In 2017, National Day Calendar® began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. Many states have their own state celebrations, and National Day Calendar’s observances in no way replace them. There’s so much more to explore, we can’t help but celebrate our beautiful country even more!
NATIONAL OHIO DAY
On November 2, National Ohio Day recognizes the 17th state to join the United States known as the Buckeye State, the Mother of Modern Presidents and the first state to enter the country from the Northwest Territory.
Elaborate and pre-historic remains of a civilization who created mounds can still be found in parts of Ohio. By the time Europeans began to arrive on the continent, Ohio was primarily populated by Kickapoo, Erie and Shawnee.
This Great Lakes State’s northern border includes 312 miles of Lake Erie shoreline. For Ohioans, that’s both an economic and recreational boon. It’s also a natural resource. As the 12th largest lake in the world, the consumable food and water it provides are invaluable.
From the icy blue lakes to crystal clear sky, Ohio has been known to look to the clouds. Whether we recall the Wright Brothers for getting us there, the pilots who went there, seek out observatories to look deeper, and of course, the astronauts who go where few have gone before, Ohio keeps our heads in the clouds!
From the cities to the countryside, Ohio feeds the eyes and the stomach. Curiosity seekers and adventurers alike will find their place. History buffs and collectors, it’s all here.
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First Ladies – Canton
Dayton Aviation Heritage – Dayton
Buckeye Lake – Millersport
Delaware State Park – Delaware
Independence Dam – Defiance
Marblehead Lighthouse – Marblehead
Mohican State Park – Loudonville
Pro Football Hall of Fame – Canton
Toledo Art Museum – Toledo
Cleveland Museum of Natural History – Cleveland
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame– Cleveland
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery – Dayton
Armstrong Air and Space Museum – Wapakoneta
Warren Rupp Observatory – Bellville
Motorcycle Hall of Fame – Pinkerton
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center – Cincinnati
Ohio History Center – Columbus
Tecumseh - American Chief - (March 1768 - October 5, 1813)
George Custer - Officer - (December 5, 1839 - June 25, 1876)
Cy Young - Baseball Player - (March 29, 1867 - November 4, 1955)
Major League Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick created the Cy Young Award in 1956 after Young’s death to recognize the single best pitcher in baseball annually. Following Frick’s retirement in 1967, one pitcher in the American and the National Leagues earned a Cy Young Award annually.
Annie Oakley - Sharpshooter - (August 13, 1860 - November 3, 1926)
Her sharpshooting skills caught the eye of Frank Butler in 1875 when she visited her sister in Cincinnati. She and Butler married and in 1885 joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. They performed around the United States and London. The Wild West show later made it to film thanks to another native Ohioan, Thomas Edison.
Orville Wright - Inventor - (August 19, 1871 - January 30, 1948)
They never lost interest in flight and continued to develop designs. By 1902, the future aviators were making progress with their gliders and nearing a successful mechanical flight. They sold their bicycle business and on December 17, 1903, achieved their goal.
Thomas Edison - Inventor - (February 11, 1847 - October 18, 1931)
Edison’s ability to see opportunities and innovate made him an outstanding self-promoter. He didn’t let failure stop him as his interests were varied, and he often had many projects in development at once. Often the development of one device would lead to inspiration for another.
Eddie Rickenbacker - Racecar driver - (October 8, 1890 - July 23, 1973)
Geraldine Mock- Aviator- (November 22, 1925 - September 30, 2014)
Mock departed on March 19 from Columbus, Ohio at 9:31 AM in her 1953 Cessna 180 single-engine monoplane named The Spirit of Columbus. The entire trip took her 29 days, 11 hours, and 59 minutes. She landed at Port Columbus airport on April 17 at 9:36 PM.
Mock wasn’t the only woman circling the globe at that time. Australian Joan Smith also took to the clouds for the title of ” the first woman to circumnavigate the globe,” but Mock beat her to it.