Canton, Ohio in History

Historical Events

  • 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
  • 1961-04-27 NFL officially recognizes Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio
  • 1963-09-07 Two-building Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio is officially opened
  • 1979-06-22 Pro Football Researchers Association forms (Canton Ohio)

Hall of Fame

2006-08-05 Warren Moon becomes the first black quarterback to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio; joined by Troy Aikman, John Madden, Rayfield Wright, Harry Carson and Reggie White

Famous Birthdays

  • 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)
  • 1887-06-23 John Finley Williamson, conductor (Westminster Choir), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1907-08-18 Enoch Light, American orchestra leader (Gulf Road Show with Bob Smith), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1978)
  • 1918-04-27 John Alfred Scali, American journalist and diplomat, born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1995)

Jack PaarJack Paar (1918-2004)

1918-05-01 American comedian and TV host of the Jack Paar Show and The Tonight Show (1957-62), born in Canton, Ohio

  • 1923-04-20 Mother Angelica, Catholic American Franciscan nun, born in Canton, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • 1926-08-30 Ernie Roth, American wrestling manager (ring name "The Grand Wizard of Wrestling"), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1983)
  • 1926-10-15 Jean Peters, American actress (Viva Zapata!, Apache, Deep Waters), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 2000)
  • 1927-11-13 John Pont, American college football coach (Miami, Yale, Northwestern, Indiana), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • 1932-02-03 Peggy Ann Garner, American actress (Little Women, Daisy Kenyon), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1984)
  • 1942-01-20 William Powell, American R&B singer (O'Jays - "Love Train"), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • 1942-06-16 Eddie Levert, American vocalist (O'Jays - "For The Love Of Money"), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1942-08-25 Walter Williams, American rock vocalist (O'Jays - "Love Train"; Use Ta Be My Girl"), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1945-08-07 Alan Page, American football defensive tackle (NFL MVP 1971; 6×First-team All-Pro; 9×Pro Bowl; Minnesota Vikings) and Associate Justice Minnesota Supreme Court (1993–2015), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1946-05-04 Renee Powell, American golfer, broadcaster (first woman to compete in a men's golf tournament), born in East Canton, Ohio
  • 1948-09-03 Ronald W Harris, American boxer (Olympic gold lightweight 1968), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1949-04-02 Joseph "Joe" Vitale, American singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist (Roller Coaster Weekend), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1949-06-08 Jeffrey Mylett, American actor and songwriter, born in North Canton, Ohio (d. 1986)
  • 1949-06-29 Dan Dierdorf, American football offensive lineman and sportscaster (Monday Night Football), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1950-08-07 Dave Wottle, American athlete (Olympic gold 800m 1972), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1951-06-25 Lee Wilkof, American actor (WEB, Delta House, Elliot-Newhart), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1956-12-13 Phil Hubbard, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1976), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1963-04-10 Kirk Lowdermilk, American football NFL center (Indianapolis Colts), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1965-10-11 Chris Spielman, American NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1969-01-05 Marilyn Manson [Brian Warenr], American shock-rock singer-songwriter (Marilyn Manson - "The Dope Show"; "Tainted Love"), artist and actor, born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1971-08-18 Trey Ames, American actor (David-A Year in the Life), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1973-04-24 Eric Snow, American NBA guard (Philadelphia 76ers, Seattle Supersonics), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1981-02-15 Matt Hoopes, American rock guitarist (Relient K), born in Canton, Ohio