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5 Fun Facts About March 29 In Kentucky History

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1. Kentucky Ratifies the Constitution - On March 29, 1792, the state of Kentucky became the 15th state to ratify the United States Constitution. This was a significant moment in Kentucky history as it marked the state's entrance into the union.

2. Birth of Kentucky Fried Chicken - March 29, 1899, was the birthdate of Colonel Harland Sanders, the creator of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Sanders started selling his famous fried chicken recipe in a small roadside restaurant in Corbin, Kentucky, and eventually turned it into a global fast-food chain.

3. Kentucky Derby Traditions - The Kentucky Derby is held annually on the first Saturday in May, but many traditions associated with the race have roots that date back to March 29, 1930. That was the year that the first horseshoe made of solid gold was placed on a horseshoe nail in the infield at Churchill Downs.

4. The Kentucky Bend - March 29, 1873, was the day that the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of Kentucky in a boundary dispute with Tennessee. This gave Kentucky jurisdiction over the Kentucky Bend, a small area of land cut off from the rest of the state by a loop in the Mississippi River.

5. Muhammad Ali's Final Fight - On March 29, 1981, Muhammad Ali fought his final professional boxing match, defeating Trevor Berbick in a 10-round decision. Ali retired from the ring with a record of 56 wins, 5 losses, and 37 knockouts. His legacy as one of the greatest boxers of all time continues to inspire Kentuckians to this day.
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