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5 Fun Facts About May 24 In Kentucky History

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1. Kentucky became the 15th state in the United States on May 24, 1792.
2. The famous Kentucky Derby horse race was first held on May 24, 1875 at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
3. On May 24, 1844, Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was killed in Carthage, Illinois. Many early members of the Church had migrated to Kentucky before settling in Illinois.
4. In 2003, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail was officially launched on May 24, celebrating the state's rich bourbon history and industry.
5. On May 24, 1910, the famous American boxer and Kentucky native, Jimmie Darcy, was born in Springfield. Darcy went on to win the Golden Gloves title in 1933 and had a successful professional boxing career.
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