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ON THIS DAY: April 29, 1995, New $147M Allegheny County Jail opens

Pittsburgh’s Allegheny County Jail, a masterpiece of design by Henry Hobson Richardson at the time it was built in the late 1800s, needed to be replaced with a more secure and humane facility, as most prisoners were awaiting trial and not convicted. The new jail cost $147 million and more than 100,000 people showed up to tour the facility starting on April 29, 1995.

ON THIS DAY: April 26, 1999, FORE Systems in Warrendale sold to London company

Founded in 1990 by four Ph.D.s from Carnegie Mellon University, FORE Systems Inc. went public in 1994 and soon after built its distinctive campus in Warrendale. The company’s proprietary network switches were in high demand as investment in data centers and internet servers saw explosive growth. On April 26, 1999, the company announced its sale to a London-based telecommunications company for $4.5 billion.

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