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
  • 1793-12-14 1st state road authorized, Frankfort, Kentucky to Cincinnati
  • 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
  • 1849-06-12 Gas mask patented by Lewis Haslett (Louisville, Kentucky)
  • 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 and 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)
  • 1862-02-26 Battle of Woodburn, Kentucky
  • 1862-03-16 Battle at Pound Gap, Kentucky: Confederates separate battles
  • 1862-07-09 General John Hunt Morgan captures Tompkinsville, Kentucky
  • 1862-07-17 John Hunt Morgan's raid reaches Cynthiana, Kentucky
  • 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
  • 1862-12-27 Battle of Elizabethtown, Kentucky
  • 1863-07-02 R Morgan's: Burksville, Kentucky to Salineville, Ohio [->JUL 26]
  • 1863-07-11 Battle at Green River, Kentucky (Morgan's Ohio Raid)
  • 1864-05-31 Raid at Morgan's Kentucky
  • 1864-06-10 Battle of Kellar's Bridge Kentucky (Licking River)
  • 1864-06-11 Battle at Cynthiana Kentucky: General Hobsons unit caught

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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
  • 1871-05-12 Segregated street cars integrated in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 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
  • 1882-08-07 Hatfields of south West Virginia and McCoys of east Kentucky feud, 100 wounded or die
  • 1883-09-24 National black convention meets in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1888-02-24 Louisville, Kentucky, becomes 1st government in US to adopt Australian ballot (i.e. secret ballot on standard voting forms)
  • 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

Music concertMusic Concert

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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1984-09-01 Willie Totten (Mississippi Valley State) passes for Division I-AA record 536 yards & 9 TDs in 86-0 win v Kentucky State; Jerry Rice catches 17 passes for 294 yards & 5 TDs; breaks own Division I-AA record for total yardage in pass receptions

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice

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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 NFL Draft: University of Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch 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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  • 1796-04-10 James Bowie, American pioneer and soldier (Texas Revolution), born in Logan, Kentucky (d. 1836)
  • 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)
  • 1807-08-11 David Rice Atchison, American politican (possibly served as President of of the United States on March 3, 1849), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1886)

Person of interestJefferson Davis

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
  • 1808-07-09 Alexander William Doniphan, American lawyer and soldier, born in Mason County, Kentucky (d. 1887)

Person of interestAbraham Lincoln

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)
  • 1809-11-09 Albert Taylor Bledsoe, American Episcopal priest and Confederate Army officer, born in Frankfurt, Kentucky (d. 1877)

Person of interestKit Carson

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)
  • 1816-04-05 Samuel Freeman Miller, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, born in Richmond, Kentucky (d. 1890)
  • 1816-10-16 William Preston, American lawyer, politician and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1887)
  • 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)
  • 1818-07-10 John Stuart Williams, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Mount Sterling, Kentucky (d. 1898)
  • 1818-08-04 Lovell Harrison Rosseau, American lawyer politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Stanford, Kentucky (d. 1869)

Person of interestMary Todd Lincoln

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 (d. 1875)
  • 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)
  • 1824-01-07 James Morrison Hawes, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1889)
  • 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)
  • 1846-06-11 William Louis Marshall, American general and engineer, born in Washington, Kentucky (d. 1920)
  • 1849-12-21 James Lane Allen, American writer (Kentucky Cardinal)
  • 1855-11-06 Ezra Seymour Gosney, American philanthropist and eugenicist, born in Kenton County, Kentucky (d. 1942)
  • 1856-11-13 Louis Brandeis, American lawyer and associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1941)
  • 1858-04-03 Matthew Ricketts, 1st African American man elected to Neb State Legislature, born in Henry County, Kentucky (d. 1917)
  • 1859-06-27 Mildred J. Hill, American composer and musician (Happy Birthday To You), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1916)
  • 1861-04-16 Isaac Murphy, American jockey (won 628 races), born in Clark County, Kentucky (d. 1896)

Person of interestAlbert B. Fall

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)
  • 1866-11-13 Abraham Flexner, American educator, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1959)
  • 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)

Person of interestD. W. Griffith

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), born in Bowling Green, Kentucky (d. 1959)
  • 1880-07-12 Tod Browning, American film director (Dracula), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1962)
  • 1883-10-08 Dick Burnett, American musician (Man of Constant Sorrow), born in Monticello, Kentucky (d. 1977)
  • 1884-02-14 Hezekiah M. Washburn, American Presbyterian Congo missionary, born in Brooksville, Bracken, Kentucky (d. 1972)
  • 1888-08-02 Oscar Rasbach, American composer, born in Dayton, Kentucky (d. 1975)
  • 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)
  • 1890-01-22 Fred M. Vinson, American Democratic politician, US Treasury Secretary (1945-46) and the 13th Chief Justice of US Supreme Court (1946-53), born in Louisa, Kentucky (d. 1953)
  • 1890-07-07 Tom Powers, US actor (Station West, Destination Moon), born in Owensboro, Kentucky
  • 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)
  • 1897-06-18 Henry Wadsworth, American actor (The Thin Man, Applause, Fast & Loose), born in Maysville, Kentucky (d. 1974)
  • 1898-10-18 Raymond Glenn, American actor (Raisin in the Sun, Carmen Jones), born in Frankfort, Kentucky (d. 1974)
  • 1898-12-20 Irene Dunne, American actress (Cimarron, Theodora Goes Wild), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1990)
  • 1899-01-27 Granville English, American composer, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1968)
  • 1900-01-17 George Sperti, American inventor (Preparation H), born in Covington, Kentucky (d. 1991)
  • 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
  • 1902-04-04 Stanley G. Weinbaum, American sci-fi author (Martian Odyssey), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1935)
  • 1903-12-10 Una Merkel, American actress (42nd Street, Abraham Lincoln), born in Covington, Kentucky (d. 1986)
  • 1903-12-29 Clyde McCoy, American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, born in Ashland, Kentucky (d. 1990)
  • 1904-05-20 Russell Hardie, American actor (Sequoia, In Old Kentucky), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1905-04-17 Arthur Lake [Arthur William Silverlake], American actor (Blondie, Topper), born in Corbin, Kentucky (d. 1987)
  • 1905-04-24 Robert Penn Warren, American poet and novelist (All the King's Men, Pulitzer 1946), born in Guthrie, Kentucky (d.1989)
  • 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)
  • 1908-04-20 Lionel Hampton, American jazz vibraphone player and actor, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2002)
  • 1909-04-29 Tom Ewell [Sam Yewell Tompkins], American actor (Tom Ewell Show, The Seven Year Itch), born in Owensboro, Kentucky (d. 1994)
  • 1909-09-11 William Natcher, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky 1953-94), born in Bowling Green, Kentucky (d. 1994)

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


Person of interestStephen Foster

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
  • 1959-03-15 Duncan Hines, American restaurant guide writer (Out of Kentucky Kitchens), dies at 78
  • 1973-07-21 Russell Hardie, American actor (Sequoia, In Old Kentucky), dies after long illness at 69
  • 1984-12-07 Jeanne Cagney, American actress (Lion is in the Streets, Quicksand, Kentucky Rifle), dies of cancer at 65
  • 1994-03-29 William Natcher, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky 1953-94), dies at 84
  • 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