Cleveland in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 216

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

Baseball Record

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

  • 1941-07-27 103°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in July
  • 1942-09-29 32°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland, Ohio in September
  • 1944-10-20 Liquid-gas tanks in Cleveland, Ohio, explode, 135 die, and 3,600 are left homeless

Sports History

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
  • 1946-10-11 New York Yankees trade infielder Joe Gordon to Cleveland Indians for pitcher 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 Concert

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

  • 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

Music Concert

1952-03-21 25,000 attend the 1st rock & roll concert ever when Alan Freed presents Moondog Coronation Ball at old Cleveland Arena

Sports History

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

  • 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 Brown'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)

Historic Event

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 The Beatles play at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio; police stop show during third song as some of the crowd climbed on the stage, after a 10 minute delay, and warning audience to stay seated, the concert resumed with the.
  • 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

Boxing Title Fight

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

  • 1966-12-31 Toboggan Chutes begin operation in Cleveland Metroparks
  • 1967-11-07 Carl 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

Davis 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

  • 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, Ohio 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

Sports History

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 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announces Cleveland, Ohio chosen as the site of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum
  • 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
  • 1990-05-08 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

Sports History

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

  • 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
  • 1993-03-12 Cleveland radio station WMMS-FM/101.7 is bought by Disney

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 187 of 187

  • 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 computer scientist, inventor and businessman (co-founder of Adobe Systems), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2021)
  • 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, American actress (Surfside Six, Spinout, Donner Pass), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1942-07-21 Mike Hegan, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1969 NY Yankees; World Series 1972 Oakland A's), 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, American 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, American Lt Colonel and 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

Arsenio Hall

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

  • 1956-02-19 George David Low, American 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 session and touring drummer (Orleans; Peter Gabriel; Indigo Girls; Tony Levin), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1957-10-26 Bob Golic, American football player, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1958-03-04 Patricia Heaton, American actress (Debra-Everybody Loves Raymond), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1958-05-23 Shelly West, Ameican country singer ("Red Hot"; "West by West"), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Drew Carey

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

  • 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
  • 1964-03-30 Dave Ellett, American 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

Halle Berry

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

  • 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, American 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 (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody; Brian O'Brian), 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, American 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 NFL football safety, 1997-2006 (Carolina Panthers), and college coach (Campbell University, 2013-present), 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 (Myron) Avant, American R&B singer ("Separated"; "Read Your Mind"), 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

Jake Paul

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


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