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5 Fun Facts About April 8 In Ohio History

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1. The Ohio State Reformatory opened on April 8, 1896. This prison designed to reform young offenders is located in Mansfield, Ohio and was in operation until 1990. It is now open to the public as a museum and has been used as a filming location for several movies, including "The Shawshank Redemption".

2. On April 8, 1949, David Berger was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He was a promising weightlifter who competed in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. Unfortunately, he was one of the eleven members of the Israeli Olympic team who were taken hostage and eventually killed by Palestinian terrorists.

3. The Ohio Historical Center opened on April 8, 1970 in Columbus, Ohio. This museum and research center features exhibits about Ohio's history, including its Native American cultures, early European settlement, and contributions to American industry and culture.

4. On April 8, 1998, Ohio became the first state to offer a sales tax holiday. This tax-free weekend is usually held at the beginning of August and applies to purchases of clothing, school supplies, and instructional materials.

5. Pro Football Hall of Famer Orlando Pace was born in Sandusky, Ohio on April 8, 1975. Pace was a standout offensive lineman who played for the St. Louis Rams from 1997 to 2008 and helped lead the team to a Super Bowl championship in 1999. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.
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