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Ohio: The battleground state

  • The McCoys' 1965 hit "Hang on Sloopy" is the official rock song of Ohio. It was inspired by '50s singer Dorothy "Sloop" Heflick, a native of Steubenville.
  • Dino Crocetti, aka Dean Martin, was also born in Steubenville. Coincidence?
  • Losantiville was renamed Cincinnati in 1790 after the Society of Cincinnati--a group of Continental Army officers formed at the end of the Revolution. By the late 1820s, though, the town was commonly called "Porkopolis."
  • The first traffic light began service on Aug. 5, 1914, in Cleveland.
  • The term "Euclidean Zoning" has nothing to do with Euclid of Alexandria. Rather, it refers to the 1926 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Village of Euclid, Ohio, v. the Ambler Realty Company, which found that zoning is constitutional, provided that it is designed to protect the public health, welfare and safety.
  • In 1969, at 11:56 a.m., on a stretch of the Cuyahoga River just southeast of downtown Cleveland, a floating oil slick caught fire and sent five-story flames into the air damaging two key railroad bridges (and threatening the public health, welfare and safety).
  • Wapakoneta native Neil Armstrong was the first human to walk on the moon--or was he?
  • The buckeye is the seed pod of the buckeye tree, which became associated with Ohio as result of the election of infamous Native American killer William Henry Harrison to the office of President of the United States. Harrison sported a buckeye walking stick, which became all the rage.

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