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5 Fun Facts About September 20 In Ohio History

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1. On September 20, 1851, the first public demonstration of a hot air balloon flight took place in Canton, Ohio. The balloon, named "Queen of the West," ascended to a height of 500 feet and remained aloft for nearly two hours.

2. The Cincinnati Reds won their first National League pennant on September 20, 1919. Led by future Hall of Famers Edd Roush and Heinie Groh, the Reds won the pennant by nine games over the New York Giants.

3. On September 20, 1960, the first daily television newscast in Ohio aired on WEWS-TV in Cleveland. The program, called "The Big News," featured anchor Fred Griffith and became a staple of Cleveland news for decades.

4. On this day in 1962, the Ohio State Buckeyes football team defeated the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs by a score of 26-0. The Buckeyes would go on to win the national championship that season, finishing with a record of 9-0-1.

5. In 1999, the Ohio Historical Society changed its name to the Ohio Historical Society, now known as the Ohio History Connection. The organization has since expanded its mission to include preserving and sharing the history of Ohio through exhibits, educational programs, and digital initiatives.
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