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5 Fun Facts About May 24 In Ohio History

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1. John W. Heisman, the man who the Heisman Trophy is named after, was born on May 24, 1869 in Cleveland, Ohio. He grew up in Ohio and attended college at Oberlin College before becoming a football coach and eventually the athletic director at several universities.

2. The first automobile race in Ohio was held on May 24, 1905 in Columbus. The race was organized by the Columbus Automobile Club and featured 19 participants driving on a course that started and ended at the state fairgrounds.

3. On May 24, 1915, the famous Hocking Valley Railway train robbery took place in McArthur, Ohio. A group of robbers stopped the train and stole approximately $10,000 in cash and goods. Several members of the robber gang were eventually arrested and sentenced to prison.

4. In 1935, the Ohio River flood reached its peak on May 24, causing widespread damage and displacement throughout Ohio and neighboring states. The flood, which was caused by heavy rainfall and snowmelt, resulted in the deaths of over 400 people and caused billions of dollars in damage.

5. May 24, 1962 was the day that astronaut Scott Carpenter became the second American to orbit the Earth. Carpenter, a native of Boulder, Colorado, was assigned to the Mercury-Atlas 7 mission and completed three orbits before landing safely in the ocean.
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