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Joined on 26 February, 2012

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Benjamin Franklin spent a great deal of time in #Philadelphia and the surrounding area as a printer, inventor, and Founding Father, learn more:

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On February 5, 1824, the Franklin Institute was founded. Seeking to emulate a passion for useful science, in the spirit of Benjamin Franklin, institute members promoted mechanic arts in and beyond the city. Learn more:

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Today is Benjamin Franklin's 315th Birthday! To celebrate, read more about the founding father and his journey through Philadelphia below:

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Quoted @PhillyInquirer

Indoor dining is back in Philadelphia as of today, at 25% occupancy and with stringent safety measures in place.

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Today is #NationalBagelDay so to celebrate, read more about one of the most popular bagel toppings, Philadelphia Cream Cheese.

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The @NHLFlyers won their first game of the season last night. To celebrate, learn more about the history of ice hockey in the Greater Philadelphia area. #AnytimeAnywhere

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COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the Greater Philadelphia area:

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Replying to @PhillyInquirer: New Jersey will begin coronavirus vaccinations on Thursday for residents 65 and older, as well as people 16 and older w…

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New Jersey will begin coronavirus vaccinations on Thursday for residents 65 and older, as well as people 16 and older who have high-risk medical conditions.

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Replying to @PhillyInquirer: A Pennsylvania House panel narrowly advanced a measure Wednesday aimed at giving the Republican-controlled legislature…

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Replying to @PhillyInquirer: #BREAKING: The House has impeached President Trump for "incitement of insurrection" in the Capitol attack, making him t…

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#BREAKING: The House has impeached President Trump for "incitement of insurrection" in the Capitol attack, making him the first president to be impeached twice.

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A Pennsylvania House panel narrowly advanced a measure Wednesday aimed at giving the Republican-controlled legislature the power to draw districts for electing appellate court judges in the state , a major shift away from the current statewide contests.

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#Eagles fire coach Doug Pederson after five years, including Super Bowl title

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What is known today as the Liberty Bell was cast in 1751 to be hung in the new steeple of the State House (Independence Hall). This letter from Isaac Norris II (oversaw the construction of the State House) to Wm. Charles in England served as the order for the Bell. #OnlyAtHSP

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This 1798 cartoon depicts fighting in Philadelphia’s Congress Hall between Congressman Matthew Lyon and Roger Griswold. An insulting reference to Lyon by Griswold triggered the spat. (Library of Congress)

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There Congress met problems and threats to the nation that tested the endurance of the Constitution and the republic it framed. However, by the close of the decade politics had become rife with personal attacks in the halls of Congress and in the press.

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Did you know that Philadelphia served as the nation's temporary capital in the 1790s? Learn more:

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Philadelphia police say they received a tip that a detective, an apparent QAnon adherent, attended the rally and due to that attack that eventually unfolded, an investigation is underway.

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The @Sixers are awaiting Friday’s COVID-19 test results in New York. However, ESPN is reporting the expectation is that multiple players will miss time due to contact tracing for being in close proximity to Seth Curry.

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Replying to @PhillyInquirer: This week is the 25th anniversary of the biggest snow in Philly's history — more than 30 inches buried the city in 1996…

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This week is the 25th anniversary of the biggest snow in Philly's history — more than 30 inches buried the city in 1996.

Were you in Philly then? We want to see your pictures! ❄️ Please email them to Digital Photo Editor Rachel Molenda at rmolenda@inquirer.com.

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Happy New Year!
The Mummers Parade, an institution in Philadelphia since 1901, brought together many of the loosely organized groups of folk performers who roamed the streets each year between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.

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