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5 Fun Facts About May 29 In Kentucky History

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1. In 1851, the first steam-powered ferry boat began operating across the Ohio River between Newport, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio. The ferry service was a major transportation link between the two cities for over 100 years.

2. In 1912, the Kentucky Derby was run for the 38th time. The race was won by Worth, who set a record time of 2:04 4/5 for the 1 1/4 mile race.

3. In 1922, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. was dedicated by President Warren G. Harding. The marble used to construct the monument was quarried from the Beaver Dam Quarry in Kentucky.

4. In 1934, Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor was born in London, England. She would later become a frequent visitor to Kentucky, where she owned a horse farm and was involved in thoroughbred racing.

5. In 2011, a devastating tornado outbreak swept through Kentucky, causing widespread damage and claiming the lives of 22 people. The tornadoes were part of a larger outbreak that affected several states across the Midwest and Southeast.
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