TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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October 22, 1807, Kentucky First Lady Mary Catherine Pope Greenup died in the old Kentucky’s Governor’s mansion.  According to later occupants, her image has appeared in clock faces and mirrors in the house.

On October 22, 1813, Charles Scott, Kentucky’s fourth Governor, passed away.  At the time of his death, he was one of the last surviving generals of the Revolutionary War.  Buried initially on his Canewood estate in Bourbon and Clark Counties, his remains were re-interred at Frankfort Cemetery in 1854.  Scott County, Kentucky, Scott County, Indiana, Scottsville, Kentucky and Scottsville, Virginia, are all named in his honor.

October 22, 1880, Town Marshal John R. Simpson, Danville Police Department, was shot and killed while attempting to arrest three men who were firing their weapons in town along Second Street.  Marshal Simpson had advised the men that they could continue having fun, but could not fire the guns in town.  The group moved down Second Street and then began to fire again.  When Marshal Simpson and another officer attempted to arrest them they were both shot.  Marshal Simpson was killed and the other officer, as well as a citizen, were wounded.  Three subjects were charged with Marshal Simpson’s murder. Charges were dismissed against one and the other two were pardoned by the governor before their trials were held.  Marshal Simpson was a widower and survived by six children.

October 22, 1893, Night Policeman George William James, Georgetown Police Department, was shot and killed on Main Street in front of the county courthouse.  The previous night he had witnessed two men playing craps in a local business and alerted the city marshal.  The marshal responded to the scene and told both men to appear at the court the following Monday to face charges of gambling.  The day before they were told to appear one of the men encountered Policeman James standing in front of the courthouse and confronted him about the charges.  After exchanging words the man began to pull out a handgun.  Policeman James also drew his weapon and exchanged shots with the subject.  Policeman James was struck once and killed instantly.  The subject was also struck and killed.  Policeman James had served with the Georgetown Police Department when needed for approximately three years.  He was survived by his wife, five children, and several siblings.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Morganfield native Earle Chester Clements born in 1896.  He was our 47th Governor in 1947 and resigned in 1950 to become our U.S. Senator.  He went on to become the Senate Minority and Majority Whips.  His father was a popular county judge and sheriff in Union County, but Clements first shunned a political career.  He graduated from Morganfield High School in 1915, and in the same year, he enrolled at U.K.’s College of Agriculture.  He played center on the football team and named to the “All-Southern Team” in 1916.

Thursday night, October 22, 1902, Mr. and Mrs. James B. A. Haggin held their first party at Green Hills to dedicate the completed mansion.  Over 250 specially invited guests from Central Kentucky dined and danced well into the night. Guest arrived at Elmendorf at the farm entrance, off Paris Pike, where the roadway was lighted by oil lanterns.  Guests entered the mansion from the west portico (carriage porch) and were taken by elevator to the second floor.  From there, they descended the main stairway into the main entrance hall, where the Haggins welcomed the guests to Green Hills.

October 22, 1921, Kentucky welcomed Georgetown on the gridiron for the third time.  The final score was 33-0.  The two teams would meet three more times and the series would end in 1924.

October 22, 1922, Newport native, Kentucky Drummer Boy, William H. Horsfall, passed away at age 75.  He was 15-years-old when he earned the most prestigious Medal of Honor in the Siege of Corinth, Mississippi, on May 21, 1862.  William was one of many young men not just regarded as Heroic Union Patriots but symbolized a generation of youth that served and preserved the United States and the freedom that their constitution guaranteed.

October 22, 1927, Georgetown and WKU played football against each other for the first of ten times.   Georgetown won 6-0, it would be Georgetown’s only win in the series.  

October 22, 1960, “embarrassing incidents” in which African American delegates to the international convention of Christian Churches occurred.  Some convention members were turned away by a Louisville hotel and a downtown cafeteria.  Convention leaders acknowledged what took place and were to discuss the issue during the convention.

October 22, 1970, Governor Nunn’s racehorse that he gifted to the 30 sitting Republican Governors at the 1969 Republican Governors Conference ran fifth, by six lengths, in the colt’s first race.  The $12,500 claiming race had eleven entered; the Governors’ horse did not get claimed.  The race took place at Keeneland Racecourse.  All winnings would be gifted to the Grayson Foundation for Equine Research.

October 22, 1975, Lexingtonian Doug Flynn, 24-years-old, wins his first of two World Series as a member of the Cincinnati Reds.  The National League Champs beat Boston four games to three to take the Championship.

October 22, 1988, Jerry Claiborne coached the Kentucky Wildcats to a victory over the 11th ranked Georgia Bulldogs 16-10.  It was their big win in a losing season.

October 22, 1993, Salyersville onlookers could not conceal their lack of faith as Kentucky’s Attorney General (AG) stood on the Magoffin County Courthouse steps and promised to clean up what is generally regarded as the dirtiest local election in Kentucky that fall.  AG Chris Gorman decried votes being “bought and sold like a common commodity” and said vote-buying “will not be tolerated.”

October 22, 1997, Kentucky Attorney General Ben Chandler sued Anthem Insurance Companies to try to force them to turn over $230 million for public health use in Kentucky.  The suit claimed that Anthem had illegally converted the assets of Kentucky’s non-profit Blue Cross and Blue Shields plan “to its own for profit use” when its predecessor merged with the Kentucky plan in 1993.

October 22, 2004, an Eastern Kentucky coal company was fined $536,050, the largest federal penalty ever in the state.  The fine stemmed from a 2003 June explosion in Floyd County that killed 21-year-old Paintsville native Paul Blair and injured two others.  The fine was also the third largest in the nation.

October 22, 2017, Kentuckian Justin Thomas won the first PGA Tour event held in South Korea in a play-off.  Thomas won the inaugural CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges at the Club at Nine Bridges on the southern resort island of Jeju thanks to a birdie on the second playoff hole against Marc Leishman.  This was the 7th PGA victory for Thomas, the reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year and money winner, and his first win in a playoff.

October 22, 2019, Louisville officials announced the city would be getting a National Women Soccer League (NWSL) franchise.  The Louisville franchise is the leagues 10th and at least two more additions are expected by 2021.

October 22, 2019, Celine Dion gives a titanic performance in the Yum Center.  It was her first performance in Louisville during her 30-year career and one of the first U.S. stops in her “Courage World Tour.”