Louisville is named to honor France’s King Louis XVI, in honor of France’s assistance during the American Revolution. Hence, the city’s symbol is the fleur-de-lis.
The original cheeseburger is said to have been created in Louisville at Kaelin’s Restaurant in 1934.
The first woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, Tori Murden-McClure, is a Louisvillian.
Louisville is the home of the first electric trolley.
Louisville is the world’s center for Braille printing.
Thunder Over Louisville, the nation’s largest annual fireworks display, kicks off the celebration leading up to the Kentucky Derby
The world’s largest baseball bat, six stories high, and the largest fielder’s mitt, weighing 17 tons and carved from Kentucky limestone, are at Hillerich & Bradsby’s Louisville Slugger Museum in downtown Louisville.
Hillerich & Bradsby has been producing baseball bats for the World Series since 1903.
The author of the Kinsey Milhone mystery series, Sue Grafton, grew up in the Cherokee Triangle area of Louisville.
Naturalist John James Audubon and his wife, Lucy, settled in Louisville in 1807. Audubon kept a shop here.
Thomas Edison worked here as a telegraph operator. He was fired (so the story goes) for spilling acid on his boss’ desk.
A pair of Louisville sisters, Mildred and Patty Hill, wrote the world’s most performed song, “Happy Birthday to You.”
Louisville company Omega National Products produces 90 percent of the country’s disco balls
In Jeffersonville, Indiana, the world’s second-largest clock sits atop the Colgate-Palmolive plant, overlooking the Ohio River. The massive clock measures 40 feet in diameter, and has hands that are 16 and 20.5 feet in length.
The nearly 375 million-year-old, fossilized coral beds at the Falls of the Ohio create the only point in the 981-mile-long Ohio River that was unnavigable (before the river was dammed).
Recent music acts from Greater Louisville: Slint; Days of the New; Will Oldham (AKA Bonnie Prince Billy); the Shipping News; VHS or Beta; My Morning Jacket; Tantric; the VilleBillies.