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5 Fun Facts About August 22 In Ohio History

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1. The Ohio State Fair opened on August 22, 1850, marking the first-ever state fair in the United States. The fair continues to draw millions of visitors every year.

2. Baseball legend Jackie Robinson made his professional debut for the Montreal Royals against the Columbus Red Birds on August 22, 1946. He would later break the color barrier in Major League Baseball.

3. The National Football League's Cincinnati Bengals played their first-ever preseason game on August 22, 1968, defeating the Atlanta Falcons 24-17.

4. Ohio native and astronaut Judith Resnik was born on August 22, 1949. Resnik was a member of the crew that tragically died in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986.

5. The Buckeye Furnace, a historic iron furnace located in Jackson County, Ohio, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 22, 1977. The furnace dates back to the mid-1800s and was an important part of Ohio's iron industry.
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