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Louisville, Kentucky, USA

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Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, USA
Col. George Rogers Clark made the first Anglo-American settlement in the vicinity of modern-day Louisville in 1778, during the American Revolutionary War. He was conducting a campaign against the British in areas north of the Ohio River, then called the Illinois Country. Clark organized a group of 150 soldiers, known as the Illinois Regiment, after heavy recruiting in Virginia and Pennsylvania. On May 12, they set out from Redstone, today's Brownsville, Pennsylvania, taking along 80 civilians who hoped to claim fertile farmland and start a new settlement in Kentucky. They arrived at the Falls of the Ohio on May 27. It was a location Clark thought ideal for a communication post. The settlers helped Clark conceal the true reason for his presence in the area.

The regiment helped the civilians establish a settlement on what came to be called Corn Island, clearing land and building cabins and a springhouse. On June 24, Clark took his soldiers and left to begin their military campaign. A year later, at the request of Clark, the settlers began crossing the river and established the first permanent settlement. By April they called it "Louisville", in honor of King Louis XVI of France, whose government and soldiers aided colonists in the Revolutionary War. Today, George Rogers Clark is recognized as the European-American founder of Louisville, and many landmarks are named after him.wikipedia


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Louisville, Kentucky, USA - Churchill Downs
Louisville, Kentucky, USA

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1778 - Louisville, Kentucky founded

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1830 - Louisville and Portland Canal opened.

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News  1849 - June 12 - Gas mask patented by Lewis Haslett (Louisville Ky)

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News  1854 - August 27 - Tornado Kills 18 to 20 people in Louisville church
This deadly storm touched down near the intersection of Jefferson and Twentieth Streets, unroofing...Read MORE...

1856 - The first enamel bathtub was made in Louisville.

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1860 - May 21 - A swarm of tornadoes occurred in the Ohio Valley. Tornadoes struck the cities of Louisville, KY, Cincinnati, OH, Chillicothe, OH, and Marietta, OH, causing a million dollars damage.

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1862 - Approach of Confederate Forces
September 18, 1862

Louisville, Kentucky, was excited again over the reported approach of Ge. E....Read MORE...

1871 - May 12 - Segregated street cars integrated in Louisville, Ky

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News  1871 - A CRASH AT LOUISVILLE, KY
The Floors of a Grain Warehouse Fall Through to the Cellar - Three Men Killed.

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1875 - First Kentucky Derby run at Churchill Downs in Louisville

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News  1879 - ALMSHOUSE FIRE.
Louisville, Ky. - The Louisville, Ky., Almshouse, located five miles south of the city, was...Read MORE...

News  1881 - Killed By A Boiler Explosion. Disaster In A Louisville Soap Factory-One Man Fatally Hurt And One Seriously.
Louisville, Ky., Feb. 22.-A terrific boiler explosion-the third fatal one here this year-occurred...Read MORE...

News  1883 - Louisville Suddenly Deluged. An Embankment Burst At Midnight And One-Fifth Of The City Flooded.
Louisville, Ky., Feb. 13. - During the past 24 hours the Ohio River, by bursting through cut-offs...Read MORE...

1883 - September 24 - National black convention meets in Louisville, Kentucky

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News  1884 - Strange Fire
Mrs. Barbara Becht, of Louisville, arose from her bed to hunt for a cat. Her clothes took fire from ...Read MORE...

1888 - February 24 - Louisville, Ky becomes 1st government in US to adopt Australian ballot

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News  1890 - March 27 - A tornado strikes Louisville, Kentucky
The Louisville, Ky Outbreak - March 27, 1890 - At least 125 people were killed in Illinois,...Read MORE...

1893 - The song "Happy Birthday to You" was the creation of two Louisville sisters.

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News  1894 - AN ELECTRIC STORM
Does a Large Amount of Damage at Louisville.
MANY HOUSES UNROOFED AND RAZED.
Electricity Causes a ...Read MORE...

News  1894 - FIVE FIREMEN BADLY HURT. SERIOUS CASUALTY AT THE BURNING OF A BUILDING AT LOUISVILLE.
Louisville, Ky., Nov. 5. - Fire broke out in the building occupied by the Louisville branch of the...Read MORE...

News  1895 - Blizzard - THE STORM STILL HOVERS OVER THE UNITED STATES. IT IS SEVEREST IN THE EAST. TRAFFIC ALMOST ENTIRELY AT A STANDSTILL -- RAILROAD TRAINS BLOCKADED -- BUSINESS PARALYZED -- PEOPLE FROZEN TO DEATH AT SEVERAL PLACES...
...Cold In Kentucky.
Louisville, Feb. 9. - The present cold snap smashes all records for February...Read MORE...

News  1897 - MIDNIGHT FIRE AT LOUISVILLE. DAMAGE DONE IN THE WHOLESALE DISTRICT TO THE AMOUNT OF $150,000.
Louisville, Ky., Nov. 7. - A fire broke out at midnight tonight on Main Street, in the wholesale...Read MORE...

News  1898 - A COSTLY SMOKE. NATIONAL TOBACCO WAREHOUSE AT LOUISVILLE, KY., BURNED.
THREE MEN WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED, TWO OF WHOM MAY DIE.
HUNDREDS OF OTHERS WERE ENDANGERED -- THE...Read MORE...

1900 - Louisville - The Gateway City to the South by Lucien V. Rule
Beautiful of situation is Louisville, the metropolis of Kentucky, and the Gateway City to the...Read MORE...

News  1903 - EIGHT PERSONS ARE INJURED. Court House Elevator Drops Five Stories.
Louisville, Ky., March 18.- The elevator at the Jefferson county court house here fell five stories ...Read MORE...

News  1907 - WATER REACHES CHIMNEYS
LOUISVILLE, KY., SWEPT BY RAGING WATER OF THE RIVER
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1916
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1934 - Cheeseburgers were first served in 1934 at Kaolin's restaurant in Louisville.

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1956 - September 10 - Louisville Ky public schools integrates

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1967 - January 12 - Louisville, Ky, draft board refuses exemption for boxer Muhammad Ali

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1981 - February 13 - A series of sewer explosions destroys more than two miles of streets in Louisville, Kentucky

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Ancestors Who Were Born Here


Brown
flag  Jackson BROWN (1822, Louisville, Kentucky, USA - 28 November 1871, Lansing, Michigan, USA)

Crowson
flag  Caroline Livingston CROWSON (bef. 1824, Louisville, Kentucky, USA - aft. 1903, )
flag  Elijah Garrison CROWSON (bef. 11/1822, Louisville, Kentucky, USA - aft. 1903, ) gravestone

CROWSON
flag  John Washington CROWSON (10/1/1829, Louisville, Kentucky, USA - 3/15/1907, Bayou Chene Louisiana, USA)

Ebrenz
flag  Andrew Michael EBRENZ (21 October 1866, Louisville, Kentucky, USA - 15 April 1939, Pensacola, Florida, USA)

Gray
flag  Mary Ellen GRAY (11 December 1920, Louisville, Kentucky, USA - 7 August 2010, Bradenton, Florida, USA) gravestone

Johnson
flag  F. G. JOHNSON (1870, Louisville, Kentucky, USA - 7 February 1906, Tucson, Arizona, USA)

McClain
flag  Ervin Arnold MCCLAIN (05 April 1922, Louisville, Kentucky, USA - 16 June 2007, Louisville, Kentucky, USA) gravestone

Morris
flag  Rupert Clinton MORRIS (august 17 1914, Louisville, Kentucky, USA - March 9 1982, Louisville, Kentucky, USA) gravestone

Pepper
flag  Ada Juanita PEPPER (September 10 1915, Louisville, Kentucky, USA - September 26 2001, Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA) gravestone

Roederer
 flag  Sandra Kay ROEDERER (22 February 1956, Louisville, Kentucky, USA - 16 August 2002, Putnam, Connecticut, USA) gravestone
 

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