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Princess Margaret visits Lexington, 1974

Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdonand, and Lord Snowdon during a visit to Lexington. May 3, 1974. Margaret was the only sibling of Queen Elizabeth II and the younger daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. She was often viewed as a controversial member of the royal family. Lord Snowdon was married to Princess Margaret from 1960 until their divorce in 1978. They had two children. The divorce earned her negative publicity and she was romantically linked with several men. A heavy smoker all her adult life, she died in 2002. Herald-Leader archive photo

Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, and Lord Snowdon visited Lexington on May 3, 1974. Margaret was the only sibling of Queen Elizabeth II and the younger daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. She was often viewed as a controversial member of the royal family. Lord Snowdon was married to Princess Margaret from 1960 until their divorce in 1978. They had two children. The divorce earned her negative publicity, and she was romantically linked with several men. A heavy smoker all her adult life, she died in 2002. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Fourth of July fireworks, 1982

In 1982 Lexington Fourth of July fireworks were held at Masterson Station Park. Photo by E. Martin Jessee | Staff

In 1982, Lexington’s Fourth of July fireworks were at Masterson Station Park. Photo by E. Martin Jessee | Staff

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American Legion parade, 1946

The State American Legion Parade took place on Lexington's Main Street on July 8, 1946. In the background, top right, is the Strand Theatre, 153 E. Main St, which opened in 1915 and closed in 1974.  Unpublished. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

The State American Legion Parade took place on Lexington’s Main Street on July 8, 1946. In the background, top right, is the Strand Theatre, 153 East Main Street. It opened in 1915 and closed in 1974. Unpublished. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Patriotic concert, 1997

Dr. George Zack led the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra  during the annual patriotic music concert from the stage in front of Old Morrison on the campus of Transylvania University July 4, 1997. The orchestra had played for the concert since at least 1986, until last  year when the 202nd Army Band of the Kentucky National Guard played. The Philharmonic will once again play for the concert this year, Friday July 3. Dr. Zack became the musical director and conductor of the orchestra in 1972, retiring after 37 years in 2009. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

George Zack led the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra on July 4, 1997, during the annual patriotic music concert from the stage in front of Old Morrison at Transylvania University. The orchestra had played in the concert since at least 1986, until 2014, when the 202nd Army Band of the Kentucky National Guard played. The Philharmonic will again play for the concert this year, Friday July 3. Zack, who became the musical director and conductor of the orchestra in 1972, retired after 37 years in 2009. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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Walnut and Main Street, 1960

View from the Fred Bryant Motor Company on High Street of the Walnut Street viaduct and the empty lot where the former Union Station stood.   On May 9, 1957, the last passenger train departed from Lexington's Union Station.  The station was closed due to high operating overhead and low passenger travel. In March 1960, the building was demolished. Published in the Lexington Leader April 15, 1960. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

A view from the Fred Bryant Motor Co. on High Street of the Walnut Street viaduct and the empty lot where the former Union Station stood. On May 9, 1957, the last passenger train departed from Lexington’s Union Station. The station was closed because of high operating costs and low passenger travel. In March 1960, the building was demolished. Published in the Lexington Leader on April 15, 1960. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Downtown Richmond, 1989

Downtown Richmond, looking east down Main Street, May 15, 1989. Photo by Charles Bertram | staff

Downtown Richmond, looking east down Main Street, May 15, 1989. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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Vietnam War protesters get hit with eggs, 1966

Univeristy of Kentucky students threw eggs at fellow students who were protesting the Vietnam War, Feb. 23, 1966 in front of Memorial Coliseum. Herald-Leader archive photo

University of Kentucky students threw eggs at fellow students who were protesting the Vietnam War on Feb. 23, 1966, in front of Memorial Coliseum. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Diane Sawyer films ‘PrimeTime Live’ segment, 1992

Television journalist Diane Sawyer, center, talks to farmers in Pam and Erma's Restaurant in Bath County, Sept. 2, 1992. An ABC news crew and Sawyer, a Kentucky native, filmed footage for a program on welfare reform. The segment on ABC's "PrimeTime Live", examined the welfare economy and the chronic shortage of labor on Kentucky tobacco farms. After the piece aired, several Kentucky farmers featured were stunned by the portrayal of rampant abuse. Sawyer and an ABC news crew took hidden cameras to 30 welfare offices and other sites nationwide showing several people cheating the system. John Botts, a Bath County tobacco farmer who was interviewed at Erma and Pam's Restaurant in Bethel, said the program showed "why our country is in the shape it is in." Welfare, he said, is a good program, but too many people abuse it. Photo by Tim Sharp | staff

Television journalist Diane Sawyer, center, talked to farmers in Pam and Erma’s Restaurant in Bath County on Sept. 2, 1992. An ABC news crew and Sawyer, a Kentucky native, filmed footage for a program on welfare reform. The segment, on ABC’s PrimeTime Live, examined the welfare economy and the chronic shortage of labor on Kentucky tobacco farms. After the piece aired, several Kentucky farmers featured were stunned by the portrayal of rampant abuse. Sawyer and an ABC news crew took hidden cameras to 30 welfare offices and other sites nationwide showing several people cheating the system. John Botts, a Bath County tobacco farmer who was interviewed at Erma and Pam’s Restaurant in Bethel, said the program showed “why our country is in the shape it is in.” Welfare, he said, is a good program, but too many people abuse it. Photo by Tim Sharp | Staff

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Mitchell Baker Smith department store, 1965

The Mitchell Baker Smith Co., 230 West Main St. in downtown Lexington, Oct. 1965. At the time of this picture, the department store was celebrating its 100th anniversary on October 3, 1965 with a ribbon cutting and employees dressed in old colthing styles. The building was torn down and is now a parking garage for the Lexington Financial Center, locally known as "Fifth Third" or the "Big Blue Building". Herald-Leader archive photo

The Mitchell Baker Smith Co., 230 West Main Street in downtown Lexington, October 1965. At the time of this picture, the department store, which billed itself as “Lexington’s leading department store,” was celebrating its 100th anniversary with a ribbon cutting and employees dressed in old clothing styles. Less than five years later, the store closed. The building was torn down, and the site is now a parking garage for the Lexington Financial Center, locally known as Fifth Third or the “Big Blue Building.” Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Kyle Macy hits a game-winning shot, 1980

University of Kentucky's Kyle Macy, right, watched as his game-winning, last second shot January 2, 1980 against Auburn in Rupp Arena goes down. The Cats won 67-65 behind Macy's game-high 21 points on 9 of 13 shooting. Photo by E. Martin  Jessee | Staff

University of Kentucky’s Kyle Macy, right, watched as his game-winning, last-second shot went in against Auburn on Jan 2, 1980, in Rupp Arena. The Cats won 67-65 behind Macy’s game-high 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Photo by E. Martin Jessee | Staff

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