Ohio in History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 214

  • 1669-07-06 LaSalle leaves Montreal to explore Ohio River

New Settlement

1749-05-19 George II grants charter to Ohio Company to settle Ohio Valley

  • 1749-11-02 English Ohio Trade Company forms first trading post
  • 1772-06-09 1st Protestant church west of Pennsylvania (in Ohio) holds communion
  • 1773-07-29 1st schoolhouse west of Allegheny Mountains completed, Schoenbrunn, Ohio
  • 1782-03-08 Gnadenhutten Massacre - Ohio militia kills 90 Native American
  • 1788-04-07 1st settlement in Ohio, at Marietta
  • 1788-08-17 Losantville, Ohio (now Cincinnati) founded
  • 1790-05-26 Territory South of River Ohio created by US Congress
  • 1791-01-02 Big Bottom massacre in the Ohio Country, marking the beginning of the Northwest Indian War.
  • 1794-06-30 Seige of Fort Recovery, Ohio, Anglo American army holds off an attack on the fort by an Indian confederacy

Victory in Battle

1794-08-20 Battle of Fallen Timbers: Major General "Mad Anthony" Wayne defeats a joint British-Native American force at Fallen Timbers, Ohio in the final battle of the Northwest Indian War

  • 1796-07-22 Cleveland, Ohio, founded by General Moses Cleaveland. Originally called 'Cleaveland', the public adopted the current name after a newspaper editor noticed the name was too long to fit on the page.
  • 1802-11-01 Delegates meet at Chillicothe, Ohio, to form a state constitutional convention.
  • 1803-02-19 US Congress accepts Ohio's constitution, statehood not ratified till 1953
  • 1803-03-01 Ohio becomes 17th state of the Union
  • 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 passes law restricting movement of Blacks
  • 1808-06-01 1st US land-grant university founded as Ohio University in 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 In Portsmouth, Ohio, African Americans forcibly deported

Historic Event

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
  • 1833-12-03 Oberlin College in Ohio, the first truly coeducational college, opens
  • 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 Treaty of 1842: Wyandotte (Huron) Indian nation cedes 114,000 acres of land in Ohio and Michigan to US, in exchange for 148,000 acres west of the Mississippi
  • 1843-06-01 It snows in Buffalo and 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)

Conference of Interest

1851-05-29 Sojourner Truth addresses 1st Black Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio

  • 1852-03-29 Ohio makes it illegal for children under 18 and 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

Historic Event

1858-03-14 Ellen G. White receives a vision while attending a funeral service in Lovett's Grove, near Bowling Green, Ohio

  • 1863-07-02 R Morgan's: Burksville, Kentucky to Salineville, Ohio [->JUL 26]
  • 1863-07-11 Battle at Green River, Kentucky (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
  • 1863-07-26 Battle of Salineville Ohio: Confederate cavalry leader John Hunt Morgan and 364 troops surrender to Union forces after a 17-day unauthorized raid through Indiana and 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
  • 1867-07-16 D.R. Averill of Ohio patents ready-mixed paint
  • 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 first cash register, to combat stealing by bartenders in his saloon in Dayton, Ohio
  • 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, D.C.
  • 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
  • 1898-09-01 First forestry school in America opens at Biltmore Estate, North Carolina
  • 1899-02-10 -39°F (-39°C), Milligan, Ohio (state lowest record temperature)
  • 1901-06-20 Charlotte Maxeke becomes the first native African to graduate from a US college (Wilberforce University in Ohio)
  • 1903-05-17 Cleveland Indians beat NY Highlanders 9-2 in Columbus Ohio
  • 1904-09-29 1st monument honoring Spanish–American War erected, in Monroeville, Ohio
  • 1906-03-17 The Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity is founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio
  • 1908-03-04 Primary school catches fire in Collingwood, Ohio (180 killed)
  • 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
  • 1913-03-25 Great Dayton Flood: winter rains cause Great Miami River to flood, Ohio's greatest natural disaster
  • 1913-03-26 Dayton, Ohio almost destroyed when Scioto, Miami and Muskingum River reach flood stage simultaneously
  • 1914-08-05 1st electric traffic light installed in the USA on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1915-11-02 First 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

Boxing Title Fight

1919-07-04 Jack Dempsey beats champion Jess Willard, retired in 3rd round in Toledo, Ohio for world heavyweight championship

US Golf Open

1920-08-13 US Open Men's Golf, Inverness GC: Isle of Jersey native Ted Ray pars the 18th, giving him a 1-stroke win over runners-up Harry Vardon, Jock Hutchison, Leo Diegel & Jack Burke Sr

  • 1920-09-17 National Football League is born in Canton, Ohio; 12 teams pay $100 each to join American Professional Football Association; renamed the NFL in 1922
  • 1921-05-14 Florence Allen is 1st woman judge to sentence a man to death in Ohio
  • 1921-08-03 1st aerial crop dusting in Troy, Ohio, to kill caterpillars
  • 1922-02-21 WHK-AM in Cleveland, Ohio begins radio transmissions
  • 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 and Lorain, Ohio, killing 93
  • 1925-09-03 The airship USS Shenandoah (ZR-1) crashes in a storm near Caldwell, Ohio, killing 14, 29 survive
  • 1926-07-10 US Open Men's Golf, Scioto CC: Amateur Bobby Jones, winner of the British Open 2 weeks earlier, claims the second of his 4 US Opens, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Joe Turnesa
  • 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

Ryder Cup

1931-06-27 Ryder Cup Golf, Scioto CC: Walter Hagen captains his 2nd victorious American team; US wins, 9-3

  • 1931-07-06 US Open Golf, Inverness Club, Ohio: Billy Burke wins by 1 stroke from George Von Elm in a second 36-hole playoff; longest playoff in tournament history
  • 1932-01-01 Jacob Cocey Sr chosen as Mayor of Massillon, Ohio

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 1,019

  • 1738-03-11 Benjamin Tupper, Continental Army officer, and pioneer to the Ohio Country (d. 1792)
  • 1774-09-26 Johnny Appleseed [John Chapman], American pioneer nurseryman (introduced apple trees to Pennsylvania, Ontario, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois), born in Leominster, Massachusetts (d. 1845)
  • 1775-07-25 Anna Symmes Harrison, 9th 1st lady (1841), born in Morristown, New Jersey (d. 1864)
  • 1800-10-27 Benjamin Franklin Wade, American politician, US Senator from Ohio (1851-69), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1878)
  • 1802-12-02 Melancthon Smith Wade, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1868)
  • 1805-02-21 David Tod, US diplomat and politician (Gov-R-Ohio, 1861-63), born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 1868)
  • 1807-06-11 James F. Schenck, American rear admiral (Mexican–American War), born in Franklin, Ohio (d. 1882)
  • 1808-02-26 Nathan Kelley, American architect, active mainly in Ohio, (d. 1871)
  • 1808-03-14 Catharinus Putnam Buckingham, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Zanesville, Ohio (d. 1888)
  • 1808-04-26 Martha Finley, American children's book author (Elsie Dinsmore series), born in Chillicothe, Ohio (d. 1909)
  • 1809-10-04 Robert Cumming Schenck, American Major General (Union Army), born in Franklin, Ohio (d. 1890)
  • 1811-03-15 Robert Allen, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in West Point, Ohio (d. 1886)
  • 1811-05-24 Charles Clark, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Lebanon, Ohio (d. 1877)
  • 1812-12-16 William Grose, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1900)
  • 1814-04-03 Lorenzo Snow, 5th president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, born in Mantua, Ohio (d. 1901)

Edwin StantonEdwin Stanton (1814-1869)

1814-12-19 US Secretary of War during most of the American Civil War (1861-65) and US Attorney General (1860-61), born in Steubenville, Ohio

  • 1815-02-02 Nathaniel Collins McLean, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1905)
  • 1815-09-10 Eleazer Arthur Paine, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Geauga County, Ohio (d. 1882)
  • 1815-10-29 Dan Emmett, American composer, born in Mount Vernon, Ohio (d. 1904)
  • 1816-05-24 Robert Seaman Granger, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Zanesville, Ohio (d. 1894)
  • 1817-07-19 Mary Ann Bickerdyke, American army nurse (union), born in Knox County, Ohio (d. 1901)
  • 1818-03-23 Don Carlos Buell, American Major General (Union Army), born in Lowell, Ohio (d. 1898)
  • 1818-10-15 Irvin McDowell, American Major General (Union Army), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1885)
  • 1819-09-06 William Starke Rosecrans, American inventor, politician and US Army General (Union Army), born in Delaware County, Ohio (d. 1898)
  • 1819-09-07 Thomas A. Hendricks, 21st Vice President of the United States (D), born in Fultonham, Ohio (d. 1885)

William Tecumseh ShermanWilliam Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891)

1820-02-08 American Major General in the Union Army, born in Lancaster, Ohio

  • 1820-02-20 Mahlon Dickerson Manson, American druggist politician and General (Union Army), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1895)
  • 1820-04-26 Alice Cary, American poet (Cincinnati Sentinel), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1871)
  • 1821-05-02 Abram Sanders Piatt, American farmer, publisher, poet, politician, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1908)
  • 1821-07-08 William Harvey Lamb Wallace, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Urbana, Ohio (d. 1862)
  • 1822-03-01 Charles Champion Gilbert, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Zanesville, Ohio (d. 1903)

Ulysses S. GrantUlysses S. Grant (1822-1885)

1822-04-27 18th US President (1869-77) and Union general, born in Point Pleasant, Ohio

Rutherford B. HayesRutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893)

1822-10-04 19th US President (Republican: 1877-81), born in Delaware, Ohio

  • 1823-02-27 Ferdinand Van Derveer, American lawyer and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Middletown, Ohio (d. 1892)
  • 1823-03-14 Roswell S. Ripley, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Worthington, Ohio (d. 1887)
  • 1823-04-04 Robert Byington Mitchell, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Mansfield, Ohio (d. 1882)
  • 1824-08-03 William Burnham Woods, American politician, judge, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Newark, Ohio (d. 1887)
  • 1824-08-09 Simon Goodell Griffin, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Newark, Ohio (d. 1887)
  • 1824-08-21 John Sanford Mason, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Steubenville, Ohio (d. 1897)
  • 1824-09-04 Phoebe Cary, American poet (Poems of Alice & Phoebe Cary), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1871)
  • 1825-02-28 Quincy Adams Gillmore, American civil engineer, author, and Major General (Union Army), born in Lorain County, Ohio (d. 1888)
  • 1825-05-06 Joseph Bailey, American civil engineer and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Morgan County, Ohio (d. 1867)
  • 1825-06-12 John Cook, American bugler (Union Army), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1910)
  • 1825-09-03 William Wallace Burns, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Coshocton, Ohio (d. 1892)
  • 1825-12-18 Charles Griffin, American Major General (Union Army), born in Granville, Ohio (d. 1867)
  • 1826-02-04 Halbert Eleazer Paine, American lawyer and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Chardon, Ohio (d. 1905)
  • 1826-10-31 Hugh Boyle Ewing, American diplomat, author, attorney, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Lancaster, Ohio (d. 1905)
  • 1826-11-02 Robert Hopkins Hatton, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Steubenville, Ohio (d. 1862)
  • 1826-11-02 William Haines Lytle, US politician, poet and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1863)
  • 1826-11-03 Jasper Adalmorn Maltby, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Kingsville, Ohio (d. 1867)
  • 1827-02-19 Charles Robert Woods, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Newark, Ohio (d. 1855)
  • 1827-05-21 William P. Sprague, American politician from Ohio (d. 1899)
  • 1827-10-14 James Sidney Robinson, American politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Mansfield, Ohio (d. 1892)
  • 1828-05-20 James William Reilly, American lawyer, politician, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1905)
  • 1828-11-14 James Birdseye MacPherson, American Major General (Union Army), born in Clyde, Ohio (d. 1864)
  • 1828-12-16 John Beatty, American banker, statesman, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Sandusky, Ohio (d. 1914)
  • 1829-02-01 John Potts Slough, American politician, lawyer and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1867)
  • 1829-08-07 Thomas Ewing Jr, American attorney, 1st chief justice of Kansas, congressman, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Lancaster, Ohio (d. 1896)
  • 1829-09-08 George Crook, American Major General (Union Army), born in Taylorsville, Ohio (d. 1890)
  • 1830-01-07 [Samuel] Emerson Opdycke, American businessman and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Hubbard, Ohio (d. 1884)
  • 1830-07-22 William Sooy Smith, American civil engineer and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Tarlton, Ohio (d. 1916)
  • 1831-04-22 Alexander McDowell McCook, American Major General (Union Army), born in Columbiana County, Ohio (d. 1903)
  • 1831-08-28 Lucy Ware Webb Hayes, 1st lady of the United States (1877-81), born in Chillicothe, Ohio (d. 1889)

James GarfieldJames Garfield (1831-1881)

1831-11-19 20th US President (Republican: 1881), born in Moreland Hills, Ohio

  • 1831-12-06 Joshua Woodrow Sill, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Chillicothe, Ohio (d. 1862)
  • 1831-12-27 Lucius Fairchild, American politician, diplomat, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Kent, Ohio (d. 1896)
  • 1832-03-07 Orlando Metcalfe Poe, American engineer and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Navarre, Ohio (d. 1895)
  • 1832-04-19 Lucretia Garfield, First Lady of the United States as the wife of James A. Garfield (1881), born in Garrettsville, Ohio (d. 1918)
  • 1832-05-05 Hubert Howe Bancroft, American historian, ethnologist (History of Pacific States), born in Granville, Ohio (d. 1918)
  • 1832-08-11 Thomas Ogden Osbord, American lawyer, diplomat and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Licking County, Ohio (d. 1904)
  • 1832-10-01 Caroline Harrison, 1st lady of the U.S. (1889-1892), wife of Benjamin Harrison, born in Oxford, Ohio (d. 1892)
  • 1832-12-14 Daniel H. Reynolds, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Centerburg, Ohio (d. 1902)
  • 1833-06-15 Edward Moody McCook, American lawyer, politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Steubenville, Ohio (d. 1909)
  • 1833-07-22 Benjamin Hanby, American composer ("Jolly Old Saint Nicholas"), born in Rushville, Ohio (d. 1867)

Benjamin HarrisonBenjamin Harrison (1833-1901)

1833-08-20 23rd President of the United States (Republican: 1889-93), born in North Bend, Ohio

  • 1833-10-05 Cyrus Bussey, American politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Hubbard, Ohio (d. 1915)
  • 1834-07-22 Daniel McCook Jr, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Carrollton, Ohio (d. 1864)
  • 1834-11-10 Wager Swayne, American Colonel (Union Army), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1902)
  • 1835-03-06 Charles Ewing, American attorney and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Lancaster, Ohio (d. 1883)
  • 1835-08-02 Elisha Grey, American electrical engineer and inventor (Telephone), born in Barnesville, Ohio (d. 1901)
  • 1835-08-08 James William Forsyth, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Maumee, Ohio (d. 1906)
  • 1835-11-17 Andrew L. Harris, governor of Ohio (d. 1915)
  • 1835-11-18 Americus Vespucius Rice, American politician, banker, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Perrysville, Ohio (d. 1904)
  • 1836-01-29 Benjamin Franklin Potts, American lawyer, politician, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Fox Township, Ohio (d. 1887)
  • 1836-08-22 Archibald M Willard, American artist (Spirit of '76), born in Bedford, Ohio (d. 1918)
  • 1837-07-31 William Quantrill, American guerrilla leader in the Confederate Army who led Quantrill's Raiders in the Lawrence Massacre, born in Canal Dover, Ohio (d. 1865)
  • 1838-02-12 Charles C. Walcutt, American general in the Union Army during the American Civil War, born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1898)
  • 1838-05-06 Alfred Pease, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1882)

Victoria WoodhullVictoria Woodhull (1838-1927)

1838-09-23 American civil rights activist (1872 presidential candidate, woman's suffrage movement), born in Homer, Ohio

  • 1838-11-06 John Grant Mitchell, American lawyer and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1894)
  • 1839-03-08 Josephine Cochrane, American inventor (automatic dishwasher), born in Ashtabula County, Ohio (d. 1913)
  • 1839-07-17 Ephraim Shay, American inventor of Shay type of geared steam locomotive, born in Huron, Ohio (d. 1916)
  • 1839-09-10 Isaac Kauffman Funk, American publisher (Funk & Wagnalls), born in Clifton, Ohio (d. 1912)

George Armstrong CusterGeorge Armstrong Custer (1839-1876)

1839-12-05 United States Army officer and cavalry commander in the American Civil War and the American Indian Wars, born in New Rumley, Ohio

Ambrose BierceAmbrose Bierce (1842-1914)

1842-06-24 American writer and satirist (Devil's Dictionary, Nuggets & Dust), born in Meigs County, Ohio

William McKinleyWilliam McKinley (1843-1901)

1843-01-29 25th US President (Republican: 1897-1901), born in Niles, Ohio

Thomas EdisonThomas Edison (1847-1931)

1847-02-11 American inventor (lightbulb, phonograph, motion picture camera), born in Milan, Ohio

  • 1847-06-08 Ida McKinley, US First Lady (1897-1901) and wife of the 25th US President William McKinley, born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1907)
  • 1847-09-16 Albert Ross Parsons, American composer, born in Sandusky, Ohio (d. 1933)
  • 1848-03-25 William Keith Brooks, American marine zoologist (anatomy and embryology of marine animals), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Famous Weddings

Harriet Beecher Stowe

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

James Garfield

1858-11-11 20th US President James Garfield (26) weds Lucretia Rudolph (26) in Hiram, Ohio

Thomas Edison

1886-02-24 Inventor Thomas Edison (38) marries 2nd wife Mina Miller (20) in Akron, Ohio

William Howard Taft

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

Booker T. Washington

1886-08-11 Education pioneer Booker T. Washington (30) weds Olivia Davidson (32) Athens, Ohio

Warren G. Harding

1891-07-08 Future US President Warren G. Harding (25) weds publisher Florence DeWolfe (30) in Marion, Ohio

Spencer Tracy

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

Oscar Robertson

1960-06-25 NBA player Oscar Robertson (21) weds teacher Yvonne Crittenden in Cincinnati, Ohio

Johnny Bench

1975-02-21 Cincinnati Reds catcher Johnny Bench (27) weds Vickie Chesser in Cincinnati, Ohio

Paul O'Neill

1984-12-29 MLB player Paul O'Neill (21) weds his childhood sweetheart Nevalee Davis in Columbus, Ohio

  • 2011-05-22 American R&B singer Keyshia Cole (28) weds NBA Cleveland Cavaliers Daniel Gibson (25) in Cleveland, Ohio; divorce in 2017
  • 2011-07-23 "Pittsburgh Steelers" quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (29) weds Ashley Harlan at Christ Church of Grove Farm in Ohio Township

Famous Deaths

  • 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)
  • 1845-03-18 Johnny Appleseed [John Chapman], American pioneer nurseryman (introduced apple trees to Pennsylvania, Ontario, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois), dies at 70
  • 1865-08-29 John Brough, US publisher/(gov-R-Ohio), dies at about 54
  • 1899-03-03 William P. Sprague, American politician from Ohio (b. 1827)

Paul Laurence DunbarPaul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)

1906-02-09 African American dialect poet, dies at 33 in Dayton, Ohio

  • 1915-09-13 Andrew L. Harris, American Civil War hero and Governor of Ohio (b. 1835)

Pretty Boy FloydPretty Boy Floyd (1904-1934)

1934-10-22 American gangster and FBI Most Wanted criminal, shot dead at 30 by the FBI in Ohio

  • 1941-03-08 Sherwood Anderson, American author & publisher (Winesburg Ohio), dies at 64
  • 1941-06-11 Daniel Carter Beard, American author, social reformer and founder of the Boy Scouts of America, dies at 91
  • 1953-07-31 Robert A. Taft, American politician (U.S. Senator from Ohio), dies at 63
  • 1963-05-17 John Wilce, physician and former head football coach at the Ohio State University (b. 1888)
  • 1970-05-04 4 students, at Kent State University killed by Ohio National Guard
  • 1972-02-27 Pat Brady [Robert Ellsworth O'Brady], American actor (The Roy Rogers Show, Man from Music Mountain), dies at 57
  • 1974-12-28 Paul Dixon, Ohio talk show host (Paul Dixon Show), dies at 56
  • 1979-06-22 Julius Sommer, dies of heart failure, buried in Dayton Ohio
  • 1984-04-07 Frank Church, American lawyer and politician (United States Senator from Idaho), dies at 59
  • 1987-03-12 Woody Hayes, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (National C'ship 1954, 57, 61, 68, 70; Ohio State), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 1995-11-14 Les Horvath, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback and halfback (Heisman Trophy 1944; first Ohio State player to win the award; National C'ship 1942), dies of heart failure at 74
  • 1996-02-27 Vic Janowicz, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1950, Ohio State; NFL: Washington Redskins), dies of cancer at 66
  • 2001-03-04 Jim Rhodes, American politician, Governor of Ohio (b. 1909)
  • 2001-11-01 Warren Amling, American College Football Hall of Fame guard (Ohio State), dies at 76
  • 2002-01-06 Fred Taylor, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster (Ohio State University 1959-76; MLB Washington Senators 1950-52), dies at 77
  • 2003-01-03 Sid Gillman, Pro & College Football Hall of Fame end (Ohio State U) and coach (U of Cincinnati, LA Rams, Houston Oilers), dies at 91
  • 2004-12-08 "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, American heavy metal guitarist (Pantera), shot and killed by crazed fan Nathan Gale while performing on stage at 38
  • 2008-03-12 Howard Metzenbaum, American businessman and politician (U.S. Senator from Ohio), dies at 90
  • 2010-04-02 Thomas J. Moyer, American judge and Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court (1987-2010), dies at 70
  • 2016-06-12 George V. Voinovich, US politician (R), Senator and Governor of Ohio, dies at 79

John GlennJohn Glenn (1921-2016)

2016-12-08 American astronaut (1st American to orbit the earth) and politician (Senator D-Ohio), dies at 95

  • 2018-01-10 Tom Luken, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio), dies at 92
  • 2018-05-04 Larry Hunter, American college basketball coach (Wittenberg Tigers, Ohio Bobcats, Western Carolina Catamounts), dies at 68
  • 2018-09-11 Jim Houston, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker (Ohio State; Pro Bowl 1964-65, 69-70; Cleveland Browns), dies of dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 80
  • 2019-09-20 Howard Cassady, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1955, Ohio State; NFL C'ship 1957, Detroit Lions), dies at 85