Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
On February 7, 1778, as Daniel Boone hunted by himself and after he killed a buffalo and tied the meat’s best upon his horse, four Natives surprised him. A date long remembered by the Kentucky frontier’s settlers, the Shawnee and British captured him near Blue Licks. Fearing Boone had died, Fort Boonesborough saw some of its darkest days. Boone, however, understood the nature of the Native Americans, and the Shawnees treated him well. He had killed several of their warriors, but only when fighting man to man against odds. He trusted the word of Chief Black Fish, who genuinely liked him and adopted him as his son, giving Boone the name of Sheltowee (Big Turtle). Having learned some of the native languages, Boone caught wind of an impending attack and escaped to warn Fort Boonesborough after five months of capture.
February 7, 1812, the 4th, the last, and the largest New Madrid earthquake occurred. There are many estimations of the magnitude ranging from 7.0 to 8.8. One of the strongest quakes known to man created thousands of aftershocks, many strong enough to be felt in Louisville. The quake destroyed New Madrid, MO.
February 7, 1865, Lexington native John C. Breckinridge became the Confederate Army’s Secretary of War. With the end of the conflict in sight, it was a thankless position. Following Appomattox, fearing arrest, Breckinridge fled southward to Cuba.
February 7, 1878, suffragist and political activist Mary Jane Warfield Clay obtained a divorce from abolitionist and politician Cassius Marcellus Clay. After 45 years of marriage; Mary Jane claimed abandonment. The agreement stipulated she could not re-marry as long as Cassius lived.
February 7, 1883, Belle Brezing received a pardon from Governor Luke Blackburn for “keeping a bawdy house” only two months after the charge. Madame Belle by Maryjean wall pg: 57
February 7, 1912, the state legislature appropriated $75,000 to buy land and construct a new governor’s mansion. The act specified the new manor should be “constructed, trimmed, and finished with native stone produced from quarries in Kentucky.” The home opened in 1914.
February 7, 1914, State University, Lexington (UK) hosted and defeated University of Louisville 22-17 in the Buell Armory Auditorium. High-scoring honors went to Inez native R. C. Preston with 12 points.
February 7, 1918, University of Kentucky (UK) broke a two-year losing streak against Tennessee, defeating the Vols 33-26 at home in Buell Armory Gymnasium. Lexington High grad earned top-scoring honors with 13. From the Lexington Herald, “Wildcats and Volunteers, rivals as old as the unpaid bills of habitually broke good fellows….”
February 7, 1933, the U.S. Senate experienced a wild session when Kentucky, Senator M.M. Logan, undertook a futile defense of David Berry. David, the Sergeant-at-Arms, enraged Congress by writing a magazine article stating some Senators sold their votes. Peers, for 3 ½ hours, gave angry speeches before they voted 53-15 to fire the whistleblower. Senator Barkley, Kentucky’s other Senator, voted to fire him.
February 7, 1944, Lawrenceburg native Anna Mac Clarke led the 1st Women’s Army Corps (WAC) unit at Douglas Army Air Field in Arizona. The segregated base was one of only four in the U.S. to have African-American soldiers and WAC. She became the 1st African American woman to be a commanding officer of an otherwise all-white regiment. Anna died the same year at age 24.
February 7, 1961, Muhammad Ali (4-0) fought Jimmy Robinson (1-2-0) in Miami Beach Convention Hall. Clay was supposed to fight Willie Guelat on the undercard of the light-heavyweight title fight between Harold Johnson and Jesse Bowdry, but Guelat failed to show up. Clay knocked out Guelat’s replacement, Robinson, in 94 seconds.
On February 7, 1970, Dan Issel scored 53 points in a 120–85 victory over Ole Miss, breaking Cliff Hagan’s single-game record of 51. Issel’s mark held for almost four decades until Jodie Meeks scored 54 points against Tennessee on January 13, 2009.
On February 7, 2013, Louisville opened the Big Four Bridge for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. The Big Four Bridge is a six-span former railroad truss bridge that crosses the Ohio River, connecting Louisville, Kentucky, and Jeffersonville, Indiana. The original bridge opened in 1895, updated in 1929, taken out of rail service in 1968, and then converted to use for bicycles and pedestrians.
February 7, 2020, Governor A. Beshear declared a state of emergency after the worst flooding since 1977 for communities along the Russell Fork near Draffin in Pike County. Citizens of Bell County, Knox County, and Harlan County also made calls for rescues. Meanwhile, Kentuckians dealt with a snow and ice storm.
February 7, 2021, for the 4th week in a row, Kentucky reported a decrease in new coronavirus cases. It was the 1st time since the pandemic began that there were four straight weeks with a reduction in new positive cases. The declining rate coupled with 1.3 million vaccinations a day in the U.S. helped relieve some tension.
February 7, 2022, international efforts to de-escalate the Ukraine crisis were underway; however, peace was never an option, U.S. defense contractors made sure of that. Meanwhile, prison job openings cost Kentucky millions in overtime pay. Starting pay for new guards averaged $20,000 annually.