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An Earthquake Shook Philadelphia Five Years Ago Today

Five years ago today, my world shook — literally. Five years ago today, I worked on the 17th floor of the Comcast Center. I worked a […]

City Life

11 Things You Might Not Know About the Philadelphia Folk Festival

Starting today, thousands of music lovers will gather at Old Pool Farm near Schwenksville for the 55th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival. This year’s headliners include Peter Yarrow (of […]

City Life

Villanova Professor Sues CIA Over … Bay of Pigs?!

Villanova political science professor David Barrett knows more than most about the Central Intelligence Agency. The university boasts that Barrett is actually “one of the […]

City Life

11 Things You Might Not Know About the Saturday Evening Post

Today is the 195th anniversary of the premiere issue of the Saturday Evening Post, once the most popular weekly magazine in the world. It was […]

Property

That House Out There: Yes, George Washington Really Did Sleep Here

“George Washington slept here” is a hoary cliché that’s been attached to many a historic home in and around Philadelphia (and elsewhere, while we’re at […]

City Life

11 Things You Might Not Know About Legionnaires’ Disease

In an eerie instance of metaphor fulfillment, this week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland was hit with an outbreak of norovirus. Norovirus is bad, but […]

City Life

13 Things You Might Not Know About John Wanamaker

Today marks the 178th anniversary of the birth of John Wanamaker, inventor of the department store, holy roller, U.S. Postal Service innovator and so much […]

Wilt Chamberlain
City Life

48 Years Ago, the Sixers Traded Wilt Chamberlain to the Lakers

Forty-eight years ago tomorrow, the Philadelphia 76ers traded their then-32-year-old center, seven-foot-one-inch Wilt Chamberlain, to the Los Angeles Lakers. The pride of Overbrook High, who’d […]

Archaeologists excavate a privy in Old City
City

Archaeologists Find Thousands of Artifacts in Old Philly Toilets

Workers excavating at the site of the future Museum of the American Revolution over the past few years found quite a few historical artifacts in […]

PoliticalFest 2016 - Philadelphia
City Life

Full DNC PoliticalFest Schedule Announced: What to Do and Where

Last month we told you about PoliticalFest, the festival celebrating U.S. history, government and politics, which will run July 22nd-27th as part of the Democratic National […]

City Life

10 Things You Might Not Know About Philly’s June 1919 Anarchist Bombings

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling blocking President Obama‘s executive actions on immigration. A terrible hate crime against a club full of mostly Latino gays in Orlando. Foreigners blamed […]

City Life

11 Things You Might Not Know About Betsy Ross

Today is Flag Day, commemorating the date in 1777 on which the Continental Congress passed a resolution that read: “Resolved. That the flag of the […]

City Life

12 Things You Might Not Know About the Constitutional Convention

On May 25th, 1787, what came to be known as the Constitutional Convention convened at the State House in Philly. Originally called merely to tweak […]

Mykalai Kontilai - Jackie Robinson contract
City Life

Jackie Robinson’s First Contracts Will Be on Display in Philly

“For the performance of the Player’s services and promises hereunder the Club will pay the Player the sum of FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($5,000.00) for the […]

"Justice" engraved on Philadelphia's City Hall
City Life

A History of Violence: Philadelphia Political Brawls

The first thing I do when I wake up, before I fully open my eyes, is indulge a ritual that goes back to my cable-less […]