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5 Fun Facts About July 16 In Ohio History

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1. On July 16, 1861, John Hunt Morgan, a famous Confederate general, was born in Huntsville, Ohio. He was known for leading daring raids into enemy territory during the Civil War, earning him the nickname "Thunderbolt of the Confederacy."

2. Ohio native and baseball legend, Thurman Munson, was born on July 16, 1947. He played 11 seasons with the New York Yankees and won three Gold Gloves, was a seven-time All-Star and the 1976 American League MVP. Munson tragically died in a plane crash in 1979.

3. On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts, Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, made history by becoming the first humans to walk on the moon. Armstrong, who was born and raised in Ohio, famously declared, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

4. The city of Akron, Ohio, was founded on July 16, 1825. Originally a canal town, Akron became known for its rubber industry and was home to companies such as Goodyear and Firestone.

5. On July 16, 1935, the first parking meters were installed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Though Ohio wasn't the birthplace of the parking meter, it was home to many of the companies that manufactured and distributed them throughout the country.
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