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The Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuously held horse race in the country. It is held at Churchill Downs in Louisville on the first Saturday in May.

The public saw an electric light for the first time in Louisville. Thomas Edison introduced his incandescent light bulb to crowds at the Southern Exposition in 1883.

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

Cheeseburgers were first served in 1934 at Kaolin's restaurant in Louisville.


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  • 1778 - Louisville, Kentucky founded

    www.wikipedia.org

  • 1830 - Louisville and Portland Canal opened.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ kentucky.html

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

    historyorb.com
    June 12, 1849

  • 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 21 buildings at the German Protestant Orphan Asylum...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Louisville
    Louisville, a city and port of entry of Kentucky, and seat of justice of Jefferson county, is situated on the Ohio river, at the head of the falls, at...Read MORE...


  • 1856 - The first enamel bathtub was made in Louisville.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ kentucky.html

  • 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.

    WeatherForYou.com

  • 1862 - Approach of Confederate Forces
    September 18, 1862

    Louisville, Kentucky, was excited again over the reported approach of Ge. E. Kirby Smith with a Confederate force.

    September ...Read MORE...


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

    Louisville - August 30, 1871
    About ten o'clock this morning the fou...Read MORE...


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

    historyorb.com

  • News 1875 - May 17 - First Kentucky Derby run at Churchill Downs in Louisville

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ kytimeln.htm

  • News 1879 - ALMSHOUSE FIRE.
    Louisville, Ky. - The Louisville, Ky., Almshouse, located five miles south of the city, was destroyed by fire on the morning of the 31st.
    There were ...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 to-day. Henry Myer, an old German, has been conducti...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 and pouring over embankments, has completely submerg...Read MORE...


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

    historyorb.com

  • News 1884 - Strange Fire
    Mrs. Barbara Becht, of Louisville, arose from her bed to hunt for a cat. Her clothes took fire from a candle, and she was burned to death.
    The Belleville Telescope
    Belleville, Kansas
    October 9, 1884

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

    historyorb.com

  • News 1890 - March 27 - A tornado strikes Louisville, Kentucky
    The Louisville, Ky Outbreak - March 27, 1890 - At least 125 people were killed in Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky, and 76 people were killed in the ci...Read MORE...


  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Mellwood Whisky
    Kentucky Distilleries & Warehouse Co., Louisville, Kentucky

    Found at The Way It Was Museum, Virginia City, Nevada
    Advertisement
  • 1893 - The song "Happy Birthday to You" was the creation of two Louisville sisters.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ kentucky.html

  • News 1894 - AN ELECTRIC STORM
    Does a Large Amount of Damage at Louisville.
    MANY HOUSES UNROOFED AND RAZED.
    Electricity Causes a Panic Among Two Hundred Sewing Girls – Men Shocked...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 Singer Sewing Machine Manufacturing company, at 552...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 in this vicinity. Hertofore the record for February...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Louisville
    Louisville, the county seat of Jefferson co., and principal city of Kentucky, was founded in the year 1778, and incorporated as a city in 1828. It is ...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 business district.

    The flames originated on the to...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 LOSS WILL BE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF ONE MILLION DOLL...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 South. Builded along. the Ohio at the Falls, the river s...Read MORE...


  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    View of 4th Ave
    Postcard
  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Market Street East from Fourth
    Postcard
  • 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 today and cause the injury of eight persons, two o...Read MORE...


  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Live Stock Pavilion, State Fair Ground, Front Entrance
    Postcard
  • News 1907 - WATER REACHES CHIMNEYS
    LOUISVILLE, KY., SWEPT BY RAGING WATER OF THE RIVER
    Louisville, Ky., Jan. 20. - With the Ohio relentlessly pouring its flood southward and maintainin...Read MORE...


  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Court House, 1907
    Postcard
  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Third Avenue
    Postcard
  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Bird's-Eye View of Louisville, Ky.
    Postcard
  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Canal Locks, 1908
    Postcard
  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Girls' High School, 1908
    Postcard
  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Pennsylvania R.R. Bridge
    Postcard
  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Tyler Hotel
    Postcard
  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Fourth Street Shopping District
    Postcard
  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    St. Anthony Hospital
    Postcard
  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Louisville Free Public Library, 1910
    Postcard
  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Home of "Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch"
    Postcard
  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    The Country Club House, 1911
    Postcard
  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Seelbach Hotel
    Postcard
  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    National Theatre
    Postcard
  • 1916
    Louisville, loo'e-vil or loo'is-vil, the principal city of Kentucky, capital of Jefferson co., beautifully situated at the falls (rapids) of the Ohio ...Read MORE...


  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Jefferson St., West from Third
    Postcard
  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    New York Hall, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
    Postcard
  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Union Station, 10th and Broadway
    Postcard
  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Churchill Downs

    "Churchill Downs, located on Central Avenue in south Louisville, Kentucky, United States, is a Thoroughbred racetrack most famous for hosting the Kentucky Derby annually. It officially opened in 1875, and held the first Kentucky... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • 1934 - Cheeseburgers were first served in 1934 at Kaolin's restaurant in Louisville.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ kentucky.html

  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Male High School, Brook and Breckenridge Sts., 1935
    Postcard
  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    U.S. Coast Guard Station.
    The Only Inland Life-Saving Station in America.
    Postcard
  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    The Kentucky Hotel
    Postcard
  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Cathedral of the Assumption
    Postcard
  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Mosque Kosair Temple
    Postcard
  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Parkway Field Baseball Park
    Postcard
  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Hotel Henry Watterson
    Postcard
  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation
    Manufacturers of Raleigh Wings and Kool Cigarettes and Sir Walter Raleigh Smoking Tobacco
    Postcard
  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Greyhound Bus Terminal
    Postcard
  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Have you protected the finish on your Packard?
    Packard Louisville Motor Company, Incorporated
    Broadway at Campbell
    Advertisement
  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Alamo Plaza Court
    Postcard
  • 1956 - September 10 - Louisville Ky public schools integrates

    historyorb.com

  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Louisville Service Club, 1957
    824 South Fourth Street
    Louisville 3, KY.
    Postcard
  • Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Henry Clay Hotel
    Third at Chestnut St.
    Louisville 2, Kentucky
    Postcard
  • 1967 - January 12 - Louisville, Ky, draft board refuses exemption for boxer Muhammad Ali

    historyorb.com

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

    historyorb.com



Old Photos, Pictures, Advertisements and Postcards from Louisville, Kentucky, USA


Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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Mellwood Whisky
Kentucky Distilleries & Warehouse Co., Louisville, Kentucky

Found at The Way It Was Museum, Virginia City, Nevada
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Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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View of 4th Ave
Postcard

Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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Market Street East from Fourth
Postcard

Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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Live Stock Pavilion, State Fair Ground, Front Entrance
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Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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Court House, 1907
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Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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Third Avenue
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Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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Bird's-Eye View of Louisville, Ky.
Postcard

Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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Canal Locks, 1908
Postcard

Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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Girls' High School, 1908
Postcard

Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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Pennsylvania R.R. Bridge
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Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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Tyler Hotel
Postcard

Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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Fourth Street Shopping District
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Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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St. Anthony Hospital
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Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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Louisville Free Public Library, 1910
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Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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Home of "Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch"
Postcard

Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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The Country Club House, 1911
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Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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Seelbach Hotel
Postcard

Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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National Theatre
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Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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Jefferson St., West from Third
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Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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New York Hall, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Postcard

Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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Churchill Downs

"Churchill Downs, located on Central Avenue in south Louisville, Kentucky, United States, is a Thoroughbred racetrack most famous for hosting the Kentucky Derby annually. It officially opened in 1875, and held the first Kentucky... Read MORE...

Postcard

Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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Union Station, 10th and Broadway
Postcard

Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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Male High School, Brook and Breckenridge Sts., 1935
Postcard

Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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U.S. Coast Guard Station.
The Only Inland Life-Saving Station in America.
Postcard

Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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The Kentucky Hotel
Postcard

Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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Cathedral of the Assumption
Postcard

Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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Mosque Kosair Temple
Postcard

Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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Parkway Field Baseball Park
Postcard

Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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Hotel Henry Watterson
Postcard

Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation
Manufacturers of Raleigh Wings and Kool Cigarettes and Sir Walter Raleigh Smoking Tobacco
Postcard

Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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Greyhound Bus Terminal
Postcard

Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Pinterest
Have you protected the finish on your Packard?
Packard Louisville Motor Company, Incorporated
Broadway at Campbell
Advertisement

Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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Alamo Plaza Court
Postcard

Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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Louisville Service Club, 1957
824 South Fourth Street
Louisville 3, KY.
Postcard

Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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Henry Clay Hotel
Third at Chestnut St.
Louisville 2, Kentucky
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  • 1778 - Louisville, Kentucky founded

    www.wikipedia.org
  • Louisville - Travel Thru History


    203 Louisville - Travel Thru History - Full Episode (www.youtube.com)
  • 1830 - Louisville and Portland Canal opened.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ kentucky.html
  • News  1849 - June 12 - Gas mask patented by Lewis Haslett (Louisville Ky)

    historyorb.com
    June 12, 1849
  • 1854 - Louisville
    Louisville, a city and port of entry of Kentucky, and seat of justice of Jefferson county, is situated on the Ohio river, at the head of the falls,... Read MORE...

  • 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 21 buildings at the German Protestant Orphan... Read MORE...

  • 1856 - The first enamel bathtub was made in Louisville.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ kentucky.html
  • 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.

    WeatherForYou.com
  • 1862 - Approach of Confederate Forces
    September 18, 1862

    Louisville, Kentucky, was excited again over the reported approach of Ge. E. Kirby Smith with a Confederate force.

    September ... Read MORE...

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

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

    Louisville - August 30, 1871
    About ten o'clock this morning the... Read MORE...

  • News  1875 - May 17 - First Kentucky Derby run at Churchill Downs in Louisville

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ kytimeln.htm
  • News  1879 - ALMSHOUSE FIRE.
    Louisville, Ky. - The Louisville, Ky., Almshouse, located five miles south of the city, was destroyed by fire on the morning of the 31st.
    There were ... 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 to-day. Henry Myer, an old German, has been... 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 and pouring over embankments, has completely... Read MORE...

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

    historyorb.com
  • News  1884 - Strange Fire
    Mrs. Barbara Becht, of Louisville, arose from her bed to hunt for a cat. Her clothes took fire from a candle, and she was burned to death. The Belleville Telescope
    Belleville, Kansas
    October 9, 1884
  • 1888 - February 24 - Louisville, Ky becomes 1st government in US to adopt Australian ballot

    historyorb.com
  • News  1890 - March 27 - A tornado strikes Louisville, Kentucky
    The Louisville, Ky Outbreak - March 27, 1890 - At least 125 people were killed in Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky, and 76 people were killed in the... Read MORE...

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

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ kentucky.html
  • News  1894 - AN ELECTRIC STORM
    Does a Large Amount of Damage at Louisville.
    MANY HOUSES UNROOFED AND RAZED.
    Electricity Causes a Panic Among Two Hundred Sewing Girls – Men... 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 Singer Sewing Machine Manufacturing company, at... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Louisville
    Louisville, the county seat of Jefferson co., and principal city of Kentucky, was founded in the year 1778, and incorporated as a city in 1828. It is ... 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 in this vicinity. Hertofore the record for... 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 business district.

    The flames originated on the... 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 LOSS WILL BE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF ONE MILLION... 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 South. Builded along. the Ohio at the Falls, the river... 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 today and cause the injury of eight persons, two... Read MORE...

  • News  1907 - WATER REACHES CHIMNEYS
    LOUISVILLE, KY., SWEPT BY RAGING WATER OF THE RIVER
    Louisville, Ky., Jan. 20. - With the Ohio relentlessly pouring its flood southward and... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Louisville, loo'e-vil or loo'is-vil, the principal city of Kentucky, capital of Jefferson co., beautifully situated at the falls (rapids) of the Ohio ... Read MORE...

  • 1934 - Cheeseburgers were first served in 1934 at Kaolin's restaurant in Louisville.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ kentucky.html
  • 1956 - September 10 - Louisville Ky public schools integrates

    historyorb.com
  • 1967 - January 12 - Louisville, Ky, draft board refuses exemption for boxer Muhammad Ali

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

    historyorb.com

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