Kentucky in History

Kentucky: Lexington - Louisville - Paducah

Historical Events

  • 1755-03-17 Transylvania Land Company buys Kentucky for $50,000 from a Cherokee chief

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1769-06-07 Daniel Boone begins exploring Bluegrass State of Kentucky

Frontiersman Daniel Boone
Frontiersman
Daniel Boone
  • 1774-06-16 Formation of Harrodsburg, Kentucky
  • 1789-11-08 Bourbon Whiskey 1st distilled from corn by Elijah Craig in Bourbon, 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
  • 1801-11-10 Kentucky outlaws duelling
  • 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

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1861-09-06 General Ulysses S. Grant occupies Paducah, Kentucky

Union General and US President Ulysses S. Grant
Union General and US President
Ulysses S. Grant
  • 1861-10-02 Former US VP John C Breckinridge flees Kentucky
  • 1861-11-08 Battle of Mount Ivy, Kentucky
  • 1861-11-20 Secession ordinance is filed by Kentucky's Confederate government.
  • 1862-01-19 Battle of Mill Springs, Kentucky (Fishing Creek, Logan's Crossroads)
  • 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)
  • 1862-09-17 Battle of Mumfordville, Kentucky, US Col J Wilder surrenders city
  • 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

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1862-12-20 Confederate Army Brigadier General Nathan Bedford Forrest occupies Trenton, Kentucky (US Civil War)

Confederate General and KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest
Confederate General and KKK Grand Wizard
Nathan Bedford Forrest

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1868-03-20 Jesse James Gang robs a bank in Russellville, Kentucky, of $14,000

Outlaw Jesse James
Outlaw
Jesse James
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 1917-11-05 Supreme Court decision (Buchanan v Warley) strikes down Louisville, Kentucky, ordinance requiring backs & whites to live in separate areas
  • 1930-07-28 114°F (46°C), Greensburg, Kentucky (state record)

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1935-06-28 FDR orders a federal gold vault to be built at Fort Knox, Kentucky

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 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
  • 1945-01-02 Kentucky begins 130 home basketball game win streak, ends in 1955
  • 1948-01-07 Thomas Mantell, a pilot for the Kentucky Air National Guard, crashes while pursuing a supposed UFO
  • 1948-11-24 WAVE TV channel 3 in Louisville, Kentucky (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1950-01-02 16th Orange Bowl: #15 Santa Clara beats #11 Kentucky, 21-13
  • 1950-03-27 WHAS TV channel 11 in Louisville, Kentucky (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1951-01-01 17th Sugar Bowl: #7 Kentucky beats #1 Oklahoma, 13-7
  • 1955-01-08 Georgia Tech ends Kentucky's 130-game home basketball win streak

  • 1958-09-05 WKPC TV channel 15 in Louisville, Kentucky (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1960-06-28 10.40" (26.42 cm) of rainfall, Dunmor, Kentucky (state 24-hour record)
  • 1961-09-16 WLKY TV channel 32 in Louisville, Kentucky (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1963-01-28 -34°F (-37°C), Cynthiana, Kentucky (state record)
  • 1965-10-05 Dick McInnes from Henderson, Kentucky stays aloft almost 12 hours in a kite pulled by a speedboat along the Ohio River

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

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1970-06-12 Rocker and blues singer Janis Joplin debuts in Kentucky

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • 1970-08-31 WKMJ TV channel 68 in Louisville, Kentucky (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1971-02-28 WDRB TV channel 41 in Louisville, Kentucky (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1972-03-27 Adolph Rupp retires after 42 years of coaching University of Kentucky
  • 1976-05-15 Kentucky Moonrunner by Cledus Maggard hits #85
  • 1977-05-28 Beverly Hills Supper Club fire in Southgate, Kentucky kills 168
  • 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

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1985-01-03 Mitch McConnell becomes Senator of Kentucky

US Senator Mitch McConnell
US Senator
Mitch McConnell
  • 1985-02-19 William Schroeder is 1st artificial heart patient to leave hospital He spends 15 minutes outside Humana Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 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 New York
  • 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

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1996-06-01 Woody Harrelson is arrested in Lee County, Kentucky, after he symbolically planted four hemp seeds to challenge the state law which did not distinguish between industrial hemp and marijuana

  • 1999-04-17 1999 NFL Draft: Tim Couch from University of Kentucky first pick by Cleveland Browns
  • 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 killing 49 of 50 on board
  • 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.
  • 2008-09-21 37th Ryder Cup: US wins 16.5-11.5 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 2012-03-02 Tornadoes kill at least 27 people in the American states of Indiana and Kentucky
  • 2015-09-03 Kentucky clerk in Rowan County jailed for refusing to issue marriage licences to gay couples

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1796-05-04 Joseph Pannell Taylor, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1864)
  • 1798-02-22 Charles Mynn Thruston, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1873)
  • 1805-06-14 Robert Anderson, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1871)
  • 1807-01-06 Joseph Holt, American lawyer, politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Breckinridge County, Kentucky (d. 1894)
  • 1807-01-13 Napoleon Bonaparte Buford, American Major General (Union Army), born in Woodford County, Kentucky (d. 1883)

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1808-06-03 Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America (1861-65), born in Fairview, Kentucky (d. 1889)

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

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1809-02-12 Abraham Lincoln, American politician (R) 16th President (1861-65), born in Hardin County, Kentucky (d. 1865)

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 1809-07-28 Ormsby McKnight Mitchel, American astronomer and Union Major General, born in Union County, Kentucky (d. 1862)

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1809-12-24 Kit Carson, American frontiersman, Indian fighter and army officer, born in Madison County, Kentucky (d. 1868)

Frontiersman Kit Carson
Frontiersman
Kit Carson
  • 1810-10-19 Cassius Marcellus Clay, American Major General (Union Army) born in Madison County, Kentucky (d. 1903)
  • 1812-05-30 John Alexander McClernand, American politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Breckinridge County, Kentucky (d. 1900)
  • 1812-06-07 Theophilus Toulmin Garrard, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Clay County, Kentucky (d. 1902)
  • 1813-01-07 Ann Rutledge, said to be Abraham Lincoln's true love, born in Henderson, Kentucky (d. 1835)
  • 1813-05-10 Montgomery Blair, American lawyer (Dred Scott V Sandford), born in Franklin County, Kentucky (d. 1883)
  • 1814-04-04 John Blair Smith Todd, American politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1872)
  • 1815-04-28 Andrew Jackson Smith, American Major General (Union Army), born in Livingston County, Kentucky (d. 1897)
  • 1815-09-05 Tyree Harris Bell, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Covington, Kentucky (d. 1902)
  • 1815-10-24 John Edwards, American politician (US Representative Arkansas) Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1894)
  • 1817-09-09 Speed Smith Fry, American lawyer, judge, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Mercer County, Kentucky (d. 1892)
  • 1817-11-09 Edward Richard Sprigg Canby, American Major General (Union Army), born in Piatt's Landing, Kentucky (d. 1873)
  • 1818-08-04 Lovell Harrison Rosseau, American lawyer politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Stanford, Kentucky (d. 1869)

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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
  • 1819-05-15 Thomas Leonidas Crittenden, American lawyer, politician, and Major General (Union Army), born in Russellville, Kentucky (d. 1893)
  • 1821-02-19 Francis Preston Blair Jr, (Rep-Missouri), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1822-01-04 Joseph Jones Reynolds, American engineer, educator, and Major General (Union Army), born in Flemingsburg, Kentucky (d. 1899)
  • 1822-03-16 John Pope, American Major General (Union Army), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1892)
  • 1822-11-14 William Harrow, American lawyer and a controversial Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Winchester, Kentucky (d. 1872)
  • 1823-07-16 James Isham Gilbert, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1884)
  • 1823-09-25 Thomas John Wood, American Major General (Union Army), born in Munfordville, Kentucky (d. 1906)
  • 1823-11-25 Joseph Alexander Cooper, American civil servant and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Whitley County, Kentucky (d. 1910)
  • 1824-07-25 Richard James Oglesby, American politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Oldham County, Kentucky (d. 1899)
  • 1824-09-27 William "Bull" Nelson, American Major General (Union Army), born in Maysville, Kentucky (d. 1862)
  • 1825-04-28 James Winning McMillan, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Clark County, Kentucky (d. 1903)
  • 1825-07-11 Edward Henry Hobson, American merchant, banker, politician, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Greensburg, Kentucky (d. 1901)
  • 1826-03-04 John Buford, American Major General (Union Army), born in Woodford County, Kentucky (d. 1863)
  • 1826-07-04 Green Clay Smith, American politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Richmond, Kentucky (d. 1895)
  • 1827-02-27 Richard W Johnson, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Livingston County, Kentucky (d. 1897)
  • 1827-07-07 James Murrell Shackelford, American lawyer, judge, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Lincoln County, Kentucky (d. 1909)
  • 1827-09-30 Kenner Garrard, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Bourbon County, Kentucky (d. 1879)
  • 1831-08-19 Stephen Gano Burbridge, "Butcher of Kentucky", American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Georgetown, Kentucky (d. 1894)
  • 1833-08-12 William Price Sanders, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Frankfort, Kentucky (d. 1863)
  • 1836-11-20 John Thomas Croxton, American attorney, diplomat, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Paris, Kentucky, (d. 1874)
  • 1849-12-21 James Lane Allen, American writer (Kentucky Cardinal)
  • 1856-11-13 Louis Brandeis, American lawyer and associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1941)

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1861-11-26 Albert B. Fall, New Mexico Senator (Teapot Dome Scandal), born in Frankfort, Kentucky

United States Senator Albert B. Fall
United States Senator
Albert B. Fall
  • 1862-06-10 Mrs. Leslie Carter, American actress and writer (Rocky Mountain Mystery, The Heart of Maryland), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1937)
  • 1866-09-25 Thomas Hunt Morgan, American evolutionary biologist, geneticist and embryologist (Nobel Prize 1933), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1945)
  • 1868-03-27 Patty Smith Hill, American composer, teacher and songwriter (Happy Birthday to You), born in Anchorage, Kentucky (d. 1946)
  • 1873-03-07 Madame Sul-Te-Wan [Nellie Crawford], American actress (Uncle Tom's Cabin), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1959)

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1875-01-22 D.W. Griffith, American film director and producer (Birth of a Nation, Intolerance), born in LaGrange, Kentucky (d. 1948)

Film director D. W. Griffith
Film director
D. W. Griffith
  • 1877-03-04 Garrett Morgan, American inventor (gas mask and traffic signal), born in Claysville, Kentucky (d. 1963)
  • 1880-03-26 Duncan Hines, American restaurant guide writer (Out of Kentucky Kitchens)
  • 1883-10-08 Dick Burnett, American musician (Man of Constant Sorrow), born in Monticello, Kentucky (d. 1977)
  • 1889-02-28 Victor Sutherland, American actor (Captive City), born in Paducah, Kentucky (d. 1968)
  • 1889-09-28 D P "Dad" Carter, American gospel singer (Chuck Wagon Gang), born near Columbia, Kentucky (d. 1963)
  • 1890-10-03 Henry Hull, actor (Tobacco Rd, Boys Town, High Sierra), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1891-01-15 Ray Chapman, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians) and only MLB player to die from an injury received during a MLB game, born in Beaver Dam, Kentucky (d. 1920)
  • 1891-08-22 Francis McDonald, American actor (Will-Adv of Champion), born in Bowling Green, Kentucky (d. 1968)
  • 1892-04-28 John Jacob Niles, American composer, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1980)
  • 1894-09-12 Billy Gilbert, American actor (Great Dictator, His Gal Friday), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1971)
  • 1895-10-06 Caroline Gordon, Kentucky, writer (Green Centuries)
  • 1898-12-20 Irene [Marie] Dunne, American actress (Show Boat, I Remember Mama), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1990)
  • 1900-07-03 John Mason Brown, American drama critic (Tonight on Broadway), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1969)
  • 1900-07-28 Catherine Dale Owen, American actress (Behind Office Doors), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1965)
  • 1901-08-23 John Sherman Cooper, American politician and U.S. Ambassador to East Germany, born in Somerset, Kentucky (d. 1991)
  • 1902-02-19 John Bubbles, rhythm tap dancer (No Maps on My Taps), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1903-12-10 Una Merkel, American actress (42nd Street, Abraham Lincoln), born in Covington, Kentucky (d. 1986)
  • 1904-05-20 Russell Hardie, American actor (Sequoia, In Old Kentucky), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1905-05-17 John Patrick, American screenwriter and playwright (Pulitzer Prize 1954), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1907-08-19 Thruston B. Morton, American republican politician (Sen-Ky, 1957-69), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1982)
  • 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)
  • 1910-06-17 Red Foley, country singer (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), born in Blue Lick, Kentucky (d.1968)
  • 1911-09-13 Bill Monroe, Rosine Ky, country singer (Blue Moon of Kentucky)
  • 1912-05-11 Foster Brooks, comedian and 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
  • 1915-04-22 Dick Dudley, American TV host (Village Barn), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2000)
  • 1918-07-23 Pee Wee [Harold] Reese, American baseball player (Dodgers), born in Ekron, Kentucky (d. 1999)
  • 1919-04-12 Billy Vaughn, singer and bandleader (Sail Along Sil'vry Moon), born in Glasgow, Kentucky (d. 1991)
  • 1919-08-07 John Hogan, Lowes, Kentucky, chemist (discovered methods of producing polypropylene), (d. 2012)
  • 1920-08-04 Helen Thomas, American reporter and UPI journalist (starts press conferences), born in Winchester, Kentucky (d. 2013)
  • 1920-09-27 William Conrad, actor (Bullwinkle Show, Cannon), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1922-11-13 Jack Narz, American TV game show host (Dotto, Video Village), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2008)
  • 1922-12-08 Jean Ritchie, American folk singer, born in Viper, Kentucky
  • 1923-01-16 Roy Lanham, Western guitar player (Sons of the Pioneers), born in Corbin Kentucky
  • 1923-07-13 Sudie Bond, actress (Flo, Temperature Rising), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1924-03-25 Julia Perry, African-American composer (Cask of Amontillado), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1924-09-08 Wendell H Ford, (Sen-D-Kentucky, 1974- )
  • 1925-01-02 William J Crowe Jr, Kentucky, chairman joint chief of staff
  • 1925-10-15 Mickey Baker, guitar player ("Love is strange"), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2012)

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1926-01-20 Patricia Neal, American actress (Hud, Subject Was Roses), born in Packard, Kentucky (d. 2010)

Actress Patricia Neal
Actress
Patricia Neal
  • 1926-07-26 James Best [Jewel Franklin Guy], American actor (The Dukes of Hazzard, Sounder), born in Powderly, Kentucky (d. 2015)
  • 1927-02-26 Tom Kennedy, quiz host (You Don't Say, Name That Tune), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1927-06-03 Boots Randolph, saxophonist (Yakety Sax), born in Paducah, Kentucky
  • 1928-05-23 Rosemary Clooney, Kentucky, singer/paper towels spokeswoman (Coronet)
  • 1929-04-20 Bob Braun, singer (Dotty Mack Show), born in Ludlow, Kentucky
  • 1931-10-23 Jim Bunning, American baseball player and politician (perfect Game vs Mets 1965)/(Rep. Senator-Ky), born in Southgate, Kentucky (d. 2017)

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1932-04-14 Loretta Lynn, American country singer-songwriter (Coal Miner's Daughter), born in Butcher's Hollow Kentucky

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Singer-songwriter
Loretta Lynn
  • 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)

Famous Weddings


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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

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

HeartWedding of Interest

1939-11-04 Actress and comedian Phyllis Diller (22) weds inspector Sherwood Diller in Covington, Kentucky

Comedienne and Actress Phyllis Diller
Comedienne and Actress
Phyllis Diller

HeartWedding of Interest

1968-03-01 Singer-songwriter and actress June Carter (38) weds singer-songwriter Johnny Cash (36) at a church in Franklin, Kentucky

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • 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


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1864-01-13 Stephen Foster, American composer (My Old Kentucky Home), dies at 37 in New York

Father of American Music Stephen Foster
Father of American Music
Stephen Foster
  • 1936-08-14 Rainey Bethea, American murderer, hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky, last US public hanging
  • 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