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5 Fun Facts About July 22 In Ohio History

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1. In 1934, notorious bank robber John Dillinger was shot and killed by FBI agents outside the Biograph Theater in Chicago. Dillinger was known to have ties to Ohio, having grown up in Indianapolis and committed several robberies in the state.

2. The Cleveland Cavaliers made history on July 22, 2014, when they signed NBA superstar LeBron James to a two-year, $42.1 million contract. This marked James' return to Cleveland after four years playing for the Miami Heat.

3. On July 22, 1950, the first African American crew to sail on a U.S. Navy vessel integrated onto the USS Toledo at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia. The crew included 26 enlisted personnel and three officers, and their integration was an important step towards desegregation within the U.S. military.

4. In 1843, the Ohio Penitentiary in Columbus was destroyed by a fire that killed more than 300 inmates. The disaster was one of the deadliest prison fires in U.S. history and led to widespread calls for prison reform.

5. The Ohio State Fair, one of the largest state fairs in the country, typically begins on the third Thursday in July. In 2015, the fair made headlines when a ride called "Fire Ball" malfunctioned, killing one person and injuring several others. The tragedy prompted a review of ride safety at state fairs across the country.
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