There was some question on Thursday from a couple people when I retweeted something from the Pro Football Hall of Fame wishing the Bengals a Happy Birthday.
Most, including the Bengals themselves, had the day as May 24, but according to a copy of the minutes from the AFL meeting in 1967, that is not the case.
From the Hall: "We have the date of May 23 as the day Cincinnati was granted a franchise. After checking the actual meeting minutes this seems to support that date as there were deliberations in the morning and afternoon and then a vote was held and the city was granted the franchise.
"It is true, however, that the announcement wasn’t made until the next day. Originally, it had been planned for a press conference on May 23 at midday but that was canceled and the announcement came the next morning according to newspaper accounts."