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]
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.
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
(ON, 8/08, p.6)
1782 Lexington was established
and became the first commercial and cultural center west of the
(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.
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
(SFEM, 3/12/00, p.46)
1789 Nov 8, Bourbon Whiskey,
1st distilled from corn, was made by Elijah Craig in Bourbon,
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.
1792 Jun 1, Kentucky became
the 15th state of the Union.
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
1797 The first recorded
performance of an English-language drama , the tragedy Douglas, west
of the Alleghenies took place here at Washington, Kentucky.
1798 Nov 16, Kentucky became
the 1st state to nullify an act of Congress.
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.
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
(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
(WSJ, 8/10/01, p.W15)
1801 Nov 10, Kentucky banned
1803 Former Vermont Congressman
Matthew Lyon (1749-1822) was elected US Representative from Kentucky
(WSJ, 10/29/04, p.W10)
1806 A gunfight over rustled
cattle deepened into sporadic combat between settlers along the
(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.
1809 Dec 24, Kit Carson, one of
the most famous mountain men and scouts in the West, was born in
(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
(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.
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.
1817 Mar 3, The first
commercial steamboat route from Louisville to New Orleans was
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
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
(NG, May, 04, p.132)
1843 July 18, Virgil Earp was
born in Kentucky.
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.
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
(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]
1861 May 20, Kentucky
proclaimed its neutrality in Civil War. [see May 16]
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
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.
1861 Dec 4, The Federal Senate,
voting 36 to 0, expelled Senator John C. Brekenridge of Kentucky
because he joined the Confederate Army.
1861 Dec 10, Kentucky was
admitted to the Confederate States of America.
1862 Jan 10, Battle of Big
Sandy River, KY (Middle Creek).
1862 Jan 29, William Quantrill
and his Confederate raiders attack Danville, Kentucky.
1862 Feb 26, Battle of
1862 Jul 4, Battle at Green
River, Ky. (Morgan's Ohio Raid).
1862 Jul 9, Gen. John Hunt
Morgan captured Tompkinsville, Ky.
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.
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
1862 Oct 8, The Union was
victorious at the Battle of Perryville, the largest Civil War combat
to take place in Kentucky.
1862 Oct 18, Morgan's raiders
captured federal garrison at Lexington, Ky.
1862 Dec 18, Nathan B. Forrest
engaged and defeated a Federal cavalry force near Lexington in his
continued effort to disrupt supply lines.
1862 Dec 20, Brig-gen Nathan B.
Forrest occupied Trenton, Kentucky.
1862 Dec 22-Jan 2, Raid on
Morgan's: Bardstown to Elizabethtown, Ky.
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.
1862 Dec 25, John Hunt Morgan
and his raiders clashed with Union forces near Bear Wallow,
Kentucky. Fighting also occurred at Green’s Chapel.
1862 Dec 27, Battle of
1864 Mar 25, Battle of Paducah,
KY (Forrest's raid).
1865 Feb 2, Confederate raider
William Quantrill and his bushwackers robbed citizens, burned a
railroad depot and stole horses from Midway, Kentucky.
1865 Feb 8, Confederate raider
William Quantrill and men attacked a group of Federal wagons at New
1865 Feb 27, Confederate raider
William Quantrill and his bushwackers attacked Hickman, Kentucky,
shooting women and children.
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,
1868 Mar 20, The Jesse James
Gang robbed a bank in Russellville, Kentucky, of $14,000.
1871 May 12, Segregated street
cars were integrated in Louisville, Ky.
1872 Apr 12, Jesse James gang
robbed bank in Columbia, Kentucky, of $1,500 with 1 person killed.
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
(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.
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
(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
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.
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
(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."
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.
1901 Sep 2, Adolph Rupp,
basketball coach at the University of Kentucky who achieved a record
876 victories, was born.
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.
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.
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
(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
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
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.
1930 Jul 28, 114° F (46° C) at
Greensburg, Kentucky, was a state record.
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.
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,
1936 Nov 9, Mary Travers, folk
singer (Peter Paul & Mary), was born in Louisville, Ky.
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.
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.
1945 Dec 22, Diane Sawyer,
newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC Prime Time), was born in Glasgow, Ky.
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
(WUD, 1994 p.120)(AP, 1/5/98)(WSJ, 2/12/02,
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
(Econ, 6/11/11, p.66)
1954 May 1, Ray York rode
Determine to victory in the Kentucky Derby.
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.
1956 Sep 17, Black students
entered a Clay, Ky., elementary school.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1970 May 2, Diane Crump became
the 1st woman jockey at the Kentucky Derby.
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
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
(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
1977 May 28, 165 people were
killed when fire raced through the Beverly Hills Supper Club in
1977 Dec 22, Steve Cauthen
(b.1960), Kentucky-born jockey, won his 355th race at age 16 setting
a new earnings record.
1978 The 1,000-acre Kentucky
Horse Park opened in Lexington, Kentucky.
1980 Dec 16, Harland Sanders,
founder of the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant chain, died in
Shelbyville, Kentucky, at age 90.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1988 Mar 8, Seventeen soldiers
died when two Army helicopters from Fort Campbell, Ky., collided in
1988 May 7, Winning Colors won
the 114th running of the Kentucky Derby, becoming the third filly to
win the event.
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.
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
1989 May 6, Sunday Silence
scored an upset victory over Easy Goer in the 115th Kentucky Derby
at Churchill Downs.
1989 May 19, The NCAA announced
sanctions against the University of Kentucky's basketball program
for recruiting and academic violations.
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.
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
1990 May 5, "Unbridled" won the
116th running of the Kentucky Derby.
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.
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.
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.
1993 May 1, The horse Sea Hero
won the Kentucky Derby.
1994 May 7, Go For Gin won the
120th Kentucky Derby.
1995 May 6, Long-shot Thunder
Gulch won the 121st Kentucky Derby.
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
(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,
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.
1997 May 3, Silver Charm won
the 123rd Kentucky Derby.
1997 Aug 29, Christopher Maier
(21) was killed while walking with his girlfriend along railroad
tracks. Serial killer Rafael Resendez-Ramirez was suspected of
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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.
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
(SFC, 9/28/01, p.D8)
2001 May 5, "Monarchos" won the
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
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
(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.
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
(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
(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.
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
(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
(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.
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
(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
(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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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
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
(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.
2007 May 24, Pres. Bush
nominated James Holsinger, a cardiologist from Kentucky, as the new
US surgeon general.
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
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2011 May 7, The Kentucky Derby
was won by Animal Kingdom, a 20-1 longshot with a replacement jockey
(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.
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
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
2012 Apr 2, The Univ. of
Kentucky beat Kansas 67-59 to claim the NCAA basketball
(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.
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,
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
(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
(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.
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.
2013 Jun 6, In Kentucky a
medical helicopter crashed near Manchester killing all three
(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
(Reuters, 4/29/14)(SFC, 4/29/14, p.A6)(SFC,
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
(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)