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5 Fun Facts About July 19 In Kentucky History

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1. On July 19, 1871, the L&N Railroad opened a line from Louisville to Nashville, connecting two major cities and increasing transportation options for residents of Kentucky and Tennessee.

2. The Kentucky State Fair, which began in 1816, officially opened on July 19, 1904, at its current location in Louisville. The fair showcases agricultural exhibits, carnival rides, and live entertainment and has become a beloved summer tradition for many Louisville residents.

3. On July 19, 1955, the Kentucky Horse Park was established in Lexington, KY. The park promotes the thoroughbred racing industry and preserves the state's rich equine heritage. It is also home to the International Museum of the Horse and hosts numerous equestrian events throughout the year.

4. Kentucky native and NASCAR driver Darrell Waltrip won his first Cup race on July 19, 1975, at the Nashville Speedway. Waltrip went on to win three Cup championships and is a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

5. On July 19, 2012, Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for her first Academy Award for her role in the film "Winter's Bone." Lawrence has since gone on to win an Oscar, several Golden Globes, and become one of Hollywood's most celebrated actresses.
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