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Gas explosion damages home, 1944

John W. Woods, 70, escaped serious injury and his wife escaped injury entirely early February 11, 1944, when an explosion blasted the side from their home at 105 Woodford Drive. The blast occurred when Mr. Woods attempted to light a gas bathroom heater, wrecking the interior of the five-room frame house, blowing out its windows and spreading debris over a wide area. According to firemen, a gas heating stove in one of the rooms was turned on but not lighted, filling the house during the night and was ignited when Mr. Woods struck a match. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Former President George H.W. Bush at Breeders Cup, 1994

Former President George H. W. Bush signaled a thumbs up to the crowd surrounding the paddock before the running of the Breeders Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs on November 5, 1994. Bush accompanied his long-time friend Will Farish, behind Bush on the right, to the Breeders Cup in Louisville. Farish is the owner of Lane’s End Farm in Woodford County. Bush, the 41st U.S. President, died earlier this week at age 94. He served as President from 1989 to 1993. Photo by Tim Sharp | Staff

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Icy scene on Pine Mountain, 1985

Icicles cascading down a cliff face atop Pine Mountain in December 1985, provided a visual reminder of the recent cold snap for drivers along U.S. 421 in Harlan County. Photo by Jim Wakeham | Staff

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UK music students jam at the Drake Tap Room, 1951

The Lexington Leader featured a story on the collegiate “bop” craze in February 1951, highlighting a group of University of Kentucky music students jamming at the Drake Tap Room. From left, Harvey Berry on vibes, Bud Wragge and Byron Romanowitz, on sax, Jan Cornett, vocalist, and Bill Watterson, on trumpet. The style of jazz known as “bop” or “bebop” developed in the 1940’s. The UK music students took to developing their sound mostly off campus, but the university agreed to host a “bop”, a progressive jazz concert in the Fine Arts Building that March. UK faculty members agreed to sit in with violins and cellos in a big number with string effects. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Lexington’s first White Castle opens, 1980

Wayne Stone of Lexington ate his lunch in his truck outside Lexington’s first White Castle, on the restaurant’s opening day, in December 1,1980. The iconic hamburger restaurant, located at New Circle and Bryan Station roads, attracted overflow crowds the day it opened and caused a traffic backup on New Circle. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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Icy ride across UK campus, 1994

University of Kentucky sophomore Billy Hanes biked on icy sidewalks on his way to class in January 1994. The temperature low that day was 5 degrees and the high was 30. Photo by Frank Anderson | Staff

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George Washington Carver School safety patrol, 1951

City Patrolman Prather Walker, left, instructed members of new safety patrol which was activated at George Washington Carver school November 9, 1951. Left to right, standing: Laurraine Roberts, Gary Wilson, Horace Miles and Patrol Captain Joseph Moore. Kneeling, left to right: Alva Short, James Cloyd, and William Elliott. Twelve boys and two girls received badges and belts from City School Safety Director Within Faries. Carver’s schoolboy part had been discontinued for serval years, Mrs Clara Taylor, principal said. The George Washington Carver School, then also known as Colored School No. 3, was located on Patterson Street. The school closed in 1972. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Ann Landers visits Lexington, 1958

Columnist Ann Landers and Fred B. Wachs, general manager of the Herald-Leader, shown just after Wachs presented Landers with an ash tray fashioned from a shoe from Faultless, one of the Calumet Farm’s thoroughbred racehorses. Faultless won the Blue Grass Stakes, finished third in the Kentucky Derby and won the Preakness. Wachs presented the gift on December 11, 1958, at a Phoenix Hotel dinner given by the newspaper. He said the shoe from “Faultless” out of “Unerring” was an appropriate gift for the popular columnist. Landers was in Lexington for two speaking engagements, one at Henry Clay High School and the second at the University of Kentucky Guignol Theater. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Wildcats and Middle Tenn, 2008

University of Kentucky’s Robbie McAtee, left, hugged teammate Calvin Harrison after holding Middle Tennessee State’s Eldred King from scoring a game-tying touchdown on the last play of the game as Kentucky September 13, 2008 at Commonwealth Stadium. UK won the game 20-14. The Wildcats take on the Blue Raiders today at noon. Photo by David Stephenson | Staff

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Roy Clark at Keeneland Sales, 1973

Musician, singer and songwriter Roy Clark, left, with June Rollins, center, Lexington television personality and Lexington horsewoman Anita Madden, looked over thoroughbreds at the July Horse Sales at Keeneland in the early 1970’s. Clark, a talented multi-instrumentalist and country music legend died Thursday at age 85. Photo by John C. Wyatt | Staff

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