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January 10, 1901, a well drilled by Al and Curt Hamill for Captain Anthony F. Lucas blew out on Spindletop Hill near Beaumont, Southeast Texas. A 6-inch spray of oil rose 200 feet over the derrick. Texas’s oil production went from under one million barrels a year to 17.4 million barrels in 1903 and John D. Rockefeller lost the oil monopoly.
January 10, 1921, Deputy Sheriff Walter Deal, Pike County Sheriff’s Office, was killed after arresting a man for disorderly conduct. After taking the man’s revolver, Deputy Deal told the man to go home. The man took a few steps, then turned and opened fire with another pistol he had concealed. The suspect was charged with murder.
January 10, 1946, Policeman Albert Horn and Policeman Orbin B. Moore, Prestonsburg Police Department, were killed after arresting a man for being drunk in public near the Middle Creek Bridge. They had placed the man in the rear seat of their patrol car but failed to locate a small handgun he had hid on himself. The man was able to pull the handgun from his clothing and shot both officers from the backseat. The man, who had previously served a sentence for murder, was arrested and charged with two counts of murder. He escaped from jail while awaiting trial but was recaptured in Virginia and sentenced to two life terms.
January 10, 1970, Kentucky teachers addressed their shock and anger at Governor Nunn’s budget he submitted to the 1970 General Assembly. The raise for teachers that was all but a sure thing was absent.
On January 10, 1970, the Kentucky Crime Commission indicted most of the state’s local jails as substandard institutions that can’t hold prisoners. It said that the jails do more harm than good when they keep prisoners, and it costs more than they are worth in either case. The 46-page report studied 170 local jails.
January 10, 1986, Barry Bingham Sr. announced his family was selling The Courier-Journal and Louisville Times Company. The family had operated the paper since 1918. Also for sale were WHAS, Standard Gravure Corporation and subsidies of all the companies.
January 10, 1989, Officer Frank W. Pysher, Jr., Jefferson County Police Department, was killed after responding to a call of a man walking in the street with a gun. He located the man but was shot with high powered rifle while he still sat in his cruiser. The suspect was known to Officer Pysher, who had dealt with him on several occasions. The suspect was arrested, found incompetent and sent to a state mental institution.
January 10, 1996, David Cheak pleaded not guilty to stealing $3.8 million from Kentucky. The prosecutor stated at the arraignment that David could have continued siphoning away money if he hadn’t tried to grab too much in December of 1995. In two years, he took $1.4 million; in December ’95, he took $2.4 million.
On January 10, 1996, Doug Flynn lost his drug-fighting job when newly elected Governor Patton replaced him with Larry Carrico. Mr. Carrico was the husband of Kentucky Education Association President Janet Carrico, a donor of Patton’s campaign. Flynn stated his deep disappointment with the decision.
January 10, 2000, Time Warner and American On-Line made a $165 billion merger, the largest in U.S. history at the time. Some say the deal was the beginning of the end to America and freedom of the press. On the same day, Microsoft settled an antitrust lawsuit with one of its competitors for $155 million.
January 10, 2000, the tobacco industry won a significant legal victory when the Supreme Court refused to let Union health funds sue cigarette makers to recover the cost of treating smoking-related illnesses.
January 10, 2001, a Dallas museum received Henry Clay’s bed. Henry Clay was so sure we would win the presidency that he commissioned an ornate Gothic bed to be the centerpiece for the Whitehouse presidential suite now known as the Lincoln Bedroom. The 13 feet high, 7.5 feet wide and 9-foot long bed was a dramatic addition to the Dallas museum.
Horse Racing Trivia: January 10, 2005, Keeneland opened their five day auction for horses of all ages with a record 2,073 thoroughbreds. This followed the track’s best September yearling auction ever.
January 10, 2008, Deputy Sheriff Anthony “Sean” Pursifull, Bell County Sheriff’s Department, was killed when his parked patrol car was intentionally rammed by a suspect fleeing a Kentucky State Police trooper. The two juvenile suspects in the car had just stolen gas from a service station in Baxter and then fled down U.S. 119. As the occupants fled from the state troopers, the driver crossed the centerline and rammed Deputy Pursifull’s patrol car, which was stopped near the county line as the pursuit entered Bell County. Deputy Pursifull and his canine partner, King, were both killed. The two suspects were taken into custody and charged with murder and assault on a service animal. The driver of the vehicle later pleads guilty to wanton murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison.
January 10, 2008, Kentucky again earned an “F” from the American Lung Association for its low cigarette tax and efforts to prevent smoking, prompting advocates to renew their pleas for a higher cigarette tax. An estimated $3 billion a year that smoking cost Kentucky doesn’t begin to count the emotional toll of cancer, respiratory disease, heart attacks and strokes related to the weed.
January 10, 2010, Julia Strange, a senior from duPont Manual High School in Louisville, announced she had been the only Kentuckian to participate in the 2010 YoungArts Week in Miami, Florida. She was one of 143 chosen nationwide from 4,000 applicants.
January 10, 2015, in his first local interview Greg Creed, the newly appointed CEO of Yum! Brands, the world’s largest restaurant company, stated the headquarters will remain in Louisville. Mr. Creed retired at the end of 2019 after a successful career with the company.
January 10, 2020, the filing deadline to run for political office in Kentucky came weeks earlier than normal, but that didn’t stop 300 Kentuckians from filing for state and federal offices. Seventeen people wanted to take down Alabama native Mitch McConnell.