3 facts that will amaze you about Dayton’s history

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Familiar landmarks make up Dayton??€™s scenery but some of the details behind these institutions may not be as well known.

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From the early days of rock music icons to a dog with nerves of steel, the history of the Miami Valley region is full of interesting details.

Here are three you should know:

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1. This Irish Setter was the bravest of all time. Darke County sharpshooter Annie Oakley may have owned the bravest Irish Setter of all time. Oakley, known as "Little Miss Sure Shot," and her husband adopted a fearless dog named Dave. The dog sat like a statue on a stool and let Oakley shoot an apple off of its head.

2. The Rolling Stones bombed in Dayton. The Rolling Stones performed at Hara Arena in 1964, just two years after the band formed. A Dayton Daily News critic panned their appearance, describing it as "rag-tag" and the music as "their brand of noise." (READ MORE about that appearance, including the review.)

3. Standing room only. One of Dayton's biggest crowds ever welcomed a monument that still stands. When the Civil War Soldiers Monument was unveiled downtown in 1884, a crowd of 100,000 people turned out, one of the city's largest at a time when Dayton's population was reported to be 40,000. The model for the tribute was Pvt. George Washington Fair, a carpenter and bricklayer who was born in Dayton.


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