is a multipurpose arena
in Louisville, Kentucky
on the grounds of the Kentucky Exposition Center
, which is owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky
. The maximum capacity of the arena is 19,200 for concerts, and 18,865 for basketball. While it is used to host a variety of events, it is most famous for its use as a basketball
arena, most notably serving as the basketball home of the University of Louisville
Cardinals, and for one game per season as an alternate home court for the University of Kentucky
Wildcats. The Cardinals started playing basketball there in December 1956 with a contest against the University of Notre Dame
, both of whom are now full-time members of the Big East Conference
. Their first full season in the facility was the following season. In addition to being the home of the Cardinals, Freedom Hall has hosted NCAA Tournament
games ten times, including six Final Fours
between 1958 and 1969. The arena has also hosted 11 conference tournaments, nine Metr
Charlestown State Park
is an Indiana state park
on 2,400 acres (9.71 km2
) in Clark County
, in the United States
. The park is on the banks of the Ohio River
, 1 mile (1.6 km) east of Charlestown
. It was once part of the Indiana Army Ammunition Plant
(INAAP), and was donated in separate parcels to the Indiana state government. In 1993, the state of Indiana was given 859 acres (3.48 km2
) , and in 1994 was given an additional 1,125 acres (4.55 km2
) . When the park opened in 1996, it encompassed 2,400 acres (9.71 km2
). With an additional 2,600 acres (10.52 km2
) given by the INAAP in 2004, the park has 5,100 acres (20.64 km2
), making it the third largest state park in Indiana.
There are still railroad tracks and private houses on the property, and the Indiana state government is still deciding what to do with them. Future developments confirmed by the state for the park include a swimming pool, access to Rose Island via a pedestrian bridge, more trails, improvements to the campground, cabins, and maybe even a state park inn.
On this day in Louisville history...
- (1971) WDRB, Channel 41, begins televising
- (1975) Kentucky State Board of Education orders the merger of the Louisville Schools system and Jefferson County Schools.
is an 18-acre historic site in Louisville, Kentucky
, was once the center of a hemp
plantation owned by John and Lucy Speed. The 14-room, Federal-style
brick home possibly based on a design by Thomas Jefferson
and has several Jeffersonian architectural features.
The Farmington site was part of a military land grant given to Captain James Speed in 1780. His son, John Speed, completed Farmington on a tract of land in 1816. Built in the Federal architectural style, the house is based on plans by Thomas Jefferson, which are now in the Coolidge Library of Massachusetts Historical Society.
Colonel Sanders (September 9, 1890 – December 16, 1980), whose full name was Harland David Sanders, was the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). His image is omnipresent in the chain's advertising and packaging.
At the age of 40, Sanders cooked chicken dishes for people who stopped at his service station in Corbin, Kentucky. Since he did not have a restaurant, he served customers in his living quarters in the service station. Eventually, his local popularity grew, and Sanders moved to a motel and restaurant that seated 142 people and worked as the chef. Over the next nine years, he perfected his method of cooking chicken. Furthermore, he made use of a pressure fryer that allowed the chicken to be cooked much faster than by pan-frying. He was given the honorary title "Kentucky Colonel" in 1935 by Governor Ruby Laffoon. Sanders chose to call himself "Colonel" and to dress in a stereotypical "southern gentleman" costume as a way of self-promotion. Sanders sold his franchise in 1964, although he remained their corporate spokesman until his death.
- “It all keeps me busy, I love Louisville. I'll always be in Louisville.” – Paul Hornung
- “It's important to support this because of what happened right here. It's like living in Louisville and someone never having been to the Derby. I don't think a lot of people realize what goes on here.” – Mark Wells
- “As the state's biggest city, Louisville sets the precedent.” – Mike Kuntz