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.
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.
Painter born in Covington, KY in 1848 who influenced a generation of painters.
Ballet dancer born in Cincinnati in 1945.
Conductor and pianist born in Cincinnati - debuted with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at age 10.
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.
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.
Leading biblical archaeologist born in Cincinnati, discovered the site of King Solomon's copper mines.
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.
First man on the moon who later served as a professor of engineering at the University of Cincinnati from 1971-1979.
Silent film star, born Theodosia Goodman in Cincinnati in 1890.
Actor born in Augusta, KY
Singer, actress and aunt of George Clooney born in Maysville, KY.
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.
Television hostess broadcast her show on WLW-TV from 1947-1967
Sarah Jessica Parker
Actress who grew up in Cincinnati.
Movie star born in Cincinnati in 1914.
Popular singing cowboy, born Leonard Franklin Slye in Cincinnati in 1911.
Innovative filmmaker born in Cincinnati.
Talk show host, was once Mayor of Cincinnati and later anchor on WLWT-TV news.
Media mogul born in Cincinnati.
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.
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.
Jockey born in Cincinnati who rode the Kentucky Derby winner 5 times and the Triple Crown winner once.
Born in Covington, KY, was the first jockey to exceed $6 million in earnings.
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.
Major League Baseball's biggest lifetime hitter with 4,256 hits, was born in Cincinnati.
Dallas Cowboy Hall of Famer played football at Purcell High School in Cincinnati.
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