TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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December 6, 1792, Kentucky created Clark County.  It was the first county formed from two counties, Fayette and Bourbon.  All previous counties had split off from one county.  Clark was named in honor of George Rogers Clark, Revolutionary War General.  Winchester is the county seat.  Other localities include: Becknerville, Bloomingdale, Colby, Combs Ferry, Ford, Goffs Corner, Lyndale, Pilot View and Trapp.  Clark County was the 15th county created and covers 255 square miles.

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Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Little Dixie native Ewing Galloway, born in 1880 in Pike County.  Ewing was a journalist who owned a photography agency that provided works focused on the economy and transportation.  The Ewing Galloway Agency was, at one time, the largest photography agency in the U.S.

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December 6, 1885, Lieutenant Edward B. Harding, Louisville Police Department, was shot and killed while investigating a disturbance at a local saloon on the corner of Ninth Street and Walnut Street (Present day Muhammad Ali Boulevard).  He was making his rounds when he heard the commotion inside and entered the business to investigate.  One of the men immediately produced a revolver and shot Lieutenant Harding in the shoulder.  As Lieutenant Harding fell against a counter the man then shot him in the back, killing him.  As the suspect fled from the saloon he shot at another policeman.  The policeman returned fire, fatally striking the suspect in the head.

December 6, 1889, Jefferson Finis Davis, from Christian County, now Todd County, died in New Orleans, LA.  After the Civil War, Jefferson Davis was imprisoned at Fort Monroe, VA for two years.  He was never tried for treason, but was released on bond in May 1867.  After being released, Davis and his family traveled for some time in Europe before returning to the American South.  They first took up residence in Tennessee then relocated to the Mississippi gulf coast where Davis lived out his retirement years at an estate called Beauvoir near Biloxi.  Mississippi tried to return him to the U.S. Senate, but he was not legally qualified to serve since he refused to request an official pardon from the United States for his role in the Civil War.  Like many of his contemporaries, Davis wrote about his wartime experiences, entitled The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, published in 1881.

December 6, 1899, several thousand people witnessed the burning at the stake.

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December 6, 1911, the cornerstone for Abraham Lincoln School was laid in Lexington.  The school was a progressive model for elementary education with facilities and programs far ahead of the times.  The modern facilities had a playground, swimming pool, carpenter shop, kitchen, sewing room, rooftop garden, neighborhood laundry, circulating library, and domestic science department.  The Lincoln School also exemplified the era of school segregation in Lexington.  Black students were not allowed to attend Lincoln throughout its fifty-five years of service as a public school.  The school was closed in 1967.
The Kentucky Encyclopedia edited by John E. Kleber; pg: 118

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December 6, 1922, Patrolman Alford Holland, Hazard Police Department, succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained two days earlier while questioning two brothers about gunshots that had been fired in the north part of the town.  He and another officer were on foot patrol when they heard the shots and they went to investigate at approximately 1:30 am.  They encountered the brothers in front of their home and asked if they had heard the shots.  The men became abusive towards the officers, who then threatened to arrest them for being drunk in public.  One of the brothers then pulled out a gun and opened fire, striking Patrolman Holland twice in the abdomen.  Despite the wounds he returned fire and wounded both men.  Patrolman Holland was 29.

December 6, 1947, the Kentucky Football Wildcats met the Villanova Wildcats in Cleveland Stadium to play the one and only Great Lakes Bowl.  Kentucky was in its second season Under Coach Bear Bryant.  Bryant’s cats were 7-3 going into the game with losses to AL, TN and Ole Miss.  Kentucky won 24-14 with George Blanda scoring the game’s first points with a 27-yard field goal.

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December 6, 1950, Army CPL James R. Bissell from Crittenden County, Army PFC Leslie Click from Floyd County, Army PFC Billie J. Hash from Whitley County, Army PFC Freeman Linsey from Breckinridge County, Army PVT James L. Mason from Bell County and Marine Corps SGT Ray M. Pope from Lebanon in Marion County, all died fighting in the Korean War.

December 6, 1961, Deputy Sheriff Leonard Adams, Sr., Letcher County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for being drunk in public in Mayking.  He was in the area on other business when a citizen informed him of the drunken man.  Deputy Adams located the subject carrying a 12 gauge shotgun at the railroad crossing over Cram Creek.  He exited his car and as he got within two feet of the subject, the man opened fire, shooting him.  Despite being mortally wounded, Deputy Adams returned fire and killed the subject.  He is survived by his expectant wife and 13 children.

December 6, 1965, Army SSG Daymon D. Horn from Lexington died fighting in the Vietnam War.

December 6, 1967, Marine Corps SGT Montague Lyons from Walton died fighting in the Vietnam War.

December 6, 1968, Army PFC Ronald L. Million from Danville died fighting in the Vietnam War.

December 6, 1970, Army SSG Walter V. Marcum from Louisville died fighting in the Vietnam War.

December 6, 1980, Kentucky beats Isiah Thomas and the Indiana Hoosiers 68-66 in Bloomington.

Kentucky Trivia: The National Park Services list Yahoo Falls as Kentucky’s tallest waterfall at 113 feet.  While not as powerful as the mighty Cumberland Falls, Yahoo Falls offers a quiet, more tranquil visiting experience with a pleasant one-mile loop hike.

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December 6, 1991, Calumet Farm received a bid from an unidentified group of $32.1 million for the farm, and all of its stallions, well above the $26.27 million bid received the previous week.  A few hours later, Mutual Benefit Life continued with foreclosure, stating the offers were not sufficient.  The Calumet auctioned took place the following March.

December 6, 1991, a standing-room crowd pressed into every nook of the rotunda, overflowed into Capitol corridors and lined two upper mezzanines for the memorial service for Governor Bert T. Combs by journalist John Ed Pearce.  He was buried in Clay County the following day.

December 6, 2003, Trinity beats St. Xavier 17-14 to win the 4A Kentucky State High School Football Championship.

December 6, 2003, legendary former UCLA basketball coach John R. Wooden held the game trophy with the University of Kentucky team after the Wildcats beat the Bruins 52-50 in the John R. Wooden Classic in CA.  UK players in front include, from left, Erik Daniels, Gerald Fitch and Antwain Barbour.

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December 6, 2005, the World Equestrian Games picked the Kentucky Horse Park for their 2010 games.  With total attendance estimated at 300,000, state officials expect it to be the largest sporting event in Kentucky history and generate $100 million for the area’s economy.

December 6, 2014, Trinity beats Dixie Heights 47-14 for the Class 6A KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl.

December 6, 2019, after 32 years of marriage, the wife of Papa John’s founder John Schnatter files for divorce. Schnatter’s estimated wealth is around $500 million, and the two have already agreed on how to do the split.