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February 15, 1842, Ballard County was created from Hickman County and McCracken County and was named in honor of Bland Ballard, hero of the Battle of Fallen Timbers and Battle of River Raisin. Wickliffe is the county seat. Other localities include: Barlow, Blandville, Kevil, LaCenter, Bandana, Lovelaceville, Monkey’s Eyebrow and New York. Ballard County was the 94th county created and covers 274 square miles.
February 15, 1842, Boyle County was created from Lincoln County and Mercer County and was named in honor of John Boyle, Chief Justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals. Danville is the county seat. Other localities include: Aliceton, Alum Springs, (area between Parksville and Junction City) Atoka, Brumfield, Forkland, Junction City, Little Needmore, Mitchellsburg, Needmore, Parksville, Perryville and Shelby City. (annexed by Junction City) Boyle County was the 91st county created in Kentucky and covers 183 square miles.
February 15, 1882, marks the dedication and occupation of the first three State College buildings, as A&M was popularly called, on the present campus. The Administration Building, completed in 1882, is the first of three to be built.
Kentucky Trivia: Bowling Green native Benjamin F. Shobe, Thurgood Marshall and other African-American jurists represented Lyman T. Johnson. In March 1949, Federal Judge H. Church Ford ruled in Johnson’s favor, and that summer, nearly 30 black students entered UK graduate and professional programs. Undergraduate classes desegregated in 1954.
February 15, 1915, the Louisville basketball team travels to Lexington to play State College to play in Buell Armory Gymnasium. Kentucky, coached by John Tigert, wins 34-10 over the cardinals coached by Von Walther.
February 15, 1949, Policeman John Yelenosky, Lynch Police Department, was killed as he and another officer attempted to break-up a fight between union organizers and local workers. As the two policemen attempted to separate the groups, shots were fired and Policeman Yelenosky was killed. The 24-year-old suspect served two years in prison.
Kentucky Trivia: The Rev. William E. Summers III made history in 1967 as the first African American in the United States to manage a radio station. In 1971, he became the first African American radio station owner in Kentucky when he purchased WLOU, one of five original R&B stations in the Commonwealth.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Kentucky bred Genuine Risk born in 1977. Bred in Kentucky by Sally Humphrey, Genuine Risk was bought by the Firestones’ son, Matthew, for $32,000 at the 1978 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky summer yearling sale.
Horse Racing Trivia: Genuine Risk produced only two foals, both unraced colts. The elder of the two, Genuine Reward (by Rahy), became a sire of polo ponies in Wyoming, while the younger, Count Our Blessing (by Chief Honcho), was gelded and became a show horse.
February 15, 1978, 36-year-old Muhammad Ali (55-3), loses his Heavyweight title by split decision after 15 rounds to Leon Spinks (6-0-1) in Las Vegas Hilton Pavilion. The 25-year-old pulled off one of the great upsets in boxing after only seven professional fights and a Gold Medal. Ali had beaten all the other Olympic gold medalists of his era, and he expected to trounce Spinks. But Ali trained very little for the fight and lay on the ropes as Spinks built a lead. For the first time, however, Ali could not rally and lost a split decision in Vegas.
On February 15, 1994, trailing by 31 points with 15:34 remaining in the LSU game, the Wildcats pull off a Mardi Gras miracle. Connecting on 11 three-pointers and outscoring the Bayou Bengals 62-27 during the final 15:34, UK storms back to a 99-95 victory, the most incredible comeback in UK history.
February 15, 2014, Kentuckians learn about the Prisoner Rehabilitation Of Untrained Dogs (PROUD) program between the Kentucky Department of Corrections and the Kentucky Humane Society. In less than a year, 197 dogs have gone through the program and have found permanent homes.
February 15, 2020, methamphetamine (meth) seizures in Louisville more than tripled in the last three years, from 237 pounds to 770 pounds. Jefferson County had 5,613 persons charged with meth, Fayette County 1,422, Warren County 1,067 and Kenton County with 1,067.