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5 Fun Facts About October 21 In Kentucky History

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1. On October 21, 1795, the Kentucky House of Representatives approved the formation of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, which would oversee the state's roadways, aviation, and public transportation systems.

2. On this day in 1887, Mary Breckinridge, who would go on to found the Frontier Nursing Service in Kentucky, was born in Memphis, Tennessee. The service she created would provide healthcare to residents in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Kentucky.

3. In 1995, the University of Kentucky women's basketball program was put on probation by the NCAA for violations that occurred under head coach Bernadette Mattox. The program was forced to vacate wins from the 1991-1992 season and was barred from postseason play for two years.

4. On October 21, 1908, a violent tornado ripped through the small town of Richmond, Kentucky, killing 10 people and destroying several buildings.

5. Kentucky native George C. Wolfe, a renowned theater director and playwright, was born on this day in 1954. Wolfe has won numerous awards for his work, including the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play for "Angels in America" in 1993.
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