Cincinnati in History

Historical Events

  • 1788-08-17 Losantville, Ohio (now Cincinnati) founded
  • 1793-12-14 1st state road authorized, Frankfort, Ky to Cincinnati
  • 1827-08-10 Race riots in Cincinnati (1,000 blacks leave for Canada)
  • 1848-11-21 Cincinnati Turngemeinde founded
  • 1853-04-01 Cincinnati becomes 1st US city to employ fulltime professional firefighters
  • 1866-07-23 Cincinnati Baseball club (Red Stockings) forms
  • 1876-02-02 Baseball's National League forms with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, St Louis
  • 1877-05-07 Cincinnati Enquirer first uses term "Bullpen" to indicate foul territory
  • 1877-07-23 1st US municipal railroad, Cincinnati Southern, begins operations
  • 1879-10-01 Cincinnati Enquirer publishes 1st report on baseball reserve clause
  • 1882-10-06 1st World Series game, Cincinnati (AA) beats Chicago (NL) 4-0
  • 1882-10-07 1st World Series (game 2), Chicago (NL) beats Cincinnati (AA) 2-0
  • 1887-02-22 Union Labor Party organized in Cincinnati
  • 1895-01-22 National Association of Manufacturers organized in Cincinnati
  • 1899-06-10 Improved Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks forms in Cincinnati
  • 1899-10-15 Cincinnati closes season with 16-1 & 19-3 victories over Cleve Spiders
  • 1900-05-28 Fire in Cincinnati nearly destroys Reds' grandstand
  • 1901-03-11 Cincinnati Enquirer reports Balt mgr John McGraw signed Cherokee Indian Tokohoma, who is really black 2nd baseman Charlie Grant
  • 1908-03-07 Cincinnati Mayor Mark Breith stood before city council & announces that, "women are not physically fit to operate automobiles"
  • 1914-09-01 The last passenger pigeon, a female named Martha, dies in captivity in the Cincinnati Zoo.
  • 1915-12-22 Organized baseball & Federal League sign a peace treaty at Cincinnati
  • 1916-11-26 Addressing the Chamber of Commerce in Cincinnati, US President Wilson declares that 'The business of neutrality is over. The nature of modern war leaves no state untouched'
  • 1918-02-21 The last Carolina parakeet dies in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo.
  • 1919-09-16 Dutch Ruether beats Giants 4-3 to clinch Cincinnati 1st NL pennant
  • 1922-03-02 WLW-AM in Cincinnati OH begins radio transmissions
  • 1930-06-02 Sarah Dickson becomes 1st woman Presbyterian elder in US, Cincinnati
  • 1934-07-14 Phillies score 11 runs in an inning, beats Cincinnati 18-0
  • 1935-05-23 1st scheduled night game postponed due to rain (Cincinnati)
  • 1935-05-24 1st major league night baseball game, in Cincinnati (Reds 2, Phil 1)
  • 1938-07-06 6th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-1 at Crosley Field, Cincinnati
  • 1948-02-09 WLWT TV channel 5 in Cincinnati, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-04-04 WKRC TV channel 12 in Cincinnati, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-05-02 Don Newcombe, 1st start, shuts out Cincinnati on 5 hits to win 3-0
  • 1949-07-26 WCPO TV channel 9 in Cincinnati, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-07-14 20th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-1 at Crosley Field, Cincinnati
  • 1954-07-26 WCET TV channel 48 in Cincinnati, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting

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1963-11-26 Cincinnati 2nd baseman Pete Rose wins NL Rookie of Year

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1965-12-09 Frank Robinson is traded from Cincinnati to the Orioles
  • 1966-11-25 Cincinnati infielder Tommy Helms is voted NL Rookie of Year
  • 1967-06-12 Race riot in Cincinnati Ohio (300 arrested)
  • 1968-08-01 WXIX TV channel 19 in Cincinnati-Newport, OH (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1968-12-07 Richard Dodd returns a library book his great grandfather took out in 1823 from the University of Cincinnati
  • 1969-09-24 1st Elvis convention, 2500 fans attend in Cincinnati
  • 1970-04-11 SF beats Cincinnati 2-1, only day Reds aren't in 1st place in 1970
  • 1970-06-24 Reds play final game at Cincinnati's Crosley Field, beat Giants 5-4
  • 1970-06-30 Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium opens, Braves beat Reds 8-2
  • 1971-03-19 Philadelphia 76ers outscore Cincinnati Royals 90-8 in 1 half

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1973-08-17 Willie Mays hits 660th & last HR (off Don Gullett of Cincinnati)

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1976-10-17 Coldest World Series game Yankees vs Cincinnati, 39 degrees F (until 1997)
  • 1977-05-18 Nightclub in Cincinnati fire kills 164
  • 1978-09-30 Major Indoor Soccer League grants 1st 6 franchises to Cincinnati
  • 1979-12-03 11 trampled to death at Who concert in Cincinnati
  • 1981-12-13 70th Davis Cup: USA beats Argentina in Cincinnati (3-1)
  • 1981-12-21 Cincinnati beats Bradley 75-73 in 7 OTs (NCAA record)
  • 1983-01-02 Ken Anderson of Cincinnati completes record 20 consecutive passes
  • 1983-06-02 Toilet catches fire on Air Canada's DC-9, 23 die at Cincinnati
  • 1987-03-12 Ice Pairs Championship at Cincinnati won by E Gordeeva & Grinkov (URS)
  • 1987-03-12 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Cincinnati won by Brian Orser (CAN)
  • 1987-03-13 Ice Dance Championship at Cincinnati won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)
  • 1987-03-14 Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Cincinnati won by Katarina Witt
  • 1990-07-19 BASF plant in Cincinnati explodes in flames, 1 dies
  • 1990-10-05 Cincinnati jury acquits art gallery of obsentity (Mappelthorpe photos)

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1997-10-22 Larry Flynt sells Hustler in a non-zoned area of Cincinnati

Magazine Publisher Larry Flynt
Magazine Publisher
Larry Flynt

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2002-05-04 Barry Bonds hits his 400th home run as a Giant, leading his team to a 3-0 win over Cincinnati. Bonds is the first player to hit 400 homers for one team and 100 with another

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 2009-01-01 75th Orange Bowl: #21 Virginia Tech beats #12 Cincinnati, 20-7
  • 2010-01-01 76th Sugar Bowl: #5 Florida beats #3 Cincinnati, 51-24
  • 2012-03-10 33rd Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Louisville beats Cincinnati, 50-44
  • 2015-07-14 86th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 6-3 at Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
  • 2016-05-28 Harambe, a gorilla form Cincinnati Zoo, is shot after dragging about a boy who slipped into the enclosure

Famous Birthdays

  • 1820-04-26 Alice Cary, American poet (Cincinnati Sentinel), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1824-09-04 Phoebe Cary, American poet (Poems of Alice & Phoebe Cary), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

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1857-09-15 William Howard Taft, (R) 27th pres (1909-13), chief justice, born in Cincinnati, Ohio

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft
  • 1882-04-18 Leopold Stokowski, conductor (Cincinnati Symphony), born in London, England
  • 1883-02-22 Marguerite Clark, American silent film actress (Snow White), born in Avondale, Cincinnati (d. 1940)
  • 1887-04-08 Walter Connolly, actor (Good Earth, 5th Avenue Girl), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1888-09-19 Porter Hall, actor (Half-Breed, Double Indenity), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1888-11-23 Nana Bryant, actress (Ladies of the Chorus), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1890-07-20 Theda Bara, [Theodosia Goodman], actress (Love Goddeses), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1898-03-08 Louise Beavers, actress (Beulah-Beulah, Made for each other), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1902-04-06 Gertrude Short, actress (Stella Dallas, Blonde Venus), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1903-11-25 William Dehart Hubbard, long jumper (Olympic-gold-1924), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1907-08-30 John Mauchly, American physicist who with J. Presper Eckert, designed the first general purpose electronic digital computer (ENIAC), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1911-05-13 Robert Middleton, American film and TV actor (Barney-Monroes), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • 1911-11-05 Roy Rogers, cowboy (Happy Trails, Roy Rogers Show), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1914-12-28 Lee Bowman, actor (Ellery Queen, Miami Undercover), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

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1921-02-16 Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], American actress/dancer (Wonder Man), born in Norwood, Ohio

Actress Vera-Ellen

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1924-04-03 Doris Day, "girl next door" actress (Pillow Talk), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day
  • 1924-07-20 Thomas Berger, American novelist (Vital Parts, Little Big Man), born in Cincinnati, Ohio, (d. 2014)
  • 1926-10-17 Karl Gordon Henize, astronaut (STS 51-F), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1928-01-11 Mitchell Ryan, actor (Chase, Executive Suite), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1930-04-25 Dotty Mack, actress (Paul Dixon Show), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

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1930-08-16 Tony Trabert, tennis pro (1955 Wimbledon), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion
Tony Trabert
  • 1931-01-17 Don Zimmer, American baseball coach, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, (d. 2014)
  • 1932-04-10 Hari Rhodes, actor (Mike-Daktari, Roots), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

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1934-11-12 Charles Manson, American criminal (Tate-Labianco), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Murderer Charles Manson
Charles Manson
  • 1935-06-16 Jim Dine, pop artist (St John the Divine), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1936-06-02 Otis Williams, doo wop singer (Charms), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1937-12-25 O'Kelly Isley, singer (Isley Brothers-Twist & Shout), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1939-02-28 Charles Brown, featherweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1964), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1939-04-01 Rudolph Isley, rocker (Isley Brothers-Shout), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1941-01-28 Joel Crothers, actor (Edge of Night), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1941-05-21 Ronald Isley, singer (Isley Brothers-Twist & Shout), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1942-01-30 Marty Balin, singer (Jefferson Starship-Miracles), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1943-03-15 Brenda Scott, actress (Midge-Road West), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1945-08-16 Suzanne Farrell, ballerina (Don Quioxote), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1945-12-25 Gary Sandy, actor (Andy-WKRP in Cincinnati), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1946-08-05 Loni Anderson, American actress (Jennifer-WKRP in Cincinnati), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota

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1946-12-18 Steven Spielberg, director (ET, Close Encounters, Jaws), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

  • 1950-03-18 James Conlon, American conductor (Cincinnati May Festival-1979), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951-02-19 Stephen Nichols, actor (Witchboard, Days of our Lives), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1951-10-26 [William] Bootsy Collins, guitarist and singer (Parliament-Funkadelic), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1951-12-04 Patricia Wettig, actress (Nancy Weston-30 Something), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1955-06-15 Julie Hagerty, actress (Airplane, Princesses), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1956-10-23 Darrell Pace, archer (Oly-2 gold/silver-1976, 84, 88), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1960-03-17 Vicki Lewis, actress (Beth-Newsradio), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1960-12-21 Roger McDowell, pitcher (NY Mets, Balt Orioles), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1962-09-12 Amy Yasbeck, Blue Ash, Ohio, American actress (Casey Davenport-Wings, Mask)
  • 1963-07-07 Lance Johnson, outfielder (NY Mets), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1964-03-04 Tom Lampkin, catcher (SF Giants), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1964-04-28 Barry Larkin, infielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1964-11-22 Stephen Geoffreys, actor (Faternity Vacation), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1965-04-20 Jim Terrell, sprint canoe (Olympics-96), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1966-01-15 Betsy Mitchell, American 100m backstroke swimmer, born in Cincinnati, Ohio

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1966-04-14 David Justice, American baseball player (Atlanta Braves), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

MLB Outfielder David Justice
MLB Outfielder
David Justice
  • 1967-01-06 Larry Donald, US boxer (Olympic-92), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1967-02-01 Tim Naehring, infielder (Boston Red Sox), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1968-01-23 Petr Korda, Prague Czech, tennis star (1993 Doubles-Cincinnati)
  • 1968-02-01 George Quigley Jr, skeet (Olympics-1996), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1969-02-10 Jayhawk Owens, catcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1969-09-02 Mark Brettschneider, actor (Jason-One Life to Live), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1972-09-14 David Bell, infielder (St Louis Cardinals), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1973-03-23 Kathy Carboy, diver (Olympics-96), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1977-05-10 Amanda Borden, gymnast (World-silv-94, Oly-gold-96), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1978-06-17 Jenny Keim, diver (Olympics-9th-96), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

1836-01-06 Author Harriet Beecher (24) weds educator Calvin Ellis Stowe (33) in Cincinnati, Ohio

Abolitionist and Author Harriet Beecher Stowe
Abolitionist and Author
Harriet Beecher Stowe

HeartWedding of Interest

1886-06-19 US President William Taft (28) weds Helen Herron (25) in Cincinnati, Ohio

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft

HeartWedding of Interest

1923-09-12 Actor Spencer Tracy (23) weds Louise Treadwell (26) in Cincinnati, Ohio

Famous Deaths

  • 1914-09-01 Martha, last known passenger pigeon, dies at Cincinnati Zoo
  • 2007-05-29 Posteal Laskey, American convicted murderer widely believed to be the Cincinnati Strangler of natural causes (b. 1938)
  • 2011-10-17 Carl Lindner, Jr., Cincinnati businessman and one of the world's richest people (b. 1919)