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5 Fun Facts About April 12 In Ohio History

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April 12 is not a particularly significant day in Ohio history, but there are still a few interesting events that have occurred on this date. Here are five of them:

1. In 1861, the American Civil War began with the firing on Fort Sumter in South Carolina. Ohio was a vital state in the Union Army during the war, supplying more than 300,000 troops and suffering over 35,000 casualties.

2. Cleveland Indians pitcher Len Barker threw the tenth perfect game in Major League Baseball history on April 12, 1981. Barker retired all 27 batters he faced in a 3-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

3. In 1955, Ohio native Donna Douglas was crowned Miss Baton Rouge before becoming a famous actress best known for her role as Elly May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies.

4. The Cincinnati Reds played their first ever game at Great American Ball Park on April 12, 2003. The team defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-1.

5. On April 12, 1985, the Goodyear blimp Spirit of Akron crashed in Ohio, killing two people onboard. The blimp was returning to its Akron base after a promotional flight when it hit power lines and caught fire, crashing into a wooded area.
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