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