TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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Between October 25 and 27, 1805, Kentucky Cherokee Chief Doublehead signed the final Treaties of Tellico, ceding the land south of the Cumberland River.

October 25, 1879, at the invitation of Mary Barr Clay, Susan B. Anthony arrived in Richmond for the first of three talks, given at the courthouse and Green’s Opera Hall.  This was the beginning of the Madison County Equal Rights Association with charter members Mary Barr Clay, Sallie Clay Bennett, Mrs. Rollins Burnam, Mrs. Mary Ann Collins, Mrs. Lester Sommers, Mrs. E. E. McCann and Mrs. Martha Haley.  Susan B. Anthony also makes stops in Owensboro and Bowling Green.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Paris native Margaret Ingels born in 1892.  Ms. Ingels is the first female engineering graduate from the University of Kentucky, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1916.  She was also the second woman engineering graduate in the United States and the first woman to receive a professional degree of Mechanical Engineer.  Her work on air conditioning included developing the “effective temperature” scale to incorporate humidity and air movement in the equation for human comfort.

October 25, 1923, the Brown Hotel at the corner of Fourth and Broadway opened in downtown Louisville.  David Lloyd George, former Prime Minister of Great Britain, was the first person to sign the guest register.  As the area around the hotel developed, it quickly became the city’s business and social center, and dubbed as “The Magic Corner” by the Herald-Post.  The Brown Hotel has hosted numerous celebrities and dignitaries over the years, including Lily Pons and her pet lion cub, Al Jolson, Queen Marie of Romania, the Duke of Windsor, Harry Truman, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Crawford, Gene Autry, Eva Marie Saint, Muhammad Ali, Robert Young and three modern U.S. Presidents.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Newport native David “Dave” William Cowens born in 1948.  Dave was the 4th overall pick in the 1970 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics.  Cowens was the 1971 NBA Co-Rookie of the Year, 1973 NBA MVP, and 1973 NBA All-Star game MVP.  He won two championships with the Celtics in 1974 and 1976, and was a seven time All-Star.  He finished his playing career with the Milwaukee Bucks.  In 1996, Cowens was selected to be on the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.

October 25, 1951, Army 1LT Koeling B. Gardner from Jefferson County, Army PFC Ellis Marshall from Owsley County and Army PFC Velmer Shearer from Jefferson County, died fighting in the Korean War.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to World Heavy Weight Champion, Louisville native, Greg Page born in 1958.

October 25, 1967, Night Chief James Vallard “Jim” Smith, Barbourville Police Department, was accidentally shot and killed by another officer while struggling with a drunk driving suspect.  Chief Smith, along with three other officers in his patrol car, had pursued the vehicle to Gilliam Hill where they forced it to stop.  When Chief Smith approached the driver, the man punched him in the face.  A second officer then struck the driver on the head with the butt of his service revolver, which then discharged.  The round struck Chief Smith in the head, killing him.

October 25, 1968, Army CPL Jimmy W. Hardwick from Louisa in Lawrence County died fighting in the Vietnam War.

Sunday, October 25, 1970, all but three Louisville Kroger stores opened to sell necessity items.  This corporate decision was made days before Jefferson Circuit Judge Marvin Sternberg rules on whether the Jefferson County stores open on Sunday are breaking Kentucky’s Sunday law.

October 25, 1978, 30-year old John Howard Carpenter released his original independent film, “Halloween.”  Growing up in Bowling Green, he began making 8mm films by the time he was in high school.  Carpenter has described the movie as “True Crass” exploitation.  I decided to make a film I would love to have seen as a kid, full of cheap tricks like a haunted house at a fair where you walk down the corridor and things jump out at you.  The film became a hit as the first of the slasher film genre.  Carpenter’s budget for the movie was $320,000; the film initially grossed $65 million, making it one of the most successful independent films.

October 25, 1980, 22 miles-per-hour winds carry Western past Eastern in Bowling Green 13-10.  Nineteen thousand seven hundred spectators brave the cold.  H. Walker outruns Kentucky 27-0 as the #5 Bulldogs win in front of Lexington’s 57,353 spectators.  Florida tops UofL 13-0 in the Sunshine State with 62,687 onlookers.

October 25, 1999, Kentucky surgeons performed the first hand transplant in the United States at Jewish Hospital in Louisville.  The 15-hour operation replaced the left hand of the male recipient from a donor who had died a few hours earlier.

October 25, 2003, during the 20th Breeders’ Cup, Richard Mandella would experience the greatest success of his racing life.  Julie Krone became the first female rider to win a Breeders’ Cup race aboard the Mandella-trained Halfbridled in the Juvenile Fillies.  Action This Day garnered the Juvenile for Mandella’s second win.  Mandella’s third win of the day was another Breeders’ Cup first.  After 1 ½M in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Mandella’s Johar and defending champion High Chaparral hit the wire together.  It took 12 minutes for the stewards to declare the race a dead heat, the first tie in Breeders’ Cup history.  As if destined, Mandella’s 14-1 shot, Pleasantly Perfect, won the Classic by 1 ½ lengths.  Mandella broke D. Wayne Lukas’s record of three Breeders’ Cup wins set in 1988 with his fourth triumph of the day.

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October 25, 2006, Marine Lance Cpl. Jonathan B. Thornsberry, 22, of McDowell in Floyd County, died while conducting combat operations in Fallujah, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Saturday, October 25, 2008, the second-day of the 25th Breeders’ Cup racing occurs in the second year of the two-day format.  It seemed like “Female Championship Friday,” part II when a female force emerged named Goldikova and defeated her male rivals in the Mile, watch her explode with an incredible turn of foot.

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October 25, 2008, the unranked Louisville Cardinals upset the 14th ranked South Florida’s Rocky the Bull football team.

October 25, 2010, Jack Conway and Rand Paul square off in their final debate before the November election.  This time Rand Paul did shake Jack’s hand.  He refused to shake his hand in the previous debate.

October 25, 2017, Yum Brands pulled out as the title corporate sponsor of the Kentucky Derby, a landmark deal with Churchill Downs that had been in place since 2006.  The exit, three years ahead of schedule, allowed Brown-Foreman Corporation to take over using its Woodford Reserve bourbon as the marquee.

October 25, 2019, Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepard ruled that Governor Matt Bevin’s office had the authority to fire Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton’s staff without her authorization.  Shepard noted the ruling is not a criticism of Lt. Gov. Hampton, who appears to have discharged all of her assigned duties with dignity, loyalty and honor.   Bevin chose another running mate in January 2019, and when Bevin fired her staff in August, she filed a lawsuit.  Hampton was the first African-American to hold statewide office in Kentucky history and the third African-American woman to have served as lieutenant governor of a U.S. state.