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October 28, 1811, the first steamboat boat arrived in Louisville, with a “shrill blast” from the steam engine and sparks flying from its smokestack, reminiscent of the “Great Comet of 1811.” Here, residents congratulated Mr. Roosevelt on his success but told him they doubted they would ever see the boat again because it would not be able to go upstream. To prove them wrong and recruit investors for Fulton’s steam company, Roosevelt invited prominent citizens to a gala dinner aboard the boat. Once everyone was aboard, and much to their surprise, New Orleans headed upstream under its power and completed a brief excursion before returning to Louisville.
October 28, 1864, the great hog scandal was put into effect when federal commander Stephen G. Burbridge issued a proclamation asking Kentuckians to sell any surplus hogs to the U.S. government. Army agents signed contracts with favored packers, prohibited interstate hog shipments, required permits for citizens to drive swine to market, and then offered a lower price than existing civilian outlets. Farmers, who had to sell to the designated contractors, sustained losses estimated at $300,000 during the month the program was in effect. President Abraham Lincoln soon ordered Burbridge to revoke the order, and the scandal ended.
The Kentucky Encyclopedia edited by John E. Kleber; pg: 386
October 28, 1917, Sheriff Julius Leonard Plummer, Sr., Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, succumbed to injuries sustained the previous day when he was involved in an automobile accident while driving a prisoner to the county jail. On October 26, Sheriff Plummer was transporting a prisoner to the Southern Railway Station for transport to Frankfort Penitentiary. At the intersection of Fourth Street and Madison Avenue, the Fort Mitchell streetcar struck his vehicle. Both Sheriff Plummer and the prisoner were injured and rushed to St. Elizabeth Hospital where Sheriff Plummer died the next day. Sheriff Plummer had served with the agency for over 30 years. He was survived by his wife and eight children and he is buried in Evergreen Cemetery.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Louisville native Telma Louise Hopkins born in 1948. Hopkins rose to prominence as a member of the 1970s pop music group Tony Orlando and Dawn, which had several number-one songs. She also performed on the CBS variety show Tony Orlando and Dawn from 1974 until 1976. In 1979, Hopkins made her acting debut playing Daisy in the ABC miniseries Roots: The Next Generations. She then began working on various sitcoms, including Bosom Buddies, Gimme a Break and Family Matters.
October 28, 1971, M.W. Chuck Thomas was carried to his grave with antebellum plantation splendor, in an olden hearse drawn by two white horses. Singers and more than 1,000 friends followed the procession up a quarter-mile corridor of flowers hung from fence rows to a lonely grave in an open field. The funeral carried out to Thomas’s wishes was a throwback to days preceding his youth when the plantation masters were buried with showy but graceful dignity. Thomas was master of the 3,000-acre farm known as Thomas Territory with 16 miles of highway frontage in Lyon, Trigg, Caldwell and Christian Counties. He died at age 61 after a lingering illness that doctors told him would take his life on short notice.
October 28, 1981, Columbia native William Lance Burton appeared on the Johnny Carson Show for the first time. He was invited back for ten performances while Johnny Carson was the host and another ten performances during Jay Leno’s tenure. The magician was a big hit on late-night television and elsewhere. He performed more than 15,000 shows in Las Vegas for over 5,000,000 people, and in 2010 he ended his 31-year Vegas show. He continues to make guest appearances on television and stage.
October 28, 1990, Louisville native Jodie Mudd wins the $2.5 million Nabisco Championship in Houston. Mudd sank three straight birdies, including one on the first hole of a playoff, to earn the first-place paycheck of $450,000 in the world’s richest golf tournament. This win brought his 1990 earnings to $911,746.
On October 28, 1992, in a surprise move and against their own attorney’s advice, the Kentucky Racing Commission voted to give all thoroughbred intertrack 1993 racing dates in Henderson to Ellis Park and none to Riverside Downs, the harness track. The vote stunned Riverside owners who stated the decision would put them out of business. They did not shut down till 2009.
October 28, 1993, Louisville Male Bulldogs and the duPont Manual Rams met for the 100th time on the gridiron. Contrary to popular belief, this is not the oldest High School football rivalry in the United States, that belongs to high schools in Connecticut.
October 28, 1994, after a pair of third-place finishes on turf, Mott shifted Cigar to dirt. The result was an eight length romp in a one mile allowance race at Aqueduct. The lopsided victory triggered a 16-race winning streak that allowed Cigar to succeed at various distances and match Citation for the longest such streak by a major American horse. Citation swept 16 in a row from 1948-50.
October 28, 1995, Owensboro’s Brescia College announced that its board of trustees had voted to launch a program that would guarantee graduates a job offer or admittance to graduate school within 12 months of graduation.
October 28, 1995, the 12th Breeders’ Cup started with heavy early morning storms over New York, but the day brightened with some spectacular individual efforts. First there was 4-year-old Inside Information, ridden by Mike Smith, who dominated the Distaff with a 13 ½ length triumph, a Breeders’ Cup record for margin of victory. Smith also won the Juvenile aboard Unbridled’s Song. But this day belonged to the great Cigar, who completed an undefeated season of 10 straight wins with a rousing 2 ½ length victory under Jerry Bailey in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and earned Cigar the Horse of the Year title. It was Bailey’s third consecutive Classic win.
October 28, 2017, on his fifth try, Coach Mark Stoops and his Kentucky Wildcats take down Tennessee 29-26 in Lexington. Tennessee’s Hail Mary pass on the game’s final play was caught, but the receiver was tackled at Kentucky’s 3-yard line. Kentucky reached bowl eligibility for the second consecutive season with the win.
October 28, 2019, health insurance giant Humana cut its workforce by more than 800 people in Louisville and across its operations in several states. It was part of a plan to cut its workforce by 2%. Humana stated they expect to maintain an employee base of 12,000 in Louisville.