Lexington in History

Kentucky: Louisville - Paducah

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

American Patriot Paul Revere
American Patriot
Paul Revere
  • 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

  • 1798-02-22 Charles Mynn Thruston, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1873)
  • 1813-03-29 John Letcher, American lawyer and politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia, born in Lexington, Virginia (d. 1884)
  • 1814-04-04 John Blair Smith Todd, American politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1872)

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
  • 1821-02-19 Francis Preston Blair Jr, (Rep-Missouri), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1875)
  • 1824-01-07 James Morrison Hawes, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1889)
  • 1857-05-07 William A. MacCorkle, American politician, 90th Governor of West Virginia, born in Lexington, Virginia (d. 1930)
  • 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)
  • 1891-11-10 Carl Stalling, American film composer, born in Lexington, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • 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 interestGeorge Clooney

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
  • 1965-05-23 Melissa McBride, American actress (The Walking Dead), 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
  • 1974-08-07 Michael Shannon, American actor (Nocturnal Animals, Boardwalk Empire), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1978-04-15 Chris Stapleton, American country musician (The SteelDrivers, Traveller), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1983-11-29 Pamela Brown, American television reporter and newscaster (CNN, ABC WJLA-TV), 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