TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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November 10, 1782, George Rogers Clark sent a Kentucky force to invade the Native American county north of the Ohio.  They descended on the town of Miamis where the Native Americans fled without a fight.  Their towns were burned and supplies stolen.  The news of these actions also helped the confidence of white men who wanted to settle new land. 
A History of the Daniel Boone National Forest, 1770-1970 by Robert F. Collins; pg: 102

November 10, 1894, the Kentucky State College Blue and White football team (UK) played Kentucky University (TU) in the Battle on Broadway.  State wins 44-0.

November 10, 1910, Jailer Wesley Turner, of the Breathitt County jail was shot and killed by a man who held a grudge against him following a stint in the county jail.  Jailer Turner was walking up the street with acquaintances when he encountered the man.  The subject took the weapon of a friend and opened fire on Jailer Turner, killing him.  The suspect fled the area while being pursued by a large posse.  He was shot and killed by the posse after being located in Knott County.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Livingston native David Monroe Smith born in 1926.  During the Korean War, he served as an Army PFC Mortar Gunner and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery.  For his actions he was also awarded: the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

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Medal of Honor
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Purple Heart

November 10, 1934, Deputy Sheriff William Ray Brittain, Harlan County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed while attempting to break up a fight in a local restaurant.  A 31-year-old man was arrested and charged with murder.  A month later he was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to seven years.  Deputy Brittain was 27 and survived by his wife.

November 10, 1967, Army PFC James T. Coon from Daviess County died fighting in the Vietnam War.

November 10, 1973, Annville native David Akeman better known as Stringbean was murdered.  Akeman and his wife returned home after he performed at the Grand Ole Opry.  Both were shot dead shortly after their arrival.  The killers had waited for hours.  Their corpses were discovered the following morning by their neighbor, Grandpa Jones.  

November 10, 1983, deer hunters were allowed to kill over 200 deer in the 20,000 acres Bernheim Forest in Bullitt County, where hunting is usually banned.  The forest was overpopulated with deer for years and many were malnourished from the recent drought.

November 10, 1984, the inaugural Breeders’ Cup arrived at Hollywood Park in Los Angeles.  Seven races, featuring the world’s greatest horses, jockeys and trainers competed on one stage for $10 million in purses, with an unprecedented live four-hour national broadcast.  The $3 million Breeders’ Cup Classic hype lived up to its billing.  The favorite, Slew o’Gold, Preakness winner Gate Dancer and 31-1 longshot Wild Again drove and banged together down Hollywood Park stretch to the wire.  Attendance: 64,254 Handle: $19,476,050.  

November 10, 1985, New York financier Carl Icahn spent a world-record $7 million for Miss Oceana, who was in foal to Northern Dancer.  He purchased the mare from the Newstead Farm Trust dispersal sale conducted by Fasig-Tipton.   Icahn beat the $6 million 1984 record set by the Maktoum Brothers when the brothers bought Priceless Flame.  The financier set a second record on the day when he purchased a six-year-old mare named Larida for $4 million; this was the highest price for a mare not in foal.  Mr. Icahn recently had taken control of TWA and was not present at the horse sales.

November 10, 1990, about 200 Civil War re-enactors performed an enshrining ceremony for 25 restored Union and Confederate flags being put on display inside the old state capitol building in Frankfort.  In grand splendor troops paraded the Confederate flags into the building.  The collection of flags was provided by the Kentucky Historical Society.  I wonder if the same ceremony would be held today.

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November 10, 1994, State Senator John Rogers of Somerset, who was convicted in October of 1994 of selling his influence on banking legislation, resigned.  He had held the office since 1976.  He gave his resignation to Governor Brereton Jones after being found guilty of extortion, mail fraud, and lying to the F.B.I.  Rogers, who was 54 at the time, will still be eligible for his pension of 19 years.

November 10, 2000, retired General Colin Powell spoke to 6,000 people at the Alumni Coliseum at Eastern Kentucky University to urge the state to do more to make sure children don’t fall between the cracks and up in the “the bloody jails” the country has built in recent years.  Powell headed a program at the time called “America’s Promise” designed to promote civic, business, and government partnerships that can help American children, especially those considered at risk of getting into trouble or dropping out of school.  Governor Patton was present and promised to sign on and pledged the state would do more to help young Kentuckians.  

November 10, 2004, Thomas Clyde Bowling, a murderer on death row, asked the Kentucky Supreme Court and the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to halt his execution.  He claimed he was mentally disabled and could not be legally executed on the set date of November 30.  Governor Fletcher signed the warrant to let the execution go forward; claiming there was no proof Bowling was mentally incapacitated.  The execution did not occur; the last Kentucky execution was in 2008.   

November 10, 2009, Steve Nunn who served 16 years in the General Assembly was indicted on a murder charge for killing former girlfriend Amanda Ross.  He was also charged with violating a domestic violence order.  Under Kentucky law that constitutes an aggravating circumstance and would allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty.  

November 10, 2012, 12:08 p.m. E.S.T. on or near the county line between Letcher and Perry Counties a 4.2 magnitude earthquake occurred.  Although this earthquake was classified as light it was felt more than 1000 km away, from the north of Columbus, Ohio, to the south of Atlanta, Georgia, and from west of Henderson, to east of Raleigh, North Carolina.  Moderate-to-strong shaking was reported within 40 km of the epicenter in northern Leslie County.  Minor cracks appeared in a basement wall in the Letcher County Courthouse, 21 km from the epicenter.  In Jenkins, 38 km from the epicenter, the rate of water flow leaking from the base of a dam increased tenfold after the event.  The earthquake occurred beneath the Cumberland Plateau of eastern Kentucky, which had not experienced an earthquake of similar size since 1990.

November 10, 2012, the dedication of ten million dollars in additions to the Parklands of Floyds Fork in Jefferson County occurred.  Dan Jones, Chairman of the 21st Century Parks, the nonprofit agency overseeing the 27-mile park system along Floyds Fork along with Mayor Greg Fischer and Dan Jones’s father, founder of Humana David Jones Sr., spoke at the ceremony.  

November 10, 2015, Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker spoke at the new Boyle County Public Library Bookmobile’s unveiling ceremony.  Mr. Walker utilized the old bookmobile when he was growing up in Danville, always running and trying to be the first there when the bookmobile would come around his neighborhood.