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5 Fun Facts About November 3 In Kentucky History

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1. On November 3, 1874, Kentucky Governor Preston Leslie issued a proclamation granting amnesty to members of the “Rowan County War,” a violent feud between two factions that had left over 20 people dead. The feud was named after Rowan County, Kentucky, where most of the violence took place.

2. On November 3, 1900, the first home football game was played at the University of Kentucky. The Wildcats defeated the Kentucky State University Thorobreds 42-0.

3. November 3, 1903, marked the opening of the Kentucky State Reformatory in Frankfort. The prison was designed to be a model for prison reform, offering education and work programs to help inmates rehabilitate and prepare for life after prison.

4. On November 3, 1949, the Kentucky Wildcats defeated the No. 1 ranked University of Oklahoma football team in what is still considered one of the biggest upsets in college football history. The final score was 13-7, and the game was played at Fairgrounds Stadium in Louisville.

5. In 1987, Kentucky became the first state in the country to adopt a statewide, comprehensive smoking ban in most public places, including workplaces, restaurants, and bars. The ban, which went into effect on November 3, 1988, was controversial at the time but has since been credited with reducing smoking-related illnesses and deaths in the state.
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