Columbus in History

Historical Events

  • 1872-02-22 1st national convention of Prohibition Party (Columbus Ohio)
  • 1903-05-17 Cleveland Indians beat NY Highlanders 9-2 in Columbus Ohio
  • 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.
  • 1931-06-27 3rd Ryder Cup: US wins, 9-3 at Scioto Country Club (Columbus, Ohio, US)
  • 1947-09-15 First four-engined jet-propelled fighter plane tested, Columbus, Ohio
  • 1949-04-03 WLWS (now WCMH) TV channel 4 in Columbus, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-08-30 WTVN (now WSYX) TV channel 6 in Columbus, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1949-10-05 WBNS TV channel 10 in Columbus, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1950-06-27 32nd PGA Championship: Chandler Harper at Scioto CC Columbus Ohio
  • 1956-02-20 WOSU TV channel 34 in Columbus, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1956-12-22 Colo is born, the first gorilla to be bred in captivity at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Columbus, Ohio
  • 1969-11-15 Wendy's Hamburgers, American fast food restaurant chains founded by Dave Thomas opens in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1997-01-02 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Columbus OH on WBZX 99.7 FM
  • 1997-06-17 NHL announces it will add Nashville in 1998, Atlanta in 1999 & Minneapolis-St Paul & Columbus, Ohio in 2000
  • 2015-01-25 60th NHL All-Star Game: Team Toews beats Team Foligno 17-12 at Columbus, Ohio

Famous Birthdays

  • 1818-10-15 Irvin McDowell, American Major General (Union Army), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1885)
  • 1834-11-10 Wager Swayne, American Colonel (Union Army), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1902)
  • 1838-02-12 Charles C. Walcutt, American general in the Union Army during the American Civil War, born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1898)
  • 1874-06-17 Grant Mitchell, American actor (The Man Who Came to Dinner), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1957)
  • 1883-03-07 Marion Lord, American actress (Broadway), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1942)

Person of interestWarner Baxter

1889-03-29 Warner Baxter, American actor (In Old Arizona, Cisco Kid), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1951)

  • 1890-10-08 Eddie Rickenbacker, American aviator "Ace of Aces" (WWI), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1973)
  • 1893-04-08 Grace Cunard, American silent screen actress (Resurrection), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1967)
  • 1894-12-08 James (Grover) Thurber, humorist (Men, Women & Dogs), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1915-10-28 Dody Goodman, comedienne (Mary Hartman!, Max Duggan), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1918-10-10 Bobby Byrne, orchestra leader (Club Seven), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1919-03-29 Eileen Heckart, American actress (Butterflies Are Free, Doll's House, Trauma Center), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • 1921-10-17 Tom Poston, American actor (Newhart, Mork & Mindy, Steve Allen Show, Newhart), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • 1930-06-23 Donn Fulton Eisele, Col USAF/astronaut (Apollo 7), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1932-02-23 Majel Barrett, actress (Christine Chapel-Star Trek), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • 1934-11-28 Dick Rhyan, PGA golfer (1994 GTE-5th), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1935-08-07 Rahsaan Roland Kirk, American jazz multi-instrumentalist (Bright Moments, The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • 1938-12-14 Hal Williams, actor (Pvt Benjamin, 227, Sanford & Son), born in Columbus, Ohio

Person of interestJack Nicklaus

1940-01-21 Jack Nicklaus, American golfer (18 major titles), born in Columbus, Ohio

Person of interestR. L. Stine

1943-10-08 R. L. Stine, children's book writer (Goosebumps), born in Columbus, Ohio

Children's Book Writer R. L. Stine
Children's Book Writer
R. L. Stine
  • 1949-05-26 Philip Michael Thomas, actor (Miami Vice), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1951-11-15 Beverly D'Angelo, American actress (National Lampoon's Vacation), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1953-08-28 Gates McFadden, actress (Star Trek Next Generation), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1954-08-21 Archie Griffin, NFL runningback (won 2 Heisman Trophies, Ohio State), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1955-05-16 Debra Winger, American actress (Terms of Endearment, Officer & Gentleman), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1960-03-18 Richard Biggs, actor (Marcus-Days of Our Lives), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1960-10-25 Kelli McMullen-Temple, Canadian equestrian (Olympics 1996), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1962-04-07 Andy Hampsten, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Columbus, Ohio

Person of interestPaul O'Neill

1963-02-25 Paul O'Neill, MLB right fielder (Cincinnati Reds, NY Yankees), born in Columbus, Ohio

MLB Right Fielder Paul O'Neill
MLB Right Fielder
Paul O'Neill
  • 1963-05-14 Pat Borders, catcher (California Angels), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1965-02-07 Kristal Parker-Gregory, LPGA golfer (1995 Hawaiian-20th), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1965-03-03 A J Sager, pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1965-10-16 Lisa Bonder, tennis star, born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1965-11-25 Mike Gebhardt, mistral sailor (Olympic 6th 1996), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1970-09-22 Mike Matheny, catcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1970-11-26 Lorissa McComas, actress (Lap Dancing, Vamp), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1971-02-08 Heidi Mark, playmate (Jul, 1995), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1971-05-21 Jeff Stavroff, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Space Coast-4), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1974-08-03 Blaine Wilson, gymnast (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1979-08-24 Michael Redd, American basketball player, born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1987-03-09 Lil' Bow Wow [Shad Gregory Moss], American rapper and actor (Beware of Dogs), born in Columbus, Ohio

Person of interestTyler Joseph

1988-12-01 Tyler Joseph, American singer-songwriter (Twenty One Pilots), born in Columbus, Ohio

Singer-Songwriter Tyler Joseph
Tyler Joseph

Person of interestSimone Biles

1997-03-14 Simone Biles, American gymnast (4 gold medals 2016), born in Columbus, Ohio

Gymnast Simone Biles
Simone Biles

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

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

MLB Right Fielder Paul O'Neill
MLB Right Fielder
Paul O'Neill

Famous Deaths

  • 2004-12-08 Dimebag Darrell, heavy metal guitarist in band Pantera is shot & killed while performing onstage in Columbus Ohio by crazed fan Nathan Gale