Friday, June 1, 2012

Happy Birthday, Kentucky!

Today is the anniversary of Kentucky being admitted to our United States of America.

Date of Admittance:
June 1, 1792 

Parentage: The word "kentucky" is a Native American word meaning "meadowland."  The territory was originally part of Virginia (The Kentucky County) but between 1784 and 1790 the local Kentuckians petitioned separation until they became The Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1792.
Place in the Family
Number 15
Between staunch East Coaster Vermont (Mar 1791)
and Southern Compatriot Tennessee (June 1796)

"United We Stand, Divided We Fall"
because Kentucky knows what it is all about

The Blue Grass State
Kentucky definitely has something about the color BLUE

On the License Plate
The Unbridled State
You mean, like, free roaming horses?

State Flag
A blue banner with the state seal in the center.
Friendly and welcoming,
although I am not a fan of words on flags 

First City You Probably Think of
When You Think "Kentucky"

Actual State Capital: Frankfort
This reminds me of a joke.
Q: Do you pronounce the capital of KY
"lewey-ville" or "lewis-ville"?
A: You pronounce it "Frankfort."  

State Size (Area) is 37th of 50.
Population is closer to 25th of 50.
(per 2000 Census figures)
Kentucky Sports:
There are no professional sports teams based in Kentucky.
The Louisville Bat Company
still makes champion MLB bats...

The Kentucky Derby is held every May

Anybody From Kentucky
Ever Grow Up To Be President?
President Abraham Lincoln
was born in Kentucky....

as was his Civil War enemy,
President Jefferson Davis!
As a kid I thought they looked
very very similar!
I always though Davis was a Young Lincoln!

Good vs Evil
John Carpenter
Director of Horror Films 

DW Griffith
Director of One Particular Horror Film

Musical Kentuckians
Rosemary Clooney
"Come On-A My House"

Loretta Lynn & Crystal Gayle
First Sisters of Country Music
Billy Ray Cyrus
before he was Miley Cyrus' dad 
he had quite the "Achy Breaky Heart"

The Judds
"Love Can Build A Bridge"

TV Celebrities From Kentucky
Lee Majors
"Big Valley," $6 Million Man," "Fall Guy"

William Conrad
"Cannon," "Fat Man and Jake"

Diane Sawyer
news reporter, "Good Morning America"

Film Stars From Kentucky
Patricia Neal
Academy Award Winning Actress
Ned Beatty
Well-known Character Actor

Johnny Depp
Internationally Famous Actor

George Clooney
Academy Award Winning Actor
Kentucky Literary Figures
Robert Penn Warren
All The Kings' Men

Hunter S. Thompson
Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas,
"Gonzo" Journalism

Don Rosa
Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck

Kentucky Inventions
Jim Bowie 
Bowie Knife

Garrett Morgan
prototype gas-mask hood
John T. Thompson
Tommy Gun

Other Famous Kentuckians
Carrie Nation
Axe-wielding Prohibitionist

Muhammed Ali
"The Greatest"

Larry Flynt
HUSTLER magazine

Most Famous Kentuckian
Col. Harland Sanders
creator of Kentucky Fried Chicken
known throughout the world
was actually born in Indiana!
A Song For You....
"My Old Kentucky Home"
Written by Stephen Foster
Probably the most famous "Kentucky" song,
this is The Official State Song of Kentucky
and is played every year at The Kentucky Derby

1 comment:

  1. Your blog post reminds me of the pictures in this blog.