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5 Fun Facts About March 7 In Kentucky History

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1. In 1786, Kentucky's first newspaper, The Kentucke Gazette, was published in Lexington. It was founded by John Bradford, who later became the first printer to set up shop in Louisville.
2. On March 7, 1867, Senator John Warwick Stevenson was born in Covington, Kentucky. He served as the Vice President of the United States under President William McKinley from 1897 to 1901.
3. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) was established on March 7, 1917, in Louisville. It is responsible for organizing and overseeing high school sports competitions throughout the state.
4. In 1941, the iconic Churchill Downs race track in Louisville was destroyed by fire. The famous track, home of the Kentucky Derby, was quickly rebuilt and reopened just in time for the annual horse race that year.
5. On March 7, 2000, Kentucky Governor Paul Patton signed a bill that made the state the first to require that all new cars sold in the state meet new low-emission vehicle (LEV) standards. The move made Kentucky a leader in reducing air pollution caused by automobiles.
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