Dayton is known for its many patents, inventions and inventors; therefore, it is called, “The City of Invention.” Daytonians’ innovations number in the thousands. Their most notable inventions are:

The Airplane
Space to Earth Photo Transmissions
Laser Weapons
Artificial Heart
Heart-lung Machine
Instant Blood Glucose Testing
Time Release Medication
Digital Thermometer
Motorized Wheelchair
Radar Detector
Car Headlight
Ethyl (lead) Gasoline
Cash Register and Electric Cash Register
Digital Clock
Ink Jet Printer
Cellophane Tape
Movie Projector, Movie Film and the Movie Theatre



Dayton has 23,000 scientists and technical experts—more than any other city other in the world.



Dayton is defined as one of only two major logistics centers in the United States. It hosts significant industrial, aerospace and technological/engineering research activity.


Dayton Peace Accords

Our city is the home of the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords, which brought an end to the war in Bosnia.


Health Care

2011 – Out of the top 50 cities in the United States, HealthGrades rated Dayton the third best city for excellence in health care. Many hospitals in the Dayton area are consistently ranked by Forbes, U.S. News & World Report and HealthGrades for clinical excellence.


National Museum of USAF

Dayton is home to the National Museum of the United States Air Force. More than 1.3 million people visit the museum annually. It houses Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower’s presidential airplanes. The SAM 26000 is on display as well. It is famous for flying President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy to Dallas, Texas, on that fateful day in November 1963. When President Kennedy died, Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as the 36th president of the United States in the SAM 26000 later that evening.


Famous People Born in Dayton

Cathy Guisewite (Cartoonist)
Erma Bombeck (Newspaper Columnist, Author)
James Cox (Governor, Media Mogul)
Martin Sheen (Actor)
Orville Wright (Inventor)
Paul Laurence Dunbar (Poet)
Rob Lowe (Actor)
Roger Clemens (Baseball Player)
Tommy James (Musician)
Phil Donahue (Talk Show Host)
Edwin Moses (Olympic Gold Mentalist)
Jonathan Winters (Actor)

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