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5 Fun Facts About April 20 In Ohio History

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1. In 1863, Confederate General John Hunt Morgan led a raid across southern Ohio on April 20, in an attempt to divert Union attention away from the siege of Vicksburg. The raid resulted in several skirmishes and ended with Morgan's capture in New Lisbon.

2. On April 20, 1907, the Ohio River near Cincinnati reached its highest recorded level at 79.9 feet, causing widespread flooding in the city and surrounding areas.

3. In 1946, the Cleveland Indians played their first game at the newly-built Municipal Stadium on April 20. The team defeated the Detroit Tigers 5-3 in front of a crowd of 60,135.

4. The Ohio State University held its first Spring Commencement on April 20, 1916, awarding degrees to 97 graduates.

5. On April 20, 2011, Ohio became the 34th state to allow electronic insurance cards to be displayed on smartphones during traffic stops. The law aimed to make it easier for drivers to prove that they were insured, while also reducing paper waste.
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