Cleveland Firsts

Cleveland Firsts

1834: Oberlin College becomes the first U.S. college to admit students regardless of race, sex, creed or color.

1879: The first successful use of an electric street light system in the world is installed in Cleveland’s Public Square.

1884: The world’s first electric streetcar is operated in Cleveland.

1890: The Cleveland Arcade becomes one of the first indoor shopping malls.

1914: The first electric traffic signal is installed on the corner of Euclid Avenue and East 105th Street.

1925: Cleveland becomes home to the nation’s first municipal airport (now Cleveland Hopkins International Airport).

1947: Larry Doby becomes the first African-American player on an American League baseball team.

1952: Cleveland holds the first rock and roll concert – the Moondog Coronation Ball.

1967: Cleveland becomes the first major U.S. city to elect an African-American Mayor, Carl B. Stokes.

1968: RTA’s Red Line becomes the first Rapid Transit service to an international airport in North America.

1970: The first “Monday Night Football” game aired from Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium where the Cleveland Browns defeated the New York Jets 31-21.

1975: The Cleveland Indians hire Frank Robinson as the first African-American manager in Major League Baseball.

2004: Cleveland hosts the International Children’s Games, the first time the Games are held in the U.S.