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.