Cincinnati in History

Historical Events

  • 1788-08-17 Losantville, Ohio (now Cincinnati) founded
  • 1793-12-14 1st state road authorized, Frankfort, Kentucky 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 Baltimore manager John McGraw signed Cherokee Indian Tokohoma, who is really black 2nd baseman Charlie Grant
  • 1908-03-07 Cincinnati Mayor Mark Breith stands before city council and 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

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1916-11-26 Addressing the Chamber of Commerce in Cincinnati, US President Woodrow Wilson declares that 'The business of neutrality is over. The nature of modern war leaves no state untouched'

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • 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 MLB All Star Game: NL wins 4-1 at Crosley Field, Cincinnati on 4 AL errors
  • 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
  • 1970-02-13 NL offices begins move from Cincinnati to San Francisco (completed Feb 23)
  • 1970-04-11 San Francisco 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)
  • 1977-05-28 Beverly Hills Supper Club fire in Southgate, Kentucky kills 168
  • 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 (Soviet Union)
  • 1987-03-12 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Cincinnati won by Brian Orser (Canada)
  • 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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

2002-05-04 Barry Bonds hits his 400th home run as an SF Giant, in a 3-0 win over Cincinnati. Bonds is first player with 400 homers for one team and 100 with another (Pirates)

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 a 3 year old boy who had slipped into it's enclosure

Famous Birthdays

  • 1802-12-02 Melancthon Smith Wade, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1868)
  • 1815-02-02 Nathaniel Collins McLean, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1905)
  • 1820-04-26 Alice Cary, American poet (Cincinnati Sentinel), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1821-05-02 Abram Sanders Piatt, American farmer, publisher, poet, politician, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1908)
  • 1824-09-04 Phoebe Cary, American poet (Poems of Alice & Phoebe Cary), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1825-06-12 John Cook, American bugler (Union Army), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1910)
  • 1826-11-02 William Haines Lytle, US politician, poet and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1863)
  • 1829-02-01 John Potts Slough, American politician, lawyer and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1867)
  • 1851-06-21 Daniel Carter Beard, American author, social reformer and founder of the Boy Scouts of America, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1941)
  • 1857-01-14 Alice Pike Barney, American painter, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1931)

Person of interestWilliam Howard Taft

1857-09-15 William Howard Taft, 27th US President (Republican: 1909-13) and Chief Justice, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1930)

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft
  • 1870-12-13 Edward LeSaint, American actor and director (Modern Times, The Dumb Messenger), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1940)
  • 1879-03-27 Miller Huggins, American baseball player and manager, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1929)
  • 1882-04-18 Leopold Stokowski, British conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra), born in London, England (d. 1977)
  • 1883-02-22 Marguerite Clark, American silent film actress (Snow White), born in Avondale, Cincinnati (d. 1940)
  • 1883-05-26 Mamie Smith, American vaudeville singer, dancer and actress (Crazy Blues), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1946)
  • 1884-03-14 Wintter Haynes Watts, American composer, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1962)
  • 1887-04-08 Walter Connolly, American actor (Good Earth, 5th Avenue Girl), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1940)
  • 1888-09-19 Porter Hall, American actor (Half-Breed, Double Indemnity), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1953)
  • 1888-11-23 Nana Bryant, American actress (Ladies of the Chorus), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1955)
  • 1893-05-17 Frederick McKinley Jones, American inventor (developments in refrigeration), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1961)
  • 1902-03-08 Louise Beavers, American actress (Beulah-Beulah), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1962)
  • 1902-04-06 Gertrude Short, American actress (Stella Dallas, Blonde Venus), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1968)
  • 1903-11-25 William Dehart Hubbard, long jumper (Olympic gold 1924), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1905-02-10 John Dierkes, American actor (Shane, Daughter of Dr Jekyll, Hanging Tree), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1975)
  • 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
  • 1910-03-28 James "Jimmie" Dodd, American actor (Thundering Trails, Riders of the Rio Grande), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1964)
  • 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
  • 1913-10-18 Evelyn Venable, American model and actress (Death Takes a Holiday, Columbia Pictures logo), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1993)
  • 1914-12-28 Lee Bowman, American actor (Ellery Queen, Miami Undercover, The Impatient Years), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1979)
  • 1919-11-15 Carol Bruce [Shirley Levy], American actress (Behind the Eight Ball, WKRP in Cincinnati), born in Great Neck, Long Island (d. 2007)
  • 1920-05-11 Denver Pyle, American actor (The Dukes of Hazzard, The Andy Griffith Show), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1997)

Person of interestVera-Ellen

1921-02-16 Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], American actress and dancer (Big Leaguer, On the Town), born in Norwood, Ohio (d. 1981)

Actress Vera-Ellen

Person of interestDoris Day

1922-04-03 Doris Day [Kappelhoff], American singer, animal welfare activist and actress known as the "girl next door" actress (Pillow Talk, The Man Who Knew Too Much), 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, American actor (Dark Shadows, Lethal Weapon, Chase, Executive Suite), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1930-04-25 Dotty Mack, American actress (Paul Dixon Show), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Person of interestTony Trabert

1930-08-16 Tony Trabert, American tennis player (5-time Grand Slam singles winner)), 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, American actor (Mike-Daktari, Roots), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1992)

Person of interestCharles Manson

1934-11-12 Charles Manson, American criminal, murderer and cult leader (Manson Family), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2017)

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

Person of interestTed Turner

1938-11-19 Ted Turner, American founder of CNN, owner of the Atlanta Braves and winner of the America's Cup in 1977, born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner
  • 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
  • 1943-06-23 James Levine, American conductor, (director of the Metropolitan Opera), 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

Person of interestSteven Spielberg

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

  • 1948-03-28 Gerry House, American radio personality (Gerry House and the House Foundation), 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
  • 1952-11-06 Michael Cunningham, American novelist and screenwriter (The Hours), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1954-06-13 Bo [Robert] Donaldson, American rock vocalist (Billy Don't Be a Hero), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1955-06-15 Julie Hagerty, actress (Airplane, Princesses), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1955-10-20 Aaron Pryor, American welterweight boxing champion, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2016)

Person of interestJeffrey Robert Immelt

1956-02-19 Jeffrey Robert Immelt, American chairman of General Electric, born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Chairman of General Electric Jeffrey Robert Immelt
Chairman of General Electric
Jeffrey Robert Immelt
  • 1956-10-23 Darrell Pace, archer (Olympic 2 gold/silver-1976, 84, 88), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1957-07-31 Leon Durham, American baseball player, 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, American sprint canoer (Olympics 1996), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1966-01-15 Betsy Mitchell, American 100m backstroke swimmer, born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Person of interestDavid Justice

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, tennis star (1993 Doubles-Cincinnati), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1968-02-01 George Quigley Jr, skeet (Olympics 1996), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1969-02-10 Jayhawk Owens, American MLB 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 1996), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1975-04-27 Michael Booker, cornerback (Atlanta Falcons), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1976-08-18 Bryan Volpenhein, American rower, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1977-05-10 Amanda Borden, gymnast (World silver 94, Olympic gold 1996), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1992-06-23 Bridget Sloan, American gymnast, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1994-12-12 Otto Warmbier, American student detained in North Korea after stealing poster, 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
  • 1941-06-11 Daniel Carter Beard, American author, social reformer and founder of the Boy Scouts of America, dies at 91
  • 2007-05-29 Posteal Laskey, American convicted murderer widely believed to be the Cincinnati Strangler, dies of natural causes (b. 1938)
  • 2007-10-09 Carol Bruce [Shirley Levy], American actress (Behind the Eight Ball, WKRP in Cincinnati), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 87
  • 2011-10-17 Carl Lindner, Jr., Cincinnati businessman and one of the world's richest people (b. 1919)
  • 2016-05-28 Harambe, Western lowland gorilla resident at Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, shot and killed at 17 by a zoo worker to protect a 3 year old boy who had climbed into it's enclosure