Louisville in History

Kentucky: Lexington

Historical Events

  • 1808-04-08 The Roman Catholic Diocese of Baltimore was promoted to an archdiocese, with the founding of the dioceses of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Bardstown (now Louisville) by Pope Pius VII.
  • 1849-06-12 Gas mask patented by Lewis Haslett (Louisville Ky)
  • 1871-05-12 Segregated street cars integrated in Louisville, Ky
  • 1876-02-02 Baseball's National League forms with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, St Louis
  • 1876-04-25 Chicago Cubs 1st NL game, beats Louisville 4-0 (1st NL shutout)
  • 1876-05-25 1st tie in NL history (Athletics & Louisville, 2-2 in 14)
  • 1882-07-18 Louisville Tony Mullane is 1st to pitch righty then lefty
  • 1883-09-24 National black convention meets in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1888-02-24 Louisville, Ky, becomes 1st government in US to adopt Australian ballot (i.e. secret ballot on standard voting forms)
  • 1889-06-22 Louisville Colonels set ML baseball record with 26th consecutive loss
  • 1890-03-27 A tornado strikes Louisville, Kentucky, killing 76 and injuring 200.
  • 1890-10-28 Last NL-AA World Series game Bkln ties Louisville 3 games & 1 tie
  • 1894-08-17 Phils get 36 hits, Sam Thompson hits for cycle beating Louisville 29-4
  • 1897-06-29 Chicago beats Louisville 36-7 (baseball)
  • 1899-08-15 Louisville's Henry Dowling struck out 5 times in a game
  • 1900-03-08 NL decides to go with 8 teams They exclude Baltimore, Cleveland, Louisville & Washington (in 1953 Boston Braves move to Milwaukee)
  • 1917-11-05 Supreme Court decision (Buchanan v Warley) strikes down Louisville, Kentucky, ordinance requiring backs & whites to live in separate areas
  • 1948-11-24 WAVE TV channel 3 in Louisville, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1950-03-27 WHAS TV channel 11 in Louisville, KY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1952-06-25 34th PGA Championship: Jim Turnesa at Big Spring CC Louisville
  • 1952-07-24 112°F (44°C), Louisville, Georgia (state record)
  • 1956-09-10 Louisville Ky public schools integrates
  • 1958-09-05 WKPC TV channel 15 in Louisville, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1961-09-16 WLKY TV channel 32 in Louisville, KY (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1964-01-06 Charlie Finlay announces he wants to move KC A's to Louisville
  • 1964-01-16 AL owners vote 9-1 against Charlie Finley moving KC A's to Louisville

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1967-01-12 Louisville, Ky, draft board refuses exemption for boxer Muhammad Ali

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1968-09-09 WGIQ TV channel 43 in Louisville, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1969-01-28 2nd ABA All-Star Game: West 133 beats East 127 at Louisville
  • 1970-08-31 WKMJ TV channel 68 in Louisville, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1971-02-28 WDRB TV channel 41 in Louisville, KY (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1972-01-29 5th ABA All-Star Game: East 142 beats West 115 at Louisville
  • 1981-02-13 A series of sewer explosions destroys more than two miles of streets in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • 1983-08-25 Triple A baseball's Louisville Redbirds breaks 1 million fan mark
  • 1985-02-19 William Schroeder is 1st artificial heart patient to leave hospital He spent 15 minutes outside Humana Hospital in Louisville, Ky
  • 1985-08-23 Paul Hornung awarded $1,160,000 by a Louisville court against NCAA who barred him as a college football analyst for betting on games
  • 1997-09-04 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Louisville KY on WTFX 100.5 FM
  • 2008-09-21 37th Ryder Cup: US wins 16.5-11.5 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 2009-03-13 30th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: #5 Louisville beats #10 Villanova, 69-55
  • 2011-03-12 32nd Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: #9 Connecticut beats #3 Louisville, 69-66
  • 2012-03-10 33rd Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Louisville beats Cincinnati, 50-44
  • 2013-03-16 34th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Louisville beats Syracuse, 78-61

Famous Birthdays

  • 1890-10-03 Henry Hull, actor (Tobacco Rd, Boys Town, High Sierra), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1894-09-12 Billy Gilbert, actor (Great Dictator, His Gal Friday), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1898-12-20 Irene [Marie] Dunne, actress (Show Boat, I Remember Mama), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1900-07-03 John Mason Brown, critic (Tonight on Broadway), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1902-02-19 John Bubbles, rhythm tap dancer (No Maps on My Taps), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1903-07-28 Catherine Dale Owen, actress (Behind Office Doors), Louisville KY
  • 1907-08-19 Thruston B. Morton, American republican politician (Sen-Ky, 1957-69), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1982)
  • 1912-05-11 Foster Brooks, comedian/actor (Miles-Mork & Mindy), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1913-01-29 Victor Mature, actor (1 Million BC, Samson & Delilah) (d. 1999), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1914-09-19 Rogers Morton, US Secretary of Interior (1968-75), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1920-09-27 William Conrad, actor (Bullwinkle Show, Cannon), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1922-11-13 Jack Narz, TV gameshow host (Dotto, Video Village), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1923-07-13 Sudie Bond, actress (Flo, Temperature Rising), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1925-10-15 Mickey Baker, guitar player ("Love is strange"), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2012)
  • 1927-02-26 Tom Kennedy, quiz host (You Don't Say, Name That Tune), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1935-04-10 Jorge Mester, Mexico City Mexico, conductor (Louisville Orch 1967-79)
  • 1936-04-14 Robert Herman Nichols, PGA golfer (1986 Showdown), born in Louisville, Kentucky

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1936-11-09 Mary Travers, folk singer (Peter Paul & Mary), born in Louisville, Kentucky

Folk Singer Mary Travers
Folk Singer
Mary Travers
  • 1940-02-24 Jimmy Ellis, WBA heavyweight boxing champ (1968-70), born in Louisville, Kentucky, (d. 2014)
  • 1941-12-10 Tim Considine, actor (Mike-My 3 Sons), born in Louisville, Kentucky

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1942-01-17 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], American world heavyweight boxing champion (1964-7 74-8), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2016)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1944-02-01 Leo Burmester, actor (Flo, Chiefs, Abbys, Odd Jobs), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1947-07-04 Morganna Roberts, (Baseball's kissing bandit), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1948-10-28 Telma Hopkins, singer (Tony Orlando, Family Matters), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1952-07-24 Gus Van Sant, American film director (Good Will Hunting), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1953-03-31 Greg Martin, singer (Ky Headhunters-Davy Crockett), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1954-12-14 James Horan, American actor (General Hospital, Transformers Prime), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1955-11-30 Brad Fabel, Nike golfer (1994 NIKE Gateway Classic), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1958-02-06 Mark Hamilton, sprint kayak Olympics-96), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1959-11-20 Sean Young, actress (Dune, Young Doctor in Love), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1960-04-23 Joseph Martin Mudd, PGA golfer (1988 Federal Express), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1964-07-01 Theresa Lynn, actress (Orgasm Girl-Private Parts), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1968-02-15 Kurt Robin McKinney, actor (Ned-General Hospital), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1970-12-03 Paul Byrd, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1972-10-19 Otto Steffers, field hockey defender (Olympics-96), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1975-07-14 Matthew Kessinger, figure skater (1995 Gt Lakes Jr champ), born in Louisville, Kentucky

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1990-08-15 Jennifer Lawrence, American actress (Winter's Bone, Silver Linings Playbook), born in Louisville, Kentucky

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

1810-06-21 US President Zachary Taylor (25) weds Margaret Smith near Louisville, Kentucky

12th US President Zachary Taylor
12th US President
Zachary Taylor

HeartWedding of Interest

1835-06-17 Soldier and politician Jefferson Davis (27) weds Sarah Knox Taylor (21) in Louisville, Kentucky

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis

Famous Deaths

  • 1986-06-19 Murray P Haydon, artificial heart recipient, dies in Louisville at 59