Cleveland in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 218

  • 1938-12-14 AL permits Cleveland & Philadelphia to play night games
  • 1939-12-07 William Walton's violinist concert premieres in Cleveland

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1941-07-17 NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak ends in Cleveland

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1941-07-27 103°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in July
  • 1942-09-29 32°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in Sept
  • 1944-10-20 Liquid-gas tanks in Cleveland, Ohio, explode, 135 die, 3,600 homeless
  • 1945-08-24 Cleveland ace Bob Feller returns from Navy & strike out 12
  • 1945-12-16 National Football League Championship, Cleveland Stadium: Cleveland Rams beat Washington Redskins, 15-14; last game before Rams move west to Los Angeles
  • 1946-04-13 Eddie Klepp, a white pitcher signed by defending Negro League champ Cleveland Buckeyes, is barred from field in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1946-10-06 90°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in Oct
  • 1946-10-19 Yanks trade Joe Gordon to Cleveland for Allie Reynolds
  • 1947-12-17 WEWS TV channel 5 in Cleveland, Ohio (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1948-03-12 -5°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in March
  • 1948-06-20 Cleveland draws then record 82,781 for doubleheader
  • 1948-08-27 102°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in August
  • 1948-10-10 Then record 86,288 see game 5 of World Series in Cleveland

  • 1949-12-19 WJW TV channel 8 in Cleveland, Ohio (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1950-01-25 73°F (23°C) highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in January

Music concertMusic Concert

1950-03-27 Jazz pianist, Erroll Garner's solo concert (Cleveland, Ohio)

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner
  • 1950-10-19 Bird Building at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is dedicated (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • 1950-11-01 82°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in Nov
  • 1952-03-21 Alan Freed presents Moondog Coronation Ball at old Cleveland Arena, 25,000 attend 1st rock & roll concert ever

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1953-01-31 New York, Cleveland, & Boston retaliate at Bill Veeck, forcing the Browns to play afternoon games to avoid sharing TV revenues

MLB Team Owner and Promoter Bill Veeck
MLB Team Owner and Promoter
Bill Veeck
  • 1953-09-01 101°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in Sept
  • 1954-09-08 Alan Freed leaves Cleveland to NYC for WINS radio
  • 1956-02-13 KYW-AM in Philadelphia Penn gives calls to WTAM (now WWWE) Cleveland
  • 1956-05-13 Pachyderm Building at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opens (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • 1957-12-12 Willem J Kolff and his team at Ohio's Cleveland Clinic removed the heart from a dog and replaced it with a pneumatic pump which kept the dog alive for 90 minutes, proving the viability of the artificial heart
  • 1959-05-21 Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Children's Petting Farm opens (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • 1959-07-31 1st exhibit of bongos at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opens (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • 1959-10-17 Stinchcomb Memorial in Cleveland Metroparks' dedicated
  • 1960-08-03 For the only time in MLB history teams exchange managers as Detroit trades Jimmy Dykes (44-52) for Cleveland's Joe Gordon (49-46)
  • 1960-12-11 Cleveland's Bernie Parrish sets club record for longest interception return with a 92 yard run
  • 1962-04-25 Cleve sends Harry Chiti to Mets for a player to be named later, on June 15 the Mets send Chiti back to Cleveland
  • 1962-04-25 Lion & Tiger Veldt at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is dedicated (Cleveland, Ohio)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963-08-07 Jacqueline Kennedy becomes 1st US First Lady to give birth (Patrick Kennedy) since Mrs Cleveland


  • 1964-04-01 10°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in April
  • 1964-04-20 86% of black students boycott Cleveland schools
  • 1964-08-28 WEWS-TV Channel 5's "Upbeat" debuts in Cleveland
  • 1964-09-15 Beatles play at Public Auditorium in Cleveland
  • 1965-02-07 WVIZ TV channel 25 in Cleveland, Ohio (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1965-06-19 KYW-AM in Cleveland Ohio returns call letters to Philadelphia
  • 1966-05-10 25°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in May
  • 1966-07-19 Governor James Rhodes declares state of emergency in Cleveland (race riot)
  • 1966-08-14 Cleveland Stadium's 1st rock concert is held, featuring Beatles

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1966-11-14 Muhammad Ali TKOs Cleveland Williams in 3 for heavyweight title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1966-12-31 Toboggan Chutes begin operation in Cleveland Metroparks
  • 1967-11-07 Carl B Stokes elected first African American mayor of a major US city - Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1967-11-13 Carl Stokes sworn-in as 1st major city black mayor (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • 1968-01-19 WKBF TV channel 61 in Cleveland, Ohio (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1968-07-03 41°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in July
  • 1968-07-03 Cleveland pitcher Luis Tiant strikes out MLB record 19 Minnesota Twins in 1-0 win; record for 10 inning game; also record 32 Ks in consecutive games
  • 1968-07-23 Race riot in Cleveland, 11 including 3 police officers killed
  • 1968-08-01 Cleveland Metroparks begins operating Zoo (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • 1968-09-15 WUAB TV channel 43 in Lorain-Cleveland, Ohio (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1968-10-13 Tinker Creek Gorge of Cleveland Metroparks is dedicated
  • 1969-06-22 Cleveland's Cuyahoga River catches fire due to pollution

Sport awardDavis Cup

1969-09-20 58th Davis Cup: American pair Bob Lutz & Stan Smith clinch final 8-6, 6-1, 11-9 over Ilie Năstase & Ion Țiriac of Romania in Cleveland, OH; ends 5-0

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • 1969-12-28 Dallas Cowboy kicker Mike Clark, attempting an on-side kick against Cleveland, missed the ball
  • 1971-10-17 Cleveland Metroparks' Rocky River Nature Center opens
  • 1972-01-05 Largest crowd at Cleveland Arena (Cavs vs Lakers-11,178)
  • 1972-06-11 31°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in June
  • 1972-10-03 Roric Harrison homers as Baltimore beats Cleveland, 4-3; last AL pitcher to homer until MLB inter-league play 25 years later
  • 1973-04-07 Cleveland sets day-game & opening-game attendance records of 74,420
  • 1973-08-24 John Adams & his bass drum become a right-field fixture in Cleveland Stadium
  • 1973-10-09 Warriors-Cavalier game in Cleveland postponed because of wet floors
  • 1973-12-01 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Cleveland, Ohio: Rod Laver and John Newcombe beat American pair Stan Smith and Erik van Dillen 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 to give Australia an unassailable 3-0 lead, (ends 5-0); 23rd Cup title for Australia
  • 1974-02-02 Smallest crowd at Cleveland Arena (Cavs vs Golden State-1,641)
  • 1974-10-23 Lake Isaac in Cleveland Metroparks' Big Creek Reservation dedicated
  • 1975-10-28 Cleveland Metroparks assume operating responsibilities for Zoo (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • 1976-09-26 Denver's Rick Upchurch returns 2 punts for TDs against Cleveland
  • 1978-09-24 Ron Guidry beats Cleveland 4-0, raising his record to 23-3 ERA 1.74
  • 1978-09-30 Cleveland, Houston, NY, Philadelphia & Pittsburgh Phillies win 3rd consecutive NL East Division title
  • 1978-12-16 Cleveland, Ohio becomes the first post-Depression era city to default on its loans, owing $14,000,000 to local banks.
  • 1979-02-22 Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's Primate & Cat Building is dedicated (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • 1979-11-25 Pittsburgh gains 606 net yards against Cleveland, winning 33-30
  • 1981-01-04 "Red Right 88", trailing 14–12 Clevelands Browns attempt an end zone pass play (Red Right 88) and a game-winning field goal in the final minute, but pass intercepted by Raiders safety Mike Davis and Oakland wins
  • 1981-05-15 Len Barker of Cleveland pitches perfect game vs Toronto
  • 1981-07-29 Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Amphitheater is dedicated (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • 1981-08-09 NL beats AL 5-4 in 52nd All Star Game (Cleveland Stadium)
  • 1981-12-28 Cleveland Metroparks Administrative offices move from downtown to Zoo (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • 1982-08-29 38°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in August
  • 1982-12-03 77°F highest December temperature ever recorded in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1983-03-16 Smallest crowd at Cleveland Coliseum (Cavs vs Nets-1,814)
  • 1984-10-20 Cleveland Metroparks' Valley Parkway All Purpose Trails are completed
  • 1985-06-11 WJW-AM/TV in Cleveland Ohio change call letters to WRMR
  • 1986-05-05 Hall of Fame & Museum announced to be built in Cleveland
  • 1987-10-10 Garfield Park Nature Center opens, latest in Cleveland Metroparks
  • 1988-06-25 104°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in June
  • 1988-10-31 19°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in Oct
  • 1990-01-17 The Who, Simon & Garfunkel, 4 Seasons, the Four Tops, Hank Ballard, the Platters, and The Kinks inducted into Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • 1990-05-08 Cuyahoga County voters approve sin tax to build Cleveland Gateway
  • 1990-09-02 Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Dave Stieb throws MLB record 9th no-hitter of the season; beats Cleveland, 3-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990-10-03 Kansas City 3rd baseman George Brett becomes first in MLB history to win a batting title in 3 different decades; goes 1 for 1 in Royals, 5-2 loss v Cleveland to win AL batting title with .329 average; AL batting champion 1976, 80

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • 1990-12-09 Houston scores most points against Cleveland, Oilers 58, Browns 14
  • 1991-09-09 Only 1,695 fans watch Boston Red Sox play Cleveland
  • 1992-01-12 Last building in Gateway area in Cleveland is demolished
  • 1992-03-22 US Air NY to Cleveland crashes on take off at LaGuardia, 27 die
  • 1992-04-06 Oriole Park at Camden Yards opens, beating Cleveland 2-0
  • 1992-08-31 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Cleveland, Ohio on WNCX 98.5 FM

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 188 of 188

  • 1936-07-15 George V. Voinovich, US politician (R), Senator and Governor of Ohio, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • 1937-07-12 Mickey Edwards, American Republican congressman (Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1939-06-21 Charles Boone, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1939-08-02 Wes Craven, American film director (Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2015)
  • 1939-09-11 Charles Geschke, American inventor and businessman (Adobe Systems Inc.), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1939-09-13 Larry Speakes, Acting White House Press Secretary under President Ronald Reagan, born in Cleveland, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 1939-10-08 Harvey Pekar, American comic book writer (American Splendor), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2010)
  • 1941-05-18 Diane McBain, actress (Surfside Six, Spinout, Donner Pass), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1942-07-21 Mike Hegan, MLB player (NY Yankees), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2013)
  • 1942-08-15 Peter York, British rock drummer (Spencer Davis Group), born in Redcar, Yorkshire
  • 1942-08-24 Karen Uhlenbeck, American mathematician and founder of modern geometric analysis (Abel Prize), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1942-09-21 Ann Elder, American comedienne (Smothers Brothers Show, Laugh-In), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1943-02-23 Bobby Mitchell, American golfer (US Masters runner-up 1972), born in Chatham, Virginia (d. 2018)
  • 1943-11-01 Tom Mack, American Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman (11 x Pro Bowl; LA Rams), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1943-11-04 Clark Graebner, American tennis player (US Davis Cup 1968; French Open doubles 1966; US Open runner-up 1967), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1944-03-04 Bobby Womack, American R&B singer, guitarist, songwriter, and producer ("It's All Over Now"; "Woman's Got to Have It"; "Across 110th Street"), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2014)
  • 1945-12-19 Elaine Joyce, actress (City of Angels, Mr Merlin), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1946-06-27 Sally Priesand, 1st U.S. woman rabbi, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1946-10-08 Dennis Kucinich, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1947-01-10 George Alec Effinger, American sci-fi author (Nick of Time), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2002)
  • 1947-04-25 Bill Fontana, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1947-05-13 Stephen R Donaldson, American sci-fi author (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Lord Foul's Bane), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1948-01-11 Madeline Manning-Mimms, American athlete (Olympic gold 800m 1968), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1948-03-25 Michael Stanley [Gee], American rocker (Michael Stanley Band - "My Town"), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2021)
  • 1949-08-11 Eric Carmen, rocker (All by Myself), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1949-09-29 Tony Hoty, actor (Ransom, Paper), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1949-11-14 Phil Baron, American voice actor (Piglet), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1949-11-29 Kenneth D Cameron, Lt Col USMC/astronaut (STS 37, 56, 74), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1949-12-13 R. A. MacAvoy, American sci-fi author (Damiano's Lute, Raphael), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1952-02-27 Kevin Raleigh, American singer & keyboardist (Michael Stanley Band - "He Can't Love You" ), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1952-06-18 Carol Kane, actress (Dog Day Afternoon, Simka-Taxi), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1952-12-04 Ronald M. Sega, American professor of systems engineering and astronaut (STS 60, 76), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1953-10-16 Martha Smith, American actress (Animal House) and model (Playboy playmate July 1973), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1954-09-30 Calvin Levels, actor (Knightwatch), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1955-05-06 Donald A Thomas, PhD/Astronaut (STS 65, 70, 83, 94), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1955-09-06 Carl E. Walz, American NASA astronaut (STS 51, 65, 79), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1955-12-29 Neil "Spyder" Giraldo, American rock guitarist, arranger, and producer (Pat Benatar Band), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Person of interestArsenio Hall

1956-02-12 Arsenio Hall, Anerican comedian (Alan Thicke, Arsenio, Coming to America), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Comedian and TV Host Arsenio Hall
Comedian and TV Host
Arsenio Hall
  • 1956-02-19 George David Low, astronaut (STS 32, STS 43), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1956-04-15 Gregory J. Harbaugh, American astronaut (STS 39, 54, 71, 82), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1956-07-01 Alan Ruck, American actor (Spin City), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1957-02-06 Jerry Marotta, American drummer (Orleans-Love Takes Time), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1957-10-26 Bob Golic, American football player, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1958-03-04 Patricia Heaton, actress (Debra-Everybody Loves Raymond), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1958-05-23 Shelly West, country singer (Red Hot, West by West), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Person of interestDrew Carey

1958-05-23 Drew Carey, American actor & comedian (Drew Carey Show), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Actor and Comedian Drew Carey
Actor and Comedian
Drew Carey
  • 1959-07-05 Marc Cohn, American folk rock singer (Walking in Memphis), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1960-06-11 Mehmet Oz, Turkish-American surgeon and TV personality (The Dr. Oz Show), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1961-10-24 Mary Bono, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California 1998-2013), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1962-08-06 Thomas Jefferson, 200m runner (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1962-08-24 Mary Ellen Weber, American NASA astronaut (STS 70), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1963-08-05 James Wilder, actor (Scorchers, Zombie High, Murder 1), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1963-10-28 Lisa Bettio, WPVA volleyballer (Ft Myers Beach-17th-1992), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1964-03-30 Dave Ellett, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1964-10-10 Quinton Flynn, American voice actor, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1965-01-22 Steven Adler [Michael Coletti], American rock drummer and songwriter (Guns & Roses, 1985-90), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1966-06-22 Camille Benjamin, tennis star, born in Cleveland, Ohio

Person of interestHalle Berry

1966-08-14 Halle Berry, American actress (X-Men: The Last Stand, Monsters Ball), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Actress Halle Berry
Actress
Halle Berry
  • 1966-10-25 Perry Saturn [Satullo], American professional wrestler, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1966-11-02 Sean Kanan, American actor (General Hospital, Rich Girl), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1966-11-23 Jerry Kelly, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1967-02-20 Kath Soucie, American voice actress (Rugrats, The Real Ghostbusters, Sonic the Hedgehog), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1967-07-20 Jon Normile, fencer (Olympics 1996), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1967-08-07 Jason Grimsley, American baseball pitcher (California Angels), born in Cleveland, Texas
  • 1967-08-18 Brian Michael Bendis, American comic book writer, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1967-12-29 Kevin Toth, American shot put athlete, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1968-01-04 Mike Wilpolt, American football player & coach, born in Broomfield, Colorado
  • 1968-03-28 Max Perlich, American actor (JH Brodie-Homicide), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1968-06-08 Dave Mlicki, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1969-09-12 James Frey, American writer (Bright Shiny Morning), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1971-02-06 Brian Stepanek, American actor, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1971-03-29 Ryan Lambert, American performer (Kids Incorporated) lead singer (Elephone), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1971-06-30 Monica Potter, American actress (The Last House on the Left), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1972-03-14 Aris Brimanis, NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1972-07-10 Damon Sharpe, actor/musician (Guys Next Door), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1972-08-24 Ian Moran, American hockey defenseman (Olympics 1994, Pitts), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1974-01-15 Mike Minter, American football safety (Carolina Panthers), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1974-02-21 Wish Bone [Charles C. Scruggs], American rapper (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1975-04-12 Marcie Alberts, American basketball player (Cleveland Rockers), born in Wooster, Ohio
  • 1977-03-24 Jason Dufner, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2013), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1978-04-26 Avant [Myron Lavell Avant], American R&B singer, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1978-08-12 Chris Chambers, American football player, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1978-10-19 Chris Sellers, American rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1980-01-02 Mac Danzig, American mixed martial artist (The Ultimate Fighter 6 lightweight 2007), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1980-07-27 Dolph Ziggler [Nicholas Theodore Nemeth], American professional wrestler, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1985-06-13 Raz-B [De'Mario Thornton], American R&B actor and singer (B2K), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1996-09-13 Lili Reinhart, American actress (Riverdale), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Person of interestJake Paul

1997-01-17 Jake Paul, American YouTube personality, born in Cleveland, Ohio

YouTube Star and Actor Jake Paul
YouTube Star and Actor
Jake Paul

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