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November 7, 1825, around two o’clock in the morning, Jereboam Orville Beauchamp, a young southern Kentucky lawyer, knocked on Colonel Solomon P. Sharp’s door in downtown Frankfort and plunged a dagger deep into Sharp’s chest. This would become known as the “Kentucky Tragedy” or “Beauchamp-Sharp Tragedy.” The central figure was Anna Cooke Beauchamp. Anna had been an admirer of Sharp until Sharp denied being the father of her stillborn child. Later, Anna began a relationship with Cooke and agreed to marry him on the condition that he kill Sharp to avenge her honor. Anna and Jereboam married in June 1824, and 17 months later, the tragedy occurred. Sharpe was a prominent figure in Kentucky politics as a Representative, Congressman and Attorney General. On the morning of the scheduled execution, Anna and Jereboam attempted suicide in his cell with a knife. Anna survived and Jereboam was loaded on a cart to be taken to the gallows and hanged before he could bleed to death.
November 7, 1852, Madison County native Joshua H. Bean passed away. Joshua Bean served with Zachary Taylor in the Mexican–American War and went to California in 1849 and San Diego in 1850, where he was a trader and saloon owner. The California State Legislature incorporated San Diego in 1850 and Bean was the first mayor until 1851. As mayor, he illegally “sold” City Hall and city pueblo lands to himself and a friend. Bean died in an ambush just outside Mission San Gabriel in 1852 during an argument over a woman.
November 7, 1899, the most hotly contested gubernatorial election, possibly in the United States, was held: William S. Taylor (R) vs. William Goebel (D). Current Governor William O. Bradley (R) was unable to run due to term limits.
November 7, 1912, Deputy Sheriff Edward Neece, Bell County Sheriff’s Department, was shot and killed at Brownet’s Creek near Pineville on a Sunday morning while attempting to serve a warrant. The 40-year-old suspect was wanted for selling illegal liquor. The suspect was captured several months later, convicted of manslaughter, and sent to prison in 1915 for 10 years. On June 5, 1921, he escaped from a prison road camp. Nearly two months later he was shot and killed by a posse at his home in Pineville. Deputy Neece was survived by his pregnant wife and his 2-year-old daughter.
November 7, 1928, Constable Samuel Newton Fannin, Boyd County Constable’s Office, was shot and killed on 15th Street in Ashland while attempting to quell an argument on election night. Two men from different political parties were arguing about the day’s election and Constable Fannin was called to intervene. As he attempted to arrest both men one of them opened fire, striking Constable Fannin twice. Both men were charged with Constable Fannin’s murder. One escaped from jail prior to the trial and the second was acquitted. Constable Fannin was 31 and survived by his wife.
November 7, 1928, Chief of Police Fred E. Stanley, Floyd County Police Department, was shot and killed by the father of a boy he had arrested. When the chief refused to return the boy’s gun to the father the man shot him. The 40-year-old suspect was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 21 years. On July 11, 1934, he was pardoned by Governor Ruby Laffoon. Chief Stanley was 42 and survived by his wife.
November 7, 1929, Patrolman Poley Lloyd Faulkner, Winchester Police Department, was shot and killed when he and two officers attempted to arrest a man for drunk and disorderly conduct. The officers had received reports that the man was causing a disturbance and that he was driving recklessly after leaving the saloon. The officers located the man at the corner of Washington and Main Streets and attempted to speak with him. The man continued driving down Main Street and suddenly stopped near the city limits. He exited his vehicle with a rifle and pointed it at the officers. As Patrolman Faulkner stepped out of the rear seat of the police car the man opened fire, striking him once. The two officers returned fire, and killed the suspect. Patrolman Faulkner had served with the Winchester Police Department for four years.
November 7, 1932, Deputy Constable Booker Van Buren Wright, Letcher County Constable’s Office, was shot and killed when he went to a house to arrest a suspect on a warrant with an officer from the Neon Police Department. When Deputy Constable Wright arrived at the suspect’s home, near Haymond, to serve a warrant for public intoxication, the suspect opened fire. Deputy Constable Wright was able to return fire but was struck in the leg by one of the rounds which severed his artery. The suspect was arrested by the other officer and charged with murder. He was found not guilty by reason of self-defense. Two of Deputy Constable Wright’s second cousins were shot and killed in the line of duty while serving as law enforcement officers in Letcher County. Deputy William Wright was shot and killed on April 11th, 1901, and Deputy Constable Joel Wright was shot and killed on August 24th, 1916. Deputy Constable Wright was 43 and survived by his wife and three children.
November 7, 1949, Lexington native Vertner Woodson Tandy passed away in Manhattan, New York City. Vertner was one of the seven founders (commonly referred to as “The Seven Jewels”) of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at Cornell University in 1906. Tandy served as the first treasurer of the Alpha Chapter and the designer of the fraternity pin. The fraternity became incorporated under his auspices. He is also known as the first African American registered architect in New York State.
November 7, 1968, Deputy Sheriff Oscar Burkhart, Harlan County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed while attempting to transport a prisoner to the county jail. The prisoner’s parents opened fire on Deputy Burkhart’s patrol car, firing over 50 rounds into it and fatally wounding him. All of the suspects fled the scene after the shooting but were captured a short time later.
November 7, 1970, two addictive drugs in the barbiturate family were stricken from the approved drug list of Kentucky’s Medicaid program and no longer prescribed. The two drugs were Pentobarbital or “yellow jackets,” and secobarbital, also called “red devils.”
November 7, 1970, Governor Nunn announced a proposal to have 35 east-central counties in Kentucky proclaimed a national recreation area. He told the Natural Bridge Association at Natural Bridge State Park that it would be helpful in getting federal grants. Nunn also announced a $1 million building program at the park that will include a convention building to hold 400 persons.
November 7, 1979, Trooper Edward Ray Harris, Kentucky State Police, was shot and killed while attempting to make an arrest in LaRue County. The suspect was later shot and killed by other officers. Trooper Harris had served with the Kentucky State Police for 7-1/2 years. He was 29 and survived by his wife and three children.
November 7, 1995, Lieutenant Governor Paul E. Patton, defeated Republican nominee Larry Forgy to win his first term and become Kentucky’s 59th Governor. The Kentucky General Assembly changed its term limits law in 1992, allowing Patton to run again in 1999 and leaving Virginia as the only state that prohibits its governor from serving immediate successive terms.
November 7, 1998, Breeders’ Cup single day record crowd of 80,452 witnessed two memorable performances, starting with the 6-year-old gelding Da Hoss, who had not raced for nearly two years. He came into the Mile with one prep race just a month before. Losing the lead to Hawksley Hill in deep stretch, Da Hoss, ridden by John Velazquez, fought back to overtake his rival by a head at the wire. Breeders’ Cup announcer Tom Durkin called Da Hoss’s feat “the greatest comeback since Lazarus.” The day’s second spectacular moment took place in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, which featured one of the best fields ever assembled: the 1997 Derby winner Silver Charm, the last two Belmont Stakes winners Touch Gold and Victory Gallop and defending Classic winner Skip Away. This was the 15th edition.
Saturday, November 7, 2009, Zenyatta became the first female to win the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Classic. She carried 124 lbs. and won by one length over Gio Ponti, earning $2,700,000 of the $5,000,000 purse. She also became the first horse to win two different Breeders’ Cup races winning the Ladies Classic in 2008. Zenyatta won 19 consecutive races in a 20-race career. This was the 26th edition of the World Championship races.
Sunday, November 7, 2010, Awesome Feather who won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies two days earlier went through the one-day Lexington Fasig-Tipton November sales and brought $2.3 million. Race track owner Frank Stronach was the new owner. Dubai Majesty who won the Filly & Mare Sprint also sold for $1.1 million. Gabby’s Golden Gal, the 10th place finisher in the Filly & Mare Sprint sold for $1.2 million.
November 7, 2018, a few Kentucky lawmakers requested a judge to keep sealed sexual harassment allegations so the public would not be informed. They claimed the sworn testimony of a former female staffer who accused them of sexual harassment was to graphic and highly embarrassing.
November 7, 2019, a fire caused significant damage to a GenCanna hemp processing facility in Winchester. Several employees were inside the facility when it caught on fire at 8:15 PM, with no injuries reported. GenCanna Global USA Inc., a large Kentucky producer of cannabidiol, or CBD, oil and other hemp products, filed bankruptcy three months later. Growing pains and a new industry is a challenging endeavor.