TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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On February 11, 1820, the General Assembly passed a law of replevin, or “stay law,” that prevented creditors from seeking a court order to make individuals pay a debt for one year.  They hoped that this would provide time for an economic recovery, allowing debtors to save their investments.  This law was the start of the infamous Old Court – New Court controversy.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Danville native Theodore O’Hara born in 1820.  He is best known for the poem “Bivouac of the Dead.”  Theodore wrote the poem to honor his fellow soldiers from Kentucky who died in the Mexican-American War.  The poem’s popularity increased after the Civil War, and its verses are on many memorials in the Arlington National Cemetery.

On February 11, 1828, the General Assembly passed “an act to regulate civil proceedings against certain communities having property in common,” enabling citizens to sue communities such as the Shakers.

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Shaker Town

On February 11, 1849, the General Assembly approved “an act to incorporate the Boone Monumental Association.” The eight members, including Orlando Brown and James Harlan, were empowered to fill vacancies among themselves and appoint agents to receive “voluntary subscriptions and donations” to be appropriated “in erecting a monument and adorning the grave of Daniel Boone and wife.”

Feb 11 Boone

February 11, 1920, a banquet honoring the Kentucky legislature members at the Phoenix Hotel in Lexington took place, and the poem, In Kentucky, was read, written by James H. Mulligan.

The moonlight falls the softest
In Kentucky;
The summer days come oftest
In Kentucky;
Friendship is the strongest,
Love’s light glows the longest;
Yet, wrong is always wrongest
In Kentucky.

Life’s burdens bear the lightest
In Kentucky;
The home fires burn the brightest
In Kentucky;
While players are the keenest,
Cards come out the meanest,
The pocket empties cleanest
In Kentucky.

The sun shines ever brightest
In Kentucky;
The breezes whisper lightest
In Kentucky;
Plain girls are the fewest,
Maiden’s eyes the bluest,
Their little hearts are truest
In Kentucky.

Orators are the grandest
In Kentucky;
Officials are the blandest
In Kentucky;
Boys are all the fliest,
Danger ever nighest,
And taxes are the highest
In Kentucky.

The bluegrass waves the bluest
In Kentucky;
Yet, bluebloods are the fewest
In Kentucky;
Moonshine is the clearest,
By no means the dearest,
And yet it acts the queerest
In Kentucky.

The dove-notes are the saddest
In Kentucky;
The streams dance on the gladdest
In Kentucky;
Hip pockets are the thickest,
Pistol hands the slickest,
The cylinder turns quickest
In Kentucky.

The song birds are the sweetest
In Kentucky;
The thoroughbreds are fleetest
In Kentucky;
Mountains tower proudest,
Thunders peal the loudest,
The landscape is the grandest-
And politics—the damnedest
In Kentucky.

February 11, 1937, Patrolman Willis Arthur Coy, Louisville Police Department, succumbed to injuries sustained four months earlier when he was involved in a motorcycle accident while on patrol.  He was thrown to the ground when his motorcycle struck a hole in the pavement.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Benham native Bernard Tyrone Bickerstaff born in 1944.

February 11, 1951, Army CPL Johnny W. Gibson from Pulaski County, Army CPL Allie C. Jones from Daviess County and Army PVT Howard J. Stewart from Fayette County, died in the Korean War.

February 11, 1967, Army SP4 Marcus D. White from Berea died in the Vietnam War.

February 11, 1968, Army SP4 Given W. Bradley from Paducah died in the Vietnam War.

February 11, 1968, Navy PO3 Stephan L. Bechtel from Harrodsburg died in the Vietnam War.

February 11, 1969, Army SP4 Kirk A. Woolley from Louisville died in the Vietnam War.

February 11, 1971, Lt. Gov. Wendell Ford told the Sierra Club that he would enforce the 1966 federal strip mining law if he were elected governor.  The Lt. Gov. then indirectly accused Governor Nunn of tolerating violations of the strip mining law.

February 11, 1979, Trooper Clinton Eugene “Clint” Cunningham, Kentucky State Police, was killed in a Franklin County ambush.  He was shot in the back while investigating a false report of a burglary at a grocery store.

February 11, 1984, Kentucky’s Sam Bowie and Auburn’s Charles Barkley battled for position at Rupp Arena.  #6 UK won 84-64 even though 7-foot-1 Bowie scored only eight points while 6-foot-6 Barkley scored 18 for the 16th-ranked Tigers.

February 11, 1993, the James M. Lloyd House a historic home located at the corner of Old Bardstown Road (US 31EX) and Dooley Drive in Mount Washington was placed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

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Horse Racing Trivia:  February 11, 1995, Cigar returns to graded competition in the Donn Handicap (GI) at the classic distance of 1 1/8M.  This was Cigar’s 4th win on his 16 win streak and Holy Bull’s last race.

February 11, 2000, Kentucky tobacco farmers tell the world they are taking their fight directly to the White House after facing record quota cuts, slow sales of a drought-stricken crop and now the threat of contract farming.

February 11, 2006, Maysville native Christopher Franklin “Chris” Lofton made a school-record nine three-point shots en route to a career-high 33 points in an 83–78 win.  Chris was a Volunteer playing against the Bulldogs of Georgia.

February 11, 2010, Army SGT 1st Class Matthew S. Sluss-Tiller, 35, of Catlettsburg, died in Pakistan from wounds suffered while fighting in Operation Enduring Freedom.

February 11, 2016, newly ex-Governor Steve Beshear aggressively attacked Governor Matt Bevin’s new healthcare policies, stating, “Governor Bevin will be held accountable.”

February 11, 2020, Detective James Traver Kirk, Stanton Police Department, suffered a fatal heart attack following a struggle with an armed subject.

February 11, 2020, Maysville native Charles Young was promoted posthumously to Brigadier General by Governor A. Beshear.

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Kentucky Trivia:  Historical Marker #124 in Mason County is the first Kentucky Historical Marker dedicated to an African American.  Charles Young was the third African American graduate of the West Point Military Academy, the first African American U.S. national park superintendent, first African American military attaché, first African American to achieve the rank of colonel in the United States Army and highest-ranking African American officer in the Regular Army until his death.

Feb 11 Charles Young