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5 Fun Facts About February 5 In Kentucky History

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1. In 1848, the Kentucky State Legislature passed a law prohibiting dueling in the state. Dueling had been a common practice among Kentucky’s elite, but the new law helped to put an end to the tradition.

2. On February 5, 1865, Confederate General John Hunt Morgan attempted to raid and capture the city of Johnsonville, Tennessee. The Union forces responded quickly and Morgan’s troops were forced to retreat, resulting in a significant setback for the Confederacy.

3. In 1913, the Kentucky General Assembly ratified the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provided for the direct election of U.S. Senators. Prior to the passage of the amendment, Senators were elected by state legislatures.

4. On February 5, 1934, the Ohio River flooded, causing widespread devastation in the cities and towns along its banks, including Louisville and Paducah. The flood caused more than $20 million in damage and is considered one of the worst natural disasters in the region’s history.

5. In 2009, the Kentucky House of Representatives passed a bill declaring the green darner dragonfly to be the state insect. The bill was inspired by the work of a fourth-grade class in Woodford County, who had petitioned their legislators to designate the dragonfly as the state insect.
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