1793 – First settlement to publish a newspaper.
1853 – First city to establish a municipal fire department and first firemen’s pole.
1865 – First train robbery in the U.S. occurred when a group of men tore up the tracks and derailed a train leaving Cincinnati. They robbed the passengers and were never caught.
1869 – First city to establish a weather bureau (tornados – thank goodness!)
1869 – First professional baseball team – the Cincinnati Red Stockings, now known simply as the Reds.
1875 – First city to establish a Jewish theological college – Hebrew Union College. They host many different educational events every year and have a strong influence in the community.
1880 – First city in which a woman, Maria Longworth Nichols Storer, began and operated a large manufacturing operation – Rockwood Pottery,
1880 – First and only city to build and own a major railroad. Discover more about it at Cincinnati’s Union Terminal Building, which houses the Museum Center.
1905 – Daniel Carter Beard founded the Sons of Daniel Boone, which later became the Boy Scouts of America.
1903 – The 16-story Ingalls Building was built in downtown Cincinnati, making it the world’s first reinforced concrete skyscraper.
1952 – First heart-lung machine makes open heart surgery possible. Developed at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
1954 – First city to have a licensed public television station – WCET-TV
2012 – First U.S. host city of the renowned World Choir Games
2017 – Baby hippo Fiona was born at the Cincinnati Zoo prematurely and was the first Nile hippo imaged on ultrasound prenatally by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Which of these facts surprised you most?