TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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September 22, 1842, Illinois State Legislature Abraham Lincoln met Illinois State Auditor James Shields on the “field of honor” to duel.  The duel was fueled by published letters written by Lincoln and Mary Todd attacking Shields for his politics and women’s pursuit.  In August, Lincoln got upset that the Illinois State Bank went bankrupt and announced that it would no longer accept its own paper currency from private citizens.  The duel was set in motion.  Lincoln set the parameters for the duel.  It was to be fought with large cavalry broadswords, in a pit, divided by a board that no man could step over.  In creating such parameters, Lincoln aimed to disarm his opponent using his superior reach advantage and avoid bloodshed on either side.  On the day of the duel, the combatants met at Bloody Island, Missouri.  As the two men faced each other, with a plank between them that neither was allowed to cross, Lincoln swung his sword high above Shields to cut through a nearby tree branch.  This act demonstrated the immensity of Lincoln’s reach and strength.  It was enough to show Shields that he was at a fatal disadvantage.  With the encouragement of bystanders, the two men called a truce. 

Happy Birthday to Danville native, Hugh Lenox Scott, born in 1853.  Scott was a United States Army officer who graduated from West Point.  He served as superintendent of West Point from 1906 to 1910 and was Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 1914 to 1917, which included the first few months of American involvement in World War I.

September 22, 1902, Louisville won the bid to host the Kentucky State Fair.  The city’s only location suitable for handling the anticipated crowds and needed exhibit space was Churchill Downs.  The racetrack proudly opened its gates for their first Fair and welcomed 75,000 fairgoers during the six-day event.  Appropriately, several horse shows were among the featured events, steam auto races and the head-on collision of two freight trains.  The Kentucky State Fair was organized in 1816 by Col. Lewis Sanders.  This Fair is said to be the first “official” State Fair.

September 22, 1917, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association held their first meeting in Louisville. The meeting was to establish the KHSAA’s purpose, which was to purify athletics and codify basic rules of player eligibility and athletic conduct.

September 22, 1922, Deputy James Holiday, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed when he and another deputy responded to a domestic disturbance between a husband and wife.  As the deputies approached the front door the husband immediately opened fire, striking Deputy Holiday four times. The other deputy was struck in the shoulder and wounded but was able to return fire and wounded the subject.  Deputy Holiday was 49 and survived by his wife.

September 22, 1950, Army PVT John Grey Arnett from Wolfe County, Army SFC Henry C. Gamble from Jefferson County, Army SGT Elmo Porter from Owsley County, Army SGT Herman R. Taylor from Logan County, all died fighting in the Korean War.

September 22, 1951, Army PVT Glenn W. Fannin from Perry County died fighting in the Korean War.

September 22, 1954, Andrew H. Reagan, a 27-year-old white male from Evansville, Indiana was last seen alive.  His body was found on the Jim Ellis Farm five miles Northwest of Henderson.  His death was apparently caused by several blows to the head with a tire tool type instrument.  Reagan, a trucking firm executive, left the McCurdy Coral Room, after having a drink with some friends.  His wallet was missing and robbery could have been the motive.  Detectives are requesting help from the community or anyone who might have information.

September 22, 1962, Charley Bradshaw coached his first game for UK football as the head coach.  He tied Florida State at home 0-0.  He would be shutout two more times and tie once more in the season. The Wildcats finished the 1962 season with a 3-5-2 record.

September 22, 1966, Marine Corps SGT Billy Brown King from Elizabethtown died in the Vietnam War.

September 22, 1969, Army CPL Glenn Martin Bradley from Owensboro and Army CPL James Irvine Yates from Mt. Eden in Spencer County, both 20-years-old, died in the Vietnam War.

September 22, 1970, Army SSG Bobby George Fields from Letcher County died in the Vietnam War. 1,056 Kentuckians died in the conflict.

September 22, 1970, V.P. Agnew spoke in Louisville for two hours at a luncheon, where he criticized the FCC for defending rock lyrics and their pro-drug message.

September 22, 1971, the Colonels played in the second-ever ABA vs. NBA preseason exhibition game. 13,821 fans watched the Colonels defeat the Baltimore Bullets 111–85 in Freedom Hall.  It was the ABA’s first win against the NBA.  The ABA’s Dallas Chaparrals lost to the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks 106-103 the night before, in the first-ever matchup between the two leagues.

Happy Birthday to Gary Barnidge, who was born in Bowling Green in 1985.  Gary had a standout season with the Cleveland Browns in 2015, surpassing 1,000 receiving yards.  He had previously spent several years within the Carolina Panthers organization.  He was selected in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft after playing college football at Louisville.

September 22, 1985, six go to post in the Ruffian Handicap (G1) at Belmont Park.  The Gene Klein owned entry of Lady’s Secret and Life’s Magic was bet down to 4-5. It would be easy for Lady’s Secret who makes it seven wins in a row.

September 22, 2000, President Clinton announced that he created a special commission to help tobacco farmers.  Governor Patton had urged the administration to take some affirmative steps to address the tobacco situation.  Patton, in the same week, announced a program to ease farmers out of growing tobacco.

September 22, 2011, a Lexington Federal Judge released two men on bail while awaiting sentencing for running an oil and gas scam that bilked investors out of $38 million.  One defendant, Gary Milby from Campbellsville, appeared on MTV’s reality show, My Super Sweet 16, where he gave his daughter a helicopter ride and a new BMW.

September 22, 2015, Ford Motor Co. announced they would expand the size of their stamping facility, body shop and materials handling at the Kentucky truck plant.

September 22, 2017, was declared “Statesman” day by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer to recognize Kingsman’s: The Golden Circle.  The movie was about British spies who go to Kentucky and team up with their U.S. counterparts, the Statesmen.  The Statesmen stay under wraps as bourbon distillers.  Brown Foreman’s Old Forester Statesman, along with other Brown Foreman swag, was seen throughout the movie.