This Week in Pittsburgh History: The Quecreek Miners Are Rescued

Also, the mastermind behind the 1970s-era Super Steelers enters the Hall of Fame, Sidney Crosby becomes a Penguin and the author of the famous “Last Lecture” passes away.

A rescue mission that began in the early hours of July 24, 2002 culminated four days later when nine coal miners were freed from an underground portal of a flooded mine in Somerset County. By the time they emerged, one by one, their successful rescue had become worldwide news. ⇓

On July 30, 2005, after winning a lottery for the first pick in the NHL draft, the Pittsburgh Penguins selected Sidney Crosby. ⇓


On July 31, 1993, Steelers coach Chuck Noll was inducted into the National Football League Hall of Fame. Noll is the only NFL coach to win four Super Bowls without suffering a loss in the championship game.


On July 25, 2008, Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor Dr. Randy Pausch died. Nine months earlier, he delivered his upbeat “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.” It has been viewed more than 20 million times on You Tube.⇓

Learn more about the city’s past at The Odd, Mysterious & Fascinating History of Pittsburgh Facebook page.

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