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Ohio is an Iroquois word meaning “great water.”
Became a state in 1803
17th State in the Union
Only State with a burgee as a flag
According to the Ohio State Flag Code the flag is to be folded 17 times to represent Ohio as the 17th state
State Reptile – Black Racer
State Pledge: I salute the flag of the state of Ohio and pledge to the
Buckeye State respect and loyalty
Rock and Roll hall of fame, Pro Football Hall of fame, and the original
Inventors Hall of fame are all in the northeast part of the state
The National Museum of the United States Air Force is in Dayton, Ohio
The Electric Starter Engine was invented In Dayton by Charles Kettering
The pop top soda can was invented by Ermal Fraze in Dayton Ohio
The folding step-ladder was invented by John H. Balsley (in Dayton)
The Huffy Bike corp. started as The Davis Sewing Machine Company in Dayton
8 presidents are from Ohio: William Henry Harrison, Grant, Hayes,
Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, Taft, McKinley, and Harding
½ of the presidents to die in Office were from Ohio:
William Harrison – Died of pneumonia
James Garfield – Assassinated
William McKinley – Assassinated
Warren G. Harding – Stroke
Of the nine Presidents on Us Currency 2 are from Ohio: Grant ($50)
and McKinley ($500)
Of the 12 Presidents that were generals during their lifetime, 5 were from Ohio:
William Harrison, U.S. Grant, Rutherford Hayes, James Garfield and Benjamin Harrison.
Samuel Chase, a Ohioan, is the one of the few people who is neither a founding father or former president to be on Us paper currency.
James J. Ritty, of Dayton, invented the cash register in 1879 to stop
his patrons from pilfering house profits.
Cincinnati Reds were the first professional baseball team.
Akron was the first city to use police cars.
Cincinnati had the first professional city fire department.
Ohio senator John Glenn became the oldest man to venture into outer space.
On February 20, 1962 he was the first American to orbit the earth.
In October of 1998 at age 77 he returned to the space program
and traveled back into space.
Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.
He was from Wapakoneta.
The city planned a museum for the feat even before he landed.
The popular television sit-com, “The Drew Cary Show” is set in Cleveland, along with “Hot in Cleveland”.
East Liverpool was the beginning point of the United States Public Land Survey. The location was the area from which a rectangular-grid land survey system was established under the Ordinance of 1785. The survey provided for administration and subdivision of land in the Old Northwest Territory. The Ordinance stipulated that all public lands were to be divided into townships six miles square.
Some well-known personalities were born in Ohio. Among them Steven Spielberg, Paul Newman, Annie Oakley, Arsenio Hall and Clark Gable.
The first full-time automobile service station was opened in 1899 in Ohio.
In 1852 Ohio was the first state to enact laws protecting working women.
Jesse Owens grew up in Cleveland. He won four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
In Cleveland, Ohio the first traffic light was erected August 5th, 1914.
William T. Sherman. Sherman was born in Lancaster, Ohio.
The first concrete street in America was built in Bellefontaine,
Ohio and is still in use.
Clarence Crane in Cleveland invented Life Savers in 1912.
The Miamisburg Mound is the largest conical burial mound in the state
of Ohio and possibly in the eastern U.S.
Procter and Gamble was created in 1837 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Akron is the world’s leading rubber-producing city.
Firestone and Goodyear are located there.
Eliot Ness, the special agent who brought down Chicago crime boss, Al Capone, was Public Safety Director in Cleveland before moving to Chicago. He’s buried in Cleveland’s Lakeview Cemetery.
Ohio native, W.F. Semple patented chewing gum in 1869.
Half of the residents of the United States live within 500 miles of Columbus, Ohio.
The Toledo Strip was won in the Toledo war. In exchange Michigan got the upper peninsula.
The first gas mask was invented in Ohio
The first ambulance service was established in Cincinnati in 1865.
Cleveland became the world’s first city to be lighted electrically in 1879.
Roy J. Plunkett of New Carlisle invented Teflon in 1938.
The Marvel character Bruce Banner, who later becomes the Incredible Hulk, is from Dayton Ohio.
Ohio has over 40,000 miles of waterways
Largest County: Ashtabula County(711 square miles)
Smallest County: Lake County (232 square miles)
America’s first hot dog came from Ohio, in the early 1900s.
Oberlin College, founded in 1833, was the first college in the United States to admit women.
First trapshoot was in Cincinnati in 1831
Clay target pigeon invented by George Ligowsky of Cincinnati, Ohio
First Soap box derby held in Dayton, Ohio
World Championships still held in Akron
East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland was the site of the first pedestrian button for the control of a traffic light
Dresden is the home of the world’s largest basket. It is located at Basket Village USA
The first Honda made in America was built in the Marysville Plant.
John Mercer Langston is believed to have been the first African American elected to public office. He was elected clerk of Brownhelm in 1854
The world’s first speeding ticket was issued in Dayton, Ohio in 1904
Josephine Cochran invented the dishwasher, and turned her company into Kitchen-aid
James Spangler, of Canton, invented the Electric Vacuum Cleaner and started the Hoover Vacuum Cleaning Company
The modern parachute was tested and improved at Dayton’s McCook aeronautical research and development center. (later called Wright Patterson Air Force Base)
Only 2 zoo’s outside of Florida have manatees, Columbus and Cincinnati.
The term “Rock and Roll” was coined in Cleveland, Ohio by Al Freed
The Ohio Statehouse was completed before the expansion of the Us capitol and does not contain the same dome style. It instead has a low conical roof.
Manufacturing and Financial services are the major industries by GDP, but trade, utilities, and transportation employ more people.
Ohio once had 8 working canals
Only 8 presidents have lost in Ohio and gone on to the White House.
Many major restaurant chains have started in Ohio including Max and Ermas, Wendy’s, BW3’s, Bob Evans, Arby’s, Perkins, and Skyline.
At 44,825 sq mi Ohio is the 34 largest state
Ohio’s lowest point, 455 ft, is higher than any point in both Florida and Delaware.
The ladybug is the state insect.
State bird, the cardinal
The state animal is the White Tail deer.
The tomato is the state fruit
Tomato juice is the state drink
Union Terminal, home of the Cincinnati Museum Center, is the basis for the DC Comic’s Hall of Justice.
Cedar Point is the second oldest continually running amusement park.
Lowest record temperature: −39 °F (−39.444 °C), at Milligan on February 10, 1899.
Highest: 113 °F (45 °C), near Gallipolis on July 21, 1934.
Marietta, Ohio is the first settlement of the Northwest Territories.
Both Pro Football (Canton) and Major League Baseball (Cincinnati) started in Ohio.
Dayton Triangles won what some consider the first NFL game.
Thomas Selfridge was the first person to die in a plane crash. He was passenger aboard a Wright Model A built in Dayton Ohio.
Signal Corps No. 1, a Wright Military Flyer modified from the fatal crash of A Wright Model A, was the first heavy than air vehicle bought by the US military.
First Plane crash survived by use of parachute was Lieutenant Harold R. Harris. On October 20, 1922, flying a Loening monoplane, he bailed out 2,000 feet over North Dayton.
First Mormon Temple built in Kirkland, Ohio.
Warren G. Harding was the first President to give a speech over the radio.
William Howard Taft is the only president to serve on the Supreme Court.
Samuel Ramsey of Jacobsburg purchased the first Hybrid Corn shipment.
First matchbooks were produced by Diamond Match Company at the Barberton, Ohio factory in 1896
Indianola Junior High School in Columbus, Ohio, opened on September 7, 1909. It was the first junior high school.
The Y Bridge in Zanesville was first built in 1814 to span the confluence of the Licking and Muskingum Rivers. “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” proclaimed it the only bridge in the world which you can cross and still be on the same side of the river.
1850: First company in the U.S. to publish greeting cards – Gibson Greeting Card Company.
1793: Cincinnati was the first Ohio city to publish a newspaper.
Ohio has 88 counties
Scripps of the National Spelling Bee fame is headquartered in Cincinnati.
Only 2 presidents never gave a State of The Union address. W.H. Harrison and James Garfield. Both die before they needed to.
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