Louisville is Kentucky's largest city and the 16th largest city of the
United States. The settlement that became the City of Louisville was
founded in 1778 by George Rogers Clark and is named after King Louis
XVI of France. Louisville is most famous as the home of the Kentucky
Derby, the most widely watched event in American horse racing.
Louisville is situated on the Kentucky-Indiana border at the only
natural obstacle in the Ohio River, the Falls of the Ohio. As of the
2000 census, Louisville had a total population of 256,231. However, in
2003, the city and Jefferson County merged into a single consolidated
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Generalísimo Francisco Franco became the head of the Spanish State.
NASA began operations, replacing the National Advisory Committee for
To-kaido- Shinkansen, the first Shinkansen line of high-speed
railways in Japan, opened.
Brazilian football star Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as
Pelé, played his last professional football game.
Wikiquote of the day:
"War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary,
it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live
together in peace by killing each other's children." -- Jimmy Carter