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Kentucky is about the same size as Iceland.
(SSFC, 10/9/05, Par p.27)

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1767        Jun 7, Daniel Boone sighted present-day Kentucky. [see Jun 7, 1769]
    (HN, 6/7/01)

1769        Jun 7, Daniel Boone first began to explore the present-day Bluegrass State as recognized by Kentucky's Historical Society.  [see June 7, 1767]
    (AP, 6/7/97)

1775        Mar 17, Richard Henderson, a North Carolina judge, representing the Transylvania Company, met with three Cherokee Chiefs (Oconistoto, chief warrior and first representative of the Cherokee Nation or tribe of Indians, and Attacuttuillah and Sewanooko) to purchase (for the equivalent of $50,000) all the land lying between the Ohio, Kentucky and Cumberland rivers; some 17 to 20 million acres. It was known as the Treaty of Sycamore Shoals or The Henderson Purchase. The purchase was later declared invalid but land cession was not reversed.
    (www.tngenweb.org/cessions/17750317.html)

1776        Jul 14, Jemima Boone (13), the daughter of Daniel Boone, and 2 friends were kidnapped by a group of 5 Shawnee and Cherokee Indians near Boonesborough, Kentucky. They were rescued on July 16 by Daniel Boone and 7 other Boonesborough men.
    (ON, 8/08, p.6)

1782        Lexington was established and became the first commercial and cultural center west of the Allegheny Mountains.
    (SFEM, 3/12/00, p.47)

1775        Daniel Boone blazed a trail through the Cumberland Gap in Kentucky.
    (WSJ, 1/28/00, p.W8)

1778        Sep 7, Shawnee Indians attacked and laid siege to Boonesborough, Kentucky.
    (HN, 9/7/98)

1788        Colonel William Whitley, a veteran of the Revolutionary War, erected the first US horse racing track 40 miles south of Lexington. He ran his horse counterclockwise to the British tradition and built the track in clay rather than turf.
    (SFEM, 3/12/00, p.46)

1789        Nov 8, Bourbon Whiskey, 1st distilled from corn, was made by Elijah Craig in  Bourbon, Ky.
    (MC, 11/8/01)

1790        May, John Tanner (9) was kidnapped from his home in northern Kentucky by Saginaw Indians. He was taken to an area near what later became Saginaw, Michigan, where he learned the Ojibway language. After about 2 years he was sold to a woman named Net-no-kwa, who took him up to northern Michigan and later to Manitoba, Canada.
    (ON, 4/10, p.4)(http://baptisthistoryhomepage.com/ky.boone.tanner.j.kidnapd.html)

1792         Jun 1, Kentucky became the 15th state of the Union.
     (AP, 6/1/97)

1794        Jan 13, President Washington approved a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the union. The number of stripes was later reduced to the original 13.
    (AP, 1/13/01)

1797        The first recorded performance of an English-language drama , the tragedy Douglas, west of the Alleghenies took place here at Washington, Kentucky.
    (HNQ, 8/8/99)

1798        Nov 16, Kentucky became the 1st state to nullify an act of Congress.
    (MC, 11/16/01)

1798         US Vice President Thomas Jefferson and Virginia Congressman James Madison secretly wrote the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions. Jefferson became the active head of Republican Party. The Virginia Senate agreed to the Virginia Resolution on Dec 24.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kentucky_and_Virginia_Resolutions)
1798        In the Kentucky Resolutions Thomas Jefferson protested the Alien and Sedition Acts and maintained that "free government is founded in jealousy, not in confidence; it is jealousy and not confidence which prescribes limited constitutions, to bind down those whom we are obliged to trust with power."
    (WSJ, 5/18/95, p.A-14)

1799        Jean-Jacques Dufour, a Swiss settler, established Kentucky’s 1st vineyard and grew the Alexander grape.
    (WSJ, 11/24/00, p.W8)

1801        Aug 6, A 9-day revival began at the Cane Ridge Presbyterian Church in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Some 20,000 people showed up for the revival called by Rev. Barton W. Stone. 3 evangelistic Christian groups grew out of the meeting.
    (WSJ, 8/10/01, p.W15)

1801        Nov 10, Kentucky banned dueling.
    (MC, 11/10/01)

1803        Former Vermont Congressman Matthew Lyon (1749-1822) was elected US Representative from Kentucky (1803-1811).
    (WSJ, 10/29/04, p.W10)

1806        A gunfight over rustled cattle deepened into sporadic combat between settlers along the Kentucky River.
    (SFC, 6/4/02, p.E1)

1808        Jun 3, Jefferson Davis -- the first and only president of the Confederacy -- was born in Christian County, Ky. He was imprisoned and indicted for treason, but the case was dropped.
    (AP, 6/3/97)(HN, 6/3/99)

1809        Feb 12, Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the US, was born in Hardin County (present-day Larue County), Kentucky. Lincoln was president of the United States during one of the most turbulent times in American history. Although roundly criticized during his own time, he is recognized as one of history's greatest figures who preserved the Union during the Civil War and proved that democracy could be a lasting form of government. Lincoln entered national politics as a Whig congressman from Illinois, but he lost his seat after one term due to his unpopular position on the Mexican War and the extension of slavery into the territories. The 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates for the Senate gave him a national reputation. In 1860, Lincoln became the first president elected from the new Republican Party. Abraham Lincoln was fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1865. In 1996 a new biography of Abraham Lincoln by David Donald was published.
    (AP, 2/12/98)(AHD, 1971, p.759)(WSJ, 2/10/95, p.A-8) (SFC, 9/1/96, Par. p.12)(http://rogerjnorton.com/Lincoln88.html)

1809        Dec 24, Kit Carson, one of the most famous mountain men and scouts in the West, was born in Kentucky.
    (HN, 12/24/98)(MC, 12/24/01)

1809        Dec, In Danville, Kentucky, Dr. Ephraim McDowell (1771-1830) performed a successfully surgery on Jane Crawford (45) in which he removed an ovary and a large tumor with no anesthesia. Crawford lived to age 78 and was the world’s first known survivor of an elective exploration of the abdomen and removal of an ovary. The story was later told by David Dary in “Frontier Medicine: From the Atlantic to the Pacific 1492-1941" (2008).
    (ON, 12/99, p.11)(WSJ, 11/28/08, p.A13)

1809        The Kentucky vineyard of Jean-Jacques Dufour succumbed to disease. It was revived in 1981.
    (WSJ, 11/24/00, p.W8)

1813        Jan 22, A combined British and Indian force attacked an American militia retreating from Detroit near Frenchtown, later known as Monroe, Mich. Only 33 men of some 700 men escaped the battle of the River Raisin. Over 400 Kentucky frontiersmen were killed.
    (Arch, 9/00, p.22)(www.kdla.ky.gov/resources/KY_BRR.htm)

1813        May 10, Montgomery Blair, lawyer in the Dred Scot case, was born in Franklin County, Ky. The case decided the limits of slavery.
    (HN, 5/10/99)(MC, 5/10/02)

1813         Laws banning the carrying of concealed weapons were passed in Kentucky and Louisiana.
    (http://tinyurl.com/d337x96)

1817        Mar 3, The first commercial steamboat route from Louisville to New Orleans was opened.
    (HN, 3/3/99)

1819        A crop failure in Henderson, Kentucky, ruined the gristmill and sawmill business of John James Audubon (34).
    (ON, 12/05, p.7)

1821        Dec 17, Kentucky abolished debtor’s prisons.
    (MC, 12/17/01)

1836-1878    John Kitt worked in Louisville and put his name on fiddle shaped spoons.
    (SFC,11/19/97, Z1 p.7)

1842        Whitesburg, Ky., was founded at the north fork of the Kentucky River. It had begun as a logging cam.
    (NG, May, 04, p.132)

1843        July 18, Virgil Earp was born in Kentucky.
    (MesWP)

1846        Nov 25, Carry Nation (d.1911) was born Carry Amelia Moore in Kentucky. After her first husband died a drunkard, she married David Nation and they moved to Medicine Lodge, Kansas. There, she was elected president of the local chapter of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. Even though Kansas was technically a dry state, Medicine Lodge had seven saloons. When Carry Nation's appeals to close the saloons were ignored, she took matters into her own hands--she drove a buggy, full of bricks and stones she had wrapped in newspapers, up to a saloon, smashed its mirrors, glasses, bottles and windows, and said to the proprietor as she left, "I have finished. God be with you." Nation repeated her barroom attacks across the state and the country. One of her last actions was at Washington's Union Depot, where she used three hatchets that she called Faith, Hope and Charity. Nation was arrested about 30 times for her saloon rampages.
    (HNPD, 11/25/98)

1852        Jun 29, Statesman Henry Clay (75) of Kentucky died. He was a master politician in the era preceding the Civil War. Born in 1777, Clay was a lawyer by trade. He began his lengthy political career in the Kentucky legislature and made three unsuccessful bids as the Whig Party's presidential candidate. By the time of his death, Clay had served his country as secretary of state under John Quincy Adams, U.S. Senator and Speaker of the House of Representatives. Clay was the chief architect of the Compromise of 1850, a contribution that earned him the nickname "The Great Compromiser."
    (HNPD, 6/29/99)(MC, 6/29/02)

1860        The Woodlawn Vase was created by Tiffany & Co. as a trophy for the Woodlawn Racing Assoc. in Louisville, Ky. It was buried during the Civil War and by 1917 was associated with the Preakness.
    (WSJ, 11/21/00, p.A24)

1861        May 16, Kentucky proclaimed its neutrality. [see May 20]
    (MC, 5/16/02)

1861        May 20, Kentucky proclaimed its neutrality in Civil War. [see May 16]
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1861        Jul 9, Confederate cavalry led by John Morgan captured Tompkinsville, Kentucky. "The Yankees will never take me a prisoner again," vowed Confederate General John Hunt Morgan.
    (HN, 7/9/98)

1861        Sep 3, Confederate forces entered Kentucky, thus ending its neutrality.
    (MC, 9/3/01)

1861        Sep 6, Union General Ulysses S. Grant's forces captured Paducah, Kentucky from Confederate forces. A lifelong friend and trusted aide of Ulysses S. Grant, Ely Parker rose to the top in two worlds, that of his native Seneca Indian tribe and the white man's world at large.
    (HN, 9/6/98)

1861        Dec 4, The Federal Senate, voting 36 to 0, expelled Senator John C. Brekenridge of Kentucky because he joined the Confederate Army.
    (HN, 12/4/98)

1861        Dec 10, Kentucky was admitted to the Confederate States of America.
    (HN, 12/10/98)

1862        Jan 10, Battle of Big Sandy River, KY (Middle Creek).
    (MC, 1/10/02)

1862        Jan 29, William Quantrill and his Confederate raiders attack Danville, Kentucky.
    (HN, 1/29/00)

1862        Feb 26, Battle of Woodburn, KY.
    (SC, 2/26/02)

1862        Jul 4, Battle at Green River, Ky. (Morgan's Ohio Raid).
    (Maggio, 98)

1862        Jul 9, Gen. John Hunt Morgan captured Tompkinsville, Ky.
    (MC, 7/9/02)

1862        Sep 15, John T. Wilder, the Union commander at Munfordville, used unconventional methods to stall Confederate General Braxton Bragg’s advance through Kentucky. On September 15, Bragg arrived to find some 4,000 men behind well-built defenses--far more than he had anticipated. He brought up more units and surrounded the area, but instead of pressing his advantage, agreed to a suggestion made by his subordinate, Maj. Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner. Buckner suggested that he be allowed to parley with the garrison and convince them of the hopelessness of their position. Bragg grudgingly acquiesced.
    (HNQ, 4/26/01)

1862        Sep 29, Union general Jefferson C. Davis shot and killed a fellow general in a dispute at a hotel during the Civil War. After a series of angry confrontations with General William Nelson, Davis shot his superior officer to death in a Louisville, Kentucky, hotel. Because of the scarcity of officers needed to form a court-martial for a trial, Davis was never charged with the crime and went on to build an extensive Civil War combat record. Davis was of no relation to Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
    (HNQ, 3/20/00)

1862        Oct 8, The Union was victorious at the Battle of Perryville, the largest Civil War combat to take place in Kentucky.
    (HN, 10/8/98)

1862        Oct 18, Morgan's raiders captured federal garrison at Lexington, Ky.
    (MC, 10/18/01)

1862        Dec 18, Nathan B. Forrest engaged and defeated a Federal cavalry force near Lexington in his continued effort to disrupt supply lines.
    (HN, 12/18/98)

1862        Dec 20, Brig-gen Nathan B. Forrest occupied Trenton, Kentucky.
    (MC, 12/20/01)

1862        Dec 22-Jan 2, Raid on Morgan's: Bardstown to Elizabethtown, Ky.
    (MC, 12/22/01)

1862        Dec 24, A Christmas present arrived a day early for the Federal troops at Columbus, Ky., in the way of artillery on board the USS New Era.
    (HN, 12/24/98)

1862        Dec 25, John Hunt Morgan and his raiders clashed with Union forces near Bear Wallow, Kentucky. Fighting also occurred at Green’s Chapel.
    (HN, 12/25/99)

1862        Dec 27, Battle of Elizabethtown, KY.
    (MC, 12/27/01)

1864        Mar 25, Battle of Paducah, KY (Forrest's raid).
    (MC, 3/25/02)

1865        Feb 2, Confederate raider William Quantrill and his bushwackers robbed citizens, burned a railroad depot and stole horses from Midway, Kentucky.
    (HN, 2/2/01)

1865        Feb 8, Confederate raider William Quantrill and men attacked a group of Federal wagons at New Market, Kentucky.
    (HN, 2/8/00)

1865        Feb 27, Confederate raider William Quantrill and his bushwackers attacked Hickman, Kentucky, shooting women and children.
    (HN, 2/27/00)

1865        Jun 6, Confederate raider William Quantrill (b.1837) died in Louisville, Ky., from a shot in the spine he received escaping a Union patrol near Taylorsville, Kentucky.
    (HN, 6/6/99)(www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/QQ/fqu3.html)

1868        Mar 20, The Jesse James Gang robbed a bank in Russellville, Kentucky, of $14,000.
    (MC, 3/20/02)

1871        May 12, Segregated street cars were integrated in Louisville, Ky.
    (MC, 5/12/02)

1872        Apr 12, Jesse James gang robbed bank in Columbia, Kentucky, of $1,500 with 1 person killed.
    (MC, 4/12/02)

1872        Jun 4, Kentucky conmen Philip Arnold (40) and John Slack took a party of San Francisco investors, including Asbury Harpending, to a site in Wyoming where diamonds and other precious stones were salted about. The con job took in hundreds of thousands of dollars before geologist Clarence King (30) identified the Wyoming site as a scam.
    (SFC, 4/26/14, p.D2)

1874        Edward Troye (b.1808), Swiss-born Kentucky artist, died. He portrayed horses and spent time in the Middle East in search of Arab breeding stock.
    (WSJ, 7/16/03, p.D8)

1875        May 17, The first Kentucky Derby was run at Louisville; the winner was Aristides.  It later became part of the Triple Crown with the Belmont Stakes and the Preakness.
    (AP, 5/17/97)(SFEC, 5/30/99, Z1 p.8)(HN, 5/17/02)

1877        Feb 20, The 1st cantilever bridge in US was completed at Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
    (MC, 2/20/02)

1877        Mar 18, Edgar Cayce (d.1945), self-proclaimed psychic, was born in Hopkinsville, Ky. In 2000 Sidney D. Kirkpatrick authored “Edgar Cayce, An American Prophet."
    (SFEC, 7/26/98, BR p.3)(SSFC, 1/14/01, BR p.12)(SFC, 8/7/08, p.E1)

1877        Pres. Rutherford B. Hayes appointed John Marshall Harlan (1833-1911) of Kentucky to the Supreme Court Justice.
    (WSJ, 5/28/02, p.D7)

1877-1956    Alben William Barkley served one term as vice president of the U.S. under Harry Truman (1949-53), and was reelected to the Senate from Kentucky in 1954 and died suddenly in 1956 while still a senator. Barkley served in the senate from 1927 to 1949 (majority leader from 1937-47) before becoming vice president.
    (HNQ, 11/3/99)

1878        Pete Browning, a baseball player for the Louisville Eclipse, got frustrated with his bat and received help from furniture maker J. Andrew "Bud" Hillerich."
    (SFEC, 7/18/99, p.T9)

1880        May 18, In the 6th Kentucky Derby George Lewis aboard Fonso won in 2:37½.
    (SC, 5/18/02)

1880        Jul 31, Fancy Farm in Kentucky announced in a local newspaper upcoming barn dance, picnic and gander pulling. The event grew to become a major event and its 1982 event was certified in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest picnic.
    (Econ, 8/14/10, p.26)

1882        Aug 7, Hatfields of south West Virginia and McCoys of eastern Kentucky re-engaged in a feud that dated back to 1865. Some 100 were wounded or died. In 2007 medical evidence indicated that many of the descendants of the McCoys suffered from an inherited disease that leads to hair-trigger rage and violent outbursts.
    (www.tugvalleychamberofcommerce.com/tour.html)(SFC, 4/6/07, p.A16)

1884        Feb 19, A series of tornadoes left an estimated 800 people dead in 7 US states (Miss, Ala, NC, SC, Tenn., Ky & In).
    (WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)(MC, 2/19/02)

1884        Hillerich & Bradsby, makers of the Louisville Slugger bats, was founded, in Louisville, Ky. John A. Hillerich turned a bat, called the Falls City Slugger, for Eclipse slugger Pete “The Old Gladiator" Browning."
    (SFEC, 7/18/99, p.T8)(SSFC, 7/3/05, p.D4)

1890        Feb, Charles E. Kincaid, correspondent for the Louisville Times, shot former Representative William Taulbee, a democrat from Kentucky, at the Capital during an argument over a scandal involving the lawmaker. Taulbee died ten days later.
    (SFC, 7/25/98, p.A6)

1893        Jul 7, In Bardwell, Ky., C.J. Miller, a black man accused of murdering two white girls, was mutilated, torched and left hanging from a telegraph pole. Ida Wells (1862-1931) was commissioned to investigate the story by the Chicago Inter-Ocean newspaper and published her findings under the title “History Is a Weapon."
    (WSJ, 3/8/08, p.W8)(www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/wellslynchlaw.html)

1894        The Louisville Slugger trademark was registered. In 1905 Honus Wagner became the 1st baseball player to sign a contract to use his signature on the bat.
    (SSFC, 7/3/05, p.D4)

1901        Apr 29, In the 27th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Winkfield on His Eminence won in 2:07.75.
    (http://tinyurl.com/nzy9n)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Winkfield)

1901        Sep 2, Adolph Rupp, basketball coach at the University of Kentucky who achieved a record 876 victories, was born.
    (HN, 9/2/98)

1902        May 3, In the 28th Kentucky Derby Jimmy Winkfield rode Alan-a-Dale for his 2nd consecutive win. In 2006 Joe Drape authored “Black Maestro" a biography of Winkfield.
    (SSFC, 5/7/06, p.P8)(http://tinyurl.com/nzy9n)

1906        Oct 16, Cleanth Brooks, Kentucky-born writer and educator, was born.
    (HN, 10/16/00)

1906        American Life and Accident Insurance Co. was founded in Kentucky.
    (WSJ, 10/11/08, p.A9)

1909        Apr 29, Tom Ewell, [S Yewell Tompkins], actor (Tom Ewell Show, 7 Yr Itch), was born in Ky.
    (MC, 4/29/02)

1910        Tennessee passed a Prohibition law that gave distillers one year to dismantle their operations. George Dickel's operations moved to Kentucky and Jack Daniel's to Missouri and Alabama. Prohibition knocked both out of business in 1920.
    (SFC, 2/04/04, p.D2)

1911        Sep 13, Bill Monroe (d.1996), Blue Grass pioneer and mandolin player, was born near Rosine, Ky.
    (WSJ, 9/16/96, p.A14)(WSJ, 7/28/00, p.W9)

1914        The Belle of Louisville sternwheeler was built and began service as a freighter. It became a landmark of Louisville, Ky., in 1962, and almost sank in 1997.
    (SFC, 8/25/97, p.A8)

1915        Augustus Owsley Stanley began serving as governor of Kentucky and continued to 1919. His grandson, Augustus Owsley Stanley III, became famous in the 1960s for producing LSD, financially backing the Grateful Dead, and working as the group’s sound engineer.
    (SFC, 3/14/11, p.A6)

1917        Nov 5, The US Supreme Court decision (Buchanan vs. Warley) struck down a Louisville, Ky., ordnance requiring blacks and whites to live in separate areas (race-based zoning).
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buchanan_v._Warley)(Econ, 2/11/12, p.34)

1917        The Seelbach Cocktail was created at the Seelbach hotel in Louisville, Ky. The recipe was later lost until 1995 when a hotel manager rediscovered the formula.
    (SFC, 7/28/05, p.F6)

1919        Bennett Young, leader of the 1863 Confederate raid on St. Albans, Vermont, died in Louisville following a law career.
    (ON, 11/99, p.12)

1925        The Kentucky statewide spelling bee went national after 9 newspapers accepted an invitation from the Louisville Courier-Journal to send students to compete for a national spelling crown. Frank Neuhauser (1914-2011) won the first national spelling bee with the word “gladiolus." In 1941 the Scripps Howard media group took over sponsorship over the annual event.
    (WSJ, 5/28/99, p.W11)(SFC, 3/23/11, p.A4)

1925        Floyd Collins, a Kentucky farmer, discovered Sand Cave and was trapped for 2 weeks as he crawled back to the surface. The story made national headlines and was made into the 1950 Billy Wilder film "The Big Carnival" starring Kirk Douglas. In 1995 the story was made into a chamber opera: "Floyd Collins" with music by Adam Guettel.
    (WSJ, 5/17/99, p.A24)

1927        May 24, The final levee breach of the 1927 flood occurred at McCrea, Louisiana, on the east bank of the Atchafalaya levee. The flood along the Mississippi killed some 500 people and displaced thousands. The levee system broke in 145 places and caused 27,000 square miles of flooding in Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. In 1997 the book "Rising Tide" by John M. Barry described the catastrophe. It was also the subject of the Randy Newman song "Louisiana 1927."
    (www.rms.com/publications/1927_MississippiFlood.pdf)(WSJ, 2/6/97, p.A12)(SFC, 11/28/03, p.C7)(SSFC, 9/4/05, p.A7)(WSJ, 11/2/05, p.A2)(Econ, 5/21/11, p.30)

1927        The main building of the Speed Museum was constructed. The Speed Museum was founded by Hattie Bishop Speed as a memorial to her husband John Breckinridge Speed.
    (WSJ, 12/18/97, p.A20)

1928        May 23, Rosemary Clooney (d.2002), singer, was born in Maysville, Ky.
    (HN, 5/23/01)(SSFC, 6/30/02, p.A20)

1929        May 18, In the 55th Kentucky Derby: Linus McAtee on Clyde Van Dusen won in 2:10.8.
    (SC, 5/18/02)

1930        Jul 28, 114° F (46° C) at Greensburg, Kentucky,  was a state record.
    (SC, 7/28/02)

1930s        Col. Harland Sanders came up with a recipe for fried chicken in the late 1930s for his Sanders court and Café in Corbin, Ky.
    (SFC, 1/29/01, p.A2)

1935        Apr 14, Loretta Lynn, singer (Coal Miner's Daughter), was born in Butcher's Hollow, Ky. In 1948 she married Doo Lynn (d.1996). she recorded her 1st single in 1960: “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl."
    (MC, 4/14/02)(SSFC, 1/26/03, Par p.8)

1935        Jun 28, FDR ordered a federal gold vault to be built at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
    (MC, 6/28/02)

1935        Kentucky Gov. Ruby Laffoon, enjoyed the fried chicken of Harland Sanders so much that she named Sanders a Kentucky Colonel.
    (Econ, 8/27/05, p.62)

1936        May 25, Tom T. Hall, country singer, writer (Harper Valley PTA), was born in Olive Hill, KY.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1936        Nov 9, Mary Travers, folk singer (Peter Paul & Mary), was born in Louisville, Ky.
    (MC, 11/9/01)

1936        The last public hanging in the US took place in Kentucky.
    (ON, 10/02, p.5)

1937        Jul 18, Hunter S. Thompson (d.2005), journalist, was born in Louisville, Ky.
    (SFC, 2/21/05, p.A8)(www.nndb.com/people/312/000022246/)

1937        Nov 7, Mary Travers, folk singer (Peter, Paul and Mary), was born in Louisville, Ky.
    (SSFC, 2/15/04, Par p.18)

1941        Mar 16, Chuck Woolery, TV game show host, was born in Kentucky. He hosted Love Connection from 1983 to 1995.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Woolery)(SSFC, 7/6/08, p.B6)

1944        Aug 21, Jackie DeShannon, singer (What the World Needs Now), was born in Hazel, Kentucky.
    (SC, 8/21/02)

1945        Dec 22, Diane Sawyer, newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC Prime Time), was born in Glasgow, Ky.
    (MC, 12/22/01)

1945        The Kentucky Derby was won by Hoop Jr., owned by Fred Hooper (d.2000 at 102).
    (SFC, 8/5/00, p.A21)

1948        Oct 4, Thomas Merton (1915-1968), Trapist monk in Kentucky, published his first book: “The Seven Storey Mountain."
    (SFEC, 9/27/98, BR p.3)(WSJ, 10/2/98, p.W15)

1949        Jan 5, In his State of the Union address, President Truman labeled his administration the “Fair Deal." Alben Barkley (1877-1956) of Kentucky served as Truman’s vice-president.
    (WUD, 1994 p.120)(AP, 1/5/98)(WSJ, 2/12/02, p.A18)

1950        Summer, Stephen Fair, 8-years-old, played two games of checkers with Harry Truman at a ritzy golf course in Paducah, Ky., owned by US vice-president Alben Barkley. They split the sets.
    (SFC, 6/19/96, p.E8)

1950s        The Army Corps of Engineers created Lake Cumberland near Sumerset and inspired Jim Sharp to begin a boat building business. The town became a commercial center for house boat production.
    (WSJ, 9/9/99, p.B1)

1952        “Colonel Sanders" started Kentucky Fried Chicken with a 7-day-a-week Sunday dinner concept.
    (SFEC, 11/17/96, Par p.5)

1952        In Kentucky the 750-acre Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant began operation. For 23 years the government attempted to recycle used nuclear reactor fuel. The K-25 sister plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, also showed high death rates. In 1983 an autopsy of worker Joseph Harding revealed high concentrations of radiation, but the results were not made public until 1999. In 1999 plant employees charged that radiation exposure was a long running problem and that plutonium contamination had occurred from the mid 50s to the mid 70s. Union Carbide ran the plant for 32 years for the Dept of Energy, followed by Martin Marietta and Lockheed Martin. Estimated cleanup costs in 1999 were $240 billion over 75 years.
    (SFEC, 8/8/99, p.A6)(SFEC, 8/22/99, p.A4)

1953        Jim Beam began selling special decanters filled with Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Political bottles were produced from 1956 to 1988.
    (SFC, 4/5/06, p.G8)
1953        Thomas Watson Jr., the son of IBM chief Thomas Watson, threatened to cancel plans for plants in Kentucky and North Carolina if they could not be fully racially integrated. State governors backed down and the plants opened 3 years later.
    (Econ, 6/11/11, p.66)

1954        May 1, Ray York rode Determine to victory in the Kentucky Derby.
    (SFC, 9/4/09, p.D6)(www.kentuckyderby.com/2009/history/statistics/1951-1975)

1954        The Satterwhite Wing was added to the Speed Museum. Preston Pope Satterwhite had donated an entire 17th century English paneled room, some 500 pieces of art along with cash to house it all.
    (WSJ, 12/18/97, p.A20)

1955        A Turner Dept. Store was converted into the 1st Dollar General Store under Cal Turner Sr. (d.2000 at 85).
    (SFC, 11/17/00, p.D7)

1956        Sep 10, In Louisville, Ky., the public schools integrated.
    (MC, 9/10/01)

1956        Sep 17, Black students entered a Clay, Ky., elementary school.
    (MC, 9/17/01)

1956        The Jack Daniel's Whiskey company was sold to Kentucky-based Brown-Forman.
    (SFC, 2/04/04, p.D2)

1958        May 3, Ismael Valenzuela (1935-2009) rode Tim Tam to victory in the Kentucky Derby.
    (SFC, 9/4/09, p.D6)(www.kentuckyderby.com/2009/history/statistics/1951-1975)

1960        Mohammad Ali threw his Olympic gold medal for boxing into the Ohio River after being refused service at a Louisville restaurant.
    (SFEC, 9/27/98, Par p.2)

1961        May 6, George Clooney, actor (Dr Douglas Ross-ER, Batman), was born in Lexington, KY.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1964        Kentucky Colonel Harland Sanders (1890-1980) sold his fried chicken business for $2 million to private investors, who resold it in 1971 for $285 million to Heublein. R.J. Reynolds acquired Heublein in 1982 and sold it to PepsiCo in 1986.
    (www.answers.com/topic/harland-sanders)

1966        Lewis Collins authored "History of Kentucky."
    (ON, 10/99, p.6)

1968        May 4, Ismael Valenzuela (1935-2009) rode Forward Pass to victory in the Kentucky Derby.
    (SFC, 9/4/09, p.D6)(www.kentuckyderby.com/2009/history/statistics/1951-1975)

1970        May 2, Diane Crump became the 1st woman jockey at the Kentucky Derby.
    (www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-8312437_ITM)

1967        Louie B. Nunn (d.2004) was elected Republican governor (1967-1971) of Kentucky.
    (SFC, 1/31/04, p.A18)

1973        Feb 26, Claiborne Farm announced that Triple Crown horse Secretariat had been syndicated for a then-record $6,080,000, equivalent to 32 shares at $190,000 each.
    (http://equisearch.com/horses_riding_training/sports/racing/racing022804/)

1974        Apr 3, A series of 148 deadly tornadoes struck wide parts of the South and Midwest before jumping across the border into Canada; some 330 people were killed in 13 states: Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Total property damage was estimated at $600 million. In 2007 Mark Levine authored “F5: Devastation, Survival, and the Most Violent Tornado Outbreak of the 20th Century."
    (AP, 4/3/99)(WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)(SSFC, 9/4/05, p.A7)(WSJ, 6/16/07, p.P10)

1977        May 7, Seattle Slew (d.2002) won the Kentucky Derby, the first of his Triple Crown victories.
    (AP, 5/7/04)

1977        May 28, 165 people were killed when fire raced through the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Ky.
    (AP, 5/28/97)

1977        Dec 22, Steve Cauthen (b.1960), Kentucky-born jockey, won his 355th race at age 16 setting a new earnings record.
    (www.liketelevision.com/liketelevision/tuner.php?channel=357&format=tv&theme=history)

1978        The 1,000-acre Kentucky Horse Park opened in Lexington, Kentucky.
    (WSJ, 8/15/00, p.A24)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kentucky_Horse_Park)

1980        Dec 16, Harland Sanders, founder of the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant chain, died in Shelbyville, Kentucky, at age 90.
    (AP, 12/16/00)

1982        United Parcel Service (UPS) set up a huge logistics hub at the Louisville, Ky., airport.
    (Econ, 2/22/14, SR p.10)

1983        Nov 8, Martha Layne Collins (b.1936) was elected as the 56th governor of Kentucky, the state’s first female governor. She served to 1987.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_Layne_Collins)(WSJ, 10/11/08, p.A9)(AP, 11/8/08)

1985        Feb 19, William Schroeder (d.1986) was the 1st artificial heart patient to leave hospital. He spent 15 minutes outside Humana Hospital in Louisville, Ky.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_J._Schroeder)(http://tinyurl.com/yj2fc3)

1985        Jerry Abramson became mayor of Louisville, Ky.
    (Econ, 3/8/08, p.38)

1986        May 3, Ferdinand, ridden by Bill Shoemaker (d.2003), won the 112th running of the Kentucky Derby. In 2002 Ferdinand ended up in a slaughterhouse in Japan.
    (WSJ, 9/21/05, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/ds454)

1986        Jun 19, Artificial heart recipient Murray P. Haydon (59) died in Louisville, Ky., after 16 months on the man-made pump.
    (AP, 6/19/06)

1987        May 2, Alysheba won the 113th running of the Kentucky Derby to earn a record $618,600; Bet Twice came in second and Avies Copy was third.
    (AP, 5/2/97)

1987-1991    Wallace Wilkinson (d.2002), founder of Wallace Bookstores, served as governor. He helped create the state lottery and overhauled the public schools.
    (SFC, 7/6/02, p.A19)

1988        May 7, Winning Colors won the 114th running of the Kentucky Derby, becoming the third filly to win the event.
    (AP, 5/7/98)

1988        Mar 8, Seventeen soldiers died when two Army helicopters from Fort Campbell, Ky., collided in midair.
    (AP, 3/8/98)

1988        May 7, Winning Colors won the 114th running of the Kentucky Derby, becoming the third filly to win the event.
    (AP, 5/7/98)

1988        May 14, Twenty-seven people, most of them teen-agers, were killed when their church bus collided with a pickup truck going the wrong way on a highway near Carrollton, Ky. The driver of the truck, Larry Mahoney, was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years' imprisonment; he was released in September 1999.
    (AP, 5/14/03)
   
1988        Sep 7, Vice President George Bush startled an American Legion audience in Louisville, Ky., by referring to Sept. 7 as "Pearl Harbor Day," which is actually Dec. 7. Realizing his mistake, Bush said, "Did I say Sept. 7? Sorry about that."
    (AP, 9/7/98)

1989        May 6, Sunday Silence scored an upset victory over Easy Goer in the 115th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
    (AP, 5/6/99)

1989        May 19, The NCAA announced sanctions against the University of Kentucky's basketball program for recruiting and academic violations.
    (AP, 5/19/99)

1989        Sep 14, Joseph T. Wesbecker, a 47-year-old pressman on disability for mental illness, killed himself after he shot 8 people dead and wounded 12 at a printing plant in Louisville, Ky.
    (AP, 9/14/99)

1989        Oct 4, Famed race horse Secretariat, the 1973 Triple Crown winner, died at Claiborne Farm, Paris, Ky., at age 19 ½.
    (AH, 10/04, p.15)

1989        Dec 21, Kentuckian Larry Mahoney was convicted on 27 counts of manslaughter for a 1988 collision with a church bus. It was the nation's most deadly drunken-driving accident.
    (http://tinyurl.com/kuvl3)

1990        May 5, "Unbridled" won the 116th running of the Kentucky Derby.
    (AP, 5/5/00)

1990        The Kentucky Education Reform Act was passed.
    (SFC, 7/6/02, p.A19)

1991        May 4, “Strike the Gold" won the 117th Kentucky Derby.
    (AP, 5/4/01)

1991        Jun 17, The remains of President Zachary Taylor were briefly exhumed in Louisville, Kentucky, to test a theory that Taylor had died of arsenic poisoning. Results showed death was from natural causes.
    (AP, 6/17/01)

1991        Jun 26, A Kentucky medical examiner announced that test results showed President Zachary Taylor had died in 1850 of natural causes—and not arsenic poisoning, as speculated by a writer. Taylor’s remains were exhumed so that tissue samples could be taken.
    (AP, 6/26/01)

1993        May 1, The horse Sea Hero won the Kentucky Derby.
    (AP, 5/1/98)

1994        May 7, Go For Gin won the 120th Kentucky Derby.
    (AP, 5/7/99)

1995        May 6, Long-shot Thunder Gulch won the 121st Kentucky Derby.
    (AP, 5/6/00)

1995        Louisville Int'l. Airport opened the first of 2 new parallel runways. As part of a noise abatement program a deal was reached with the residents of Minor Lane Heights whereby all the residents were offered homes in the new community of Heritage Creek 10 miles away. Residents began moving in 1999.
    (SFC, 4/12/99, p.A3)

1996        May 4, Grindstone won the Kentucky Derby, giving trainer D. Wayne Lukas a sixth straight victory in a Triple Crown race. Grindstone was injured ahead of the Preakness and retired.
    (AP, 5/4/97)(SFC, 5/4/09, p.D6)

1996        The new Louisville Slugger Museum opened at 800 W. Main St. in Louisville, Ky.
    (SFEC, 7/18/99, p.T8)(SSFC, 7/3/05, p.D4)(www.sluggermuseum.org)

1996        Kentucky passed a law that allowed concealed weapons but not for ministers and priests. An amendment to allow clergy to carry concealed was expected to be signed into law by Gov. Paul Patton on Apr 15, 1998.
    (SFC, 4/14/98, p.A3)

1996        In Bardstown, Kentucky, a fire burned 7 warehouses containing some 2% of the world's bourbon supply and sent a flaming river of alcohol across a road to destroy a distillery building.
    (SSFC, 7/20/03, p.C12)

1996        In Kentucky 2 Army Black Hawk helicopters collided during training at Fort Campbell and 6 soldiers were killed.
    (SFC, 4/23/99, p.A3)

1997        Mar 1, Severe storms hit Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi, and spawned tornadoes in Arkansas blamed for two dozen deaths.
    (AP, 3/1/98)

1997        May 3, Silver Charm won the 123rd Kentucky Derby.
    (AP, 5/3/98)

1997        Aug 29, Christopher Maier (21) was killed while walking with his girlfriend along railroad tracks.  Serial killer Rafael Resendez-Ramirez was suspected of the murder.
    (SFC, 6/22/99, p.A3)

1997        Dec 1, Michael Carneal (14), opened fire on a prayer circle and killed 3 classmates and wounded five during a shooting spree at Heath High School in West Paducah, Ky. In 1998 he pleaded guilty but mentally ill in a plea agreement and was sentenced to a prison term with no parole for at least 25 years.
    (SFC, 12/3/97, p.A3)(WSJ, 10/6/98, p.A1)(AP, 12/1/98)(SFC, 12/17/98, p.A12)

1997        Kentucky started its “Pride" program, Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment, to cleanup illegal dumps and punish violators.
    (SFC, 5/8/00, p.A3)

1998        Feb 6, A 3-day snow storm left 9 people dead. A record 21 inches fell in Louisville.
    (SFC, 2/7/98, p.A8)

1998        Mar 30, The Univ. of Kentucky beat the Utah Utes 78-69 at the Alamodome in San Antonio for the NCAA men’s basketball finals. It was Kentucky’s 7th national title.
    (WSJ, 4/1/98, p.A16)

1998        Apr 16, Tornadoes claimed 11 lives in Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky.
    (SFC, 4/17/98, p.A1)(AP, 4/16/08)

1998        May 2, In the 124th Kentucky Derby jockey Kent Desormeaux rode to victory on Real Quiet.
    (BS, 5/3/98, p.1A)

1998        Oct 30, Four abortion clinics in 3 states, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee, received letters claiming to contain deadly anthrax bacteria. The letters were tested and found to be free of anthrax.
    (SFC, 10/31/98, p.A3)(SFEC, 11/1/98, p.A11)

1998        Dec, Wayne Carlisle, CEO of Carlisle Construction, had a 73,000 pound bell cast in Nantes, France, to ring in the millennium. The World Peace Bell in Newport weighed 66,000 pounds and cost $6 million.
    (WSJ, 3/12/99, p.A1)(USAT, 11/12/99, p.1A)

1999        Jan 25, In Louisville doctors transplanted a left hand to Matthew Scott in a 14 1/2 hour operation.
    (SFC, 1/29/99, p.A2)

1999        Apr 7, In Kentucky 2 volunteer firefighters, Kenneth Nickell (28) and Kevin Smith (30), were killed while battling a blaze at the Daniel Boone National Forest.
    (SFC, 4/8/99, p.A13)

1999        Apr 22, In Kentucky an Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed during training at Fort Campbell and 7 people were killed and 4 injured.
    (SFC, 4/23/99, p.A3)

1999        Jun 27, In Greenville 4 people were found killed. Terry Dodd Wedding (27) was charged in the murders of neighbor Joey T. Vincent (29), a local police officer, and his wife Amy (22), and another man and woman 3 miles away.
    (SFC, 6/28/99, p.A4)

1999        Jul 5, In Fort Campbell, Ky., Pvt. Calvin Glover (18) beat to death Pfc. Barry Winchell (21) with a baseball bat. Glover was later convicted of pre-meditated murder and sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
    (SFC, 12/9/99, p.A1)(SFC, 12/10/99, p.A3)

1999        Sep 18, The 79th annual Miss America Pageant was held in Atlantic City. Heather Renee French (24), a graduated design student from Maysville, Ky., was the winner.
    (SFC, 9/17/99, p.D3)(SFC, 9/20/99, p.A7)

1999        Nov 2, Democratic Gov. Paul Patton was elected to a 2nd term.
    (SFC, 11/3/99, p.A17)

1999        Former Gov. Wallace Wilkinson paid $11 million to settle a suit over the inflated sale of a money-losing hotel in Frankfort to a state-regulated Insurance Co. made during his term in office.
    (SFC, 7/6/02, p.A19)

2000        Jan 1, The World Peace Bell in Newport was scheduled to ring in the millennium.
    (WSJ, 3/12/99, p.A1)(USAT, 11/12/99, p.1A)

2000        May 6, Fusaichi Pegasus won the 126th Kentucky Derby. He was the first favorite to win the Kentucky Derby since “Spectacular Bid" in 1979.
    (SFEC, 5/7/00, p.D1)(AP, 5/6/01)

2000        May 9, A fire at the Wild Turkey Distillery caused an alcohol runoff into an 8-mile stretch of the Kentucky River and a huge fish kill followed within days.
    (SFC, 5/20/00, p.D8)

2000        Jun 5, In Burkesville attorney Fred Capps (46) was shot to death at his home by Eddie Vaughn (49). Vaughn was killed by shots fired by Capps in self defense. Capps was to prosecute Vaughn the same day on child sex abuse charges.
    (SFC, 6/6/00, p.A4)

2000        Jul 22, Mack Metcalf (42) of Kentucky and his wife Virginia Metcalf Merida (46) won $34.1 million in the Powerball Lottery. They planned to split their winnings 60/40. Mack, former forklift driver for Johnson Controls, died in 2003 at age 45. Virginia, who had worked as a corrugator for Indy Honeycomb, was found dead in 2005.
    (www.lotterybuddy.com/winner00.htm)(http://tinyurl.com/d9fez)

2000        Oct 10, Sludge from a coal mines broke through a waste lagoon of the A.T. Massey Coal Co. and some 250 million gallons hit coldwater Creek and Wolf Creek near Inez. Gov. Paul E. Patton declared a 10-county emergency.
    (SFC, 12/30/00, p.A20)

2001        Apr, Mary Hutto, a former teacher, died at age 95. She left $3.5 million to Western Kentucky Univ.
    (SFC, 9/28/01, p.D8)

2001        May 5, "Monarchos" won the Kentucky Derby.
    (AP, 5/5/02)

2001        May 24, Recent foal and fetus deaths were linked to natural cyanide in wild cherries and caterpillars that fed on the leaves. Some 500 foals had died over the last 2 months.
    (SFC, 5/25/01, p.A11)

2001        Jul 2, In Louisville, Ky., the 1st self-contained artificial heart, AbioCor, made by Abiomed was implanted at Jewish Hospital to Robert L. Tools (59). Tools lived 151 days with the device and died Nov 30.
    (SFC, 7/4/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 7/5/01, p.A1)(SFC, 8/22/01, p.A3)(SFC, 12/1/01, p.A3)

2001        Aug 21, Robert Tools, the first person to receive a self-contained artificial heart (Jul 2), was introduced to the public at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Ky., through a video link from his doctor's office. Tools survived with the device for 151 days, and died Nov. 30, 2001, of other health problems.
    (AP, 8/21/06)

2001        Nov 12, In rural Shelbiana a family of 5 died in a house fire at Shelby Knoll.
    (SFC, 11/13/01, p.A14)
2001        Nov 12, Kentucky fires burned some 146,500 acres so far this year.
    (SFC, 11/13/01, p.A14)

2001        Creditors sued to have the companies of former Gov. Wallace Wilkinson seized. In bankruptcy proceedings Wilkinson admitted that his debts exceeded assets by over $300 million.
    (SFC, 7/6/02, p.A19)

2002        Mar 18, Flooding hit Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia following a 2nd day of heavy rains.
    (SFC, 3/19/02, p.A3)

2002        Mar 20, Heavy storms and severe flooding extended to West Virginia. Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton declared 12 counties emergencies.
    (SFC, 3/21/02, p.A3)

2002        Mar, Paul Browning Jr., a former sheriff, was found shot in the head and badly burned on a backwoods road in Harlan Ct. Browning was attempting a political comeback after 3 years in prison for conspiring to kill 2 public officials.
    (SFC, 6/4/02, p.E1)

2002        Apr 13, In Kentucky Sheriff Sam Catron (48) was killed during a political rally in Shopville. Danny Shelley (30) was soon arrested after crashing a motorcycle that belonged to Jeff Morris (34), a political opponent to Catron. Morris and a campaign worker were later charged with complicity to murder.
    (SFC, 4/15/02, p.A10)(SFC, 4/16/02, p.A4)

2002        May 3, Flash flooding in Appalachia killed 4 people. Virginia, W. Va. and Kentucky were hit at their intersection.
    (SFC, 5/4/02, p.A3)

2002        May 7, Triple Crown winner "Seattle Slew" died at age 28, 25 years to the day after his victory in the Kentucky Derby.
    (AP, 5/7/03)

2002        Jul 5, Wallace Wilkinson (60), Democratic governor 1987-1991, died.
    (SFC, 7/6/02, p.A19)

2002        John Ed Pierce, Louisville columnist, authored “Days of Darkness," a vivid Kentucky history.
    (SFC, 6/4/02, p.E2)

2003        Apr, A $4 million Peace Palace opened at the Univ. of Kentucky paid for by a local businessman. The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi pushed followers to build 200 similar palaces across the US and 3,000 worldwide.
    (SFC, 5/10/03, p.A1)

2003        May 3, In the Kentucky Derby Jose Santos rode Funny Cide to victory.
    (WSJ, 5/13/03, p.A1)

2003        Jun 10, The archdiocese of Louisville, Ky., settled a sexual abuse case with some 250 alleged victims for $25.7 million.
    (SFC, 6/11/03, p.A3)

2003        Nov 4, Republicans picked up two governorships in the South. Rep. Ernie Fletcher won Kentucky's top job ousting Democrats from power after 32 years.
    (AP, 11/5/03)(SFC, 11/5/03, p.A16)

2003        Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton pardoned his chief of staff, who had been indicted on campaign-finance charges.
    (Econ, 5/20/06, p.34)

2003        Louisville, Ky., merged with surrounding Jefferson County. Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson won the top job for “Louisville Metro."
    (Econ, 3/8/08, p.38)

2004        Jan 19, Gov. Fletcher said the state plans to cut the number of non-violent offenders in prison. He preferred better drug treatment rather than prison sentences.
    (USAT, 1/20/04, p.12A)

2004        Jan 29, Louie B. Nunn (79), former governor of Kentucky (1967-1971), died.
    (SFC, 1/31/04, p.A18)

2004        May 1, Smarty Jones won the Kentucky Derby and ran his record to 7-for-7, the first unbeaten Derby winner since Seattle Slew in 1977.
    (AP, 5/1/04)

2004        May 22, The Frazier Historical Arms Museum opened in Louisville, Ky. It focused on the evolution of armaments and the historical events in which they were used.
    (WSJ, 6/16/04, p.D8)(www.frazierarmsmuseum.org/)

2004        Downtown Martin, Ky., was demolished and re-established on a hill to avoid regular flooding from Beaver Creek. The town was established almost a century earlier when Dick Osborn divided up his considerable acreage to establish the town. In 2006 Michelle Slatalla authored “The Town on Beaver Creek."
    (WSJ, 8/5/06, p.P9)

2005        May 7, Giacomo, a 50-1 shot, defied the odds and won the $2.4 million Kentucky Derby in a gigantic upset, running down Afleet Alex in the final strides and generating a huge payoff.
    (AP, 5/8/05)

2005        May 17, Toyota said it will build a gasoline-electric hybrid version of the Camry at its plant in Georgetown, Ky.
    (WSJ, 5/18/05, p.D4)

2005        Jun 27, The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Kentucky cannot display framed copies of the Ten Commandments in county courthouses, and allowed the Texas statehouse to keep the commandments as part of a display on its grounds.
    (AP, 6/27/05)(SFC, 6/28/05, p.A1)

2005        Jul 5, A judge in Kentucky authorized a $120 million settlement between the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington and hundreds of victims in child-molesting cases.
    (SFC, 7/6/05, p.A3)

2005        Sep 8, A symposium at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky., brought together scholars from 17 states and three countries to discuss bluegrass music.
    (AP, 9/9/05)

2005        Nov 6, A tornado ripped across southwestern Indiana and northern Kentucky, killing at least 22 people, wrecking homes and knocking out power to thousands.
    (AP, 11/6/05)(WSJ, 11/7/05, p.A1)

2005        Nov 15, Nearly 3 dozen tornadoes hit Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee destroying dozens of homes and killing 2 people.
    (SFC, 11/17/05, p.A14)

2005        Nov 16, Kentucky reported that drainage from land disturbed by mining and road construction has caused acid levels to rise beyond acceptable levels in portions of at least 35 streams across the state, killing fish and insects.
    (AP, 11/16/05)

2006        Apr 21, Miss Kentucky was crowned Miss USA in the 55th annual pageant. Tara Elizabeth Conner (20) of Russell Springs, was crowned by Chelsea Cooley of North Carolina, who is Miss USA 2005.
    (AP, 4/21/06)

2006        May 3, Vernon Jackson (53), owner of iGate, pleaded guilty in Alexandria, Virginia, to bribing Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., with more than $400,000 to promote the Kentucky’s firm’s high tech business in Africa between 2001 and 2005.
    (SFC, 5/4/06, p.A3)

2006        May 6, Barbaro won the Kentucky Derby.
    (AP, 5/6/07)

2006        May 12, Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher said he will complete his first term and seek a second one despite an indictment on misdemeanor charges that accuse him of illegally rewarding political supporters with state jobs.
    (AP, 5/12/06)

2006        May 20, In Maryland Barbaro, winner of the Kentucky Derby, fractured an ankle at the start of the Preakness. Barbaro was euthanized Jan 29, 2007, due to medical complications.
    (SSFC, 5/21/06, p.A1)(AP, 1/29/07)
2006        May 20, An explosion in the Darby Mine No. 1 coal mine in Harlan County, eastern Kentucky, killed five miners while one other miner was able to get out alive.
    (AP, 5/20/06)

2006        Aug 11, A Kentucky judge ruled that Gov. Ernie Fletcher, under fire for a hiring scandal, is protected by executive immunity and cannot be prosecuted while in office.
    (AP, 8/11/06)

2006        Aug 24, A Kentucky judge dropped charges against Gov. Fletcher in a plea deal in which Fletcher acknowledged failure to follow the state’s merit-hiring rules.
    (WSJ, 8/25/06, p.A1)

2006        Aug 27, In Kentucky a Comair commuter jet carrying 50 people, crashed in a field and caught fire shortly after taking off in light rain. Authorities said at least one person survived. The taxi route for commercial jets using Blue Grass Airport's main runway was altered a week before Comair Flight 5191 took the wrong runway and crashed.
    (AP, 8/27/06)(AP, 8/28/06)

2006        Aug 28, In southeastern Kentucky a small plane from Wichita Fall, Texas, crashed and all 7 people aboard were killed.
    (SFC, 8/29/06, p.A3)

2007        Feb 6, In Kentucky a fire engulfed a home in Bardstown killing 10 people.
    (SFC, 2/7/07, p.A3)

2007        May 5, Street Sense roared from next-to-last in a 20-horse field to win the Kentucky Derby.
    (AP, 5/5/08)

2007        May 24, Pres. Bush nominated James Holsinger, a cardiologist from Kentucky, as the new US surgeon general.
    (www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/05/20070524-2.html)

2007        May 28, In Petersburg, Ky., the new Creation Museum opened with displays touting the beginning of time at 4004BC. Founder Ken Ham raised $27 million to build it. Answers in Genesis (AIG), owned and ran the museum and expected 250,000 yearly visitors paying $9.95 to $19.95 for tickets. In 2011 AIG planned to open an related theme park called Ark Encounter.
    (SFC, 5/31/07, p.A2)(www.creationmuseum.org/)(Econ, 1/1/11, p.27)

2007        May 29, At Fort Campbell, Kentucky, two children died in an early morning fire at a soldier's housing unit on the Army post. In 2008 Army wife Billi Jo Smallwood (35) was accused of setting her apartment on fire in a botched attempt to collect on her husband's $400,000 insurance policy when he survived and her two children died instead.
    (www.topix.com/forum/city/louisville-tn/TLELGAU2D0M0I5V1T)(AP, 11/22/08)

2007        Jun 21, In Kentucky a cable broke on the superman Tower of Power ride at the Six Flags Kentucky Freedom park in Louisville and sliced off the feet of a 13-year-old girl.
    (SFC, 6/23/07, p.B2)

2007        Jun 28, The US Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision condemned race-based school enrollment plans in Louisville, Ky., and Seattle, but stopped short of banning it. The decision was denounced at a debate hours later by Democratic presidential candidates. The court also struck down an anti-trust rule nearly a century old, saying that it is no longer automatically unlawful for manufacturers and distributors to agree on setting minimum retail prices.
    (SFC, 6/29/07, p.A1, D1)(AP, 6/28/08)

2007        Aug 3, In Kentucky a judge ruled that 3 attorneys, accused of bilking their clients in a $200 million fen-phen settlement, must repay at least $62.1 million in settlement funds and interest.
    (AP, 8/4/07)

2007        Oct 8,  Racing great John Henry, the thoroughbred who'd earned more than $6.5 million before retiring as a gelding, was euthanized at the Kentucky Horse Park at age 32.
    (AP, 10/8/08)

2007        Nov 6, Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher, dogged by a hiring scandal, lost badly to Democratic challenger Steve Beshear.
    (SFC, 11/7/07, p.A16)

2008        Jan 17, The US EPA said Massey Energy, the country’s 4th largest coal producer, had agreed to pay a $20 million fine as part of a settlement over allegations that it routinely polluted hundreds of streams and waterways in West Virginia and Kentucky.
    (SFC, 1/18/08, p.A7)

2008        Feb 5, Storms swept across southeast US as Super Tuesday primaries were ending. At least 31 people were killed in Tennessee, 13 in Arkansas, 7 in Kentucky and four in Alabama. It was one of the 15 worst tornado death tolls since 1950, and the nation's deadliest barrage of tornadoes since 76 people were killed in Pennsylvania and Ohio on May 31, 1985. The death toll rose to 59.
    (AP, 2/6/08)(AP, 2/7/08)(WSJ, 2/8/08, p.A1)

2008        Mar 19, Flooding forced hundreds of people to flee their homes and closed scores of roads across a wide swath of the US midsection as a huge storm system poured as much as 10 inches of rain on the region. Flooding was reported in parts of Arkansas, southern Illinois, southern Indiana, Missouri and Kentucky with over a dozen deaths.
    (AP, 3/19/08)(AP, 3/20/08)

2008        May 3, Big Brown pulled won the Kentucky Derby 4 3/4 lengths ahead of the filly Eight Belles, who was euthanized by injection on the track with 2 broken ankles.
    (AP, 5/4/08)

2008        Jun 25, In western Kentucky employee Wesley N. Higdon (25) shot and killed a supervisor and four others after an argument at a plastics plant in Henderson in a rampage just after midnight that ended in suicide.
    (AP, 6/25/08)(AP, 6/26/08)

2008        Sep 25, Dinwiddie Lampton Jr. (b.1914), former head of American Life and Accident Insurance Co. of Kentucky, died.
    (WSJ, 10/11/08, p.A9)

2008        Nov 1, A gunman fatally shot Cincinnati minister Rev. Donald Fairbanks Sr. and wounded a church deacon just after the two men arrived at a northern Kentucky church to attend a funeral. Frederick L. Davis, of Covington, quickly surrendered to police and was charged with murder, first degree assault, criminal mischief and violating an emergency protection order.
    (AP, 11/2/08)

2009        Jan 28, President Barack Obama signed requests from Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe for federal emergency declarations as crews worked around the clock to resurrect power lines downed by thick ice in both states. Since the storm began building on Jan 26, the weather has been blamed for at least six deaths in Texas, four in Arkansas, three in Virginia, six in Missouri, two in Oklahoma, and one each in Indiana and Ohio.
    (AP, 1/29/09)

2009        May 2, Mine That Bird, a gelding from New Mexico trained by Bennie Woolley Jr., won the 135th Kentucky Derby. With an inspired ride on the rail from Calvin Borel the 50-to-1 odds win was one of the greatest upsets in America's most famous horse race.
    (AP, 5/3/09)(SSFC, 5/3/09, p.C1)

2009        May 4, In Kentucky Amanda Hornsby-Smith (28) was strangled to death. In 2010 her husband, Woody Will Smith (33), went on trial for her murder. He claimed excessive caffeine from sodas, energy drinks and diet pills left him so mentally unstable he couldn't have knowingly killed her.
    (AP, 9/20/10)

2009        May 8, In the Midwest a wave of storms damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses in Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, and Missouri. 5 people were left dead.
    (AP, 5/9/09)

2009        Sep 12, William E. Sparkman (51), a US census worker, was found bound with duct tape and a rope around his neck near a cemetery in Clay County in a remote patch of Kentucky’s Daniel Boone National Forest. The word "fed" was scrawled on his chest. The area where Sparkman was found has a history of problems with prescription drug and methamphetamine trading. State police later said evidence at the death scene indicated that it was staged as a murder and that Sparkman had committed suicide.
    (AP, 9/24/09)(SFC, 11/25/09, p.A4)

2010        Jan 5, Kentucky lottery officials said Rob Anderson (39) and his wife were winners of the $128.6 million Powerball jackpot, the largest in the state's history. The central Kentucky autoworker held on to the $128 million Powerball ticket he bought on Christmas Eve during some last-minute shopping, after it was printed by mistake.
    (AP, 1/7/10)

2010        Mar 1, The US Department of Transportation furloughed nearly 2,000 employees without pay as the government began to feel the impact of Republican Sen. Jim Bunning's one-man blockage of legislation that would keep a host of federal programs operating. Bunning's home state of Kentucky has no projects affected by his action. Kentucky Republican Jim Bunning relented March 2, freeing the Senate to approve stopgap legislation extending for another month a host of programs, including highway funding, health insurance subsidies for the unemployed and benefits for the long-term jobless.
    (http://news.yahoo.com/s/mcclatchy/3439731)(AP, 3/3/10)

2010        Mar 26, In south-central Kentucky at least 10 people were killed in a fiery crash between a tractor-trailer and a van after the truck crossed over the median on an interstate highway.
    (AP, 3/26/10)

2010        May 2, In Tennessee more rain and storms loomed as emergency officials coped with evacuations and closed roads from heavy flooding that claimed five lives. Weekend thunderstorms killed at least 31 people with 19 dead in Tennessee, 6 in Mississippi and 6 in Kentucky. More than 13 inches of rain fell in Nashville over two days, nearly doubling the previous record of 6.68 inches that fell in the wake of Hurricane Fredrick in 1979.
    (AP, 5/2/10)(AP, 5/3/10)(AP, 5/4/10)(SFC, 5/8/10, p.A5)(SSFC, 5/9/10, p.A8)

2010        Oct 30, In China Alexandria Mills, a soft-spoken 18-year-old from Louisville, Kentucky, was named the winner in the 60th Miss World Competition, held on Hainan Island. Second place went to Emma Wareus of Botswana, and Adriana Vasini of Venezuela came third.
    (AP, 10/31/10)

2011        Feb 5, In Kentucky police found the body of a girl (9) near Trenton, several hours after she was reported missing.
    (SSFC, 2/6/11, p.A8)

2011        Feb 24, In Kentucky 4 Amish children died after their family buggy overturned in a flash flood of Roscoe Creek.
    (SFC, 2/26/11, p.A7)

2011        Mar 22, In Kentucky the bodies of Gary and Barbara Holloway were found in Edmonton. They were shot and killed by a related boy (15) whose mother could not control him. The boy stole their car and fled with a girlfriend (12) before he was caught by police.
    (SFC, 3/24/11, p.A6)

2011        Apr 27, Dozens of tornadoes spawned by a powerful storm system wiped out neighborhoods across a wide swath of the South, killing at least 350 people in the deadliest outbreak in nearly 40 years. Alabama had 254 deaths, 34 in Mississippi, 34 in Tennessee, 15 in Georgia, 8 in Arkansas, 5 in Virginia and one in Kentucky.
    (AP, 4/28/11)(AP, 4/29/11)(AFP, 4/30/11)

2011        May 4, President Barack Obama declared parts of Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee as disaster areas due to flooding, freeing up federal aid to help those affected.
    (Reuters, 5/5/11)

2011        May 7, The Kentucky Derby was won by Animal Kingdom, a 20-1 longshot with a replacement jockey aboard.
    (SSFC, 5/8/11, p.B1)

2011        May 31, In Kentucky court documents were unsealed charging Iraqi refugees Waad Ramadan Alwan (30) and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi (23) of attempting to send sniper rifles, Stinger missiles and money to Al-Qaida operatives in Iraq. The 2 men arrived in the US in 2009 and were arrested last week.
    (SFC, 6/1/11, p.A8)

2011        Aug 15, Paul "Doug" Peters, a man wanted in Australia for allegedly strapping a fake bomb to the neck of a teenage girl in a suburban Sydney home on August 3, was arrested near Louisville, Kentucky.
    (Reuters, 8/16/11)

2012        Mar 2, A string of violent storms scratched away small towns in the South and Midwest as an early season tornado outbreak left 39 people in 5 states, including 14 in Indiana, 19 in Kentucky, 3 in Ohio and one each in Alabama and Georgia.
    (AP, 3/3/12)(http://tinyurl.com/6u9f2bp)(SFC, 3/5/12, p.A9)

2012        Mar 31, In Kentucky riot police used pepper spray in small amounts for crowd control as thousands of rowdy fans swarmed into the streets near the University of Kentucky campus, overturning cars and lighting couches ablaze after a victory over cross-state rival Louisville in a Final Four matchup.
    (AP, 4/1/12)

2012        Apr 2, The Univ. of Kentucky beat Kansas 67-59 to claim the NCAA basketball championship.
    (SFC, 4/3/12, p.B4)
2012        Apr 2, In Louisville, Kentucky, Mary Montfort (54) pleaded guilty to embezzling over $360,000 from the Little sister of the Poor charity. She faced up to 3 years in prison.
    (SFC, 4/3/12, p.A7)

2012        Apr 28, A storm struck Louisville, Ky., and hail damaged some 3,500 Ford Escapes assembled at a plant nearby.
    (SFC, 5/28/12, p.A8)

2012        May 17, In Kentucky 3 people were killed after a chaotic shooting scene that had crowds running for cover in a crime-ridden section of Louisville.
    (AP, 5/17/12)

2012        Jun 30, Millions across the mid-Atlantic region sweltered in the aftermath of violent storms that pummeled the eastern US with high winds and downed trees, killing 24 people and leaving 3 million without power during a heat wave. At least six of the dead were killed in Virginia. 2 young cousins in New Jersey were killed when a tree fell on their tent while camping. 2 were killed in Maryland, one in Ohio, one in Kentucky and one in Washington.
    (AP, 6/30/12)(SFC, 7/3/12, p.A8)(Econ, 7/7/12, p.32)

2012        Sep 6, In Kentucky Dr. Mahmoud Yousef Hindi (55) shot and killed two men at a homeowner’s association in Louisville due to frustration over battles with the association.
    (SFC, 11/2/12, p.A4)

2012        Oct 11, Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan squabbled over the economy, taxes, Medicare and more in a contentious, interruption-filled vice-president’s debate steered by Martha Radatz of ABC at Centre College in Danville, Ky.
    (AP, 10/11/12)(SFC, 10/12/12, p.A1)

2013        Jan 15, In Kentucky Dalton Stidham (21), enraged by a domestic dispute, bought a gun and fatally shot Caitlin Cornett, his former girlfriend, and her uncle, Jackie Cornett, in the parking lot of a community college. Her cousin Taylor Jade Cornett (12) was also shot and died the next day.
    (SFC, 1/17/13, p.A6)

2013        Mar 2, In Kentucky a tractor trailer plowed into an SUV killing 6 of 8 people, members of an extended family from Marion, Wis.
    (SFC, 3/4/13, p.A4)

2013        Mar 9, In Kentucky 2 adults and 5 children were killed in a house fire in Gray, Knox County.
    (SSFC, 3/10/13, p.A8)

2013        Apr 27, In Kentucky Rosemarie Smead (70), former Carmelite nun, was ordained a priest as part of a dissident group operating outside of official Roman Catholic Church authority. The modern woman priest movement started in Austria in 2002, when seven women were ordained by the Danube River by an independent Catholic bishop.
    (Reuters, 4/27/13)

2013        Apr 30, In rural Kentucky a 5-year-old boy accidentally shot his 2-year-old sister to death with a rifle he had received as a gift last year.
    (AP, 5/1/13)

2013        Jun 6, In Kentucky a medical helicopter crashed near Manchester killing all three crewmembers.
    (SFC, 6/8/13, p.A4)

2014        Jan 30, In western Kentucky 8 children and their mother, LaRae Watson (35), were killed in a house fire.
    (SFC, 1/31/14, p.A8)

2014        Feb 12, A US federal judge ordered that Kentucky recognize same-sex marriages that had been legally performed in other states, opening the door for activists to strike down the state’s ban entirely.
    (SFC, 2/13/14, p.A9)
2014        Feb 12, in Kentucky a sinkhole collapsed part of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green damaging eight cars.
    (SFC, 2/13/14, p.A7)

2014        Apr 28, One of several twisters to tear across Mississippi struck Tupelo, damaging hundreds of homes and businesses, downing power lines and shredding trees. At least one person was killed in Tupelo. 6 people were killed in Winston County, Miss. The storm system later pushed into parts of Alabama, where at least 2 people were killed at a trailer park near Athens. At least 9 people were killed in the Louisville area of Kentucky.
    (Reuters, 4/29/14)(SFC, 4/29/14, p.A6)(SFC, 4/30/14, p.A6)

2014        May 3, California Chrome became the first California-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby since Decidedly in 1962. He will try to win his second consecutive Triple Crown race when the 139th Preakness Stakes goes off on May 17.
    (SFC, 5/17/14, p.B9)

2014        May 30, In Kentucky James Schook (66), a former priest dying of cancer, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for carrying on a years-long sexual relationship with a teenage boy.
    (SFC, 5/31/14, p.A4)

2014        Jun 27, In Somerset, Kentucky, Clinton Inabnitt (40) shot and killed lawyer Mark Stanziano (57) after being turned down for help.
    (SFC, 6/28/14, p.A5)

2014        Nov 6, The Sixth US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld antigay marriage laws in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
    (SFC, 11/7/14, p.A7)

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