Lexington in History

Kentucky: Louisville - Paducah

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1775-04-18 Paul Revere and William Dawes ride from Charleston to Lexington warning the "regulars are coming!"

American Patriot Paul Revere
American Patriot
Paul Revere
  • 1775-04-19 American Revolution begins - Lexington Common, shot "heard round the world"
  • 1775-04-19 Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott are captured by British troops riding from Lexington to Concord, Prescott escapes to warn Concord
  • 1776-04-07 Captain John Barry and the USS Lexington captures the Edward.
  • 1840-01-13 The steamship Lexington burns and sinks four miles off the coast of Long Island with the loss of 139 lives
  • 1861-08-06 Lexington, Kentucky - Union military camp forms in neutral state
  • 1861-09-20 Battle of Lexington, MI-captured by Union
  • 1862-10-18 Morgan's raiders capture federal garrison at Lexington, KY
  • 1955-03-15 WLEX TV channel 18 in Lexington, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1957-09-30 WKYT TV channel 27 in Lexington, KY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1965-09-06 KLNE TV channel 3 in Lexington, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968-06-02 WBLG (now WTVQ) TV channel 62 in Lexington, KY (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1968-09-23 WKLE TV channel 46 in Lexington, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 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 killing 49 of 50 on board

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1818-12-13 Mary Todd Lincoln, American wife of Abraham Lincoln and US First Lady (1861-65), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1882)

First Lady of the United States Mary Todd Lincoln
First Lady of the United States
Mary Todd Lincoln
  • 1821-02-19 Francis Preston Blair Jr, (Rep-Missouri), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1924-03-25 Julia Perry, African-American composer (Cask of Amontillado), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1933-11-01 Davey Moore, American featherweight world champion boxer who died after injuries sustained in a match against Sugar Ramos, born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1963)
  • 1937-07-06 Ned Beatty, actor (Deliverance, Repossed, Network), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1949-06-15 Jim Varney, American actor (Ernest Goes to Jail, Hey Vern), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1949-10-02 Richard Hell, [Richard Myers], rock bassist (Television), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1950-01-03 Beth Anderson, American composer, born in Lexington, Kentucky

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1961-05-06 George Clooney, American actor (ER, Batman, The Descendants), born in Lexington, Kentucky

  • 1962-10-16 Tamara McKinney, slalom skier (Olympic-4th-1984), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1968-11-02 Melissa Evridge, playmate (Aug, 1990), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1969-04-25 Travis Fryman, infielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1969-08-01 Kevin Jarvis, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1970-12-05 Susan Sloane, tennis star, born in Lexington, Kentucky

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1799-04-11 Politician Henry Clay (21) weds Lucretia Hart in Lexington, Kentucky

Legislator and Orator Henry Clay
Legislator and Orator
Henry Clay

HeartWedding of Interest

1853-08-04 Confederate general Thomas Jackson (29) weds Elinor Junkin in Lexington

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson