TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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Happy Birthday to Emma Guy Cromwell, born in Scottsville, Simpson County, in 1865.  She spent the majority of her childhood in boarding Allen County.  Emma was a suffragist, women’s rights activist, and early female Democratic Party politician.  Cromwell became the first woman to hold a statewide office in Kentucky when she was elected State Librarian in 1896 by one vote in the Kentucky State Senate.  Later she won elections for Secretary of State and Kentucky State Treasurer.  She was also appointed State Park Director, State Bond Commissioner, and Director of Archives.

September 28, 1875, the Red Mile ran their first race, named the Lexington Stakes.  A small crowd witnessed Odd Fellow cross the finish line first.  Today the Red Mile hosts the Kentucky Futurity, the third leg in the Triple Crown of Harness Racing for Trotters.  The track is the second-oldest harness racing track globally and the oldest horse racing track in Lexington.  The historical track is one mile and made of red clay.

Happy Birthday to Harold Hurst, born in Waltersville, Powell County, in 1933.  Harold played under Coach Rupp for two seasons and won two SEC Championships.  In 1953, his first season, the Wildcats were also the Helms Foundation National Champions.  This team finished unbeaten 25-0.  Though they won the Southeastern Conference title and could have played in the NCAA title, they chose not to participate because star players Frank Ramsey, Cliff Hagan and Lou Tsioropoulos had already graduated, thus making the team invalid.  The rule no longer exists.

September 28, 1934, Detective Sergeant Eugene M. Hagan, Louisville Police Department, was shot and killed while on a stakeout in the 800 block of South Fourth Street.  He had been investigating a series of holdups.  Two men were apprehended and charged with his murder.  Both blamed each other.  One, 22-years-old, was convicted of his murder and sentenced to death.  A year later his sentence was commuted to life.  He was paroled on June 17, 1943.  Detective Sergeant Hagan was 33-years-old and survived by his wife.

September 28, 1941, just days after playing in the U.S. Women’s Amateur tournament, Marion Miley was brutally murdered in an apartment in the Lexington Country Club.  Miley was 27-years-old.  Her 50-year-old  mother, Elsa Miley, was mortally wounded.  In an era of great amateurs, Miley had established a period of her own.

September 28, 1951, Marine Corps PFC Kenneth Jordan Boothe from Bracken County and Army PFC Robert L. Green from Bell County both died fighting in the Korean War.

On September 28, 1953, at 4:17 p.m., 22 persons perished in a chartered plane crash at Standiford Field.  The plane destination was Ft. Knox, with 38 soldiers on board.  Those aboard the crashed airliner, except the crew, were Puerto Rican.  Two crewmen died.

September 28, 1969, Army SGT Thomas Jefferson Gabbard from Highland Heights in Campbell County died fighting in the Vietnam War.

September 28, 1971, Governor and Mrs. Louie B. Nunn held an auction at their Glasgow home.  Even though the First Family of Kentucky was not present, Mrs. Nunn commented to the press that she “would rather go to an auction sale than eat when I am hungry.”  Governor Nunn’s term would expire in two months and the family would be moving to Lexington.

September 28, 1976, Muhammad Ali earned $6 million to fight Norton for the third time in Yankee Stadium.  Ali knew it would be difficult, and it was.  Norton was well ahead after seven rounds, but Ali fought back and pulled even by the 14th round.  However, Norton’s corner thought he was ahead and they told him to stay out of trouble.  Ali won the 15th round and the fight.

Happy Birthday to Sarah Wright, born in Louisville in 1983.  Sarah is an American actress and model, best known for her starring roles on Quintuplets and Marry Me.  She has also had recurring roles on the shows Parks and Recreation and Mad Love.  Before acting, she began modeling at the age of fourteen.  She married actor Eric Christian Olsen in 2012 and has two children.

September 28, 1993, Jamal Mashburn stated, “Everybody should have the same opportunity I had,” when he announced his $500,000 gift to UK to endow a scholarship program for needy youngsters. The program is named Kentucky Excel and seeks to identify promising eight graders from low-income minority backgrounds and match them with a UK mentor.

On September 28, 2006, Kentuckian Joseph “Joe” Johnson received the Carnegie Medal For Heroism.  Joe said he never considered himself a hero when he rescued Joshua Woosley from a burning car in Butler County.  The driver died and as Joe was saving a life, bystanders were yelling at him not to get close.  The hero also received a check for $4,000.

September 28, 2017, a law enforcement official who wanted to remain anonymous stated that Rick Pitino is Coach 2 described in the FBI’s investigation of bribery in college basketball.  The complaint cites Coach 2 as a central figure in the recruitment sting operation, which rocked the University of Louisville men’s basketball program and resulted in Pitino’s suspension as head coach.  Pitino lost his job the following month.