PHL Brag List: More Philadelphia Facts

Philadelphia’s City Hall was the tallest habitable building in the world from 1894 to 1908.


Philadelphia has a lot to be proud of. Here’s a sampling.

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  • In its first coin run in 1793, the United States Mint produced 11,178 copper cents. Today it can churn out more than a million coins in a half-hour.
  • Will Smith, Bradley Cooper, Kevin Bacon, Seth Green, Richard Gere, Peter Boyle and Kevin Eubanks are just some popular entertainers that were born in the City of Brotherly Love.
  • Philadelphia served as the nation’s temporary capital from 1790 until 1800. George Washington served as president during this time, making him the only president who didn’t live in Washington, D.C., during his presidential years.
  • The Philly cheesesteak was invented in 1930 in South Philly at Pat’s King of Steaks.
  • Philadelphia was the birthplace of American opera.
  • Soda water (and then fruit juice-sweetened soda water) was invented by Townsend Speakman (a Philadelphian) in 1807.
  • Logan Square was once used for public executions. Gallows stood in the square until 1823.
  • Philadelphia’s City Hall was the tallest habitable building in the world from 1894 to 1908 and is Pennsylvania’s 16th tallest building.

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