TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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November 6, 1793, Major John Adair and about 100 Kentucky Militia were attacked near Ft. Saint Clair in Ohio by a large number of Native Americans under the leadership of Chief Little Turtle.  After a gallant fight they were forced to retreat with six men killed, five wounded.  They were able to secure their camping equipment and 140 packed horses.

November 6, 1860, Republican Abraham Lincoln defeated Kentuckian and Southern Democrat John C. Breckinridge, Democrat Stephen A. Douglas, and Constitutional Union candidate John Bell for the U.S. Presidency.  The split between Northern and Southern Democrats over slavery secured the election for Lincoln.  Months following Lincoln’s election and before his inauguration in March 1861, seven Southern states, led by South Carolina, succeeded.  Lincoln’s election did not entirely cause the Civil War.  Still, the election was one of the primary reasons the war broke out the following year.  Lincoln captured slightly less than 40 percent of the national vote.  Still, he won a majority in the Electoral College, with 180 electoral votes.  Bell won Kentucky’s 12 electoral college votes by winning 66,058 (45.2%) of the popular vote: Breckinridge 53,143 (36.3%), Douglas 25,651 (17.5%) and Lincoln 1,364 (.9%). 

November 6, 1861, John C. Breckinridge was indicted for treason in U.S. federal district court in Frankfort, having officially enlisted in the Confederate army days earlier.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Bardstown native John Crepps Wickliffe Beckham, Kentucky’s 35th Governor born in 1869.  He was also a United States Senator from Kentucky.  He was the state’s first popularly elected senator following passage of the Seventeenth Amendment.  Democrat William Goebel reluctantly chose Beckham as his running mate in the gubernatorial election of 1899, he had just turned 30, the minimum age for running.  Beckham became Governor three months after the election.

November 6, 1897, the Kentucky State College Blue and White football team (UK) was shutout by Central University (EKU) 0-18.

November 6, 1915, the Kentucky Wildcats shutout the Louisville Cardinals for the fourth consecutive time in the 4th Governor’s Cup.  The game was played at Eclipse Park in Louisville.

November 6, 1920, Sheriff Richard Scott Hunter, Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed as he and a deputy attempted to arrest a man for cutting his wife’s throat.  As the officers entered the home, the man opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun, fatally wounding the sheriff.  The man fled the home but was later apprehended and charged with murder.  He was executed in the electric chair on January 31, 1921.  Sheriff Hunter was 38 and survived by his wife.

November 6, 1928, Deputy Sheriff James Owens of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, was shot and killed after breaking up a fight between two juveniles at a local school, while keeping the peace during an election.  As Deputy Owens escorted one of the boys off of the premises the boy’s father hit him over the head with an iron rod.  After falling to the ground, Deputy Owens drew his weapon and shot the suspect.  Another man then grabbed the gun from Deputy Owens and fatally shot him.  Deputy Owens had served with the agency for two years.  Owens was 46 years old and was survived by his wife and seven children.

November 6, 1934, Deputy Sheriff John Wooton, Leslie County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed after an election dispute near Big Creek.  Despite being mortally wounded, Deputy Wooton was able to return fire and fatally wounded the suspect.

November 6, 1937, Chief of Police Lewis Marshall, Salyersville Police Department, was shot and killed inside the Magoffin County Jail while placing a prisoner inside a cell.  Chief Marshall had just arrested the man for being drunk in public and walked him two blocks to the county jail without searching him.  As the man was being placed into the cell he produced a pistol and opened fire on Chief Marshall, fatally wounding him.  Chief Marshall had only served as chief of the Salyersville Police Department for three months.  He was 57 and survived by his wife and two daughters.

November 6, 1950, Army PVT Howard D. Cook from Boyle County and Army CPL Kenneth G. Grider from Russell County both died fighting in the Korean War.

November 6, 1952, Army PVT Dwaine Hall from Knott County and Army PFC Henry Scott from Harlan County both died fighting in the Korean War.

October 6, 1965, Army SGT Miles H. Loper from Knox County died fighting in the Vietnam War.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Elizabethtown native Kelly Rutherford born in 1968.  Kelly is known for her roles as Lily van der Woodsen on the CW series Gossip Girl and Megan Lewis on FOX’s Melrose Place.  She also played Sam Whitmore on the soap opera Generations.

October 6, 1970, Army SP4 Lonnie D. Fields from Upton in Hardin County died fighting in the Vietnam War.

November 6, 1978, Patrolman Kenneth R. Nally, Jefferson County Police Department, succumbed to injuries received in a motorcycle accident two days earlier while escorting a high school football team to a game.  During the drive another vehicle pulled out in front of him, causing a collision.

November 6, 1979, Democratic nominee John Y. Brown Jr. defeated Republican nominee Governor Louie Nunn with 59.41% of the vote to become the 55th Governor.  Nunn, the 52nd Governor, tried to get his old job back.

November 6, 1999, the 16th Breeders’ Cup was expanded to eight races and total purses of $13 million.  The newest addition was the Filly & Mare Turf, run at 1 3/8 miles for females, three-years-old and older. The first edition drew a full field of 14 horses, and was won by the favorite.

Filly & Mare Turf
Classic

November 6, 2005, Ellis Park was in the middle of an F3 Tornado cutting a 41-mile swath.  Only three of the horses stabled at the park died that day, but many sustained severe injuries.   The terrace grandstand crumbled to the ground and nine of the 39 barns collapsed.  The clubhouse and the main grandstand sustained little damage.  A farmer discovered several racehorses wandering in the Ohio River bottoms days after the storm.

November 6, 2007, incumbent Republican Governor Ernie Fletcher lost reelection for a second term, he was defeated by Democratic challenger Steve Beshear to become Kentucky’s 61st Governor.

Friday, November 6, 2009, for the first time, the Breeders’ Cup returned to the same racetrack in consecutive years as Santa Anita once again played host to the 26th Breeders’ Cup Championship races, a global event.  There was great anticipation for the 2009 races because the undefeated Zenyatta was entered into the Classic by trainer John Shirreffs, and would face the world’s best male horses.  On Friday, Shirreffs won the Ladies’ Classic again, this time with the 4-year-old filly Life is Sweet.

Ladies Classic
Classic

Saturday, November 6, 2010, the 27th Breeders’ Cup was known as The Quest for Perfection.  The undefeated Zenyatta was attempting to close out her brilliant career a perfect 20 for 20 with a second victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

November 6, 2015, Senior Patrol Officer Daniel Neil Ellis, Richmond Police Department, died two days after being shot while attempting to apprehend an armed robbery suspect at an apartment in the 500 block of Ballard Drive.  Multiple subjects had robbed a customer at a gas station earlier in the morning and a witness provided a vehicle description that led officers to the apartment.  A male subject who answered the door denied that the robbery suspect was inside and then gave officers consent to search the apartment.  As Officer Ellis entered a back bedroom the robbery suspect, who was a parolee hiding inside, opened fire.  Officer Ellis was struck in the head.  His partner returned fire and wounded the subject.  Officer Ellis was taken to the University of Kentucky Hospital, where he died two days later from his wound.  Three people, including the shooter, were arrested and held in connection with the robbery and Officer Ellis’s murder.  Officer Ellis had served with the Richmond Police Department for seven years.  He is survived by his wife and one child at 33 years old.

November 6, 2018, Kentuckians sent Andy Barr back to Washington D.C. over Amy McGrath.  John Yarmuth won easily. Mass teacher protests triggered by Bevin’s pension proposal was not the energizing force for Democrats, who only picked up two seats in Kentucky’s house enabling Republicans to maintain a majority.

November 6, 2019, the day after the election, incumbent Governor Matt Bevin requested an election recanvas after coming up 5,000 votes short to win his job back.  He spoke from the Governor’s Mansion and stated there were “a number of significant irregularities.”  The next day, University of Kentucky election law professor Joshua A. Douglass stated that Bevin has every right to request a recanvas but “to throw around allegations on election irregularities without any proof at all is just really dangerous.  It undermines the people’s confidence in elections.”