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5 Fun Facts About January 24 In Ohio History

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1) On January 24, 1848, gold was discovered in California, leading to the famous Gold Rush. Although this doesn't seem to have a direct connection to Ohio history, it did have an impact on the state's economy as many Ohioans joined the rush and sought their fortune in the West.

2) On January 24, 1908, the Ohio State Reformatory opened its doors in Mansfield. Over the next several decades, the prison became notorious for its harsh conditions and overcrowding. It was finally closed in 1990 and has since been turned into a museum and tourist attraction.

3) On January 24, 1935, the first canned beer was sold in the United States in Richmond, Virginia. However, the idea for canned beer actually originated in Ohio. In 1909, the American Can Company introduced a prototype can that could hold beer. It wasn't until the 1930s that the technology had advanced enough to make canned beer practical and affordable.

4) On January 24, 1961, comedian and actor Phil Roy was born in Cincinnati. Roy is best known for his work on the TV show "Grace Under Fire" and has also appeared in a number of films and other TV shows.

5) On January 24, 2007, the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Miami Heat in a thrilling game that included a historic performance by LeBron James. James scored 44 points, including 24 in the fourth quarter, and became the youngest player in NBA history to score 10,000 career points. The game is considered one of James' greatest performances and helped cement his status as one of the league's all-time greats.
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