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5 Fun Facts About October 19 In Ohio History

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1. In 1857, William Howard Taft, the 27th president of the United States, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Taft served as president from 1909 to 1913 and was also the only president to later serve as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

2. The Buckeye State was admitted to the Union on March 1, 1803. But it wasn’t until October 19, 1903, that the Ohio state flag was adopted by the state legislature. It features a blue triangle representing the state’s hills and valleys and 17 stars symbolizing Ohio’s status as the 17th state to join the Union.

3. On October 19, 1987, the Cincinnati Reds won the World Series, defeating the Oakland Athletics in Game 7. The victory was especially sweet for the Reds, who had lost to the same team in the 1972 World Series.

4. On October 19, 1954, Ohio Governor Frank Lausche officially opened the Ohio Turnpike. The 241-mile toll road runs from the Pennsylvania state line to just east of Toledo and is known for its straight, flat stretches that seem to go on forever.

5. Cincinnati native Neil Armstrong visited his hometown on October 19, 1971. Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, was honored with a parade and other festivities in the city where he grew up.
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