Louisville in History

Kentucky: Lexington - Paducah

Historical Events

Historic Event

1808-04-08 Roman Catholic Diocese of Baltimore promoted to an archdiocese by Pope Pius VII, with the founding of the dioceses of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Bardstown (now Louisville)

  • 1849-06-12 Gas mask patented by Lewis Haslett (Louisville, Kentucky)
  • 1871-05-12 Segregated street cars integrated in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1876-02-02 Baseball's National League forms at the Grand Central Hotel, NYC with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia and 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, Kentucky, 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 "World Championship" Baseball Series, Washington Park, NY: Louisville Colonels beat Brooklyn Bridegrooms, 6-2 in Game 7 to tie series 3-3-1; deciding game never played
  • 1894-08-17 Phils get 36 hits, Sam Thompson hits for cycle beating Louisville 29-4
  • 1897-06-29 Chicago Colts establish MLB record for most runs scored in a game by one team as they maul Louisville Colonels, 36 - 7 at the West Side Grounds, Chicago
  • 1899-08-15 Louisville's pitcher 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, Kentucky (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1950-03-27 WHAS TV channel 11 in Louisville, Kentucky (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1952-06-25 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Big Spring CC: Jim Turnesa wins 1-up over Chick Harbert in the Wednesday final
  • 1952-07-24 112°F (44°C), Louisville, Georgia (state record)
  • 1956-09-10 Public schools integrate in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1958-09-05 WKPC TV channel 15 in Louisville, Kentucky (PBS) begins broadcasting

Sports History

1960-10-29 Cassius Clay's [Muhammad Ali] 1st professional fight; beats Tunney Hunsaker on points in 6 rounds in Louisville, Kentucky

  • 1961-09-16 WLKY TV channel 32 in Louisville, Kentucky (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
  • 1967-01-12 Louisville, Kentucky draft board refuses exemption for boxer Muhammad Ali [1]
  • 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, Kentucky (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1971-02-28 WDRB TV channel 41 in Louisville, Kentucky (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1972-01-29 5th ABA All-Star Game: East 142 beats West 115 at Louisville, Kentucky
  • 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 spends 15 minutes outside Humana Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 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, Kentucky on WTFX 100.5 FM
  • 2008-09-21 Ryder Cup Golf, Valhalla GC: US lead from start to finish to win 16½-11½ and regain Cup after 3 consecutive European victories
  • 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
  • 2016-12-10 82nd Heisman Trophy Award: Lamar Jackson, Louisville Cardinals (QB), youngest player to win at 19

Famous Birthdays

  • 1796-05-04 Joseph Pannell Taylor, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1864)
  • 1805-06-14 Robert Anderson, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1871)
  • 1815-10-24 John Edwards, American politician (US Representative Arkansas) Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1894)
  • 1816-10-16 William Preston, American lawyer, politician and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1887)
  • 1822-03-16 John Pope, American Major General (Union Army), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1892)
  • 1823-07-16 James Isham Gilbert, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1884)
  • 1826-04-26 Ambrose R. Wright, American Civil War General, born in Louisville, Georgia (d. 1872)
  • 1856-11-13 Louis Brandeis, American lawyer and associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1941)
  • 1859-06-27 Mildred J. Hill, American composer and musician ("Happy Birthday To You"), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1916)
  • 1861-06-17 Pete Browning, American baseball player, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1905)
  • 1866-11-13 Abraham Flexner, American educator, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1959)
  • 1872-10-03 Fred Clarke, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder and manager (Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates; World Series 1909 [PP]), born in Winterset, Iowa (d. 1960)
  • 1873-03-07 Madame Sul-Te-Wan [Nellie Crawford], American actress (The Birth of a Nation, Uncle Tom's Cabin), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1959)
  • 1880-07-12 Tod Browning, American film director (Dracula), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1962)
  • 1890-10-03 Henry Hull, American actor (Tobacco Rd, Boys Town, High Sierra), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1977)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1900-07-03 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)
  • 1902-02-19 John Bubbles, American rhythm tap dancer (No Maps on My Taps), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1986)
  • 1902-04-04 Stanley G. Weinbaum, American sci-fi author (Martian Odyssey), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1935)
  • 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, pianist, drummer, and actor, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2002)
  • 1909-10-04 James B. Pritchard, American theologist and archaeologist, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1997)
  • 1912-05-11 Foster Brooks, American comedian and actor (The Villain, Oddballs, Mork & Mindy), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2001)
  • 1913-01-29 Victor Mature, American actor (I Wake Up Screaming, Samson and Delilah), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1999)
  • 1914-09-19 Rogers Morton, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1979)
  • 1915-04-22 Dick Dudley, American TV host (Village Barn), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2000)
  • 1920-09-27 William Conrad [John Cann], American actor (The Killers, Bullwinkle Show, Cannon), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1994)
  • 1922-11-13 Jack Narz, American TV game show host (Dotto, Video Village), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2008)
  • 1923-07-13 Sudie Bond, American stage and screen actress (Love Story; Johnny Dangerously), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1984)
  • 1925-10-15 Mickey Baker, American session guitar player (Mickey & Sylvia - "Love Is Strange"), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2012)
  • 1927-02-26 Tom Kennedy, American quiz host (You Don't Say, Name That Tune), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1928-07-28 Anne Braden, American civil rights activist, journalist, and educator, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2006)
  • 1929-07-27 Harvey Fuqua, American R&B singer-songwriter (The Moonglows - "Sincerely"), producer (Marvin Gaye), and record label executive (Motown), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2010)
  • 1932-04-13 Karl Kroeger, American composer, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1932-11-02 Romano Mazzoli, American politician (Rep-D-KY, 1971-95), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1935-04-10 Jorge Mester, Mexican conductor (Louisville Orchestra, 1967-79), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1935-12-23 Paul Hornung, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1956, Notre Dame; Pro Bowl 1959, 60, Green Bay Packers), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1936-04-14 Bobby Nichols, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1964), born in Louisville, Kentucky

Mary TraversMary Travers (1936-2009)

1936-11-09 American folk singer (Peter Paul & Mary - "Puff" (The Magic Dragon)"; "Leaving On A Jet Plane"), born in Louisville, Kentucky

  • 1937-07-06 Ned Beatty, American stage and screen actor (Deliverance; Hear My Song; Network; Nashville), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2021)
  • 1937-07-18 Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author (Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2005)
  • 1940-02-24 Jimmy Ellis, WBA heavyweight boxing champ (1968-70), born in Louisville, Kentucky, (d. 2014)
  • 1940-04-24 Sue Grafton, American author of detective novels ("A" Is for Alibi), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2017)
  • 1940-12-31 Tim Considine, American actor (Spin & Marty; My Three Sons, 1960-65 - "Mike"), and photographer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2022)
  • 1941-12-10 Tommy Kirk, American actor (Old Yeller), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2021)

Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali (1942-2016)

1942-01-17 American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1964-7 74-8), born in Louisville, Kentucky

  • 1944-02-01 Leo Burmester, American actor (Flo, Chiefs, Abbys, Odd Jobs), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1945-01-30 Michael Dorris, American novelist & scholar, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1997)
  • 1947-07-04 Morganna Roberts, Baseball's kissing bandit, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1948-08-14 Terry Adams, American piano player and composer (NRBQ - "Me And The Boys"), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1948-08-28 Vonda N. McIntyre, American sci-fi author (Star Trek II, III, IV), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1948-10-28 Telma Hopkins, American singer (Tony Orlando & Dawn - "Tie A Yellow Ribbon"), and actress (Family Matters), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1950-03-09 Danny Sullivan, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1985, CART C'ship 1988), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1951-06-29 Don Rosa, American comic book writer and illustrator (Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1951-08-03 Johnny Graham, American guitarist and singer (Earth Wind & Fire), 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, American singer (Kentucky Headhunters - "Davy Crockett"), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1954-12-14 James Horan, American actor (General Hospital, Transformers Prime), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1958-10-23 Jonathan Wolff, American musician and TV theme composer (Seinfeld, Will & Grace), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1958-12-22 David Heavener, American actor and country musician, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1959-11-20 Sean Young, American actress (Dune, Blade Runner), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1960-04-23 Jodie Mudd, American golfer (Players C'ship 1990), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1964-07-01 Theresa Lynn, American actress (Orgasm Girl-Private Parts), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1964-08-13 Jay Buhner, American MLB outfielder (Seattle Mariners, NY Yankees), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1964-10-27 Mary T. Meagher, American swimmer (3 x Olympic gold 100/200m butterfly, 4x100m medley 1984; WR 100/200m butterfly 1981), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1965-04-17 William Mapother, American actor (In the Bedroom), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1965-08-13 Cris Dishman, American NFL cornerback (Houston Oilers, Wash Redskins), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1966-04-09 Oliver Barnett, American NFL defensive end (SF 49ers), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1966-07-04 Lee Reherman, American actor, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2016)
  • 1967-01-25 Mark Bamford, American film director & screenwriter, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1968-01-05 Felton Spencer, American NBA center (Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1968-02-15 Kurt Robin McKinney, American actor (Ned-General Hospital), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1970-12-03 Paul Byrd, American baseball pitcher and broadcaster (MLB All Star 1999; Philadelphia Phillies; Fox Sports Southeast), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1970-12-24 Will Oldham, American singer and songwriter, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1971-04-20 Allan Houston, American basketball player (NY Knicks, Detroit Pistons), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1971-04-24 Jeff Brohm, American football quarterback (San Francisco 49ers), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1972-10-19 Otto Steffers, field hockey defender (Olympics 1996), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1974-02-05 Adrienne Johnson, American basketball guard, administrator, broadcaster (WNBA Cleveland Rockers; Uni of Louisville), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1975-07-14 Matthew Kessinger, American figure skater (1995 Gt Lakes Jr champ), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1986-02-22 Rajon Rondo, American basketball player, born in Louisville, Kentucky

Jennifer LawrenceJennifer Lawrence (32 years old)

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

  • 1993-04-29 Justin Thomas, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2017, 22; Players C'ship 2021), born in Louisville, Kentucky

Famous Weddings

Zachary Taylor

1810-06-21 American army officer and future US President Zachary Taylor (25) weds Margaret Smith (21) near Louisville, Kentucky, at the bride's sister's home

Jefferson Davis

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


Famous Deaths

  • 1960-08-14 Fred Clarke, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder and manager (Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates; World Series 1909 [PP]), dies at 87
  • 1986-06-19 Murray P Haydon, artificial heart recipient, dies in Louisville at 59