Philly Facts and Trivia

The first daily newspaper was published in Philadelphia in 1784

Fairmount Park in Philadelphia is the largest city park with over 8,000 acres

Philadelphia population: 1,517,550 (2000 census)

The Liberty Bell weighs 2,080 pounds.

The first U.S. stock exchange was in Philadelphia.

Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth, once owned the Walnut Street Theater.

Movies filmed in Philadelphia: Rocky (1975), Rocky II (1978)

The first bank in the United States was created in Philadelphia in 1791

Movies filmed in Philadelphia: Dressed to Kill (1979), Blow Out (1980)

Philadelphia has 14 television stations and 83 radio stations

William Penn was kicked out of Oxford University for religious nonconformity

Movies filmed in Philadelphia: Birdy (1984), Witness (1984)

Over 600 Philadelphians were killed in the Vietnam war

Movies filmed in Philadelphia: Age of Innocence (1992), Philadelphia (1993)

The first Mummers parade was held in 1901

Benjamin Franklin and four other signers of the Declaration of Independence are buried in Christ Church cemetery

The Marquis de Lafayette was the guest at a banquet in his honor at City Tavern

Movies filmed in Philadelpha: 12 Monkeys (1995), Beloved (1997), The Sixth Sense (1998), Fallen (1998)

The Philadelphia Mint produces over 30 million coins per day

Philadelphia has more public art than any city in the country

Logan Square was once used for public executions. Gallows stood in the square until 1823.

Al Capone was once a prisoner at Eastern States Penitenary.

The Walnut Street Theater is the oldest continually operating theater in the United States

Worshippers at Christ Church included Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Betsy Ross and Thomas Jefferson


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