Ohio in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 197 of 197

  • 1934-05-23 The Auto-Lite Strike culminates in the "Battle of Toledo", a five-day melée between 1,300 troops of the Ohio National Guard and 6,000 picketers
  • 1934-07-21 113°F (45°C), near Gallipolis, Ohio (state record)
  • 1934-08-19 The first All-American Soap Box Derby is held in Dayton, Ohio.
  • 1934-10-22 In East Liverpool, Ohio, notorious bank robber Pretty Boy Floyd is shot and killed by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.
  • 1936-01-15 1st all-glass windowless structure in US completed, Toledo, Ohio
  • 1937-01-01 US Army Air Corps physiological research laboratory completed, Ohio
  • 1940-06-05 A synthetic rubber tire exhibited in Akron, Ohio by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • 1941-03-24 LIU beats Ohio U 56-42 for NIT basketball championship
  • 1944-10-20 Liquid-gas tanks in Cleveland, Ohio, explode, 135 die, 3,600 homeless
  • 1944-12-02 10th Heisman Trophy Award: Les Horvath, Ohio State (QB)

Sport awardGolf Major

1945-07-15 27th PGA Championship: Byron Nelson at Morraine CC Dayton Ohio

Golfer Byron Nelson
Byron Nelson
  • 1947-05-11 BF Goodrich announced the development of tubeless tire (Akron Ohio)
  • 1947-09-15 First four-engined jet-propelled fighter plane tested, Columbus, Ohio
  • 1947-12-17 WEWS TV channel 5 in Cleveland, Ohio (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-07-10 1st practical rectangular TV tube announced in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1949-12-19 WJW TV channel 8 in Cleveland, Ohio (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1950-06-27 32nd PGA Championship: Chandler Harper at Scioto CC Columbus Ohio
  • 1950-09-11 33 die in a train crash in Coshocton Ohio
  • 1950-12-12 16th Heisman Trophy Award: Vic Janowicz, Ohio State (HB)
  • 1952-05-28 Memphis Kiddie Park opens in Brooklyn, Ohio. The park's Little Dipper roller coaster would become the oldest operating steel roller coaster in North America.
  • 1953-01-03 Frances Bolton and her son, Oliver from Ohio, become the first mother and son to serve simultaneously in the U.S. Congress.
  • 1953-03-27 21 die in a train crash in Conneaut, Ohio
  • 1955-12-08 21st Heisman Trophy Award: Howard Cassady, Ohio State (HB)
  • 1956-12-22 Colo is born, the first gorilla to be bred in captivity at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Columbus, Ohio
  • 1957-07-21 39th PGA Championship: Lionel Hebert at Miami Valley GC Dayton Ohio
  • 1957-11-02 1st titanium mill opened, Toronto, 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
  • 1961-04-27 NFL officially recognizes Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio
  • 1962-12-31 Ohio ends suit against Reds when they agree to stay in Cin for 10 yrs
  • 1963-09-07 Pro Football Hall of Fame dedicated in Canton Ohio

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1964-03-30 Astronaut John Glenn withdraws from Ohio senate race

Astronaut and Politician John Glenn
Astronaut and Politician
John Glenn
  • 1964-07-19 46th PGA Championship: Bobby Nichols shoots a 271 at Columbus CC Ohio
  • 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
  • 1965-10-05 Dick McInnes from Henderson, Kentucky stays aloft almost 12 hours in a kite pulled by a speedboat along the Ohio River
  • 1966-07-12 10.51" (26.70 cm) of rainfall, Sandusky Ohio (state record)
  • 1967-06-12 Race riot in Cincinnati Ohio (300 arrested)
  • 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)
  • 1967-12-15 The Silver Bridge collapses over the Ohio River in the US, killing 46 people
  • 1968-01-19 WKBF TV channel 61 in Cleveland, Ohio (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1968-04-26 Students seize administration building at Ohio State
  • 1968-06-15 "Yummy Yummy Yummy" by Ohio Express hits #4
  • 1968-06-17 Ohio Express' "Yummy Yummy Yummy" goes gold
  • 1968-09-15 WUAB TV channel 43 in Lorain-Cleveland, Ohio (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1969-07-04 The Ohio Fireworks Derecho kills 18 Ohioans and destroys over 100 boats on Lake Erie.
  • 1969-08-17 51st PGA Championship: Ray Floyd shoots a 276 at NCR GC Dayton Ohio
  • 1970-05-04 National Guard kills 4 at Kent State in Ohio
  • 1970-05-08 Thousands of students protest against the Vietnam War following the Kent State shootings in Ohio
  • 1970-05-21 National Guard mobilizes to quell disturbances at Ohio State University
  • 1971-01-04 Ohio agrees to pay $675,000 to relatives of Kent State victims

  • 1971-06-30 Ohio becomes 38th state to approve of lower voting age to 18, thus ratifying 26th amendment
  • 1971-09-11 Laurel Lea Schaefer (Ohio), 22, crowned 44th Miss America 1972
  • 1972-01-25 7' Ohio State center Luke Witte is stomped in face during a brawl in a game with Minnesota
  • 1973-05-26 Funky Worm by Ohio Players hits #15
  • 1973-09-15 Ohio State's Archie Griffith begins record 31 cons 100 yd rushing
  • 1973-12-28 Akron Ohio's Chamber of Commerce terminates itself from Soap Box Derby
  • 1974-06-26 The Universal Product Code is scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley's chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio
  • 1974-12-24 Former US astronaut John Glenn join the Senate for Ohio
  • 1974-12-27 40th Heisman Trophy Award: Archie Griffin, Ohio State (RB)
  • 1975-12-06 41st Heisman Trophy Award: Archie Griffin, Ohio State (RB)
  • 1976-01-31 "Love Rollercoaster" by Ohio Players hits #1
  • 1976-03-04 John Pezzin bowls 33 consecutive strikes at Toledo, Ohio
  • 1976-03-29 8 Ohio National Guardsmen indicted for shooting 4 Kent State students
  • 1977-08-15 "Wow" possible alien radio signal from deep space received at "The Big Ear", Ohio State's radio telescope in Delaware
  • 1977-09-10 Susan Perkins (Ohio), crowned 50th Miss America 1978
  • 1978-12-16 Cleveland, Ohio becomes the first post-Depression era city to default on its loans, owing $14,000,000 to local banks.
  • 1978-12-30 Ohio State dismisses Woody Hayes as its football coach
  • 1979-05-03 1979 NFL Draft: Tom Cousineau from Ohio State first pick by Buffalo Bills
  • 1979-06-22 Pro Football Researchers Association forms (Canton Ohio)
  • 1981-02-01 31st NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 123-120 at Richfield, Ohio
  • 1981-05-21 Kim Seelbrede, (Ohio), crowned 30th Miss USA
  • 1982-11-01 Honda becomes the first Asian automobile company to produce cars in the United States with the opening of their factory in Marysville, Ohio. The Honda Accord is the first car produced there.
  • 1982-12-03 77°F highest December temperature ever recorded in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1983-09-23 Gerrie Coetzee KOs Michael Dokes in 10 for heavyweight boxing title in Ohio
  • 1985-05-31 Tornado outbreak in United States and Canada sees 41 tornadoes hit Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario, leaving 90 dead
  • 1985-06-11 WJW-AM/TV in Cleveland Ohio change call letters to WRMR
  • 1987-08-18 Ohio health care worker Donald Harvey sentenced to triple life for poisoning 24 patients
  • 1987-09-27 27th Ryder Cup: Europe beats US, 15-13 at Muirfield Village GC (Ohio)
  • 1989-10-30 Smith Dairy at Orrville Ohio, makes largest milk shake (1,575.2 gal)
  • 1991-09-19 Colt Precious Bunny wins the 46th Little Brown Jug at Delaware, Ohio
  • 1992-08-31 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Cleveland, Ohio on WNCX 98.5 FM
  • 1993-04-11 450 prisoners riot at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio, and continue for ten days, citing grievances about prison conditions and the forced vaccination of Nation of Islam prisoners (for tuberculosis)
  • 1994-01-07 United Express commuter plane crashes in Ohio, killing 5
  • 1994-01-19 -20°F (-29°C) (5:32 AM) coldest day ever recorded in Cleveland Ohio
  • 1994-04-24 NFL Draft: Ohio State defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson first pick by Cincinnati Bengals
  • 1995-09-01 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame opens in Cleveland Ohio
  • 1995-09-11 Ohio's Governor Voinovich proclaims "Cleveland Indians Day"
  • 1995-12-09 61st Heisman Trophy Award: Eddie George, Ohio State (RB)
  • 1997-04-19 NFL Draft: Ohio State offensive tackle Orlando Pace first pick by St. Louis Rams
  • 1997-06-17 NHL announces it will add Nashville in 1998, Atlanta in 1999 & Minneapolis-St Paul & Columbus, Ohio in 2000
  • 2005-10-15 Riot in Toledo, Ohio breaks out during a National Socialist/Neo-Nazi protest; over 100 are arrested.
  • 2006-12-09 72nd Heisman Trophy Award: Troy Smith, Ohio State (QB)
  • 2012-06-30 Mid-Atlantic storms in the United States kill 13 and leave millions without power in Ohio, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia
  • 2015-01-25 60th NHL All-Star Game: Team Toews beats Team Foligno 17-12 at Columbus, Ohio
  • 2015-08-06 Republican Presidental nomination race begins with debate between 7 lesser ranked candidates in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2015-10-29 Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) is elected Speaker of the US House of Representatives, succeeding John Boehner (R-Ohio)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 595

Person of interestOrville Wright

1871-08-19 Orville Wright, aviator (Wright Brothers), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1912)

Person of interestPaul Laurence Dunbar

1872-06-27 Paul Laurence Dunbar, American poet and novelist (Oak & Ivory), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1906)

Person of interestJohn D. Rockefeller Jr

1874-01-29 John D. Rockefeller Jr, American financier and philanthropist, born in Cleveland, Ohio

Financier and Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr
Financier and Philanthropist
John D. Rockefeller Jr
  • 1874-06-17 Grant Mitchell, American actor (The Man Who Came to Dinner), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1957)
  • 1874-06-28 Oley Speaks, American composer (On the Road to Mandalay), born in Canal Winchester, Ohio (d. 1948)
  • 1874-07-31 Clarence Kolb, American actor and performer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1964)

Person of interestJames J. Jeffries

1875-04-15 James J. Jeffries, American heavyweight boxer, born in Carroll, Ohio (d. 1953)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • 1876-08-29 Charles F. Kettering, American inventor (auto self-starter), born in Loudenville, Ohio (d. 1958)
  • 1876-09-13 Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio, author/publisher (Winesburg)
  • 1878-01-17 Oscar Apfel, American actor (The Squaw Man, Inspiration, Before Dawn), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1938)
  • 1878-01-29 Barney Oldfield, Ohio, daredevil
  • 1878-08-31 Albert Riemenschneider, American musician and composer, born in Berea, Ohio (d. 1950)
  • 1879-02-03 Charles Follis, 1st African American NFLer (Shelby, Ohio)
  • 1880-10-22 Joe Carr, Ohio, NFL hall of famer/NFL president (1921-39)
  • 1881-04-04 Charles Earle Funk, American lexicographer (Funk & Wagnalls) (d. 1957)
  • 1883-03-07 Marion Lord, American actress (Broadway), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1942)
  • 1883-05-26 Mamie Smith, American vaudeville singer, dancer and actress (Crazy Blues), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1946)
  • 1884-07-14 Charles Meldrum Daniels, swimmer (Olympic gold 1904, 08), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1884-11-20 Norman Thomas, American socialist, pacifist and presidential candidate (1928-48), born in Marion Ohio (d. 1968)
  • 1885-07-29 Theda Bara, American film actress (Cleopatra, The Unchastened Woman), born in Avondale, Ohio (d. 1955)
  • 1885-09-06 Otto Kruger, American actor (Lux Video Theater, High Noon), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1974)
  • 1886-10-09 Rube Marquard, American baseball player, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1980)
  • 1887-03-18 Frank Moran, American heavyweight boxer and film actor, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1967)
  • 1887-04-08 Walter Connolly, American actor (Good Earth, 5th Avenue Girl), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1940)
  • 1887-06-23 John Finley Williamson, conductor (Westminster Choir), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1887-11-09 Gertrude Astor, American actress (Carnival Lady), born in Lakewood, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • 1887-12-23 John Cromwell, American actor and director (Spitfire, Of Human Bondage), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1979)
  • 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)
  • 1889-01-02 Walter Baldwin, American actor (The Best Years of Our Lives, The Long, Long Trailer), born in Lima, Ohio (d. 1977)

Person of interestWarner Baxter

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

  • 1889-04-18 John Kilbane, American featherweight boxing champ (world title held 1912-23), born in Cleveland, Ohio (. 1957)
  • 1889-06-25 Ethel Glenn Hier, American composer, born in Madisonville, Ohio (d. 1971)
  • 1889-09-08 Robert A Taft, (Sen-R-Ohio, Taft-Hartley Act)
  • 1890-06-06 Ted Lewis [Theodore Leopold Friedman], American entertainer, bandleader and musician (Is Everybody Happy?), born in Circleville, Ohio (d. 1971)
  • 1890-10-08 Eddie Rickenbacker, American aviator "Ace of Aces" (WWI), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1973)
  • 1891-12-25 Earle Foxe, actor (Dance Fools Dance), born in Oxford, Ohio
  • 1892-04-06 Lowell Thomas, Woodington Ohio, newscaster (High Adventure)
  • 1892-05-01 Howard Barlow, Plain City Ohio, conductor (Voice of Firestone)
  • 1892-07-28 Joe E. Brown, American comedian (Buck Circus Hour), born in Holgate, Ohio (d. 1973)
  • 1893-04-08 Grace Cunard, American silent screen actress (Resurrection), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1967)
  • 1893-05-17 Frederick McKinley Jones, American inventor (developments in refrigeration), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1961)
  • 1893-10-14 Lillian Gish, American silent film and stage actress (Birth of a Nation), born in Springfield, Ohio (d. 1993)
  • 1894-12-08 James (Grover) Thurber, humorist (Men, Women & Dogs), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1895-04-13 Olga Rudge, American-born concert violinist, born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • 1895-06-05 William Boyd, American film actor, cowboy hero (Hopalong Cassidy), born in Hendrysburg, Ohio (d. 1972)
  • 1896-01-17 Harry Reser, American banjo player and bandleader (Sammy Kaye Show), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1965)
  • 1896-12-27 Louis Bromfield, Mansfield Ohio, writer (Early Autumn, Pulitzer-1926)
  • 1898-03-11 Dorothy Gish, American film actress (Orphans of the Storm), born in Massillon, Ohio (d. 1968)
  • 1898-05-31 Norman Vincent Peale, Ohio, clergyman (Power of Positive Thinking)
  • 1899-07-21 Hart Crane, American poet (The Bridge), born in Garrettsville, Ohio (d. 1932)
  • 1899-09-20 Elliott Nugent, American director (And So They Were Married), born in Dover, Ohio (d. 1980)
  • 1900-01-23 Ralph Graves, American actor (Dirigible, Extra Girl, Flight, Dream Street), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • 1900-02-02 Asa Smith Bushnell Jr, Sec of US Olympics (1945-65), born in Springfield, Ohio
  • 1900-04-26 Charles Richter, Ohio, Earthquakes seismologist (Richter scale)
  • 1900-11-21 Alice Calhoun, American Silent film actress (Flowing Gold), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1966)

Person of interestClark Gable

1901-02-01 Clark Gable, American actor (Gone With the Wind, It Happened One Night) known as 'The King of Hollywood', born in Cadiz, Ohio (d. 1960)

  • 1901-10-04 [Robert] Carroll Nye, American actor (Gone with the Wind), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1974)
  • 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)

Person of interestMargaret Hamilton

1902-12-09 Margaret Hamilton, American actress (The Wizard of Oz), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1985)

  • 1903-10-12 Grayson L. Kirk, 14th President of Columbia University (1953-68), born in Jeffersonville, Ohio (d. 1997)
  • 1903-11-07 Dean Jagger, American actor (White Christmas, Vanishing Point), born in Lima, Ohio (d. 1991)
  • 1903-11-25 William Dehart Hubbard, long jumper (Olympic gold 1924), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1904-09-19 Bergen Evans, Ohio, English professor ($64,000 Question)

Person of interestDenny Shute

1904-10-25 [Herman] Denny Shute, American golfer and three-time major champion, born in Cleveland, Ohio

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Denny Shute
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Denny Shute
  • 1905-02-10 John Dierkes, American actor (Shane, Daughter of Dr Jekyll, Hanging Tree), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1975)
  • 1905-05-25 Joseph C Harsch, newscaster (Background), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1905-12-28 Cliff Arquette, comedian (Charlie Weaver), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1974)
  • 1906-07-08 Philip Johnson, Cortalyou architect, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1906-12-09 Freddy Martin, orchestra leader (started Merv Griffin), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1907-02-14 Florence Rice, American actress (Fast Company, Double Wedding, Riding on Air), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1974)
  • 1907-02-28 Milton Caniff, Hillsboro Ohio, Dutch cartoonist (Terry & Pirates)
  • 1907-05-03 Earl Wilson, American journalist and columnist (Midnight Earl), born in Rockford, Ohio (d. 2005)
  • 1907-08-18 Enoch Light, American orchestra leader (Gulf Road Show with Bob Smith), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1978)
  • 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

Person of interestBurgess Meredith

1907-11-16 Burgess Meredith, American actor (Mr Novak, The Penguin in Batman, Rocky), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1997)

  • 1907-12-16 Ray C Bliss, (R) Ohio State Republican Chairman

Person of interestPaul Brown

1908-09-07 Paul Brown, NFL hall of fame coach (Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals), born in Norwalk, Ohio

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • 1908-11-19 Alan Baxter, East actor (Big Town Girl, Rags to Riches), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1909-04-22 Ralph Byrd, American actor (Dick Tracy TV Show, SOS Coast Guard), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1952)
  • 1909-05-04 Howard Da Silva [Silverblatt], American actor (1776, The Lost Weekend, The Blue Dahlia), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1986)
  • 1910-03-13 Sammy Kaye, American orchestra leader (Swing and Sway With Sammy Kaye), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1987)
  • 1910-05-01 Cliff Battles, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame halfback (Boston Braves/Redskins, Washington Redskins), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1981)
  • 1911-05-13 Robert Middleton, American film and TV actor (Barney-Monroes), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • 1911-07-01 Alvino Rey, orchestra leader (King Family), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1911-10-07 Vaughn Monroe, singer/orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1911-11-05 Roy Rogers, cowboy (Happy Trails, Roy Rogers Show), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Person of interestKenneth Patchen

1911-12-13 Kenneth Patchen, American poet and novelist (Cloth of the Tempest), born in Niles, Ohio (d. 1972)

Poet/Novelist Kenneth Patchen
Kenneth Patchen
  • 1912-04-02 Herbert Mills, American singer, (The Mills Brothers), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1989)
  • 1913-02-14 Woody Hayes, [Wayne], college football coach (Ohio, 1968 coach of the year)
  • 1913-02-25 James "Jim" Backus, American actor (Mr Magoo, Rebel Without a Cause, Gilligan's Island), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1989)
  • 1913-04-14 John Howard, American actor (The Philadelphia Story, My Three Sons), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1995)
  • 1914-01-14 Thomas J. Watson Jr., American businessman and politician (President of IBM, 1952-1971, US Ambassador to the Soviet Union, 1979-1981), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1993)
  • 1914-05-05 Tyrone Power, American actor (The Mark of Zorro, Alexander's Ragtime Band), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1958)
  • 1914-07-02 Frederick Fennell, conductor (Time & Winds), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1914-07-17 James Purdy, Hicksville, Ohio, writer (The House of the Solitary Maggot), (disputed birthdate, 1923), (d. 2009)
  • 1914-08-31 Richard Basehart, American actor (Voyage to Bottom of Sea), born in Zanesville, Ohio (d. 1984)
  • 1914-12-28 Lee Bowman, American actor (Ellery Queen, Miami Undercover, The Impatient Years), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1979)
  • 1914-12-31 Pat Brady [Robert Ellsworth O'Brady], American actor (The Roy Rodgers Show, Man from Music Mountain), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1972)

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths