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5 Fun Facts About December 17 In Ohio History

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1. On December 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers made their first successful powered flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Though they were from Dayton, Ohio, they had to travel to North Carolina to find a location with strong enough winds to support their experimental aircraft.

2. In 1803, the Ohio General Assembly passed an act to provide for the education of youth in the state. This law created the first public school system in the state, which has since grown to become one of the largest and most comprehensive in the country.

3. On December 17, 1819, the Ohio and Erie Canal was officially opened for business. This 309-mile-long waterway connected Lake Erie to the Ohio River, providing a cheaper and more efficient means of transportation for goods and people.

4. In 1970, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case of State v. Sauls that the state's anti-abortion law was unconstitutional. This decision paved the way for other states to challenge similar laws and helped establish a legal precedent for reproductive rights.

5. On December 17, 1982, choreographer and dancer Martha Graham passed away at her home in New York City. Graham was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but spent much of her career in New York City and was an influential figure in the development of modern dance. She also taught dance at Ohio State University in the early 1930s.
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