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Opening Day

April 3, 2012
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The original Cincinnati Red Stockings, baseball’s first openly all-professional team, were founded as an amateur club in 1866, and became fully professional in 1869. The Red Stockings won 130 straight games throughout 1869 and 1870. Star players included brothers Harry and George Wright, Fred Walterman, and pitcher Asa Brainard. The Cincinnati Red Stockings left...
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Virginia Kettering

March 29, 2012
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Virginia Kettering

Born July 14, 1907 in Bellevue, Kentucky, Virginia Weiffenbach was the only child of architect Norman Weiffenbach and his wife Clara. Virginia moved to Dayton with her parents when she was a small child, where she first met Eugene Kettering at the experimental Moraine Park School on Southern Boulevard. As their friendship grew, Virginia...
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Erma Bombeck

March 22, 2012
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Erma Bombeck

Erma Louise Bombeck was an American humorist who achieved great popularity for her newspaper column that described suburban home life from the mid-1960s until the late 1990s. Bombeck also published 15 books in her life. From 1965 to 1996, Bombeck wrote over 4,000 newspaper columns chronicling the ordinary life of a Midwestern suburban housewife...
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St Patrick’s Day

March 15, 2012
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St Patrick’s Day is celebrated each year on March 17th. The celebration was originally a religious festival to commemorate St Patrick, who is the Catholic patron saint of Ireland. Today, the holiday is associated less with its religious origins but more as a time to celebrate all things related to Irish culture. The DDN...
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Central State University

February 29, 2012
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Central State University’s history began when Wilberforce College was established in 1856. This was founded as a partnership between the Cincinnati Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1887, the Ohio General Assembly enacted legislation to create the Industrial Department at Wilberforce College, to provide training for teachers...
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Wilberforce University

February 22, 2012
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Wilberforce University

Wilberforce University is a liberal arts African- American University located in southern Ohio. Affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church, it was the first college to be owned and operated by African- Americans. The college was founded in 1856 by the Cincinnati, Ohio Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the African Methodist Episcopal...
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Civil Rights Movement

February 16, 2012
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The African-American Civil Rights Movement (1955-1968) refers to the movement aimed at outlawing racial discrimination and restoring voting rights to African-Americans. The movement was characterized by major campaigns of civil resistance. Between 1955 and 1968, acts of nonviolent protests produced crisis situations between activists and government authorities. Federal, state, and local governments, businesses, and...
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C.J. McLin

February 9, 2012
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Clarence Joseph McLin Jr. (known as C.J. McLin), was an American politician of the Ohio Democratic Party. He ran for state representative in 1966 following the race riots in Dayton and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He won the election and served eleven consecutive terms. In 1988 he won a twelfth term but...
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Mayor Robert Clayton Henry

February 2, 2012
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Robert Clayton Henry was the mayor of Springfield, Ohio from 1966 to 1968 and was the first African American mayor of an American city.  In 1961 he was elected to Springfield’s commission until 1966, when he was appointed mayor. He only served one term and refused to run for re-election so he could pursue...
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MLK in Dayton

January 16, 2012
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Each year on the third Monday of January we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His strategy of nonviolent protest advanced civil rights in the United States and around the world. Dr. King visited Dayton several times during the turbulent 1960’s. He has a special connection to the Miami...
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