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5 Fun Facts About July 29 In Kentucky History

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1. In 1960, the film "Wild River," directed by Elia Kazan and starring Montgomery Clift and Lee Remick, premiered in Louisville, Kentucky. The film was set in rural Tennessee during the Great Depression and dealt with the construction of a dam that displaced local residents.

2. In 1980, the Kentucky Derby Museum opened to the public in Louisville. The museum is located on the grounds of Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, and features exhibits on the race's history and culture.

3. In 2002, Kentucky native Laura Bell Bundy made her Broadway debut as Amber Von Tussle in the musical "Hairspray." Bundy went on to star in a number of Broadway productions, including "Legally Blonde" and "Wicked."

4. In 1864, during the Civil War, a skirmish occurred in Cynthiana, Kentucky, between Confederate troops led by General John Hunt Morgan and Union troops under the command of Major George W. Gallup. The Union troops were ultimately victorious, and Morgan was later captured and imprisoned.

5. In 1961, singer-songwriter and Kentucky native Loretta Lynn released her debut single, "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl." The song was a modest hit, reaching #14 on the country charts, and helped launch Lynn's career as one of country music's most iconic and enduring performers.
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