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5 Fun Facts About March 22 In Ohio History

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1. On March 22, 1927, Charles F. Kettering demonstrated the first practical electric self-starter for automobiles in Dayton, Ohio. This innovation eliminated the need for a hand crank to start an engine, making it easier and safer for drivers to start their cars.

2. The Toledo War, a boundary dispute between Ohio and Michigan, began on March 22, 1835, when Michigan Governor Stevens T. Mason organized a state militia to seize the disputed territory. The conflict was eventually resolved in favor of Ohio, which was granted statehood in 1803.

3. Miami University, the second-oldest university in Ohio, was established on March 22, 1809, in Oxford, Ohio. The university was founded by a group of Presbyterian ministers and is known for its strong academic programs in liberal arts, business, education, and engineering.

4. On March 22, 1887, John L. Sullivan, the heavyweight boxing champion of the world, fought a four-round exhibition match in Cincinnati, Ohio. The match was part of Sullivan's national tour, in which he challenged local boxers to try to knock him out.

5. The Cincinnati Reds played their first-ever major league baseball game on March 22, 1882, against the Chicago White Stockings (now the Cubs). The Reds lost the game 7-4, but went on to become one of the most successful and storied franchises in baseball history.
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