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5 Fun Facts About July 10 In Kentucky History

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1. In 1985, the Kentucky State Police aviator, William Robinson Jr., was killed in the line of duty during an attempt to rescue a hiker stranded in a remote forest. Robinson was the first trooper to die in the line of duty since the founding of the Kentucky State Police in 1948.

2. In 1989, the Kentucky River burst its banks, flooding several towns and causing significant damage. The flood was the worst in the region for over 20 years and resulted in millions of dollars in damages.

3. On July 10, 1951, country music legend, Patsy Cline, made her first appearance on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, performing her hit song "Walkin' After Midnight." The performance marked a turning point in Cline's career and helped to establish her as one of the most influential female artists of the 20th century.

4. In 1863, during the American Civil War, Union forces under the command of General William Nelson defeated a Confederate army at the Battle of Lebanon. The battle was part of a larger Union campaign designed to secure control of the central portion of Kentucky.

5. On July 10, 1992, the Louisville RiverBats played their first game at Louisville Slugger Field. The RiverBats were a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds and played at the stadium until 1999. Today, the stadium is home to the Louisville Bats, a Triple-A minor league team affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds.
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