Interesting Facts About Ohio

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Ohio Facts

- Clarence Crane in Cleveland invented Life Savers in 1912.

- Cleveland is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

- Ohio is the leading producer of greenhouse and nursery plants.

- Cleveland is spelled differently than its founder’s name Moses Cleaveland. In 1832, the editor of the Cleaveland Gazette newspaper dropped the first “a” to fit the title on one line. The new spelling caught on.

- Ohio claims the first chewing gum in 1869, and the first hot dog in 1900.

- 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.

- 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.

- 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 American Federation of Labor was founded in Columbus.

- Ohio was the birthplace of many U.S. presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Howard Taft, and Warren G. Harding.

- The Wright Brothers are acknowledged as inventors of the first airplane they were from Dayton.

- The popular television sit-com, "The Drew Cary Show" is set in Cleveland. - In 1879, Cleveland became the first city to be lighted by electricity. Cleveland also had the first traffic light in 1914.

- Oberlin College, founded in 1833, was the first college in the United States to admit women.

- Cincinnati Reds were the first professional baseball team.

- The Y Bridge in Zanesville was first built in 1814 to span the confluence of the Licking and Muskingum Rivers. The current bridge is the fifth construction at the same location. "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.

- Cincinnati had the first professional city fire department and the first ambulance service.