November 10, 1801

On This Date in! in 1801 Kentucky outlawed dueling. In 1802, the Kentucky legislature had to explain to its citizens that ‘dueling banjos’ wasn’t really dueling and it was still legal to play music. In 1803 the Kentucky legislature had to clarify that when two grown men used banjos to beat each other until one was dead, then that was illegal and no matter what sounds the banjos made as they were slammed against an opponents head or groin, that was not music.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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