TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Franklin native John William “Honest Dick” Tate, born in 1831.  He served as Kentucky’s State treasurer for two decades, comfortably winning re-election every two years.  During his 21 years of service, Frankfort never questioned Tate’s bookkeeping.  As the state government moved to do so in 1887 and 1888, Tate managed to delay the process by saying he needed more time to get his records in order.  In March of 1888, Tate boarded a train in Frankfort, never to be seen again, with two large bags of silver and gold coins, later estimated at $100,000, and a four-inch roll of bills.  The incident led the state to create the state examiner and inspector’s office to oversee the treasurer and auditor.  The state also imposed term limits on elected officials.

Horse Racing Trivia: Citation was the first horse to reach one million dollars in purse money.

January 2, 1900, Democrats, with the backing of William Goebel and his Lieutenant J. C.W. Beckham, formally challenge Republican Governor Taylor’s election victory in the General Assembly.  The Democrats wanted the November 1899 election reversed, and Goebel named Governor.

January 2, 1903, Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded Paris $12,000 to build a new city library.

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Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Middletown native Governor Lawrence Winchester Wetherby, born in 1908 and Governor from 1950-55.  He and Andy Beshear are the only two governors from Louisville.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to La Grange native William James Crowe Jr. born in 1925.  William was a United States Navy Admiral who served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Presidents Reagan and G.H.W. Bush, and as the ambassador to the United Kingdom under President Clinton.

January 2, 1939, Patrolman Frank Beard Bell, Kentucky Highway Patrol, was killed in a motorcycle crash at the intersection of U.S. 60 and Kentucky 151 in Graefenburg.  He was traveling on U.S. 60 when a vehicle failed to stop at the intersection.  The vehicle struck Patrolman Bell’s motorcycle and he died six hours later.

January 2, 1951, Army 1LT Earl Evans from Whitley County died in the Korean War.

January 2, 1966, Army SP4 Carl R. Brooks from Earlington in Hopkins County and Army PFC Vernon L. Shellman from Stephensport in Breckinridge County died in the Vietnam War.

January 2, 1970, Gradyville native Coach Edgar Allen Diddle passed away.  Coach Diddle became the first coach in history to coach 1,000 games at one school.  He was WKU’s basketball coach from 1922 to 1964.  Diddle was known as one of the early pioneers of the fast break and waving a red towel around along the sidelines.  During games, he would wave, toss, and chew on this towel, and even cover his face in times of disappointment.  His red towel is now part of WKU’s official athletic logo.  Diddle experienced only five losing seasons in 42 years.

January 2, 1980, Kyle Macy watched as his game-winning, last-second shot go in against Auburn in Rupp Arena.  The Cats won 67-65 behind Macy’s game-high 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting.

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January 2, 1987, Officer Russell Jay Estep, Louisa Police Department, suffered a fatal heart attack after pursuing two suspects on foot and then transporting one of them to jail.  Officer Estep had served with the Louisa Police Department for seven years.  He was survived by his wife and daughter.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Louisville native to R&B singer Bryson Tiller born in 1993.  At 15 years old, Bryson began writing and recording his own music.  He became notable for his debut single titled “Don’t,” which peaked at 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.  His debut studio album Trapsoul also reached number eight on the Billboard 200.  Before his fame, he worked a full-time job at Papa Johns, doing music part-time straight from his living room.

January 2, 1996, in his second day of office, Governor Paul Patton signed the death warrants of five individuals, for February 1st, upon the request of Attorney General Ben Chandler.

Kentucky Trivia:  Fleming County is recognized as the Covered Bridge Capital of Kentucky.  At one time, there were more than 400 covered bridges in Kentucky, but now only 13 have been preserved.

January 2, 2005, Boone County High School product Shaun Alexander, after the Seahawks beat Atlanta, stated that Coach Mike Holmgren stabbed him in the back. The reason for the statement; Shaun needed one more yard for the 2004-05 NFL Rushing Title and the Seahawks need one more yard for a touchdown with time running out. Holmgren called a quarterback sneak for six points.  The Seahawks beat Atlanta 28-26.

January 2, 2006, #15 Louisville loses to #12 Virginia Tech in the 24-35 in the Gator Bowl.

January 2, 2007, #5 Louisville beats #12 Wake Forest 24-13 in the Orange Bowl.

January 2, 2008, Senate President David Williams uses scary words like “crisis” and “quandary” in talking about money problems of pension funds for state retirees and teachers.  He stated if the issues are not solved, the state will have to go bankrupt.  In 2008 Kentucky had an $18 billion shortfall that will affect 432,000 state employees.

January 2, 2009, Kentucky beats East Carolina 25-19 in the Liberty Bowl.

January 2, 2010, Kentucky 71, Louisville 62, in Coach Calipari’s first game against the Cards as the UK head coach, it was an important moment for Kentucky to cement themselves as the top team in the state, especially after losing two years in a row.  The physical aggressiveness was apparent on the first few plays following tip-off, with both teams playing passionately.  Kentucky took an early 12-1 lead and never looked back.

January 2, 2013, #22 Louisville scored one of their greatest victories in their football history, stunning # 4 Florida 33-23, in the 79th Allstate Sugar Bowl in a 2/3-filled Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

On January 2, 2019, TVA announced the closing of the last coal-fired unit at the Paradise Steam Plant in Muhlenberg County, where commercial Kentucky coal mining began.  The power plant opened in 1950 with three coal units; in 2017, they shut down two.  Coal jobs in Muhlenberg County have dropped from 400 to a high of 3,700. 

Jan 2 Paradise

January 2, 2019, Pike County officials warned that their landfill was running out of room and they had no plans or funds to cover an expansion plan.  The landfill takes in 140 to 170 tons of trash a day.

January 2, 2020, former UK football star Houston Hogg an iconic player who integrated UK and SEC football passed away.  He was 71.

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