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5 Fun Facts About July 22 In Kentucky History

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1. On July 22, 1846, the first steamboat arrived in Paducah, Kentucky, paving the way for increased commerce and transportation in the region.

2. In 1931, the notorious outlaw John Dillinger was arrested in Dayton, Ohio, after a shootout with police. He was later held in the jail in Crown Point, Indiana, where he famously escaped with a wooden gun. Dillinger had ties to Kentucky and had been arrested in the state several times prior to his infamous crime spree.

3. On July 22, 1862, Confederate forces under General Braxton Bragg defeated Union troops commanded by General William "Bull" Nelson in the Battle of Richmond, Kentucky. The fight was one of the bloodiest of the war, with over 5,000 casualties. It marks one of the Civil War’s earliest victories for the Confederates.

4. Kentucky native Muhammad Ali was born on January 17, 1942, but it was on July 22, 1964, that he knocked out Sonny Liston in the first round to become the heavyweight boxing champion of the world. Ali would go on to become one of the most famous and celebrated athletes in history, and his boxing matches are still watched and talked about decades later.

5. In 1936, racing legend Enes Staley, who was born near Maysville, Kentucky, died while attempting to set a new land speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. He was traveling over 300 miles per hour at the time of his fatal crash. Staley, who was also an accomplished football player, is still honored in several halls of fame today.
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