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5 Fun Facts About August 25 In Ohio History

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1. In 1835, the Great Miami Hurricane struck Ohio and caused widespread damage and flooding, particularly in the cities of Cincinnati and Dayton.

2. On August 25, 1921, the infamous murder trial of Ohio native and former baseball player, "Shoeless" Joe Jackson began in Chicago. Jackson was accused of helping to throw the 1919 World Series as part of the "Black Sox" scandal.

3. The Ohio State Fair, one of the largest state fairs in the United States, has traditionally been held in late August. On August 25, 1979, an accident occurred on the fair's Fire Ball ride, tragically killing one person and injuring several others.

4. Akron, Ohio, a city known for its rubber industry, was founded on August 25, 1825. The city's name is derived from the Greek word for "high point," as it is situated at the highest elevation on the Ohio and Erie Canal.

5. On August 25, 1949, the Cleveland Indians' Larry Doby became the first African-American player to hit a home run in the American League. Doby had previously broken the color barrier in the league when he debuted for the Indians in July of 1947, just months after Jackie Robinson's historic debut in the National League.
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