomputer "Deep Blue" in the fifth game of their match in Philadelphia (Kasparov had drawn twice and lost once).
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1996 Feb 17
World chess champion Garry Kasparov beat IBM supercomputer "Deep Blue," winning a six-game match in Philadelphia. Kasparov had lost the first game, won the second, fifth and sixth games and earned draws in the third and fourth.
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1996 May 21
Mary Perot Nichols (79), journalist, died.
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1996 Jun 12
A panel of federal judges in Philadelphia blocked a law against indecency on the Internet, saying the 1996 Communications Decency Act would infringe adults' free-speech rights.
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1996 Jun 24
A jury in Philadelphia awarded $1.5 mil to the survivors of the MOVE cult members for the May 13, 1985, fire that killed 11 people and was begun from a bomb dropped by police on their rooftop.
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1996 Jun 27
Anne Marie Fahey (30), the secretary of Gov. Thomas Carper, disappeared from Wilmington after dining at a Philadelphia restaurant with Thomas Capano. Capano, a prominent lawyer who had dated Fahey, was later accused of her murder based on testimony from his two brothers, who had helped him dispose the body. In 1998 Capano admitted that he disposed Fahey’s body but insisted that her death was an accident. In 1998 Capano testified that Fahey was shot accidentally by former mistress Deborah MacIntyre, who denied the charge. Capano was convicted by a jury on Jan 17, 1999. On Mar 16, 1999, Capano was sentenced to death.

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1996 Jul 20
In his weekly radio address, President Clinton paid tribute to America's Olympic athletes at the just-opened Atlanta games, as well as 16 high school students from Montoursville, Pa., who died in the crash of TWA Flight 800.
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1996 Aug 17
The Reform Party in Valley Forge, Pa., announced Ross Perot had won its nomination to be its first-ever presidential candidate.
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1996 Oct 4
A judge in Philadelphia issued an injunction preventing major-league baseball umpires from striking for the remainder of the postseason over an incident in which Roberto Alomar of the Baltimore Orioles spat on umpire John Hirschbeck.
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1996 Nov 13
An all-white jury in Pittsburgh acquitted a suburban police officer, John Vojtas, in the death of black motorist Jonny Gammage in a verdict that angered black activists.
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1996
Binney & Smith Inc. established the Crayola Factory Museum in Easton, Pa.
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1996
Peter Wright (1917-2007), founder of started Wright’s Keystone Helicopter Corp. (1953), served as the founding chairman of the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester, Pa.
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1996
David Nam broke into the Philadelphia house of Anthony Schroeder (75) to rob him and killed the retired police officer when he resisted with his own gun. Nam was arrested in 1997 but fled to South Korea in 1998 while under house arrest. In 2008 Nam was arrested by police in South Korea.
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1997 Feb 23
In Philadelphia a group of white men attacked a black family in the Grays Ferry section. Nine men were tried in 1998 and 6 were convicted on a variety of felony accounts.
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1997 Feb 25
A jury in Media, Pa., convicted multimillionaire John E. du Pont of third-degree murder, deciding he was mentally ill when he killed world-class wrestler David Schultz. Du Pont was sentenced to serve 13- to 30-years in prison.
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1997 Mar 26
Former drug counselor John G. Bennett Jr. pleaded no contest in Philadelphia to charges stemming from a $100 million charity fraud. Bennett was sentenced to 12 years in prison for fraud, tax violations and money laundering.
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1997 Apr 14
Some 500 black demonstrators marched in the Grays Ferry section of Philadelphia in response to a Feb 23 beating of Annette Williams, her son and nephew by a mob of white men. In March two black men shot and killed the 16-year-old son of a white police officer in a drugstore robbery.
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