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5 Fun Facts About September 26 In Ohio History

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1. In 1909, the Akron Rubber Strike began on September 26, involving more than 100,000 workers from 500 rubber factories in Ohio. The strike lasted for six weeks and led to numerous clashes with police and the National Guard, but it ultimately resulted in a victory for the workers.

2. On September 26, 1918, Ohio-born Eddie Rickenbacker became the American ace of aces during World War I, with a record of 26 kills. He later became a successful businessman and war hero, surviving a harrowing 24-day ordeal in the Pacific during World War II.

3. In 1829, the first railroad in Ohio was chartered on September 26, running from Sandusky Bay to the city of Dayton. This paved the way for the development of the state's transportation infrastructure, as well as the growth of its manufacturing and agricultural industries.

4. On September 26, 1970, the Cleveland Browns played their first game at their new stadium, Municipal Stadium (later known as Cleveland Stadium). The Browns defeated the New York Jets 31-21 in front of a crowd of more than 85,000 fans.

5. In 2008, Ohio native and astronaut Stephanie Wilson flew on her second space shuttle mission, STS-120, which launched on September 26. During the mission, Wilson was part of a team that installed the Harmony module on the International Space Station, which enabled the addition of new research facilities on the station.
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