Today in Ohio History

Ohio: Akron - Cincinnati - Cleveland - Columbus - Toledo

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 165

1669-07-06 - LaSalle leaves Montreal to explore Ohio River
1749-05-19 - George II grants charter to Ohio Company to settle Ohio Valley
1749-11-02 - English Ohio Trade Company forms 1st trade post
1772-06-09 - 1st Protestant church west of Penn (in Ohio) holds communion
1774-05-20 - Britain gives Quebec, Labrador & territory north of Ohio
1782-03-08 - Gnadenhutten Massacre - Ohio militia kills 90 indians
1788-04-07 - 1st settlement in Ohio, at Marietta
1790-05-26 - Territory South of River Ohio created by Congress
1791-01-02 - Big Bottom massacre in the Ohio Country, marking the beginning of the Northwest Indian War.
1794-06-30 - Battle of Fort Recovery, Ohio
1794-08-20 - Gen Mad Anthony Wayne defeated the Indians at Fallen Timbers Ohio
1796-07-22 - Cleveland, Ohio, founded by Gen Moses Cleveland
1802-11-01 - Delegates meet at Chillicothe, Ohio to form a state constitutional convention.
1803-02-19 - Congress accepts Ohio's constitution, statehood not ratified till 1953
1803-03-01 - Ohio becomes 17th state
1804-01-05 - Ohio legislature passes 1st laws restricting free blacks movement
1804-02-18 - 1st US land-grant college, Ohio University, Athens Ohio, chartered
1804-03-28 - Ohio passed law restricting movement of Blacks, 1804
1808-06-01 - 1st US land-grant university founded-Ohio Univ, Athens, Ohio
1811-10-29 - 1st Ohio River steamboat leaves Pittsburgh for New Orleans
1823-07-01 - 9th US Postmaster General: John McLean of Ohio takes office
1827-02-28 - 1st commercial railroad in US, Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) chartered
1828-07-04 - Construction begins on B & O (Baltimore-Ohio) 1st US passenger RR
1829-03-16 - Ohio authorizes high school night classes
1830-01-21 - Portsmouth (Ohio) blacks forcibly deported
Religious Leader Joseph Smith JrReligious Leader Joseph Smith Jr 1832-03-24 - Mormon Joseph Smith beaten, tarred & feathered in Ohio
1833-07-23 - Cornerstones are laid for the construction of the Kirtland Temple in Kirtland, Ohio.
1836-03-27 - 1st Mormon temple dedicated (Kirtland, Ohio)
1837-06-13 - 1st Mormon missionaries to British Isles leave Kirtland, Ohio
1837-09-06 - Oberlin Collegiate Institute of Ohio goes co-ed (4 women, 30 men)
1839-08-08 - Beta Theta Pi is founded in Oxford, Ohio.
1842-03-17 - Indians land in Ohio, a 12 square mile area in Upper Sandusky
1843-06-01 - It snows in Buffalo & Rochester NY & Cleveland Ohio
1848-12-26 - The Phi Delta Theta fraternity is founded at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
1850-06-17 - Paddle-wheeler "G P Griffith" burns off Mentor Ohio (206 die)
1852-03-29 - Ohio makes it illegal for children under 18 & women to work more than 10 hours a day
1853-10-06 - 4th National Women's Rights Convention opens in Cleveland Ohio
1856-02-19 - Tin-type camera patented by Hamilton Smith, Gambier, Ohio
1856-08-20 - Wilberforce University forms in Ohio
1863-07-11 - Battle at Green River, Ky (Morgan's Ohio Raid)
1863-07-13 - Rebellion at Morgan's, Ohio [->JUL 26]
1863-07-19 - Battle of Buffington's Island (St George Creek), Ohio
1863-09-01 - 6th Ohio Cavalry ambush at Barbees Crossroads Virginia
1865-05-05 - 1st US train robbery (North Bend Ohio)
1867-06-25 - 1st barbed wire patented by Lucien B Smith of Ohio
1868-05-31 - 1st Memorial Day parade held in Ironton, Ohio
1869-12-28 - William Finley Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio, patents chewing gum
1872-02-22 - 1st national convention of Prohibition Party (Columbus Ohio)
1873-09-17 - 19 students attend opening class at Ohio State University
1876-12-29 - 11 passenger cars crash in a ravine near Ashtabula Ohio, 92 die
1878-02-22 - Greenback Labor Party forms (Toledo Ohio)
1879-11-04 - James Ritty patents 1st cash register, to combat stealing by bartenders in his Dayton, Ohio saloon
1884-07-27 - The East Cleveland Street Railway Company begins the first U.S. commercial electric streetcar line in Cleveland, Ohio, on the Bentley-Knight system
1892-07-10 - 1st concrete-paved street built (Bellefountaine, Ohio)
1894-03-25 - Coxey's Army of the unemployed sets out from Massillon, Ohio, for Washington DC
1894-04-20 - 136,000 mine workers strike in Ohio for pay increase
1894-10-17 - Ohio national guard kills 3 lynchers while rescuing a black man
1895-02-26 - Michael Owens of Toledo, Ohio patents a glass-blowing machine
1895-10-08 - Ohio Valley Improvement Association forms
1899-02-10 - -39°F (-39°C), Milligan, Ohio (state lowest record temperature)
1903-05-17 - Cleve Indians beat NY Highlanders 9-2 in Columbus Ohio
1903-08-16 - Tigers play a home game in Toledo Ohio, Yanks win 12-8
1904-09-29 - 1st monument honoring Spanish American War erected (Monroeville Ohio)
1906-03-17 - The Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity is founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
1908-03-04 - Collingwood Ohio, US primary school catches fire (180 killed)
1909-02-09 - 1st forestry school is incorporated at Kent, Ohio
1910-11-07 - The first air freight shipment (from Dayton, Ohio, to Columbus, Ohio) is undertaken by the Wright Brothers and department store owner Max Moorehouse.
1913-03-21 - -26] Flood in Ohio, kills 400
1913-03-26 - Dayton, Ohio almost destroyed when Scioto, Miami, & Muskingum River reach flood stage simultaneously
1915-11-02 - 1st US election by proportional representation, Ashtabula, Ohio
1915-12-27 - US Iron and Steel workers begin a 3-week strike in Ohio for a eight-hour-day; they are successful as the US needs steel for armaments
1920-08-13 - 24th US Golf Open: Ted Ray shoots a 295 at Inverness Club in Ohio
1920-09-17 - National Football League organizes in Canton Ohio 12 teams pay $100 each to join American Prof Football Association
1921-08-03 - 1st aerial cropdusting (Troy Ohio to kill caterpillars)
1923-02-02 - Ethyl gasoline 1st marketed, Dayton, Ohio
1923-07-11 - Harry Frazee, sells Red Sox to Ohio businessmen for $1M
1923-09-07 - Mary Katherine Campbell (Ohio), 16, crowned 2nd Miss America 1922-23
1924-06-28 - Tornado strikes Sandusky Ohio & Lorain Ohio, killing 93
1925-09-03 - Dirigible "Shenandoah" crashed near Caldwell Ohio, 13 die
Golfer Bobby JonesGolfer Bobby Jones 1926-07-10 - 30th US Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 293 at Scioto CC in Ohio
1927-04-03 - Interstate Commerce Comm transfers Ohio to Eastern time zone
1929-05-09 - WJW-AM in Cleveland Ohio begins radio transmissions
1929-05-15 - Fire in X-ray film stock kills 125 at Crile Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio)
1930-04-21 - Fire at Ohio State Penitentiary kills 322
1931-03-26 - Leo Bentley bowls 3 consecutive perfect games in Lorain, Ohio
1931-06-27 - 3rd Ryder Cup: US wins, 9-3 at Scioto Country Club (Columbus, Ohio, US)
1931-07-06 - 35th US Golf Open: Billy Burke shoots a 292 at Inverness Club Ohio
1932-01-01 - Jacob Cocey Sr chosen as mayor of Massillon Ohio
Gangster John DillingerGangster John Dillinger 1933-06-10 - John Dillinger robs his first bank, in New Carlisle, Ohio. He takes $10, 600
1933-10-12 - John Dillinger escapes from jail in Allen County, Ohio
1934-04-12 - The US Auto-Lite Strike begins, culminating in a five-day melee between Ohio National Guard troops and 6,000 strikers and picketers.
1934-05-23 - The Auto-Lite Strike culminates in the "Battle of Toledo", a five-day melée between 1,300 troops of the Ohio National Guard and 6,000 picketers.
1934-07-21 - 113°F (45°C), near Gallipolis, Ohio (state record)
1934-08-19 - The first All-American Soap Box Derby is held in Dayton, Ohio.
1934-10-22 - In East Liverpool, Ohio, notorious bank robber Pretty Boy Floyd is shot and killed by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.
1936-01-15 - 1st all-glass windowless structure in US completed, Toledo, Ohio
1937-01-01 - US Army Air Corps physiological research laboratory completed, Ohio
1940-06-05 - A synthetic rubber tire exhibited Akron, Ohio by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.
1941-03-24 - LIU beats Ohio U 56-42 for NIT basketball championship
1944-10-20 - Liquid-gas tanks in Cleveland, Ohio explode, 135 die, 3,600 homeless

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 285

1738-03-11 - Benjamin Tupper, Continental Army officer, and pioneer to the Ohio Country (d. 1792)
1775-07-25 - Anna Symmes Harrison, Ohio, 9th 1st lady (1841)
1805-02-21 - David Tod, US diplomat/(Gov-R-Ohio, 1861-63)
1808-02-26 - Nathan Kelley, American architect, active mainly in Ohio, (d.1871)
1814-12-19 - Edwin M[cMasters] Stanton, Ohio, US Secretary of War (1861-65)
1822-04-27 - Ulysses S. Grant, Ohio (R), 18th US president (1869-77) and Union general
19th US President Rutherford B. Hayes19th US President Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-10-04) 1822-10-04 - Rutherford B. Hayes, Delaware Ohio, (R) 19th US president (1877-81)
1827-05-21 - William P. Sprague, American politician from Ohio (d. 1899)
1831-11-19 - James A Garfield, Ohio, gen/(R) 20th Pres (March 4-Sept 19, 1881)
1833-08-20 - Benjamin Harrison, North Bend Ohio, (R) 23rd Pres (1889-1893)
1835-11-17 - Andrew L. Harris, governor of Ohio (d. 1915)
1838-09-23 - Victoria Chaflin Woodhull, Ohio US, feminist/reformer
1839-12-05 - George Armstrong Custer, New Rumley, Ohio, Mjr General (Union volunteers), (d. 1876)
1842-06-24 - Ambrose Bierce, Meigs County, Ohio, American writer and satirist (Devil's Dictionary, Nuggets & Dust)
25th US President William McKinley25th US President William McKinley (1843-01-29) 1843-01-29 - William McKinley, Niles Ohio, 25th US President (1897-1901), (d. 1901)
1847-02-11 - Thomas Alva Edison, Milan Ohio, lit up your life (held 1200 patents)
1860-01-02 - William C Mills, museum curator (excavated Ohio Indian mounds)
1860-08-13 - Annie Oakley [Phoebe Ann Moses], North Star Ohio, sharp shooter (Buffalo Bill's Wild West), (d. 1926)
1865-11-02 - Warren Gamaliel Harding, Ohio, (R) 29th pres (1921-23)
1865-11-02 - Warren G. Harding, Blooming Grove Ohio, American President (1921-1923)
1867-03-29 - Cy [Denton True] Young, Gilmore Ohio, baseball pitcher (511 wins, 1890-1911). Died 1955
29th US President Warren G. Harding29th US President Warren G. Harding (1865-11-02) 1867-03-29 - Cy Young [Denton True Young], Gilmore Ohio, American baseball pitcher (most wins in MLB history)
1867-08-22 - Charles Francis Jenkins, Dayton Ohio, American Inventor (altimeter, automobile self-starter, and early television pioneer)
1867-09-07 - Evan Williams, Mineral Ridge Ohio, oratorio tenor
1868-12-20 - Harvey Firestone, Columbia, Ohio, Industrialist, where the rubber meets the road, (d. 1938)
1869-10-23 - John Heisman, Cleveland Ohio, American pioneering football coach/trophy namesake
1872-06-27 - Paul Laurence Dunbar, Dayton Ohio, poet/novelist (Oak & Ivory)
1874-01-29 - John D. Rockefeller Jr, Cleveland Ohio, American financier and philanthropist
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. JeffriesBoxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries (1875-04-15) 1875-04-15 - James J. Jeffries, Carroll Ohio, American heavyweight boxer
1876-08-29 - Charles F Kettering, Ohio, inventor (auto self-starter)
1876-09-13 - Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio, author/publisher (Winesburg)
1878-01-29 - Barney Oldfield, Ohio, daredevil
1879-02-03 - Charles Follis, 1st black NFLer (Shelby, Ohio)
1880-10-22 - Joe Carr, Ohio, NFL hall of famer/NFL president (1921-39)
1881-04-04 - Charles Funk, Ohio, Encylopediest (Funk & Wagnalls)
1884-11-20 - Norman Thomas, Marion Ohio, socialist (Pres Candidate 1928-48)
1885-09-06 - Otto Kruger, Toledo Ohio, actor (Lux Video Theater, High Noon)
1887-06-23 - John Finley Williamson, Canton Ohio, conductor (Westminster Choir)
1889-01-02 - Walter Baldwin, Ohio, actor (Gay Amigo)
1889-09-08 - Robert A Taft, (Sen-R-Ohio, Taft-Hartley Act)
1892-04-06 - Lowell Thomas, Woodington Ohio, newscaster (High Adventure)
1892-05-01 - Howard Barlow, Plain City Ohio, conductor (Voice of Firestone)
1892-07-28 - Joe E Brown, Holgate Ohio, comedian (Buck Circus Hour)
1894-12-08 - James (Grover) Thurber, Columbus Ohio, humorist (Men, Women & Dogs)
1895-06-05 - William Boyd, Ohio, cowboy (Hopalong Cassidy)
1896-01-17 - Harry Reser, Ohio, orchestra leader (Sammy Kaye Show)
1896-12-27 - Louis Bromfield, Mansfield Ohio, writer (Early Autumn, Pulitzer-1926)
1898-03-08 - Louise Beavers, Cin Ohio, actress (Beulah-Beulah, Made for each other)
1898-05-31 - Norman Vincent Peale, Ohio, clergyman (Power of Positive Thinking)
1900-01-23 - Ralph Graves, Cleve Ohio, actor (Dirigible, Flight, Dream Street)
1900-02-02 - Asa Smith Bushnell Jr, Springfield Ohio, Sec of US Olympics (1945-65)
1900-04-26 - Charles Richter, Ohio, Earthquakes seismologist (Richter scale)
Actor Clark GableActor Clark Gable (1901-02-01) 1901-02-01 - Clark Gable, Cadiz Ohio, American actor (Gone With the Wind)
1902-12-09 - Margaret Hamilton, Cleveland Ohio, actress (Wicked Witch-Wizard of Oz)
1903-10-12 - Grayson Kirk, Jeffersonville Ohio, educator
1903-11-07 - Dean Jagger, Lima Ohio, actor (Albert Vane-Mr Novak, Elmer Gantry)
1903-11-25 - William Dehart Hubbard, Cin Ohio, long jumper (Olympic-gold-1924)
1904-09-19 - Bergen Evans, Ohio, English professor ($64,000 Question)
1904-10-25 - [Herman] Denny Shute, Cleveland Ohio, American golfer and three-time major champion
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Denny ShuteGolfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Denny Shute (1904-10-25) 1905-02-10 - John Dierkes, Ohio US, actor (Daughter of Dr Jekyll, Hanging Tree)
1905-05-25 - Joseph C Harsch, Toledo Ohio, newscaster (Background)
1906-07-08 - Philip Johnson, Cleveland Ohio, Cortalyou architect
1907-02-28 - Milton Caniff, Hillsboro Ohio, Dutch cartoonist (Terry & Pirates)
1907-05-03 - Earl Wilson, Rockford Ohio, columnist (Midnight Earl)
1907-08-18 - Enoch Light, Canton Ohio, orchestra leader (Gulf Road Show with Bob Smith)
1907-11-16 - Burgess Meredith, Cleveland Ohio, actor (Mr Novak, The Penguin in Batman, Rocky), (d. 1997)
1907-12-16 - Ray C Bliss, (R) Ohio State Republican Chairman
American Football Coach Paul BrownAmerican Football Coach Paul Brown (1908-09-07) 1908-09-07 - Paul Brown, Norwalk Ohio, NFL hall of famer (Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals)
1909-04-22 - Ralph Byrd, Dayton Ohio, actor (Dick Tracy TV Show)
1910-03-13 - Sammy Kaye, Rocky River Ohio, orchestra leader (Sammy Kaye Show)
1911-07-01 - Alvino Rey, Cleve Ohio, orchestra leader (King Family)
1911-11-05 - Roy Rogers, Cincinnati Ohio, cowboy (Happy Trails, Roy Rogers Show)
1911-12-13 - Kenneth Patchen, Niles, Ohio, poet/novelist (Cloth of the Tempest), (d. 1972)
1913-02-14 - Woody Hayes, [Wayne], college football coach (Ohio, 1968 coach of the year)
Poet/Novelist Kenneth PatchenPoet/Novelist Kenneth Patchen (1911-12-13) 1913-04-14 - John Howard, Cleve Ohio, actor (Dave-My Three Sons)
1914-07-02 - Frederick Fennell, Cleveland Ohio, conductor (Time & Winds)
1914-07-17 - James Purdy, Hicksville, Ohio, writer (The House of the Solitary Maggot), (disputed birthdate, 1923), (d. 2009)
1914-12-28 - Lee Bowman, Cincinnati Ohio, actor (Ellery Queen, Miami Undercover)
1914-12-31 - Pat Brady, Toledo Ohio, actor (Roy Rodgers Show)
1915-03-27 - Selma Rubin, Toledo, Ohio, environmental activist (Earth Day co-founder), (d. 2012)
1915-10-28 - Dody Goodman, Columbus Ohio, comedienne (Mary Hartman!, Max Duggan)
1915-12-13 - Mark Stevens, Cleveland Ohio, actor (Big Town, Martin Kane)
1917-06-04 - Howard Metzenbaum, (Sen-D-Ohio, 1974- )
1917-06-07 - Dean Martin, Steubenville Ohio, American singer/actor (with Jerry Lewis)
Comedienne and Actress Phyllis DillerComedienne and Actress Phyllis Diller (1917-07-17) 1917-07-17 - Phyllis Diller, Lima Ohio, comedienne and actress (Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number), (d. 2012)
1917-09-13 - Robert Eugene Ward, Cleveland Ohio, composer (Pantaloon)
1917-10-15 - Arthur Schlesinger Jr, Ohio, historian (1946 Pulitzer-Age of Jackson)
1918-05-01 - Jack Paar, Canton Ohio, American television host of the Jack Paar Show (d. 2004)
1918-10-10 - Bobby Byrne, Columbus Ohio, orchestra leader (Club Seven)
1918-10-27 - Paul Dixon, Earling Iowa, Ohio talk show host (Paul Dixon Show)
1918-11-10 - Jack McCoy, Akron Ohio, TV host (Live Like a Millionaire)
1918-11-29 - Herb Shriner, Toledo Ohio, host/humorist (Herb Shriner Show)
1919-01-16 - Bob Boucher, Kent Ohio, orchestra leader (Music on Ice)
1919-03-29 - Eileen Heckart, Columbus Ohio, actress (Doll's House, Trauma Center)
1919-04-07 - Ralph Flanagan, Loraine Ohio, orchestra leader (Let's Dance)
1919-05-24 - Sid Couchey, Cleveland, Ohio, comic book artist (Richie Rich), (d. 2012)
1919-08-06 - Pauline Betz Addie, Dayton Ohio, tennis champ (Wimbledon 1946)
1919-12-01 - Anne Cox Chambers, Dayton Ohio, US ambassador to Belgium (1977-81)
1919-12-06 - Jimmy Bivins [James], Cleveland, Ohio, Hall of Fame heavyweight boxer, (d. 2012)
1920-05-23 - Helen O'Connell, Lima Ohio, singer (Green Eyes, Anapola)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 11 of 11

20th US President James Garfield20th US President James Garfield (1858-11-11) 1858-11-11 - 20th US President James Garfield (26) weds Lucretia Rudolph (26) in Hiram, Ohio
1886-02-24 - Inventor Thomas Edison (38) marries 2nd wife Mina Miller (20) in Akron Ohio.
1886-06-19 - US President William Taft (28) weds Helen Herron (25) in Cincinnati, Ohio
1886-08-11 - Education pioneer Booker T. Washington (30) weds Olivia Davidson (32) Athens, Ohio
1891-07-08 - Future president Harding marries Florence K DeWolfe in Marion Ohio
1891-07-08 - US President Warren G. Harding (25) weds publisher Florence Kling DeWolfe (30) in Marion, Ohio
1960-06-25 - NBA player Oscar Robertson (21) weds teacher Yvonne Crittenden in Cincinnati, Ohio
MLB Catcher Johnny BenchMLB Catcher Johnny Bench (1975-02-21) 1975-02-21 - Cincinnati Reds catcher Johnny Bench (27) weds Vickie Chesser in Cincinnati, Ohio
1984-12-29 - MLB player Paul O'Neill (21) weds his childhood sweetheart Nevalee Davis in Columbus, Ohio
2011-05-22 - R&B singer Keyshia Cole (28) weds NBA Cleveland Cavaliers Daniel Gibson (25) in Cleveland, Ohio
2011-07-23 - "Pittsburgh Steelers" quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (29) weds Ashley Harlan at Christ Church of Grove Farm in Ohio Township

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 17 of 17

1792-06-16 - Benjamin Tupper, Continental Army officer, and pioneer to the Ohio Country (b. 1738)
1806-11-16 - Moses Cleaveland, founder of Cleveland, Ohio (b. 1754)
1865-08-29 - John Brough, US publisher/(gov-R-Ohio), dies at about 54
19th US President Rutherford B. Hayes19th US President Rutherford B. Hayes (1893-01-17) 1893-01-17 - Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th US Pres (1877-81), dies of a heart attack at 70
1899-03-03 - William P. Sprague, American politician from Ohio (b. 1827)
1906-02-09 - Paul Laurence Dunbar, black dialect poet, dies at 33 in Dayton, Ohio
1915-09-13 - Andrew L. Harris, American Civil War hero and Governor of Ohio (b. 1835)
1934-10-22 - Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd, gangster, shot dead at 30 by FBI in Ohio
1941-03-08 - Sherwood Anderson, US writer/publisher (Winesburg Ohio), dies at 64
1963-05-17 - John Wilce, physician and former head football coach at the Ohio State University (b. 1888)
Poet Paul Laurence DunbarPoet Paul Laurence Dunbar (1906-02-09) 1970-05-04 - 4 students, at Kent State University killed by Ohio National Guard
1974-02-27 - Pat Brady, Toledo Ohio, actor (Roy Rodgers Show), dies at 59
1979-06-22 - Julius Sommer, dies of heart failure, buried in Dayton Ohio
1984-04-07 - Frank Church, (Sen-D-Ohio, 1957-81), dies at 59
1987-03-11 - [Wayne] Woody Hayes, football coach (Ohio State), dies at 74
2001-03-04 - Jim Rhodes, Governor of Ohio (b. 1909)
2004-12-08 - Dimebag Darrell, heavy metal guitarist in band Pantera is shot & killed while performing onstage in Columbus Ohio by crazed fan Nathan Gale


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