Named after Jonathan Dayton[?], a Captain in the American Revolutionary War and signer of the U.S. Constitution, the city was the birthplace and home of aviation pioneers Orville Wright and Wilbur Wright who, before their aviation success, ran a bicycle repair shop in Dayton. It was also the home of the poet Paul Laurence Dunbar and of John H. Patterson[?], 1 (http://www.libraries.wright.edu/special/manuscripts/ms236) who founded a successful cash register business in Dayton, National Cash Register Corporation, now diversified far beyond cash registers and known by its initials NCR.
The nickname of the city is the Gem City.
From November 1 to November 21, 1995 negotiations took place at Wright-Patterson Air Base near Dayton to end the war in the former Yugoslavia that had gone on for the previous three years. The main participants were Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, Croatian President Franjo Tudjman, Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic, and the chief American negotiator Richard Holbrooke[?]. Formally signed in Paris on December 14, the document is known as as the Dayton Agreement.
In 1913, Dayton became the first city to adopt the