TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to John Adair born in 1757.  John was a man of many means, a pioneer, soldier, and politician.  He was the eighth Governor of Kentucky and represented the state in both the U.S. House and Senate.

January 9, 1822, artist Joseph H. Bush announced in the Frankfort newspaper, Commentator, that he was working in the capital city.  Bush’s ad stated, “gentlemen who wish to have their portraits painted, can be accommodated by applying to J.H. Bush, in rooms above the Commentator Printing office.”
Jouett-Bush-Frazer Early Kentucky Artist by William Barrow Floyd

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Joseph Bush Self-portrait c. 1835-1840

January 9, 1893, Bethel native Claude Matthews was sworn in as Indiana’s 23rd Governor.

January 9, 1893, Madison County native William Joel Stone was sworn in as Missouri’s 28th Governor.

Horse Racing Trivia:  The lightest jockey on record weighed in at 49 pounds.  That is about 1/20 of the weight of an average race horse of a 1,000 pounds.

January 9, 1905, the first loose-leaf burley tobacco sale was held in Fayette County.  By 1915, tobacco had replaced hemp as Kentucky’s major cash crop.

January 9, 1905, Danville native Edward Wallis Hoch was sworn in as the 17th Governor of Kansas.

January 9, 1920, Mrs. Jennie Chinn Morton, Regent and Secretary-Treasurer of the Kentucky State Historical Society passed away in her home in Frankfort.  

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Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Egypt native Henry Lawrence Faulkner born in 1924 in Jackson County; however, records indicate he was a native of Holland in Allen County.  Henry was orphaned along with ten brothers and sisters upon his mother’s death in 1926, with his early childhood spent in Louisville children’s home and a series of foster homes.  He became a Kentucky artist and poet known as an eccentric rebel and bohemian.  His studies took him to Los Angeles Art Institute and later perfected his unique painting style in Taormina, Sicily.  He exhibited at galleries in New York, Ohio, and Florida, where his work was well received.  Henry made Lexington his permanent summer home and the Florida Keys his winter home.  The Faulkner family included an odd collection of cats and a goat named Alice that accompanied him always and appeared in many of his paintings.

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January 9, 1940, John Crepps Wickliffe Beckham, Kentucky’s 35th Governor and the first U.S Kentucky Senator who was popularly-elected after the passage of the Seventeenth Amendment, passed away.  

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Paintsville native Brenda Gail Webb born in 1951.

January 9, 1968, Army PFC Larry R. Jackson from Beetle in Carter County died in the Vietnam War.

January 9, 1969, Army CPT Hugh M. Byrd, Jr. from Berea and Army PFC Ralph P. Terry from Cannel City in Morgan County died in the Vietnam War.

January 9, 1970, Army PFC Jerry A. Kays from Sulphur in Henry County died in the Vietnam War.

January 9, 1971, the referees stopped the game between the Louisville Colonels and Carolina Cougars after Louie Dampier made his 5th consecutive free throw.  Dampier set a professional record for his 57th consecutive free throws without a miss, and the officials presented him with the basketball as a keepsake.  The 5,691 fans gave Louie a standing ovation.

January 9, 1980, Kentucky will “go back to the drawing board immediately” to make sure the state strip-mine law conform to the federal law after which it is modeled.  Coal industry representatives stated they will oppose many of the changes.

January 9, 1980, the Kentucky agency that requested an official portrait of the new governor got a surprise when they received the portrait with Phyllis George Brown in it.  Kentucky’s Public Information Commissioner Lois Mateus stated they “They’re a team.  One’s going to be good for Kentucky as the other.”

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January 9, 1984, Shirley P. Cox shows the press the 1,800 gallons of oil that leaked from broken pipes from Ashland Oil Inc. pipelines onto his property.  He reported four spills to the authorities in 1983, several times oil being knee-deep.  Ashland Oil’s pipelines, built in 1924, zigzag about 140 miles through oil-producing areas in Wolfe, Morgan, Magoffin, Johnson Counties and end in Boyd County in Catlettsburg at Ashland Oil.  Citizens affected by their numerous oil leaks only asked for the oil company to replace the pipes with new ones.

January 9, 1996, Maysville native E.I. “Buddy” Thompson Jr., an auctioneer, historian, and writer, died.  He was the author of Madam Belle Brezing, a 200-page book released in 1983.

Kentucky Trivia:  Deer and elk hunters shall not use electronic decoys or calls.

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January 9, 2000, Kentucky officials provided details into their program to help stop illegal dumping.  The program places hidden cameras in illicit dumpsites, including the 613 sites cleaned since 1997.  The pictures are then placed on a state website for all to see.  Ninety-two people have been issued citations since November 1997.  Despite clean-up efforts, an estimated 3,237 illegal dumps remain in Kentucky.  Officials say the cameras are placed on private property and have no privacy rights when they dump trash on other people’s property.

January 9, 2005, Paducah native Clarence Edward “Big House” Gaines Sr. was honored during a halftime ceremony at Rupp Arena during the Kentucky-Kansas game.  Before a capacity crowd of 24,000, he received the designation of “Kentucky Colonel” from Governor Ernie Fletcher.

January 9, 2010, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologized for making the comment that President Obama was “light-skinned” and “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”  Reid made the statement when Obama was a senator.

January 9, 2012, for a second time, Governor Steve Beshear rejected University Hospital’s controversial proposed merger with a Catholic health care system, saying the union failed to ensure that the public would maintain control of Louisville’s primary safety net hospital for the poor.

January 9, 2012, jury selection began for a man charged with killing Lashawn “Sugar Shizz” Talbert.  Sugar Shizz inspired a dance made famous by John Wall.  “Do the Shizz” received national attention when Wall did his version “John Wall Dance” during Big Blue Madness in 2009.

January 9, 2019, Medical marijuana legalization picked up steam in Frankfort when Republican lawmaker Senator Dan Seum, Bullitt County, said he “smoked a joint” after cancer treatment instead of taking opioids.

January 9, 2020, locally owned Mingua Beef Jerky became the title sponsor for the KHSAA’s Sweet Sixteen, ensuring the tournament would stay in Lexington.

January 9, 2020, Kentucky U.S. Congressman Thomas Massie was one of three Republicans who broke from their party and supported a resolution to limit President Trump’s or any President’s ability to make war.