Ohio - Fast Facts & Trivia

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  • East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland was the site of the first pedestrian button for controlling a traffic light. The boy selected for the 1948 newsreel was Louis Spronze.

  • Ohio has an area of ​​116,103 square miles. It ranks 34th in the state size.

  • Columbus is the state capital and Ohio's largest city.

  • 50% of the population of the United States lives within a 500 miles radius of Columbus.

  • Dresden is home to the largest basket in the world. It is located in Basket Village USA.

  • Fostoria is the only city in three counties (Seneca, Hancock & Wood).

  • Ohio's national flag is a pennant design. It is the only national flag of this design in the United States.

  • Ohio University was founded in Athens in 1804 and is recognized as the first university in Ohio and the Northwest Territory.

  • Oberlin College was founded in 1833. It was the first inter-racial and coeducational college in the United States.

  • The Glacial Grooves on the north side of Kelleys Island are the largest easily accessible of such grooves in the world. They were buried in solid limestone about 18,000 years ago by the large ice sheet that covered part of North America.

  • Marietta was Ohio's first permanent settlement. Founded in 1788 by General Rufus Putnam and named in honor of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France.

  • Chillicothe was Ohio's first capital.

  • Cleveland became the first city in the world to be electrically lit in 1879.

  • Ohio is known as the Buckeye State.

  • Thomas A. Edison from Milan developed the light bulb, the phonograph and the early film camera.

  • John Lambert from Ohio City made America's first automobile in 1891.

  • Charles Kettering of Loundonville invented the automobile auto starter in 1911.

  • Charles Goodyear from Akron developed in 1839 the process of vulcanization of rubber.

  • Roy J. Plunkett of New Carlisle invented Teflon in 1938.

  • W. F. Semple patented chewing gum by Mount Vernon in 1869.

  • John Mercer Langston is believed to be the first African American to be elected to public office. He was elected in 1854 to the writer of Brownhelm.

  • Long jumper DeHart Hubbard was the first African American to win an Olympic gold medal. The prize was awarded during the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris. He set the record for long jumping.

  • Jesse Owens grew up in Cleveland. He won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.

  • Paul Laurence Dunbar of Dayton is known as the poet-winner of the African American.

  • The first ambulance service was founded in 1865 in Cincinnati.

  • Cleveland has America's first traffic light. It started on August 5, 1914.

  • Ermal Fraze invented the pop-top tin in Kettering.

  • James J. Ritty of Dayton invented the cash register in 1879 to prevent his clients from stealing home profits.

  • "Hang On Sloopy" is the official State Rock song.

  • Cincinnati Reds was the first professional baseball team.

  • The Y Bridge in Zanesville was first built in 1814 to bridge the confluence of the rivers Lecken and Muskingum. The current bridge is the fifth construction in the same place. "Ripley's Believe It or Not" declared it the only bridge in the world that you can cross and are still on the same side of the river.

  • Akron was the first city to use police cars.

  • Cincinnati had the first professional city fire department.

  • Akron is the rubber capital of the world.

  • The American Federation of Labor was founded in Columbus.

  • The Senator of Ohio, John Glenn, became the oldest man to advance into space. On February 20, 1962, he was the first American to circle the earth. In October 1998 he returned to the space program at the age of 77 years and traveled back into space.

  • Cleveland is home to the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame.

  • Ohio is the leading manufacturer of greenhouse and nursery plants.

  • The Pro Football Hall of Fame is located in Canton.

  • Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. He was from Wapakoneta.

  • The Wright Brothers are known as inventors of the first aircraft from Dayton.

  • The popular TV sitcom "The Drew Cary Show" is set in Cleveland.

  • East Liverpool was the starting point of the United States Public Land Survey. The place was the area from which, according to the regulation of 1785, a rectangular land surveying system was built. The survey provided for the administration and subdivision of land in the Old Northwest Territory. The regulation stipulated that all public areas should be divided into six square kilometers of municipalities.

  • Seven presidents of the United States were born in Ohio. They are: Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William H. Taft, and Warren G. Harding.

  • Some well-known personalities were born in Ohio. Among them are Steven Spielberg, Paul Newman, Annie Oakley, Arsenio Hall and Clark Gable.

  • The first full-time service station was opened in 1899 in Ohio.

  • In 1852, Ohio was the first state to pass laws protecting working women.

  • Ohio gave America its first hot dog in 1900. Harry M. Stevens created the popular eating dog.

  • Ohio became the 17th state on March 1, 1803.

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