1. Juneteenth Becomes a State Holiday in Ohio: In 2021, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed a bill to officially recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday in Ohio. This makes Ohio the 38th state to recognize Juneteenth as a holiday, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.
2. The First Ohio State Fair: On June 19, 1850, the first Ohio State Fair was held in Cincinnati. It featured exhibits of livestock, farm equipment, and industry, and it attracted thousands of visitors from across the state. Today, the Ohio State Fair is one of the largest state fairs in the country, drawing over 1 million attendees each year.
3. The Birth of Cincinnati Reds: On June 19, 1869, the Cincinnati Red Stockings played their first professional baseball game. They defeated the Great Westerns of Cincinnati 45-9, and went on to have a perfect 67-0 record that year. This historic victory marks the birth of the Cincinnati Reds, one of the oldest professional baseball teams in the United States.
4. USS Ohio Joins the Union Navy: On June 19, 1861, the USS Ohio, one of the first ironclad warships built for the Union Navy during the Civil War, joined the Union blockade of Confederate ports. The USS Ohio played a crucial role in the Union Navy's operations on the Mississippi River, and helped to secure the Union victory in the Civil War.
5. The First Women's Golf Tournament: On June 19, 1904, the Cincinnati Women's Golf Association held the first women's golf tournament in Ohio at the Avondale Golf Course in Cincinnati. The tournament was won by Miss Rosalind Pearson, who would go on to become one of the most successful women golfers of her time. Today, women golfers continue to make strides in the sport, with more opportunities for professional play and recognition than ever before.
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