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April 2022, Cleveland Magazine, 50 Biggest Moments

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Cleveland's 50 Most Important Moments of the Past 50 Years

Cleveland Magazine launched 50 years ago this month. In honor of our anniversary, we delve into what we see as the 50 most extraordinary moments of the past 50 years — and what they mean to all of us.

Food + Drink

Restaurant Review: Zhug Is the Culmination of Douglas Katz's 20-Year Journey

Nearly four years ago, Katz returned from Israel with an iPhone full of inspiration. That inspiration is evident on Zhug's menu.

Why Kent's Bell Tower Brewing Co. Needs To Be Your Next Foodie Trip

The brewery, which is located in a 150-year-old cathedral, is bringing back the tradition of the European-style neighborhood brewery.

In the CLE

1982: The Cleveland Magazine Staff Celebrates 10 years of Success

Founder Lute Harmon Sr. and editor Mike Roberts led a celebration celebrating a decade of Cleveland Magazine.

A Note From Our Publisher: Founder Lute Harmon Sr. Looks Back on 50 Years of Cleveland Magazine

Founder Lute Harmon Sr. Looks Back on 50 Years of Cleveland Magazine

Cleveland Magazine Art Director Erin Stinard on the Magazine's Redesign

After four months of hard work, the magazine has a new look that's modern, stylish and welcoming.

Cleveland's 50 Most Important Moments of the Past 50 Years

Cleveland Magazine launched 50 years ago this month. In honor of our anniversary, we delve into what we see as the 50 most extraordinary moments of the past 50 years — and what they mean to all of us.

How the Columbus Intel Plant Impacts Northeast Ohio

With a $20 billion Intel plant headed to Ohio, we ask experts to take stock of how the investment could pay off locally. 

The Cleveland 50: 10-Cent Beer Night Turns Ugly

Once a common promotion, this disastrous June night at Cleveland Stadium put an end to 10-cent beer nights across the country.

The Cleveland 50: 137 Shots Are Fired

After Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams' car backfired, police started what turned out to be a fatal chase.

The Cleveland 50: A Christmas Story Is Released

Filmed in Tremont, this iconic film became a part of our lives and our holiday seasons.

The Cleveland 50: A Kid Named Cudi Is Released

Scott Mescudi's debut mixtape nodded to Cleveland while it defined the sounds of the 2010's and spoke to a generation.

The Cleveland 50: American Splendor is Released

Harvey Pekar's iconic comic series showed what it was like to be a Clevelander.

The Cleveland 50: Ariel Castro's Captives Escape

Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus recount the years they lost in Hope: A Memoir of Survival.

The Cleveland 50: Bob Hope Pays Tribute to Municipal Stadium

The actor sent the stadium off in style with a grand goodbye.

The Cleveland 50: Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony Makes Its Mark

The world heard the sounds of the Cleveland in the band's first album.

The Cleveland 50: Captain America: The Winter Soldier Films in Cleveland

The movie established us in the industry as a convenient — and striking — location to film.

The Cleveland 50: Chef Michael Symon Opens Lola in Tremont

Lola helped shoot Symon to celebrity chef status while also putting Cleveland on the culinary map.

The Cleveland 50: Cleveland Gets a National Park

While we already knew the Cuyahoga Valley was incredible, the designation put our park on the same footing as Yellowstone and Yosemite.

The Cleveland 50: Cleveland Hosts the RNC

Donald Trump, who buzzed into town in a helicopter, accepted the Republican party nominee at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Cleveland 50: Cleveland Schools Begin Busing

This monumental court decision desegregated Cleveland schools and spurred white flight to the suburbs.

The Cleveland 50: Dennis Kucinich Wins Mayoral Election

Cleveland's "boy mayor" won an improbable election but his fine moment did not last long.

The Cleveland 50: Downtown Cleveland Alliance Formed

The non-profit alliance focuses on creating a vibrant city core that will attract new residents.

The Cleveland 50: George Forbes Elected

His election to City Council began a new era and helped signify the rise of Black political power in Cleveland.

The Cleveland 50: Great Lakes Brewing Co. Opens

The state's first microbrewery started its legacy in 1988, launched a neighborhood revival and gave us Christmas Ale.

The Cleveland 50: Ground Broken for Key Tower

Completed in 1991, the 57-story skyscraper boosted both our skyline and our collective pride.

The Cleveland 50: Jane Scott Retires

National outlets celebrated the impact and legacy of one of America's most-celebrated rock writers.

The Cleveland 50: Jimmy Dimora Sentenced to 28 Years

Erick Trickey recounts how Dimora's infamy tarnished Cleveland politics — and showed that no one was untouchable.

The Cleveland 50: LeBron Leaves With The Decision

The hour-long special let us know LeBron was taking his talents to South Beach, breaking our hearts on a big stage.

The Cleveland 50: Michael Stanley Sets Blossom Record

From Aug. 25-31, 1982, Michael Stanley rocked Blossom Music Center to multiple sold-out crowds — stealing hearts and delighting crowds.

The Cleveland 50: Mitchell's Ice Cream Opens

In 1999, two brothers began an ice cream empire that's delighted Northeast Ohio with one flavor after another.

The Cleveland 50: Mobster Danny Greene Assassinated

A longtime fixture in the pages of Cleveland Magazine, the mob boss died via a car bomb. How the notorious mobster met his end — and what it meant for us.

The Cleveland 50: Playhouse Square Theaters Saved

It might be hard to believe now, but Playhouse Square once had a date with a wrecking ball until Ray Shepardson fought to save it.

The Cleveland 50: Sherwin-Williams Builds New Headquarters

The 36-story building will change Cleveland's skyline, gaining its fourth-tallest tower and cementing one of our best corporate partners.

The Cleveland 50: Shooters Open in the Flats

In 1996, Charles Barkley once got in a fight in the basement of the Key West-influenced bar.

The Cleveland 50: Tamir Rice is Shot and Killed

On Nov. 22, 2014, Tamir Rice, playing with a toy guy with no orange tip, was shot by Cleveland police. His mother, Samaria Rice, talks with us about her son and the legacy she hopes to create.

The Cleveland 50: The Browns Come Home

Sure, the Browns' return came in the form of a 43-0 loss, but Drew Carey hosted a one-of-a-kind celebration that writer Andy Netzel will never forget.

The Cleveland 50: The Browns Draft Bernie Kosar

After saying he'd only play for Cleveland, the Browns used the supplemental draft to select Kosar.

The Cleveland 50: The Cavs Draft Lebron James

"The Chosen One" ended up with his hometown team, setting up one of the best periods in Cleveland basketball.

The Cleveland 50: The Cavs Win Us a Championship

Writer Jim Vickers reflects on one of the happiest moments in the city's history, when LeBron made good on his promise to bring a championship to the Land.

The Cleveland 50: The Cleveland Arcade Restoration Begins

The massive undertaking both preserves the historic structure and converts it into an upscale hotel.

The Cleveland 50: The Cleveland Clinic Makes History with Transplant Milestone

The Clinic performed its 2,000th heart transplant and its 2,000th lung transplant in the midst of a pandemic.

The Cleveland 50: The Cleveland Press Closes

Former editor Michael D. Roberts reflects on how The Press, once touted by Time Magazine as one of America's 10 great newspapers, impacted the fabric of Cleveland.

The Cleveland 50: The Deer Hunter Is Released

Shot in Tremont, this haunting film reflects on the impact of the Vietnam War and beautifully captures an era.

The Cleveland 50: The Drew Carey Show Premieres

The actor, who showed his love for Cleveland at every turn in the show, chats with us about Cleveland, why it will always be home and what it would take to bring him back.

The Cleveland 50: The Era of Big Ticket Projects Begins

In the '90s, Cleveland moved from being the Mistake on the Lake to the Comeback City thanks to new downtown projects.

The Cleveland 50: The Final Stretch of I-90 Opens

Editor Colleen Smitek shares her thoughts on the interstate that ended up going through her backyard — and tore our city apart.

The Cleveland 50: The Indians' 455-Game Sellout Streak Begins

Linda Feagler recounts the joy and heartbreak found with the team's 1995 World Series run.

The Cleveland 50: The Indians Become the Guardians

The name is a call to the Guardians of Traffic statues on the Hope Memorial Bridge.

The Cleveland 50: The Infamous Blizzard of 1978

This blizzard for the ages snowed Cleveland in for two late January days.

The Cleveland 50: The Jacobs Brothers Buy the Indians

Three years ahead of the release of Major League, the Jacobs brothers purchased the underdog team in a deal that changed everything and gave us "The Jake."

The Cleveland 50: The Stokes Era Comes to an End

After thirty years leading Cleveland politics, brothers Carl and Louis Stokes helped lead Cleveland to an era of success.

The Cleveland 50: The Terminal Tower Softball Drop

A publicity stunt from Cleveland Cavaliers owner Ted Stepien turns dangerous — and litigious.

The Cleveland 50: The Towpath Trail Is Completed

The 93-mile trail has helped connect Cleveland.

The Cleveland 50: Toni Morrison Wins a Pulitzer Prize

The award, for her novel, Beloved, cements our status as a literary city.

The Cleveland 50: Tower City Center Opens

While the luxury stories were the first to go, this shopping center was a sign that Cleveland's revival was on the horizon.

West Side Market Senior Strategist Jessica Trivisonno Shares Her Vision for the Future

Mayor Justin Bibb's senior strategist discusses how the administration can overcome the historic market's challenges.


Former Browns Running Back Peyton Hillis Stars in The Hunting, Shot in Cleveland

Local filmmaker Mark Hamer shows off Northeast Ohio's scary side in the film starring the former Browns running back.


Bring on the Spring With These Colorful Cleveland-Made Earrings

Noble Fawn Jewelry, On The Lookout Jewelry and Firebaby Studios have your next looks to usher in the warm weather.

How Drift Lab Creates Sustainable Dye for Clothes

Jessa Boeke and Sarah Pottle host hands-on workshops to raise awareness about natural dyes and fibers.

How This Westsider Turned Her Home Into a Tranquil Oasis

The local influencer and blogger has unleashed her creativity on her West Side home, fostering a fluidity that keeps the eye moving while grounding the soul.

Travel & Outdoors

How Cleveland Metroparks' Trail Challenge Boosts Your Fitness and Fun

From short jaunts to 11 mile hikes, there's a walk for everyone in Northeast Ohio to try this summer.

Spring Adventures in Hocking Hills

With picturesque views of waterfalls, hemlock and caves, this sprawling state park has something for everyone.