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5 Fun Facts About May 22 In Kentucky History

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1. On May 22, 1826, Kentucky's first prison opened in Frankfort. The prison was originally built to hold 200 inmates, but by the 1940s, it was holding over a thousand.

2. On May 22, 1938, legendary baseball player, Jackie Robinson played in a game for the Louisville Colonels, a minor league team in Kentucky. This was part of Robinson's journey to breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball.

3. On May 22, 1968, Kentucky Governor Louie B. Nunn signed a bill allowing the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to establish a statewide wildlife management plan. This plan helped to protect and conserve Kentucky's native wildlife populations.

4. On May 22, 1987, the Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team won their 6th NCAA Championship by defeating the Syracuse Orangemen 74-73. This was the second championship under head coach Joe B. Hall.

5. On May 22, 2004, the city of Paducah, Kentucky unveiled their new mural, "Wall to Wall". This mural was a collaborative effort by over 70 local artists who painted their own unique sections to create a 50-foot-long work of art.
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