Do you know our story? Take the Cincinnati History Pop Quiz

Towards the end of the school year we thought it would be fun to test your knowledge of local history. So try the first quiz on our history based on the historical stories that have appeared in The Enquirer over the past few years.

As with all good teaching tools, if you don’t know the answer now, there is something you can learn. Good luck!


(Scroll down the questions to get the answers.)

1. In 1924, Avondale’s DeHart Hubbard became the first black athlete to win an Olympic gold medal. Which event did he win?

2. When Mayor Edward N. Waldvogel died in office in 1954, who was the vice mayor to serve as the first woman mayor of Cincinnati?

3. Cincinnati was a major meat packing city in the mid-19th century. What was the city’s not-so-pretty nickname?

4. The castle-like Chamber of Commerce building on Fourth Street and Vine Street, completed in 1889, was destroyed in a fire in 1911. It was the last design by a famous American architect whose style is named after him?

5. John Filson, one of the founders of Cincinnati, who died before it was settled in 1788, wrote the first biography about which frontier worker?

6. Reds’ Crosley Field was renamed in 1934 to team owner Powel Crosley Jr. What was the original name of the ballpark when it opened in 1912?

7. The Cincinnati Enquirer debuted on April 10, 1841. The first edition reported the death of the US President six days earlier?

Rabbi Sally Priesand, ordained priest by the Hebrew Union College in 1972, was the first female rabbi in America.

8. Right or wrong? Rabbi Sally Priesand, who became the first female rabbi in the United States to be ordained priest in 1972, was only the second ordained female rabbi in Jewish history.

9. What two Cincinnatians have served as United States Chief Justice on the Supreme Court?

10. Which Disney actor was planning on building a theme park called Frontier Worlds in northern Kentucky but gave up when plans for Kings Island were announced?

11. Cincinnati is named after the Society of Cincinnati, an organization of officers of the War of Independence, which in turn was named after which Roman general?

Sarah Mayrant Fossett

12. Sarah Fossett, an early advocate for African American rights, won a landmark case in 1859 to break the separation from Cincinnati.

13. The composer Albert Hague, who fled Nazi Germany and graduated from the College of Music in Cincinnati, composed the music for which classic Christmas special?

14. In 1864, General Ulysses S. Grant and General William Tecumseh Sherman met at what famous hotel in Cincinnati to make plans to end the Civil War?

15. Which Cincinnati radio station helped start the careers of Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney, Andy Williams, Ruth Lyons, Red Skelton and Fats Waller?

Paul Brown tries in 1968 to determine the helmet design for the new soccer team of the Cincinnati Bengals.

16. Right or wrong? The Cincinnati Bengals are named after an oven.

17. Dr. John Lambert Richmond performed the first recorded Caesarean section surgery in America in which village in Hamilton County in 1827?

18. Which famous maestro started his career as a conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1909?

19. In 1985 radio commercials by Jerry Galvin and Jay Gilbert played radio commercials across town promoting which fictional mall?

Jerry Rubin, a 1960s radical, held a rally in Eden Park in 1969.

20. Jerry Rubin, a Walnut Hills graduate and former Cincinnati Post reporter, was a member of the Chicago Seven tried for interfering with the 1968 Democratic National Convention. He was also a co-founder of which political group of the counterculture?

21. Which Cincinnati Royals basketball star was paralyzed after falling in a 1958 game and is named along with Jack Twyman as the namesake of the NBA Teammate of the Year award?

22. Soap operas were so named because they were sponsored by soap companies, many of which were owned by Procter & Gamble. P & G’s Oxydol sponsored which longtime radio soap opera with Price Hill’s Virginia Payne?

23. The Cincinnati Reds won five World Series titles in 1919, 1940, 1975, 1976 and 1990. Which is the only one won in your home stadium?

24. Which of them weren’t invented in the greater Cincinnati area: Frank’s RedHot Sauce, Play-Doh, Formica, Pringles, Uno or Magic 8 Ball?

25. Right or wrong? Mark Twain once said, “When the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati because it’s always 20 years behind time.”

What did Mark Twain say about Cincinnati?


1. The long jump. In 1925 he also set a long jump world record.

2. Dorothy Dolbey. She served as interim mayor for six months.

3. Porkopolis.

4. HH Richardson. Cincinnati City Hall (1893), designed by Samuel Hannaford, is also in the Romanesque Richardson style.

5. Daniel Boone. The biography was added as an appendix to Filson’s book “The Discovery, Settlement, and Present State of Kentucky” (1784).

6. Redland Park.

7. President William Henry Harrison of North Bend.

8. Right. Rabbi Regina Jonas from Berlin was the first female rabbi to be ordained in 1935; She was killed in Auschwitz in 1944.

9. Salmon P. Chase and William Howard Taft.

10. Davy Crockett actor Fess Parker.

11. Cincinnatus.

12. The tram. African American women were then allowed to ride, but it took several years for African American men to gain that right.

13. “Dr. Seuss ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’ (1966).

14. The Burnet House on Third Street and Vine Street.

15. WLW (700 AM) was founded in 1922 by Powel Crosley Jr.

16. Right, kind of. Paul Brown named the team after a previous professional soccer team called the Cincinnati Bengals from 1937. Coach Hal Pennington had named his team after his mother’s Bengal stove.

17. Newtown. On Church Street there is a five foot high granite stone in honor of Richmond.

18. Leopold Stokowski.

19. Plummet Mall, the world’s first vertical underground shopping mall.

20. The Youth International Party, also known as the Yippies.

21. Maurice Stokes. Twyman, who was white, became the legal guardian of his black teammate Stokes to help him get to the hospital and take care of him.

22. “Ma Perkins,” which was on the radio from 1936 to 1960.

23. The 1940 World Series at Crosley Field.

24. Trick question. They were all made in Cincinnati.

25. Wrong. There’s no evidence Twain ever said it. We have evidence that he once wrote, “I think the Cincinnati Enquirer needs to be edited by children.”

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