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5 Fun Facts About December 16 In Ohio History

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1. On December 16, 1811, the first steamboat to navigate the Ohio River, New Orleans, arrived in Pittsburgh.

2. The United States recognized the state of Ohio on December 16, 1802. It was the 17th state to join the Union, and its nickname is the "Buckeye State."

3. The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, made their first powered flight in Ohio on December 16, 1903. They flew their airplane, the Wright Flyer, for 12 seconds and covered a distance of 120 feet.

4. On December 16, 1970, the Ohio National Guard arrested 13 Kent State University students protesting against the Vietnam War. This led to a confrontation that resulted in four students being killed and nine others being injured.

5. Mary Catherine Campbell of Cleveland became the first female mayor of a major U.S. city on December 16, 1923. She served as mayor of Toledo for two years and was also the first woman to be elected to the Ohio State Legislature.
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