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5 Fun Facts About July 31 In Ohio History

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1. The first successful kidney transplant in Ohio was performed on July 31, 1967 by Dr. Floyd Loop at the Ohio State University Medical Center. The recipient, a 25-year-old man, went on to live a healthy life thanks to the groundbreaking surgery.

2. On July 31, 1894, the first professional football game in Ohio was played between the Jeems Bay City (later known as the Cleveland Browns) and the West End Athletic Club in Cincinnati. The Bay City team won 24-0.

3. July 31, 1946 saw the creation of the Ohio Turnpike Commission, which began construction on the Ohio Turnpike the following year. The 241-mile highway opened in 1955 and remains an important transportation route in the state today.

4. The Ohio State Fair, one of the largest state fairs in the country, typically runs from late July through early August each year. On July 31, 1954, the fair set a one-day attendance record with over 129,000 visitors.

5. Ohio-born astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, passed away on July 31, 2012 at the age of 82. Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio and began his career as a test pilot before joining the NASA astronaut program in 1962.
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