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5 Fun Facts About February 12 In Ohio History

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1. Ohio's Birthday: On February 12, 1803, President Thomas Jefferson signed Congress’s Enabling Act that approved Ohio Statehood. This makes February 12 the official birthday of Ohio.

2. Ohio's Humane Society: In 1869, the first organization for animal welfare in Ohio, the Ohio Anti-Cruelty Society, was established in Cleveland. It’s now called the Cleveland Animal Protective League and is still in operation today.

3. National Historic Site: On February 12, 1992, the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument was established in Wilberforce, Ohio. It now preserves and interprets the history of Charles Young, the first African American superintendent of what is now known as the National Park Service.

4. Ohio Expands Voting Rights: On February 12, 1912, Ohio became the seventh state to permit women to vote in presidential primaries.

5. First US Police Memorial: The first documented law enforcement officer to die in the line of duty was Sheriff Joseph P. Clark of the Columbiana County Sheriff's Office. He was killed on February 12, 1791. Every year on this day, the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police holds a ceremony on the Statehouse grounds to honor Ohio's fallen law enforcement officers.
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