Kentucky in History (Part 2)

Kentucky: Lexington - Louisville - Paducah

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 308

  • 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)
  • 1909-10-04 James B. Pritchard, American theologist and archaeologist, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1997)
  • 1909-11-04 Evelyn Johnson, American pilot (most flying hours - 57,685), born in Corbin, Kentucky (d. 2012)
  • 1910-06-17 Red Foley, American country singer (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), born in Blue Lick, Kentucky (d. 1968)
  • 1911-09-13 Bill Monroe, American singer known as the "Father of Bluegrass" (Blue Moon of Kentucky), born in Rosine, Kentucky (d. 1996)
  • 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)
  • 1915-06-17 Stringbean [David Akeman], American banjoist and comedian (Hee Haw), born in Annville, Kentucky (d. 1973)
  • 1917-03-29 Man o' War, American thoroughbred racehorse (Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes 1920), foaled at Nursery Stud, Kentucky (d. 1947)
  • 1918-03-13 George McAfee, American football player, NFL halfback (Chicago Bears), born in Corbin, Kentucky (d. 2009)
  • 1918-07-23 Pee Wee [Harold] Reese, American baseball player (Dodgers), born in Ekron, Kentucky (d. 1999)
  • 1919-03-25 Jeanne Cagney, American actress (Lion is in the Streets, Quicksand, Kentucky Rifle), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1919-04-12 Billy Vaughn, American singer and bandleader (Sail Along Sil'vry Moon), born in Glasgow, Kentucky (d. 1991)
  • 1919-08-07 John Hogan, American chemist (discovered methods of producing polypropylene), born in Lowes, Kentucky (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 [John Cann], American actor (The Killers, Bullwinkle Show, Cannon), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1994)
  • 1921-09-01 Matt Higgins Doran, American composer, born in Covington, Kentucky
  • 1922-10-07 Martha Stewart [Haworth], American singer and actress (Daisy Kenyon, Doll Face), born in Bardwell, 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 (d. 2015)
  • 1923-01-16 Roy Lanham, Western guitar player (Sons of the Pioneers), born in Corbin Kentucky
  • 1923-07-06 Marie McDonald, American singer and actress known as "The Body Beautiful" (Promises Promises), born in Burgin, Kentucky (d. 1965)
  • 1923-07-13 Sudie Bond, American actress (Love Story, Johnny Dangerously), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1984)
  • 1924-03-25 Julia Perry, African-American composer (Cask of Amontillado), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1924-09-08 Wendell Ford, American politician (Sen-D-Kentucky, 1974-1999), Governor of Kentucky (1971-74), born in Owensboro, Kentucky (d. 2015)
  • 1924-10-09 Arnie Risen, Basketball Hall of Fame center (4-time NBA All Star), born in Williamstown, Kentucky (d. 2012)
  • 1925-01-02 William J Crowe Jr, Kentucky, chairman joint chief of staff
  • 1925-10-15 Mickey Baker, American guitar player ("Love is strange"), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2012)
  • 1925-12-10 Jean Byron [Imogene Audette Burkhart], American actress (The Patty Duke Show), born in Paducah, Kentucky (d. 2006)

Person of interestPatricia Neal

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

Actress Patricia Neal
Actress
Patricia Neal
  • 1926-07-14 Harry Dean Stanton, American actor, musician, and singer (Lucky, Alien, Cool Hand Luke, The Godfather Part II), born in West Irvine, Kentucky (d. 2017)
  • 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 [Homer] Boots Randolph, American saxophonist (Yakety Sax), born in Paducah, Kentucky (d. 2007)
  • 1928-05-23 Rosemary Clooney, American singer (Come On-a My House) and actress (White Christmas), born in Maysville, Kentucky (d. 2002)
  • 1928-07-28 Anne Braden, American civil rights activist, journalist, and educator, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2006)
  • 1929-04-20 Bob Braun, American TV and radio personality (Dotty Mack Show), born in Ludlow, Kentucky (d. 2001)
  • 1929-07-27 Harvey Fuqua, American rock vocalist (Moonglows-Sincerely), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2010)
  • 1929-08-14 Louise Slaughter, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), born in Lynch, Kentucky (d. 2018)
  • 1930-04-12 Betty Clooney, American singer (Jack Paar Show), born in Maysville, Kentucky (d. 1976)
  • 1931-08-02 Pierre DuMaine, American Roman Catholic bishop, born in Paducah, Kentucky
  • 1931-10-23 Jim Bunning, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, politician (perfect game vs Mets 1965, Rep. Senator-Ky), born in Southgate, Kentucky (d. 2017)
  • 1932-04-13 Karl Kroeger, American composer, born in Louisville, Kentucky

Person of interestLoretta Lynn

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
  • 1932-08-07 Maurice Rabb Jr., American ophthalmologist, born in Shelbyville, Kentucky (d. 2005)
  • 1932-11-02 Romano Mazzoli, American politician (Rep-D-KY, 1971-95), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1933-11-01 Davey Moore, American boxer (world featherweight champion 1959-63), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1963)
  • 1935-01-19 [Augustus] Owsley Stanley III, American audio engineer and LSD cook who worked with the Grateful Dead, born in Kentucky (d. 2011)
  • 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
  • 1936-04-12 Charles Napier, American actor (Night Stalker, Rambo), born in Mt. Union, Kentucky (d. 2011)
  • 1936-04-14 Bobby Nichols, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1964), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1936-05-25 Tom T. Hall, American country singer and writer (Harper Valley PTA), born in Olive Hill, 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
  • 1936-12-07 Martha Layne Collins, American businesswoman and politician (56th Governor of Kentucky), born in Bagdad, Kentucky
  • 1937-02-01 Don Everly, American singer and half of the rock and roll duo "The Everly Brothers" (Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie), born in Brownie, Kentucky
  • 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)
  • 1937-07-27 Don Galloway, American actor (Arrest & Trial, Ironside), born in Augusta, Kentucky (d. 2009)
  • 1939-07-10 Lawrence Pressman, American actor (Man From Atlantis, Hellstrom Chronicle), born in Cynthiana, Kentucky
  • 1939-10-10 Joe Pitts, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1940-02-24 Jimmy Ellis, WBA heavyweight boxing champ (1968-70), born in Louisville, Kentucky, (d. 2014)
  • 1940-04-12 Woodie Fryman, American baseball player, born in Ewing, Kentucky (d. 2011)
  • 1940-04-24 Sue Grafton, American author of detective novels ("A" Is for Alibi), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2017)
  • 1940-08-07 Tom Barlow, American politician (Rep-D-Kentucky), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2017)
  • 1940-12-31 Tim Considine, American actor (Mike-My 3 Sons), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941-07-09 Scotty Baesler, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1941-08-21 Jackie DeShannon, American singer-songwriter (What the World Needs Now Is Love), born in Hazel, Kentucky
  • 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
  • 1942-02-27 Robert H. Grubbs, American chemist & Nobel Prize laureate, born in Marshall County, Kentucky
  • 1942-04-19 Jack Roush, American racing entrepreneur (founder, CEO, and co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing), born in Covington, Kentucky
  • 1942-06-12 Homer Neal, African-American particle physicist, born in Franklin, Kentucky (d. 2018)

Person of interestLarry Flynt

1942-11-01 Larry Flynt, American magazine publisher (Hustler), born in Lakeville, Kentucky

Magazine Publisher Larry Flynt
Magazine Publisher
Larry Flynt
  • 1942-11-19 Larry Gilbert, American golfer (Senior Players Championship 1997), born in Fort Knox, Kentucky (d. 1998)
  • 1944-02-01 Leo Burmester, American actor (Flo, Chiefs, Abbys, Odd Jobs), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1944-05-28 Gary Stewart, American country singer (She's Actin' Single), born in Jenkins, Kentucky (d. 2003)
  • 1944-06-06 Phillip Allen Sharp, American geneticist and molecular biologist (Nobel 1993), born in Falmouth, Kentucky
  • 1944-08-21 Jackie DeShannon, American singer (What the World Needs Now), born in Hazel, Kentucky
  • 1944-09-21 Steve Beshear, American politician (D) Governor of Kentucky (2007-2015), born in Dawson Springs, Kentucky
  • 1945-01-15 William R. Higgins, USMC colonel, born in Danville, Kentucky (d. 1990)
  • 1945-01-30 Michael Dorris, American novelist & scholar, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1997)
  • 1945-06-27 John M. Veitch, American Hall of Fame Thoroughbred horse trainer, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1945-12-22 Diane Sawyer, American newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC Prime Time), born in Glasgow, Kentucky
  • 1947-01-23 Gatewood Galbraith, American author & attorney, born in Carlisle, Kentucky (d. 2012)
  • 1947-02-05 Darrell Waltrip, American motorsport analyst and race car driver, born in Owensboro, Kentucky
  • 1947-07-04 Morganna Roberts, Baseball's kissing bandit, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1947-10-09 William E. McAnulty, Jr., American lawyer (1st African American justice on the Kentucky Supreme Court), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2007)
  • 1948-04-20 Gregory Itzin, American film and TV actor (The Kentucky Cycle), born in Washington, D.C.

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Famous Deaths