Today in Kentucky History

Kentucky: Lexington - Louisville

Historical Events

Events 1 - 60 of 60

1755-03-17 - Transylvania Land Company buys Kentucky for $50,000 from a Cherokee chief
1769-06-07 - Daniel Boone begins exploring Bluegrass State of Kentucky
1774-06-16 - Formation of Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
1792-06-01 - Kentucky admitted as 15th US state
1795-12-19 - 1st state appropriation of money for road building, Kentucky
1798-11-16 - Kentucky becomes first state to nullify an act of Congress
Frontiersman Daniel BooneFrontiersman Daniel Boone 1801-11-10 - Kentucky outlaws dueling
1821-12-17 - Kentucky abolishes debtors' prisons
1838-02-16 - Kentucky passes law permitting women to attend school under conditions
1851-11-09 - Kentucky marshals abduct abolitionist minister Calvin Fairbank from Jeffersonville, Indiana, and take him to Kentucky to stand trial for helping a slave escape.
1861-05-16 - Kentucky proclaims its neutrality
1861-05-20 - Kentucky proclaims its neutrality in Civil War
1861-07-10 - Lincoln writes to Kentucky's militia & says Union troops will not enter that state
1861-08-06 - Lexington, Kentucky - Union military camp forms in neutral state
1861-09-03 - Confederate forces enter Kentucky, thus ending its neutrality
US President & Union General Ulysses S. GrantUS President & Union General Ulysses S. Grant 1861-09-06 - General Ulysses S. Grant occupies Paducah Kentucky
1861-10-02 - Former US VP John C Breckinridge flees Kentucky
1861-11-20 - Secession ordinance is filed by Kentucky's Confederate government.
1862-03-16 - Battle at Pound Gap Kentucky: Confederates separate battles
1862-08-17 - Confederate troops under Kirby Smith enter Kentucky
1862-08-23 - Skirmish at Big Hill, Kentucky (2 Federal regiments)
1862-10-03 - Skirmish at Bardstown, Kentucky
1862-11-20 - Confederate armies of Mississippi and Kentucky merge as Army of Tennessee, under General Braxton Bragg
Confederate General/KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford ForrestConfederate General/KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest 1862-12-20 - Brig-gen Nathan Bedford Forrest occupies Trenton, Kentucky
1864-05-31 - Raid at Morgan's Kentucky
1864-06-11 - Battle at Cynthiana Kentucky: Gen Hobsons unit caught
1868-03-20 - Jesse James Gang robs bank in Russelville, Kentucky, of $14,000
1872-04-12 - Jesse James gang robs bank in Columbia, Kentucky (1 dead/$1,500)
1877-02-20 - 1st cantilever bridge in US completed, Harrodsburg, Kentucky
1883-09-24 - National black convention meets in Louisville, Kentucky
1890-03-27 - A tornado strikes Louisville, Kentucky, killing 76 and injuring 200.
Outlaw Jesse JamesOutlaw Jesse James 1893-10-23 - C Dazey's "In Old Kentucky" premieres in NYC (27 seasons)
1900-02-03 - Gubernatorial candidate William Goebel is assassinated in Frankfort, Kentucky.
1930-07-28 - 114°F (46°C), Greensburg, Kentucky (state record)
1935-06-28 - FDR orders a federal gold vault to be built at Fort Knox, Kentucky
1936-01-11 - Charles Anderson enters Kentucky House of Representatives
1936-08-14 - Rainey Bethea is hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky in the last public execution in the United States.
1939-05-05 - Flash floods kill 75 in Northeast Kentucky
32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt 1945-01-02 - Kentucky begins 130 home basketball game win streak, ends in 1955
1955-01-08 - Georgia Tech ends Kentucky's 130-game home basketball win streak
1960-06-28 - 10.40" (26.42 cm) of rainfall, Dunmor, Kentucky (state 24-hour record)
1963-01-28 - -34°F (-37°C), Cynthiana, Kentucky (state record)
1970-07-12 - Blues-Rock singer Janis Joplin debuts in Kentucky
1972-03-27 - Adolph Rupp retires after 42 years of coaching U of Kentucky
1976-05-15 - Kentucky Moonrunner by Cledus Maggard hits #85
1977-05-28 - 165 killed in a fire at Beverly Hills Supper Club in Kentucky
Singer Janis JoplinSinger Janis Joplin 1981-02-13 - A series of sewer explosions destroys more than two miles of streets in Louisville, Kentucky.
1983-11-08 - Martha Layne Collins (D) elected 1st female governor of Kentucky
1983-12-13 - Martha Layne Collins inaugurated as Kentucky's 1st female governor
1988-05-14 - Carrollton bus collision: a drunk driver going the wrong way on Interstate 71 near Carrollton, Kentucky, United States hits a converted school bus carrying a church youth group. The crash and ensuing fire kill 27.
1991-03-27 - New Kid Donnie Wahlberg, arrested on arson charges in Kentucky
1991-10-04 - Whiteland Janice, driven by Mike Lachance, wins Kentucky Futurity
1992-01-06 - Robert Schenkkan's "Kentucky Cycle," premieres in LA
1992-10-09 - Great meteorite seen from Kentucky to NY
1993-11-14 - "Kentucky Cycle" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 34 performances
1993-12-12 - "Kentucky Cycle" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 34 performances
2005-11-06 - The Evansville Tornado of November 2005 kills 25 in Northwestern Kentucky and Southwestern Indiana.
2006-08-27 - Comair Flight 5191 crashes on takeoff from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky bound for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. Of the passengers and crew, 49 of 50 are confirmed dead in the hours following the crash.
2008-06-25 - Atlantis Plastics shooting, An employee shot and killed five people after an argument, which ended in the gunman's suicide in Henderson, Kentucky.
2012-03-02 - Tornadoes kill at least 27 people in the American states of Indiana and Kentucky

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 43 of 43

1808-06-03 - Jefferson F Davis, Fairview Kentucky, President of Confederate States of America (1861-5)
1809-02-12 - Abraham Lincoln, Kentucky, (R) 16th US President (1861-65)
1849-12-21 - James Lane Allen, US writer (Kentucky Cardinal)
1875-01-22 - D.W. Griffith, LaGrange, Kentucky, American film director/producer (Birth of a Nation, Intolerance)
1880-03-26 - Duncan Hines, US, restaurant guide writer (Out of Kentucky Kitchens)
Businessman and Restaurateur Colonel SandersBusinessman and Restaurateur Colonel Sanders (1890-09-09) 1890-09-09 - Harland Sanders, Henryville Ind, colonel/CEO (Kentucky Fried Chicken), (d. 1980)
1895-10-06 - Caroline Gordon, Kentucky, writer (Green Centuries)
1904-05-20 - Russell Hardie, Buffalo NY, actor (Sequoia, In Old Kentucky)
1909-09-11 - William H Natcher, (Rep-D-Kentucky, 1953- )
1909-11-04 - Evelyn Johnson, Corbin Kentucky, female pilot (most flying hours - 57,685), (d. 2012)
1911-09-13 - Bill Monroe, Rosine Ky, country singer (Blue Moon of Kentucky)
1919-08-07 - John Hogan, Lowes, Kentucky, chemist (discovered methods of producing polypropylene), (d. 2012)
1924-03-25 - Julia Perry, Lexington, Kentucky, African-American composer (Cask of Amontillado)
1924-09-08 - Wendell H Ford, (Sen-D-Kentucky, 1974- )
1925-01-02 - William J Crowe Jr, Kentucky, chairman joint chief of staff
1926-07-26 - James Best [Jewel Franklin Guy], Powderly, Kentucky, American actor (The Dukes of Hazzard, Sounder)
1928-05-23 - Rosemary Clooney, Kentucky, singer/paper towels spokeswoman (Coronet)
1931-10-23 - Jim Bunning, Southgate, Kentucky, American baseball player and politician (perfect Game vs Mets 1965)/(Rep. Senator-Ky)
1940-08-07 - Tom Barlow, (Rep-D-Kentucky)
1941-07-09 - Scotty Baesler, (Rep-D-Kentucky)
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad AliHeavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali (1942-01-17) 1942-01-17 - Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], Louisville Kentucky, heavyweight boxing champion (1964-7 74-8)
1942-11-01 - Larry Flynt, Lakeville, Kentucky, magazine publisher (Hustler)
1944-08-21 - Jackie DeShannon, Hazel Kentucky, singer (What the World Needs Now)
1944-09-21 - Steve Beshear, Democratic Governor of Kentucky.
1947-01-23 - Gatewood Galbraith, [Louis], Carlisle, Kentucky, Lawyer, American political activist, iconic Kentucky political figure, (d. 2012)
1948-10-25 - Dave Cowens, Newport Kentucky, NBA forward (Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks)
1949-06-15 - Jim Varney, Lexington Kentucky, American actor (Ernest Goes to Jail, Hey Vern)
NBA Center and Head Coach Dave CowensNBA Center and Head Coach Dave Cowens (1948-10-25) 1951-01-07 - Mike Ward, Democratic Congressman for Kentucky & radio talk show host
1954-12-14 - James Horan, Louisville, Kentucky, American actor (General Hospital, Transformers Prime)
1955-01-27 - Richard Young, Glasgow Ky, singer (Kentucky Headhunters-Davy Crockett)
1957-01-05 - Vincent Calloway, Kentucky, trumpet player (Midnight Star-No Parking)
1958-07-08 - Fred Young, Glasgow Ky, singer (Kentucky Headhunters-Davy Crockett)
1961-05-06 - George Clooney, Lexington Kentucky, actor (Dr Douglas Ross-ER, Batman)
1965-08-09 - Ezra Polley, Georgetown Kentucky, pitcher (NY Yankees)
Actor George ClooneyActor George Clooney (1961-05-06) 1967-08-23 - Nancy Jane Cox, Campbellsville Kentucky, Miss Kentucky-America-1991
1968-11-06 - Kelly Rutherford, Elizabethtown Kentucky, actress (Generations)
1972-01-09 - Kristie Hicks, Bardstown Kentucky, Miss America-Kentucky (1996)
1973-10-17 - Lorie Bennett West, Miss Kentucky USA (1996)
1974-10-12 - Rachyl Hoskins, Miss USA-Kentucky (1997)
1979-06-25 - Kelli Jones, Miss Kentucky Teen USA (1997)
1980-02-04 - Kelly Marie Sodan, Miss Kentucky Teen USA (1996)
1989-03-25 - Chicken Kentucky, 1st partial birth in space (chicken)
1990-08-15 - Jennifer Lawrence, Louisville, Kentucky, American actress (Winter's Bone, Silver Linings Playbook )

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 6 of 6

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson DavisPresident of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis (1835-06-17) 1835-06-17 - Soldier and politician Jefferson Davis (27) weds Sarah Knox Taylor (21) in Louisville, Kentucky
1939-11-04 - Actress and comedian Phyllis Diller (22) weds inspector Sherwood Diller in Covington, Kentucky
1968-03-01 - Singer-songwriter and actress June Carter (38) weds singer-songwriter Johnny Cash (36) at a church in Franklin, Kentucky
1968-03-01 - Country singer June Carter Cash (38) weds music icon Johnny Cash (36) in Franklin, Kentucky
1996-06-16 - Soap opera actress-singer Kassie Wesley (35) weds James De Paiva (39) in Morganfield, Kentucky
2000-06-17 - Backstreet Boys member Kevin Richardson (28) weds Kristin Willits (29) at Lee County's Cathedral Domain in Kentucky

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 6 of 6

Father of American Music Stephen FosterFather of American Music Stephen Foster (1864-01-13) 1864-01-13 - Stephen Foster, American composer (My Old Kentucky Home), dies at 37 in New York
1980-12-16 - Harland Sanders, founder Kentucky Fried Chicken, dies at 90
1984-12-07 - Jeanne Cagney, actress (Quicksand, Kentucky Rifle), dies at 65
2003-04-30 - Mark Berger, University of Kentucky professor (b. 1955)
2008-03-31 - Bill Keightley, "Mr. Wildcat." University of Kentucky basketball equipment manger 1962-2008 (b .1926)
2012-01-04 - Gatewood Galbraith, [Louis], lawyer, American political activist, iconic Kentucky political figure, dies from pneumonia at 64


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