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5 Fun Facts About March 12 In Ohio History

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1. On March 12, 1803, Ohio became the 17th state of the United States.

2. On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts of the USA in Savannah, Georgia. Girl Scouting came to Ohio in the early 1920s and has since grown to become a leading youth organization in the state.

3. In 1933, Cleveland, Ohio became the first city in the United States to establish a school patrol system, which later became the National School Safety Patrol. The program was designed to promote traffic safety and provide leadership opportunities for elementary school children.

4. On March 12, 1947, Ohio State University played in the first NCAA basketball championship game, losing to Holy Cross. The Buckeyes would go on to win the championship in 1960, 1961, and 1962.

5. In 1993, the Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team beat the Indiana Hoosiers to win the Big Ten tournament championship. The game is known for the famous "Tarkanian towel bite" incident, in which Ohio State player Chris Jent bit the towel of Indiana coach Bob Knight during a heated exchange.
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