TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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December 5, 1792, a commission, selected by the Kentucky Legislature, chose Frankfort as its capital.  The Commissioners were instructed to select a site that pledged the largest contribution toward constructing a statehouse.  Several cities bid, but Frankfort’s offer of several town lots, rent money from a tobacco warehouse, various building materials and $3,000 in cash from eight local citizens overwhelmed the others.  A three-story statehouse was completed in 1794 and burned to the ground in 1813.

December 5, 1908, Special Deputy Sheriff Wiley Litteral, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed as he accompanied a raiding party of Lawrence County deputies and United States marshals that were attempting to serve a warrant at a home on Coon Creek.  Deputy Litteral and several of the deputy marshals approached the home from the West Virginia side of the creek while the county deputies approached from the Kentucky side.  As the deputy marshal entered the front of the home Deputy Litteral went to the back.  Shots were fired from inside and Deputy Litteral was struck multiple times.  The other officers returned fire and killed one of the family members inside.  The others were taken into custody and charged with several federal liquor law violations.  Deputy Litteral was 45 and survived by his son.

December 5, 1930, Policeman Paris Tipton Cook, Pineville Police Department, was shot and killed by a Bell County deputy who was upset after noting being appointed to the city police department.  Policeman Cook and another policeman were notified that the deputy was drunk and had fired a gun from a bridge.  The two officers notified the chief of police, who then notified the county sheriff.  All four men then went to the location and confronted the deputy.  As the sheriff attempted to convince the man to put down his gun, the deputy opened fire, striking Policeman Cook twice.  The Pineville police chief returned fire, killing the deputy.  Policeman Cook was 48, a widower who was survived by his second wife and seven children.

December 5, 1931, Coach Harry Gamage’s Kentucky Wildcat Football team beats Florida 7-2 to close out the regular season at 5-2-2.

December 5, 1953, Cawood Ledford calls his first basketball game against Temple.  Cawood’s only radio experience before calling UK games for WLEX was his two-years calling high school basketball and football games for WHLN in Harlan.

December 5, 1966, Air Force COL Burriss N. Begley from Hyden in Leslie County and Army SGT Paul McGaughey from Louisville both died fighting in the Vietnam War.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Lexington native Susan Sloane-Lundy born in 1970.  Susan is a retired American professional tennis player who was one of the top 20 best players in the world.

December 5, 1972, former President Harry S. Truman, 88, was rushed to the hospital and placed in fair condition.

December 5, 1980, Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture Thomas O. Harris and two other employees of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture were suspended from their jobs without pay for at least the duration of the burley tobacco marketing season.

Kentucky Trivia: Southern Kentucky’s barren grasslands, laurels that grow along the Laurel River, medicinal springs where many visitors took therapeutic baths, Jessamine Creek, Cumberland River, Ohio River, and the Rockcastle River are the seven Kentucky Counties that are named for their natural habitat.

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December 5, 1998, Male beats Tates Creek 31-7 for the Class 4A State High School Football Championship.

December 5, 2000, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Billy Ray Smith presented Governor Patton 26 home grown Christmas Trees at the State Capitol.  The trees were displayed throughout the Capitol grounds over the holidays.  

December 5, 2009, St. Xavier beat Trinity 34-10 for the Class 6A KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl.

December 5, 2010, Mitch McConnell calls Julian Assange a “High Tech Terrorist.”  He stated on NBC’s Meet The Press he wants Assange prosecuted for divulging information, and if he didn’t break any laws, McConnell wants the laws changed.  Assange started to release classified U.S. information in 2007.   

December 5, 2015, Male defeats Lafayette 41-14 for the Class 6A KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl.

December 5, 2015, the Abraham Lincoln Bridge opens for people to walk across, all lanes were open two days later.  The bridge is parallel to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge upstream and carries six lanes of northbound I-65 traffic.  Tolls began on the bridge, connecting Louisville and Jeffersonville, the following year.

December 5, 2018, a Louisville armored car driver drives off with $850,000.  He should have driven the armored car to its intended destination.

December 5, 2019, the process of starting to legalize sports betting in Kentucky began when 40 Kentucky lawmakers pre-filed House bill 137.

December 5, 2019, Governor-elect Andy Beshear stated he would act quickly when he takes office, the following week, to dismiss Kentucky Education Commissioner and the State Board of Education.  He went on to say that he would restore voting rights for nonviolent offenders and decide whether or not to continue Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton’s lawsuit against Governor Bevin.

December 5, 2019, Brian Adams a junior at Perry County Central High School showed journalist the new virtual reality consoles bought by the school from a Berea College Grant.  Perry County High now offers learning and developing certification in virtual reality.