Cleveland Fun Facts

Alex, I’d like “Cleveland, Ohio” for $400. Planning your next game of Cleveland Jeopardy? Check out these somewhat random Cleveland facts. One of which should probably be that legendary Jeopardy winner Arthur Chu hails from Cleveland, too.

Cleveland Firsts

From the extraordinary to the commonplace, many innovations recognized around the world had their genesis in Cleveland. Here are just a few of the inventions created by Clevelanders:

U.S. college to admit students regardless of race, sex, creed or color (Oberlin College) - 1834

U.S. newspaper for African Americans (The Aliened American) - William Howard Day - 1853

Free home delivery of mail and first mailman's uniform - Joseph Briggs - 1862

Electric streetlight and electric streetcar - Charles F. Brush - 1879

Indoor shopping center (The Arcade) - 1890

LifeSavers candy - Clarence Crane - 1891

Padded bicycle seat - Arthur Lovett Garford - 1892

Whole-body scanner and x-ray machine - Dayton C. Miller (Case School of Applied Science) - 1896

Modern golfball - Cobuern Haskell, Joseph Mitchell, Bertram Work - 1899

American League - charter member baseball team (Cleveland Indians) - 1901

Ongoing forum for free speech (The City Club of Cleveland) - 1912

American-made standard gasoline automobile - 1898 and American Diesel engine - 1913 - Alexander Winton

African American Cultural Center (Karamu House) - 1915

Gas mask - Garret A. Morgan - 1916

Automatic windshield wiper - Fred & William H. Folberth - 1921

Air-traffic control tower - 1927

Superman comic - Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster - 1933

The phrase "Rock 'n' Roll" - Alan Freed - 1952

Rock and Roll concert (Moondog Coronation Ball) - 1952

African-American mayor of a major city (Carl Stokes) - 1967

Rapid transit rail service from airport to downtown - Greater Cleveland Rapid Transit Authority - 1968

NFL "Monday Night Football" game (Cleveland Municipal Stadium with the Cleveland Browns defeating the New York Jets, 31-20) - 1970

The first city to be awarded five All-American City Awards (1949, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1994)

Famous Clevelanders

Alan Freed - D.J. who coined the phrase "Rock n' Roll"

Anne Heche - Actress

Archibald Willard - Artist, painted "Spirit of '76"

Arsenio Hall - Comedian/Actor - The first African American host of a nationally televised late night talk show

Ben Curtis - Graduate of Kent State University and the 2003 PGA British Open Champion

Bob Hope - Actor/Comedian - Winner of 5 Special and Honorary Oscars

Cy Young - Baseball player

Dan O’Shannon - Writer and Co-Executive Producer, Modern Family

Debra Winger - Actress

Don King - Boxing promoter

Don Shula - Football coach

Dorothy Dandridge - Actress - First African American woman to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress

Drew Carey - Creator/producer and star of ABC-TV's "The Drew Carey Show" and host of "The Price is Right"

George Steinbrenner III - Former owner, NY Yankees

Halle Berry - Actress/producer - the first African American actress to win the Oscar for Best Actress

Henry Mancini - Composer of "Moon River," "The Pink Panther" and many more memorable melodies. Winner of 20 Grammys and four Oscars

Henry Sherwin - Founder, Sherwin Williams

James A Garfield - 20th US President

Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster - Creators of Superman

Jesse Owens - Olympic track star

Joe Walsh - Singer, songwriter, guitarist and member of the "James Gang" and the "Eagles"

John D. Rockefeller - Standard Oil founder

Kid Cudi - Hip-hop recording artist

Langston Hughes - Poet

Michael Symon - Famed restaurateur, Iron Chef on Food Network, and host of ABC’s “The Chew”

Molly Shannon - Actress and cast alumni of Saturday Night Live

Nine Inch Nails - Rock band

Patricia Heaton - Actress

Paul Newman - Actor, director, race car driver and Oscar Winner for Best Actor

Phil Donahue - Talk show host and winner of 19 Daytime Emmys

Sammy Kaye - Band leader - Kaye had more than 100 hit records from 1937-1953

The O'Jays (Eddie Levert & Walter Williams) - Popular R&B group

Tim Conway - Comedian/actor

Tom Wilson - Cartoonist, Ziggy

Toni Morrison - Winner of 1993 Nobel Prize for literature

Traci Chapman - Singer/songwriter

Tris Speaker - Baseball player

Vernon Stouffer - Founder, Stouffer Foods

Cleveland Movies

Did you know that Cleveland is a prime location for major motion pictures? Numerous movies have been filmed in Cleveland, including: The Deer Hunter, The Fortune Cookie, A Christmas Story, Light of Day, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Antwone Fisher, Major League, The Shawshank Redemption, Men In Black, Double Dragon, Air Force One, Proximity, The OH in Ohio, American Splendor, Welcome to Collinwood, Spiderman 3, The Avengers, I, Alex Cross, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Draft Day.

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