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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Kentucky Trivia of the Day!
December 13, 1802, the General Assembly authorized the establishment of the Big Sandy-Greenbrier Road. This was the first road to be improved with the aid of state funds after the Wilderness Road. The opening of the road was indicative of Frankfort’s awareness of the need for public communication and transportation networks within the state. After 1850, the work was undertaken by the counties through which the road passed.
December 13, 1914, Sheriff Robert Terry McMurtry, Hardin County Sheriff’s Department, was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man wanted for murdering Special Deputy Marshal James Wood, of the Upton Police Department, three days earlier. The man had been located at a home and Sheriff McMurtry went to arrest him. As he searched the house shot him while hiding in the attic. The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and executed in the electric chair on July 30, 1915. Sheriff McMurtry was 36 and survived by his wife.
December 13, 1818, Mary Todd Lincoln was born. One of most unpopular first ladies in American history, Mary was born into a prominent family in Lexington — a town her family had helped found. Her father, Robert Todd, was a successful merchant and a politician. Lincoln lost her mother when she was only 6 years old. Her father soon remarried, and her strict stepmother had little regard for Mary. Despite whatever ill will existed between her and her stepmother, Lincoln received a remarkable education for a young girl during this time period. She studied at a local academy and then attended boarding school. In the late 1830s, Lincoln left home to be with her sister, Elizabeth Edwards, in Springfield, Illinois.
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Horse Racing Trivia
December 13, 1799, by state law, horse racing was banned in the streets of Lexington. “Be it further enacted, that whosoever shall be guilty of running or racing horses in the street or highways, shooting at marks, or playing at long-bullets, shall forfeit and pay, for every such offense, the sum of two dollars. The forfeitures occurring by virtue of this act, shall be sued for in the name of the trustees of the said town, and recovered in the same manner as sums of the same amount are now recovered by law: all sums, so recovered, shall be paid to the said trustees, or any person authorized by them to receive the same, and shall be appropriated by them, to the purpose of keeping in repair the streets and highways of said town.” Racing moved to the outskirts of town.
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