1. On April 26, 1947, the deadliest tornado outbreak in Ohio history occurred, with a total of 83 tornadoes touching down across the state within a 16 hour span. The outbreak resulted in 89 fatalities and over 1,500 injuries.
2. In 1828, construction began on the Ohio and Erie Canal, which would eventually stretch 308 miles from Cleveland to Portsmouth. The canal was a major transportation route for goods and people throughout the 19th century and played a crucial role in Ohio's economic development.
3. On April 26, 1937, the Ohio River Flood reached its peak, resulting in over 1 million people being displaced from their homes and causing more than $500 million in property damage (which equates to over $9 billion in today's dollars). The flood is considered one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history.
4. In 1865, the final battle of the Civil War in Ohio was fought in the town of Sulphur Springs. The battle, known as the Battle of Salineville, resulted in a Union victory and helped bring an end to the war.
5. On April 26, 1907, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the state's anti-gambling laws did not apply to church-sponsored bingo games. The decision set a precedent that allowed churches to use bingo as a fundraising tool, which remains popular in Ohio to this day.
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