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5 Fun Facts About July 8 In Kentucky History

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1. In 1863, Confederate General John Hunt Morgan led his famous raid into Kentucky, beginning what would be known as Morgan's Raid. This raid would last for over a month and cover more than 700 miles, causing significant damage and disruption throughout the state.

2. On July 8, 1911, the famous American writer and activist Helen Keller gave a speech at the Kentucky School for the Blind in Louisville. Keller, who was deaf and blind herself, inspired many with her message of perseverance and hope.

3. In 1944, the Kentucky Dam on the Tennessee River was completed, creating the largest reservoir in the United States east of the Mississippi River. The dam provides hydroelectric power and flood control, as well as recreational opportunities for fishermen and boaters.

4. On July 8, 1953, the Mammoth Cave National Park was established in south-central Kentucky. The park is home to the world's longest known cave system, with over 400 miles of explored underground passageways.

5. In 1989, the legendary American jockey Bill Shoemaker won his 8,000th career race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Shoemaker, who was known as "The Shoe," was one of the most successful and revered jockeys in horse racing history.
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