With a flip of the calendar, Ohio will once again have something to celebrate.
On March 1, the Buckeye state will celebrate its 217th birthday. Ohio joined the Union in 1803, cementing March 1, as its official birthday.
The 17th state has a history full of figures and events known from sea to shining sea. A step back through Ohio’s history will highlight a few.
Ohio has given the nation some noteworthy individuals. Neil Armstrong, The Wright Brothers, Steven Spielberg, and seven United States presidents were born in Ohio, according to 50states.com.
Touring Ohio lists the former Commander in Chiefs: Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William H. Taft, and Warren G. Harding.
William Henry Harrison, the nation’s ninth president, was the last president not to be born an American citizen. Born in 1773, in the colony of Virginia, Harrison would retire to Ohio after the war of 1812, as a congressman and senator.
In 1839 he would run as the Whig party candidate. His campaign and election is the main reason Ohio became known as the Buckeye State, according to Touring Ohio.
Today, Ohio is acknowledged as having many firsts within the nation. From sports to schools, Ohio has a history as a trailblazer.
In the world of sports, Ohio had the first professional baseball team in the Cincinnati Reds.
On May 4, 1869 – the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first all-professional team, won 45-9 over the Great Westerns of Cincinnati.
According to MLB.com, they would be rebranded two times before a final third in 1959 settling on the Cincinnati Reds.
Since their inception, the baseball club has won five World Series Titles, nine National League Pennants, and various titles in AA, NL Central and NL West.
The Columbus Crew was one of the original 10 teams in the inaugural 1996 MLS season. Their home, Columbus Crew Stadium, was the first soccer-specific complex in the United States.
According to their website, the crew has won 15 trophies. Being crowned MLS champions in 2008 as the holy grail. The club has also won three Supporters Shield trophies and five Trillium Cups.
50states.com provides a long list of Ohio’s accolades: The first ambulance service, Cleveland boasts America’s first traffic light, Akron was the first city to use police cars and Cincinnati had the first professional city fire department.
The list carries on with: The first full-time automobile service station was opened in 1899 in Ohio and In 1852, Ohio was the first state to enact laws protecting working women.
The pennant flag state is recognized with the first university in the Northwest territory. The state’s first also, Ohio University, was founded in 1804.
Ohio once saw major exports of farm produce; today, according to Cleveland.com, machinery, vehicles, aircraft, electrical machinery, plastics and optics account for 60% of the State’s exports.
According to USNews, the state ranks 38th in the economy and 31st in education. The state has a long history and only room to grow.
Local festivals across the state will herald in Ohio’s 217th birthday. In years past, the Statehouse has held events of art, culture and history.
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