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5 Fun Facts About October 13 In Kentucky History

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1. On October 13, 1775, American troops under the leadership of General Andrew Lewis defeated a group of Native Americans at the Battle of Point Pleasant in present-day West Virginia. This conflict was part of Lord Dunmore's War, a series of battles between Virginia colonists and Native American tribes in the Ohio River Valley.

2. On October 13, 1862, Confederate forces under the command of General Braxton Bragg attacked Union troops at the Battle of Perryville in central Kentucky. Despite being outnumbered, the Union troops managed to hold their ground and ultimately forced the Confederates to retreat.

3. On October 13, 1907, the first game was played at Stoll Field (later known as Commonwealth Stadium), the home of the University of Kentucky's football team. The Wildcats defeated the Transylvania Pioneers by a score of 24-0 in front of a crowd of 1,500 fans.

4. On October 13, 1921, the City of Louisville hosted its first-ever air show, which featured aerial acrobatics, parachute jumps, and other demonstrations of aviation technology. The event was held at Bowman Field, which was then a newly-built municipal airport.

5. On October 13, 2011, the Broadway musical "The Color Purple" made its Kentucky debut at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville. The show, which was based on the book by Alice Walker, went on to win several Tony Awards and was lauded for its powerful portrayal of African-American women in the early 20th century.
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