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5 Fun Facts About July 19 In Ohio History

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1. In 1864, the Battle of Winchester began during the American Civil War. Ohio soldiers played a key role in the Union victory, which helped pave the way for the fall of the Confederate capital of Richmond.

2. On July 19, 1919, the Cleveland Indians defeated the New York Yankees 3-2 in what is considered one of the greatest pitching duels in baseball history. Cleveland's Ray Caldwell pitched a complete game despite being struck by lightning in the top of the ninth inning.

3. The first Ohio State Fair was held in Cincinnati on July 19, 1850. The fair moved to Columbus in 1886 and has grown into one of the largest state fairs in the country.

4. On July 19, 1957, Cincinnati-born actress Jane Wyman won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in "The Country Girl." It was her first Oscar win and one of five nominations she would receive over the course of her career.

5. The Ohio River Flood of 1937 reached its peak on July 19, with floodwaters cresting at more than 80 feet in some areas. The disaster caused widespread damage and displacement, leading to new flood control projects and infrastructure throughout the region.
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