TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Louisville native Louis Dembitz Brandeis, born 1856.  Judge Brandeis was the first Jewish man to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court and was appointed by President Wilson.  Louis graduated from high school at the age of 14, attended college first in Kentucky and then graduated Valedictorian from Harvard Law School at 20.  He fought monopolies, large corporations and developed a new life insurance system after an exposé of insurance fraud in 1906.  In 1907, he launched a six-year fight to prevent banker J. P. Morgan from monopolizing New England’s railroads.  Brandeis was hostile to the new consumerism and hated advertising, which he said “manipulated” average buyers.  He realized that newspapers and magazines were dependent on advertising for their revenues, which caused them to be “less free” than they should be.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Louisville native Helen Maria Turner born in 1858.  Ms. Turner was an American painter and teacher known for her oils, watercolors, and pastels, often in an Impressionist style.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Louisville native Abraham Flexner, born in 1866.  After graduating from Johns Hopkins University in two years with a degree in classics, Flexner returned to Louisville to teach classics at Louisville Male High School.  Four years later, Flexner founded a private school to test his growing ideas about education.  Flexner opposed the standard model of education that focused on mental discipline and a rigid structure.  Moreover, “Mr. Flexner’s School” did not give out traditional grades, used no standard curriculum, refused to impose examinations on students, and kept no academic record of students.  Graduates attended leading colleges, and his teaching style began to attract considerable attention.

November 13, 1894,“The Lion of White Hall,” 84-year old Cassius M. Clay married 15-year old Dora Richardson at his Madison County estate.

November 13, 1902, Deputy Nick Bodkin of the Kenton County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed as he and another deputy attempted to break up a disturbance at a local saloon across the street from the Covington police station.  A Covington policeman had become intoxicated and started a quarrel with two patrons of the saloon.  As Deputy Bodkin and the other deputy attempted to separate the group, the policeman pulled out his gun and opened fire, fatally wounding Deputy Bodkin and wounding the second deputy.  The policeman was arrested and charged with murder.  Deputy Bodkin was 41 years old.

November 13, 1920, Kentucky and Centre meet on the gridiron.  Centre dominates 0-49.  

November 13, 1944, Junior James Spurrier from Russell County, nearly single-handedly captured the village of Achain, France from German control.  For several hours, Spurrier attacked the town repeatedly, wandering into the command post, replenishing his ammo and slipping out the door.  At the end of the night, he had routed the enemy.  His courage was recognized the following spring with the Medal of Honor.  A few months earlier, Spurrier was involved with another heroic action where he received the Distinguished Service Cross.  Junior had a very turbulent life after the war and had difficulty adjusting back to civilian life.  

November 13, 1948, the Kentucky Wildcats beat the Florida Gators in Lexington 34-15.

November 13, 1950, Navy SN Frank B. Carroll from Pembroke from Christian County died fighting in the Korean War.

November 13, 1968, Army SP4 James C. Hathorne from Louisville died fighting in the Vietnam War.

November 13, 1969, Army CPL Eddie D. Carpenter from Lexington died fighting in the Vietnam War.

November 13, 1970, the weighing of burley tobacco began for the season in Kentucky and seven other burley growing states.  Deliveries were heavy to the warehouses because of good weather and a top quality crop.  

November 13, 1980, 50,000 acres in Eastern Kentucky continued to burn.  The smoke drifted to Lexington and Frankfort and as far north as Toledo and Cleveland.  The smoke was so thick in Hazard the planes were unable to take off.

November 13, 1990, the Kentucky school board voted to ban spanking.  At the time, the action made Kentucky the only Southern state except Virginian to ban paddling in schools and the 21st state to adopt such rules.  The regulation requires the Department of Education to find “alternatives to corporal punishment.”  Although the board voted to ban spanking, Kentucky law allows it.

November 13, 1990, the University of Louisville accepted its bid to the Fiesta Bowl amid controversy.  The acceptance of the bowl’s invitation placed the university in the middle of a national controversy when Arizona voters defeated a measure to have made Dr. Martin Luther King a statewide wide holiday.  It was Louisville’s first bowl bid since 1977.  Louisville crushes Alabama 34-7.

November 13, 2001, Deputy Sheriff Billy Ray Walls, III, Jessamine County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Billy Ray Walls and Captain Chuck Morgan were shot and killed by an elderly man as they and another deputy were serving a warrant for making a terroristic threat.  As the three deputies entered the man’s 150-square-foot houseboat, the suspect opened fire with a semi-automatic .30 caliber M-1 carbine rifle.  Deputy Walls was killed at the scene and Captain Chuck Morgan and the third deputy were seriously wounded.  Captain Morgan succumbed to his wounds three weeks later.  The deputies were able to return fire and kill the shooter.  Over 20 rifles and handguns were found in the man’s home.  Deputy Walls had been in law enforcement for seven years and had been with the 16-person agency for one year.  He is survived by his wife and 6-month-old daughter.

November 13, 2007, an 84-year-old McCreary man who resided in Eastern Kentucky nursing home sued the facility, saying they kicked him out in violation of state law.  Mr. Elmus Campbell required a hospital stay for two days, and they refused to take him back.  Although the administrative judge ordered the nursing home to take him back, public interest lawyers filed the suit out of concern over what appears to be a growing trend around the state of “dumping” residents who may be challenging.

November 13, 2010, the Louisville Slugger Museum held its 7th annual auction.  Items for this year included Babe Ruth’s autographed 702nd home run ball, Cy Young’s 1903 inaugural World Series bat, a Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps rookie baseball card, and other rare baseball memorabilia.

November 13, 2015, the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest made their first major land acquisition in a decade when they bought 135 acres in Bullitt County to protect the Cave Hollow region north of Bernheim Forest.

November 13, 2018, for the second year in a row, Kentucky’s Teacher’s Retirement System (TRS) reported a modest improvement in its financial condition.  The actuary for TRS said that as of June 30, the system had 57.7% of the money it anticipates is needed to pay future benefits, an upturn from 56.4% in 2017.

November 13, 2019, USDA Wildlife Services and the biologist for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife teamed up to use helicopters to snipe feral pigs infesting Land Between the Lakes.  Wild hogs can have two litters per year, with an average of 10 per litter.  Those offspring can give birth in less than a year.  Reports of wild pigs began to surface in 1990 in small pockets of the state but are now present throughout the Commonwealth.