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5 Fun Facts About May 6 In Kentucky History

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1. On May 6, 1937, the Hindenburg disaster occurred in New Jersey, but the shockwaves were felt across the country, including in Kentucky. The Louisville Courier-Journal ran a front-page article the next day detailing the tragedy and its impact on the world.

2. In 1990, Kentucky native Ricky Skaggs won the Country Music Association's Male Vocalist of the Year award on May 6. Skaggs, who grew up in Cordell, Kentucky, went on to become a renowned bluegrass and country musician.

3. On May 6, 1864, the Battle of Resaca occurred during the American Civil War. Confederate and Union forces clashed in Georgia, with the Union ultimately gaining the upper hand. Many Kentucky soldiers fought in the battle on both sides.

4. The first Kentucky Derby was held on May 17, 1875, but the first race at Churchill Downs, where the Derby is held, occurred on May 6, 1875. The day's events included several races, including the Kentucky Derby's forerunner, the Kentucky Oaks.

5. In 1949, the Kentucky State Capitol building was dedicated in Frankfort on May 6. The building, which features a dome inspired by the U.S. Capitol, is the home of Kentucky's government and political activity.
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