TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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September 25, 1773, from North Carolina, Boone leads a party of family and friends to Kentucky for his first attempt to settle in Kentucky.  The party turned back at Cumberland Gap due to an Indian attack in October that kills his eldest son James, and others.  The first attempt to land in Kentucky was interrupted by the Boone massacre.

September 25, 1775, Transylvania proprietors met in Granville County, North Carolina, and elected James Hogg to represent them in the Continental Congress, seeking recognition as the fourteenth colony.  As time would tell, the Continental Congress failed to grant Transylvania’s independence.

September 25, 1837, Isham Talbot passed away in Frankfort.  He was the eighth Class C Kentucky Senator.  Isham Talbot lived for probably 40 years after his coming to Kentucky.  He was a successful businessman and farmer who owned 18,000 acres at one time.  Many of his children became quite successful with public careers of their own.

September 25, 1862, a Civil War skirmish in Boone County, at Snow’s Pond, took place. This was one of two times the North and South fought in the county. The Confederate forces, led by General Kirby-Smith and Colonel Basil Duke, were ordered to slow the Federal forces while moving south.  The Confederate forces used the Second Kentucky Calvary for support, also known as Morgan’s Men.  The Confederates captured about 65 Union prisoners.

September 25, 1866, Thomas Hunt Morgan was born in Lexington.  He was an American zoologist and geneticist, famous for his experimental research with the fruit fly (Drosophila) by which he established the chromosome theory of heredity.  He showed that genes are linked in a series on chromosomes and are responsible for identifiable, hereditary traits.  Morgan’s work played a key role in establishing the field of genetics. He received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1933.

September 25, 1866, Jerome Race Track opened and it marked the return of thoroughbred racing to New York after a Civil War hiatus.  The appointments were lavish, with a large dining room, a magnificent ballroom and clubhouse accommodations comparable to a luxury hotel.  The grandstand held 2,500 seats.  General Ulysses S. Grant was one of the attendees.  Management barred gambling and liquor but the new track still received great press.  It rapidly surpassed Saratoga as the most important track in America.  It became a model for first-class tracks for the next twenty years, including Monmouth, Churchill and the Bay Course in San Francisco.  Jerome Park hosted the Belmont Stakes from 1867 to 1890.

Happy Birthday to Bell Hooks who was born in Hopkinsville in 1952.  Bell is an American author, feminist, and social activist whose real name is Gloria Jean Watkins.  She wrote “Ain’t I a Woman?: Black Women and Feminism.”  She grew up in a working-class family with five sisters and one brother.  Her writing deals with race, capitalism, gender, oppression, and class domination.  She has published more than 30 books and numerous scholarly articles, appeared in documentary films, and participated in public lectures.  In 2014, she founded the Bell Hooks Institute at Berea College.

September 25, 1940, Patrolman William Burge, Louisville Police Department, was killed in a motorcycle accident at the intersection of Taylor Boulevard and Oleanda Avenue while on patrol at approximately 3:15 p.m.  It is believed that Patrolman Burge failed to kick up his kick-stand, which then caught in the street and caused the accident. Patrolman Burge had served with the Louisville Police Department for 13 years and was survived by his wife and daughter.

September 25, 1966, Louis R. Randell, Army PFC from Covington died in the Vietnam War.  He was 19-years-old.

September 25, 1968, David Thomas Seaton Army SGT from Fordsville died in the Vietnam War.  He was 20-years-old.

September 25, 1970, 21-year-old Bruce Edward Thomas, Army SP4 from Morehead, died in the Vietnam War.

September 25, 1985, thieves broke into the Lincoln County courthouse and stole 35 marijuana plants, ammunition and a safe filled with guns.

September 25, 1990, Sergeant Robert Palmer, Elsmere Police Department, was shot and killed during an unprovoked attack.  He was shot September 3, 1990 by his wife’s ex-husband who had already gunned down the officer’s two and three year old children.  He returned fire, killing the assailant.

September 25, 1992, Terry Turner left Turner’s gun shop and has not been seen since. Terry Turner left his gun store that day around 1:30 p.m.  According to an employee at the gun shop Mr. Turner left with someone in a vehicle but the employee could not see the person in the vehicle.  The case has gone cold, the London Post of the  Kentucky State Police would appreciate your help in solving this cold case.

September 25, 2006, John Ed Pearce from Norton in Jefferson County died on his 89th birthday.  John Ed was a Pulitzer Prize-winner who has been called Kentucky’s best newspaper writer.

September 25, 2010, Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games were held in Lexington.  This was the first time the games were held outside Europe and the first time the entire event was held at one site.

September 25, 2014, the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training reported that jobless rates fell in all 120 Kentucky counties between August 2013 and August 2104. It was the first time this ever happened since Kentucky began keeping unemployment statistics.

September 22, 2017, Kentucky School for the Deaf teacher Byron Wilson was named a finalist for the 2017 Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award. Mr. Wilson a 19-year elementary teacher will have a chance to win the Kentucky Teacher of the Year, announced every October.