TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Lexington native Gideon Shryock born in 1802.  At 25, Gideon’s first design was the Old State Capitol in Frankfort, built from 1827-30, and is now a National Historic Landmark (NHL).  A few of his other designs included: the Old State House in Little Rock built from 1833-42, an NHL.  Old Morrison on the Transylvania Campus built from 1831-34, also an NHL.  Two local courthouses, Franklin County, built from 1832-35 and Jefferson County 1837-60.  The Orlando Bloom House in Frankfort is the only known residence Gideon designed.  In 1832, Gideon’s father, Matthias, designed the family home of Mary Todd Lincoln.

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Arkansas State Capitol

November 15, 1843, the Campbell-Rice Debate took place in Lexington, a healthy community discussion about the Christian Church’s and the Presbyterian’s religious views.  Participants included Alexander Campbell, president of Bethany College in West Virginia who represented the Christian Church and Reverend Nathan Rice of Paris speaking for the Presbyterian Church.  Henry Clay, in between terms in the U.S. Senate, agreed to be a moderator.  J.M. Sandusky, a prominent Missouri lawyer formerly of Lexington, commented at one point, “I should have thought Clay could have made a much better judge of a horse race or good whiskey than a religious debate.”

November 15, 1900, Officer John Horan, of the Louisville Police Department, was killed instantly when he was thrown from his horse at the intersection of 30th and Walnut Streets and suffered a broken neck.  He and another officer were en route to their post at 28th and Chestnut Streets when the accident occurred.  Officer Horan had served with the agency for seven years.  He was survived by his wife and four sons.

November 15, 1907, Patrolman Theodore C. Bossung, Louisville Police Department, died after contracting tetanus as a result of being dragged by a horse ten days earlier.  He was the driver of a patrol wagon and was answering a call at Clay and Oak Streets when the harness became tangled.  As he attempted to untangle it some of the horses bolted, dragging him behind them for an entire city block.  He received a cut on his head that required 12 stitches, which lead to tetanus.  Patrolman Bossung served with the Louisville Police Department for 17 years.

November 15, 1911, Deputy Sheriff Samuel Henry Bailey, Harlan County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed while attempting to serve an arrest warrant on his own son-in-law in the Wallins Creek area.  He succumbed to the gunshot wound early the following morning. His son-in-law was arrested at the scene and charged with murder.  On April 20, 1912, he was convicted of murder and sentenced to 21 years.  Deputy Bailey was survived by his wife and daughter.

November 15, 1911, Special Patrolman Francis M. Blair, Whitesburg Police Department, was shot and killed as he and a deputy sheriff attempted to arrest a man wanted for shooting a policeman in Wise County, Virginia, several days earlier.  As the two officers approached the house the suspect was in, the man opened fire.  Patrolman Blair was shot and instantly killed and the deputy was severely wounded.  Despite the wound, the deputy was able to return fire and killed the suspect.  Patrolman Blair had previously served with the United States Marshals Service.  He was killed on his 36th birthday.

November 15, 1926, City Marshal Charlie Wright, Burnside Police Department, was shot and mortally while attempting to arrest a man for public drunkenness.  He died eight days later.  The suspect was arrested, convicted of Marshal Wright’s murder, and sentenced to life in prison.  He was pardoned by Acting Governor A. B. Chandler March 4, 1933.  Marshal Wright had been appointed marshal only six months earlier when his predecessor, Marshal Hiram Gregory, was shot and killed in the line of duty, while also attempting to arrest a man for public drunkenness.  City Marshal Wright was 49 and served on the force for six months.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Louisville native David Russell “Gus” Bell, Jr., born in 1928.  Mr. Bell was a Major League Baseball player from 1950 through 1964, who played with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets and Milwaukee Braves.  He batted left-handed and threw right-handed; in a 15-year career, Bell was a .281 hitter with 206 home runs and 942 RBIs in 1741 games.  He played nine of his 15 seasons with Cincinnati and was the oldest member of a rare three-generation major league family.  His son, Buddy, was a third baseman, coach and manager, and his grandsons, David and Mike, were both infielders.

November 15, 1952, Air Force 1STLT Robert M. Giltner from Eminence in Henry County died fighting in the Korean War.

November 15, 1956, a Kentucky circuit court jury awarded $175,000 in damages to Charles Mann, 7, whose right arm and right leg were cut off by a free-rolling railway car in 1952.  The award was the largest settlement ever returned in a Jefferson Circuit Court.

November 15, 1962, Muhammad Ali fought Archie Moore in Los Angeles Arena.  Moore was one of the greatest light heavyweights and most prolific fighters of all time (219 professional fights).  But he was 45 when he fought Clay.  Clay knocked him down three times in the fourth round and won by TKO in the fourth.  Moore’s next fight was his last, and it was against wrestler Mike DiBiase in Phoenix.  Moore beat up on DiBiase and won by TKO in the third round, ending his 27-year career with a victory.

November 15, 1965, Army SGT Paris D. Dusch from Carroll County died fighting in the Vietnam War.

November 15, 1967, Army SP4 Orville Caudill from Laurel County and Army SP4 Jimmy E. Flynn from Pulaski County died fighting in the Vietnam War.

November 15, 1970, former Governor Bert Combs told a conservation group that the Kentucky General Assembly’s next session should enact a severance tax on coal.  The announced candidate for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination predicted that the coal industry would go along with such a levy if allowed to plan for the tax.  

November 15, 1986, the Kentucky Wildcats beat the Florida Gators 10-3 in Commonwealth Stadium.

November 15, 1990, Pineville dedicated a fortress dam against the Cumberland River.  Over one-hundred residents from Pineville and Wallsend, many who had been victims from past floods, gathered together.  The new dam is said to guard against the 100 year flood.  The Federal Government paid for 74%, of the $76 million price tag and Kentucky paying the remainder.  Rep. Hal Rogers secured funding for three similar projects in Kentucky, Pineville being the first.

November 15, 2001, displaying a toughness and single-minded determination Western Kentucky stunned No. 4 Kentucky 64-52 in Rupp Arena.  The unranked Hilltoppers held the Wildcats to 33 percent shooting from the field, forcing 20 turnovers and winning the battle of the boards 40-38.

November 15, 2003, Army Sgt. Michael D. Acklin II, 25, of Louisville, was killed when two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters crashed in Mosul, Iraq.  Michael was fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

November 15, 2017, Kentucky’s Secretary of State Grimes and Rep. John Sims D-Flemingsburg held a press conference to urge Kentuckians to legalize medical marijuana and announced their task force to help the endeavor.  Grimes stated, “The research is done.  The studies have been conducted.  It works and it’s time we end our idling and start having conversations to bring medical marijuana to the Commonwealth.”

February 2020

November 15, 2019, six months after the Kentucky Derby ended with the unprecedented disqualification of the horse that finished first, U.S. District Judge Karen E. Caldwell ruled that the stewards’ decision was final.