Louisville in History

Kentucky: Lexington - Paducah

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, 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 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 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 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 Louisville Ky public schools integrates
  • 1958-09-05 WKPC TV channel 15 in Louisville, Kentucky (PBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 KY 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; .312 BA), 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, 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)
  • 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)
  • 1909-10-04 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 actress (Love Story, Johnny Dangerously), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1984)
  • 1925-10-15 Mickey Baker, American 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
  • 1928-07-28 Anne Braden, American civil rights activist, journalist, and educator, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2006)
  • 1929-07-27 Harvey Fuqua, American rock vocalist (Moonglows-Sincerely), 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 Orch 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

Person of interestMary Travers

1936-11-09 Mary Travers, American folk singer (Peter Paul & Mary), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2009)

Folk Singer Mary Travers
Folk Singer
Mary Travers
  • 1937-07-06 Ned Beatty, American actor (Deliverance, Repossed, Network), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 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 (Mike-My 3 Sons), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941-12-10 Tommy Kirk, American actor (Old Yeller), born in Louisville, Kentucky

Person of interestMuhammad Ali

1942-01-17 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], American boxer (world heavyweight 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, 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, singer (Tony Orlando, 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, singer (Ky 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 & musician, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1959-11-20 Sean Young, American actress (Dune, Young Doctor in Love), 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
  • 1968-01-15 Felton Spencer, American NBA center (SF Warriors), 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, figure skater (1995 Gt Lakes Jr champ), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1986-02-22 Rajon Rondo, American basketball player, born in Louisville, Kentucky

Person of interestJennifer Lawrence

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

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

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

  • 1960-08-14 Fred Clarke, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder and manager (Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates; .312 BA), dies at 87
  • 1986-06-19 Murray P Haydon, artificial heart recipient, dies in Louisville at 59