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5 Fun Facts About October 11 In Ohio History

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1. In 1910, the Toledo Blade newspaper reported that the University of Findlay football team had beaten Bowling Green State University by a score of 125-0, which remains the largest margin of victory in Ohio college football history.

2. In 1928, the Cincinnati Reds defeated the New York Yankees in the first game of the World Series, thanks in part to a home run by player Ernie Lombardi. The Reds would go on to win the series in five games, their first championship since 1919.

3. On October 11, 1957, the United States Air Force tested an experimental jet-powered aircraft called the X-15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The X-15 would go on to set multiple speed and altitude records in the following years.

4. In 1975, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium welcomed its first two manatees, named "Snowball" and "Little Nap". These two animals helped to establish the zoo as a leading center for manatee rehabilitation and conservation.

5. In 2002, Ohio governor Bob Taft signed a law designating the buckeye tree as the official state tree of Ohio. The buckeye had previously been recognized as the state tree flower and nut, but it was only this legislation that fully established its place as a symbol of Ohio pride.
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