Notable Events in History


1900: Kentucky Governor-Elect William Goebel is shot and dies after being sworn in four days later. He is the only Governor Assassinated in US history.

1904-1910: A militant faction of tobacco farmers, called Night Riders, waged a battle for higher prices against the American Tobacco Company who held a monopoly.

1906: Oklahoma is admitted as the 46th state.


1912: Arizona and New Mexico are admitted as the 47th and 48th states respectively.

1917: The United States enters World War I. More than 84,000 Kentuckians served during the war.


1922: Murray was selected for one of two new Normal Schools. It would later become Murray State University.

1924: American swimmer Johnny Weissmuller wins three gold medals in swimming and a bronze in water polo in the VIII Olympiad in Paris. He later became an actor, starring as Tarzan in twelve movies.

1925: The W.G. Swann Tobacco Company builds a state of the art tobacco warehouse, just up the hill from the Murray Train Depot of the L&N Railroad.

1927: Flooding along the Cumberland, Tennessee, Ohio and Mississippi Rivers forcing more than half a million people from their homes. In response, the US Army Corps of Engineers was tasked with creating a series of levees to protect from future flood damage.

1929: Wall Street Stock Market crashes, beginning a decade long Great Depression.

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