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THIS DATE IN CLEVELAND HISTORY

THIS DATE IN CLEVELAND HISTORY

Explore This Date in Cleveland History by clicking on each date below to see an Encyclopedia of Cleveland History entry associated with the event that occured on that day. 

July

July

1

In 1892, Osborn Engineering Co., Cleveland’s oldest engineering firm, was founded by Frank C. Osborn.

July

2

In 1870, the Cleveland, Tuscarawas Valley & Wheeling Railroad was organized as the Lake Shore & Tuscarawas Valley Railroad, primarily to ship coal.

July

3

In 1931, the Schmeling-Stribling fight, the first heavyweight championship match waged in Cleveland, and the first sporting event to take place in the newly completed Cleveland Municipal Stadium, occurred.

July

4

In 1894, the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, Cleveland’s major Civil War memorial designed by Levi T. Scotfield, was situated on Cleveland’s Public Square.

July

5

In 1947, the Lawrence “Larry” E, Doby joined the Cleveland Indians 11 weeks after Jackie Robinson integrated the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was the second African American player in Major League Baseball.

July

6

In 1916, Icabod Flewellen, who is best known for his extensive collection of African American historical artifacts and memorabilia, was born.

July

7

In 1926, Nolan D.Bell, a veteran of the Karamu Theater and a nonprofessional comedian, was born.

July

8

In 1935, The Baseball All-Star Game was held at the Cleveland Municipal Stadium.

July

9

In 1882, Charles Ruthenberg, a prominent Cleveland Socialist and later, Communist, was born.

July

10

In 1924, the Republican National Convention of 1924 opened with 1,109 delegates.

July

11

In 1867, Benjamin S. Hubbell, a prominent architect in developing the University Circle and the West Side Market, was born.

July

12

In 1937, Bruce W. Klunder, a martyr in the campaign to desegregate Cleveland public schools, was born.

July

13

In 1849, the National Meeting of the Free Soil party was held in Cleveland.

July

14

In 1963, the Freedom March, sponsored by the United Freedom Movement, occurred.

July

15

In 1861, sculptor Herman Matzen, whose work still adorns many of Cleveland's public spaces, is born.

July

16

In 1884, Sherwin Williams Paint, which had started operations on Superior Avenue in 1870, officially incorporates.

July

17

In 1899, amid the Electric Streetcar Strike, cars and trucks are blown up throughout Cleveland as protests escalate.

July

18

In 1890, architect Philip Small, designer of Shaker Square, Cleveland Playhouse, and John Carroll University, is born.

July

19

In 1913, St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral, noted for its destinctive art and architecture, is dedicated.

July

20

In 1903, Horatio Jackson, driving a Cleveland-made Winton, arrives in Cleveland before completing the first cross-country automobile trip.

July

21

In 1946, protests against policies of racial discrimination at Euclid Beach Park begin, resulting in anti-discrimination legislation.

July

22

In 1796, Moses Cleaveland arrives at the future site of Cleveland, and notes it is the perfect location for the Western Reserve's capitol.

July

23

In 1968, for the first time in the United States, an all-black police force is employed to ease racial tensions following riots in Glenville.

July

24

In 1966, The Supremes perform two sets at Leo's, "the most fully integrated club in America", before police cancel their final performance.

July

25

In 1854, opera arrives in Cleveland with performances of Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" at the Athenaeum Theater.

July

26

In 1884, Cleveland's first electric streetcar makes its debut, quickly becoming the most popular form of transportation in the city.

July

27

In 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. arrives in Cleveland to give speeches and initiate voter registration programs throughout the city.

July

28

In 1896, during Cleveland's Centennial Celebration, Jane Elliot Snow and other suffragettes demonstrate during the city's "Woman's Day".

July

29

In 1909, Chester Himes, a pioneering detective novelist who drew heavily from his experiences as a black man in Cleveland, is born.

July

30

In 1954, Dr. Sam Sheppard is arrested for murder. His eventual acquittal sets a precedent for media interference in fair trials.

July

31

In 1932, the Cleveland Indians play their first game in the Cleveland Municipal Stadium, which would be their home for over 60 years.