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5 Fun Facts About November 24 In Ohio History

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1. In 1956, Cleveland's Playhouse Square, the largest theater district outside of New York City, was almost demolished. However, philanthropist Joseph G. Butler Jr. stepped in and donated $1 million to save the historic theaters from destruction.

2. Inventor and entrepreneur Thomas Edison was born in Milan, Ohio on November 24, 1847. He went on to become one of the most prolific inventors in history, with over 1,000 patents to his name.

3. On November 24, 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered a eulogy for President John F. Kennedy at a public memorial service held at Cleveland's Public Hall. Clevelanders gathered to mourn the loss of the president less than a week after his assassination in Dallas.

4. The Ohio State University football team played its first game on November 24, 1890, defeating the Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops 20-14. The Buckeyes went on to become one of the most successful college football programs in history.

5. In 2002, LeBron James, a high school basketball phenom from Akron, Ohio, made his nationally televised debut with St. Vincent-St. Mary High School on November 24. James would go on to become one of the greatest basketball players of all time and win four NBA championships.
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