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First bag of airmail lifted by a hot air balloon.

First city in the U.S. to hold a municipal song festival - Saengerfest.

First city in the U.S. to establish a Jewish hospital.

First city in the U.S. to publish greeting cards - Gibson Greeting Card Company.

First practical steam fire engine. First city to establish a municipal fire department and first firemen's pole.

First city to establish a weather bureau.

First professional baseball teamThe Cincinnati Red Stockings, now known as the Cincinnati Reds.

First city in the U.S. to establish a municipal university - University of Cincinnati.

First city to hold annual industrial expositions.

First city to establish a Jewish theological college - Hebrew Union College.

First city in which a woman, Maria Longworth Nichols Storer, began and operated a large manufacturing operation - Rookwood Pottery.

First and only city to build and own a major railroad.

First concrete skyscraper built in the U.S.The Ingalls Building.

Daniel Carter Beard founded the Sons of Daniel Boone, later known as the Boy Scouts of America.

First university to offer cooperative education - University of Cincinnati.

First night baseball game played under lights.

First heart-lung machine makes open heart surgery possible. Developed at Children's Hospital Medical Center.

First city to have a licensed Public television station - WCET TV.

Famous Cincinnatians


Jim Dine
Major American artist of the second half of the 20th century born in Cincinnati in 1935. Attended Walnut Hills High School, the Cincinnati Art Academy and the University of Cincinnati College of Applied Arts.

Robert S. Ducanson
Prolific artist of the Hudson River School style raised in Cincinnati.

Frank Duveneck
Painter born in Covington, KY in 1848 who influenced a generation of painters.

Suzanne Farrell
Ballet dancer born in Cincinnati in 1945.

James Levine
Conductor and pianist born in Cincinnati - debuted with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at age 10.

Hiram Powers
Began his career as an artist in Cincinnati.

Harriet Beecher Stowe
Author of Uncle Tom's CabinLived in Cincinnati, across the river from Civil War border-state Kentucky, and drew from these experiences for her book.

John Henry Twachtman
Painter, born in Cincinnati in 1853, who studied under Frank Duveneck and is considered a leader in the Impressionist movement.

Tom Wesselmann
Cincinnati artist born in 1931 whose work was included in the American Pop Art exhibition at the Whitney Museum, New York.

Thomas Worthington Whittredge
Artist who lived in Cincinnati, best known for his Hudson River School scenes.

Educators & Innovators

Daniel Carter Beard
Covington, KY resident who founded the Sons of Daniel Boone, which evolved into the Boy Scouts of America.

Nelson Glueck
Leading biblical archaeologist born in Cincinnati, discovered the site of King Solomon's copper mines.

William McGuffey
Professor at Miami University in Oxford, OH who redefined reading textbooks in the late 19th century with his eclectic Readers series.

John William Mauchly
Cincinnati born physicist who collaborated with others to build ENIAC, the first large electronic computer.

Neil Armstrong
First man on the moon who later served as a professor of engineering at the University of Cincinnati from 1971-1979.


Theda Bara
Silent film star, born Theodosia Goodman in Cincinnati in 1890.

George Clooney
Actor born in Augusta, KY

Rosemary Clooney
Singer, actress and aunt of George Clooney born in Maysville, KY.

Doris Day
Actress, born Doris von Kappelhoff in Cincinnati in 1924.

The Isley Brothers
R & B group from Cincinnati who had a major hit with "Twist & Shout", later re-recorded by the Beatles.

Ruth Lyons
Television hostess broadcast her show on WLW-TV from 1947-1967

Sarah Jessica Parker
Actress who grew up in Cincinnati.

Tyrone Power
Movie star born in Cincinnati in 1914.

Roy Rogers
Popular singing cowboy, born Leonard Franklin Slye in Cincinnati in 1911.

Steven Spielberg
Innovative filmmaker born in Cincinnati.

Jerry Springer
Talk show host, was once Mayor of Cincinnati and later anchor on WLWT-TV news.

Ted Turner
Media mogul born in Cincinnati.

Andy Williams
Singer, attended Western Hills High School in Cincinnati.


Ulysses S. Grant
Civil War General and 18th President of the Unites States, born in Point Pleasant, OH in 1822.

Benjamin Harrison
23rd President of the United States, born in North Bend, OH in 1833.

William Howard Taft
27th President of the United States, born in Cincinnati in 1857.

Sports Stars

Eddie Arcaro
Jockey born in Cincinnati who rode the Kentucky Derby winner 5 times and the Triple Crown winner once.

Steve Cauthen
Born in Covington, KY, was the first jockey to exceed $6 million in earnings.

Anthony Munoz
Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle who played his entire career as a Cincinnati Bengal.

Oscar "Big O" Robertson
Three-time basketball All-American at the University of Cincinnati, 1958-1960, and the NBA's Rookie of the Year in 1961.

Pete Rose
Major League Baseball's biggest lifetime hitter with 4,256 hits, was born in Cincinnati.

Roger Staubach
Dallas Cowboy Hall of Famer played football at Purcell High School in Cincinnati.

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