September 16, 1874, feuding between the Little and Strong clans caused Gov. Preston H. Leslie to send 60 members of the state militia to Jackson. A narrow margin in a local election in November 1878 rekindled hostilities and caused Gov. James B. McCreary to order troops again from December 1878 to February 1879. In the early twentieth century, the Hargis-Marcum feud gave the county the tag “Bloody Breathitt.”
September 16, 1876, Marvin Hart, known as the “Fightin’ Kentuckian” or “Louisville Plumber,” was born in Fern Creek. Marvin was the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion from 1905 to 1906 and the first of four Kentuckians to hold the title.
September 16, 1931, Policeman William Turner, Wheelwright Police Department, was shot and killed by a Floyd County Sheriff’s Deputy whom he had arrested earlier in the week for being drunk. The deputy encountered Policeman Turner on the porch of a store in town and shot him. The killer was arrested, convicted of manslaughter, and sentenced to 21 years in prison. He was survived by his wife, nine children, four brothers, and two sisters at the age of 44.
September 16, 1939, Deputy Sheriff Fred Adams, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed while attempting to break up a fight at a local beer parlor. The fight started when a man, and the man’s brother, started a fight with a former constable who had previously arrested the man. Deputy Adams and the bar’s owner had taken the brothers outside when they suddenly opened fire. The bar’s owner was killed instantly. Although being mortally wounded, Deputy Adams returned fire and killed both brothers. Deputy Adams had served as a deputy sheriff for approximately three months. He was 65 and survived by his wife.
September 16, 1951, Constable James Combs, Letcher County Constable’s Office, suffered a fatal heart attack after two men fired several rounds at him in Isom. The two men were arrested and charged with murder and shooting with intent to kill. The first man was acquitted and charges against the second man were subsequently dropped. Constable Combs was 56 and survived by his wife.
September 16, 1964, Chief of Police Harold Lewis Catron, Sr., Somerset Police Department, succumbed to wounds received from a shotgun blast in 1957. Three suspects shot Chief Catron in front of his house. One of the suspects later committed suicide. Chief Catron was survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters at the age of 55.
September 16, 1970, the Kentucky Air Pollution Control Commission unveiled a clean air plan that would introduce Kentucky’s first limit on the sulfur content of coal used as fuel. The limits reduce corrosive sulfur oxides in the air.
September 16, 1978, the 17th ranked Kentucky Wildcats opened their season with a 14-14 tie against South Carolina. The Gamecocks were an independent school at the time. The Wildcats would not be ranked again for the rest of the season and go onto a losing record.
September 16, 1996, Terrence Wade Wilcutt from Russellville, was aboard the STS-79 Atlantis when it launched from Kennedy Space Center. The crew transferred over 3.5 tons of supplies to and from the Mir Space Station and exchanged U.S. astronauts on Mir for the first time, leaving John Blaha and bringing Shannon Lucid home after her record six months stay. The flight duration was 10 days, 3 hours, 18 minutes, traveling 3.9 million miles in 159 orbits of the Earth.
September 16, 2000, quarterback Jared Lorenzen passed for 339 yards as Kentucky defeated border rival Indiana 41-34.
September 16, 2003, the University of Kentucky announced that it would stop coal mining in the 14,000-acre Robinson Forest it owns in Eastern Kentucky. President Lee Todd also pledged to raise money another way to continue the scholarship program that was funded by the mining.
September 16, 2005, Army Sgt. Matthew L. Deckard 29, of Elizabethtown was killed when an explosive device detonated near his M1A1 Abrams tank during patrol operations in Baghdad. He was serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
September 16, 2012, Police Officer Mark Allen Taulbee, Hodgenville Police Department, was killed in a single-vehicle crash while pursuing a vehicle along Campbellsville Road, in LaRue County, at approximately 3:25 am. He had responded to a domestic disturbance and, upon arriving, was informed that a male subject had just taken a vehicle without permission and left the scene. Officer Taulbee pursued the vehicle at high speeds until his vehicle left the roadway and crashed. The subject continued to flee but turned himself in later in the morning. Officer Taulbee had served with the Hodgenville Police Department for 13 months and had previously served with the Morgan Police Department and the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. He was 43 and survived by his wife, son and daughter.
September 16, 2015, Kentucky state officials announced they were evaluating a roadside drug test that could monitor drivers that were high on drugs. According to the state in 2015, driving high kills more than 200 people a year on Kentucky highways.