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5 Fun Facts About April 5 In Ohio History

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1. The Great Dayton Flood of 1913 began on April 5, when heavy rainfalls caused the Great Miami River to overflow its banks. The flood devastated Dayton and other nearby communities, leading to the deaths of over 360 people.

2. On April 5, 1955, the National Museum of the United States Air Force (then called the United States Air Force Museum) opened its doors to the public at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. Today, the museum is the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world, with over 350 aircraft and missiles on display.

3. Ohio native Wilbur Wright, along with his brother Orville, made history on April 5, 1909, when they completed the first non-stop flight from New York to Philadelphia. The flight covered a distance of 150 miles in just over 2 hours.

4. On April 5, 1831, Akron Beat, the first newspaper in Akron, Ohio, was published for the first time. The weekly newspaper covered local news, politics, and culture until it ceased publication in the late 19th century.

5. In 1927, Ohio State University's head coach, John W. Wilce, became the first coach to introduce helmet stickers as a way to reward players for outstanding achievement on the field. The tradition has since been adopted by numerous other college and professional teams.
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