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September 19, 1816, Sinking Springs Farm sold for $87.74 on the Elizabethtown courthouse steps.   This sale marked the end of Thomas Lincoln’s dream of owning the farm he used to live on and where his son was born.  This sale was one of the main catalysts that drove the Lincoln family out of Kentucky.

September 19, 1827, Logan County native Jim Bowie became famous as a result of a feud with Norris Wright, the sheriff of Rapides Parish, Louisiana.  Bowie had supported Wright’s opponent in the election for sheriff and Wright, a bank director, had a role in turning down Bowie for a bank loan.  The two had a confrontation in Alexandria, Louisiana after which Wright fired a shot at Bowie who resolved to carry a hunting knife at all times.  The knife he carried had a blade 9.25 inches long and 1.5 inches wide.

September 19, 1830, Gabriel Slaughter died in Mercer County and was interred in his family’s cemetery in Mercer County.  He was the seventh governor of Kentucky and was the first person to ascend to governorship upon the death of the sitting governor.

September 19, 1857, some say the first Kentucky State Fair occurred, however 1902 is considered the first “official” state fair. 

On September 19, 1861, the Battle of Barbourville took place in Knox County.  It was one of the early engagements of the American Civil War.  The battle is considered the first Confederate victory in the Commonwealth and threw a scare into Federal commanders.  They rushed troops to central Kentucky to repel the invasion, which was finally stopped at the Battle of Camp Wildcat in October.

September 19, 1881, Chester A. Arthur became the 20th U.S. president when he ascended to the office from the office of the V.P.  President Garfield was shot by an assassin four months into his presidency and died two months later.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Hill Top native Franklin Runyon Sousley, born in 1925 in Fleming County.  Franklin was one of the six Marines who raised the second of two U.S. flags on top of Mount Suribachi on February 23, 1945.

September 19, 1946, authorization was given to The Courier Journal and the Louisville Times by the Federal Communications Commission to operate a commercial television station.  The officially didn’t sign on till 1950.

September 19, 1950, John Walton Collier from Worthington died in South Korea during the Korean War.  He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions.  The medal was presented to his father at the Pentagon by General Omar N. Bradley in 1951.

September 19, 1968, Clyde Julian “Red” Foley, from Blue Lick, passed away.  Nicknamed for his red hair, Foley grew up around Berea.  At his father’s general store, he learned to play harmonica and guitar while soaking in songs and styles from his father and other local musicians, black and white.  Along with Hank Williams and other artists, Foley became a natural focus of Nashville’s nascent recording industry.   His 1950 monster crossover hit, Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy, reached #1 on both country and pop charts.

September 19, 1978, lobbyist for the horse industry, the off-track betting business and the American Horse Council were in Washington, D.C. to push for the off-track betting bill, Congress called the Interstate Horseracing Act.  The federal law passed and included a “consent to bet” clause that made certain U.S. sports league executives very envious.

September 19, 1981, actor James Best, best known for playing Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on The Dukes of Hazzard, shook hands with Travis Goff, 6, of Jackson during Perry County’s Black Gold Festival in Hazard.  Best, Sorrell Booke as Boss Hogg, Catherine Back as Daisy Duke, and Rick Hurst as Cletus — were grand marshals in a parade and helped dedicate Hazard’s new $1 million city hall. Organizers estimated the crowd to be 30,000 to 40,000 people.

September 19, 1998, five went to post in the Woodward Stakes (GI) at Belmont Park.  Watch one beast of horse take command and never let up to win nine in a row.

September 19, 2006, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jane E. Lanham, 43, of Owensboro died of natural causes in Manama, Bahrain during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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September 19, 2009, Rich Brooks Cats beat Steve Kragthorpe’s Cardinals in the 22nd Governor’s Cup 31-27.  This was the third year in a row Brooks beat Kragthorpe.  Kentucky was impressive on special teams with 254 kickoff return yards (second-most in school history), capped off by Derrick Locke’s 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.  It would be the last year both men would coach their Kentucky teams.

September 19, 2016, UK announced that they would be redefining their culinary goals to serve locally produced food in their campus dining halls.  The new format would also exclude all coke, pepsi and other soda products for the first time.

September 19, 2018, the season finale of “MasterChef” aired, with 25-year-old Louisville native Gerron Hurt winning the national competition.  Along with the coveted title, he took home $250,000.  The final dish consisted of an appetizer with his spin on the hot chicken craze, hot quail with fingerling potato salad and poached quail eggs.  Gerron is a graduate of Fern Creek and Western Kentucky.

Historical Kentucky Headlines

September 19, 1921

President Harding Adds His Praise to Berea College

Football Season Opens This Saturday; Centre vs. Kentucky Wesleyan

September 19, 1971

Swedish kicker’s 4 FG help Indiana Defeat KY 26-8

Kentucky Backs Kennedy in ’72 Race

September 19, 1996

Drug “Cocktail” Helps Kentuckians Live With AIDS

T-Blades Show Up For First Day of Work; Rupp Arena

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