TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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February 22, 1834, the General Assembly approved “an act authorizing the building of an Arsenal for the security and preservation of the public Arms.”  The building was to be located “on the public square in the town of Frankfort of sufficient size to hold all the state’s store of public arms.”

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The arsenal authorized in 1834 was destroyed by fire in 1836. As there was no state of war at that time, the state did not move quickly to replace it. In 1850, construction of the building known now as the Old State Arsenal was authorized. The facility is operated by the Kentucky Historical Society as the Kentucky Military History Museum. Photograph by H.A. Gretter, Kentucky Historical Society Collections.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Newport native Josephine Kirby Henry, born in 1846.  Josephine was a Progressive Era women’s rights leader, suffragist, social reformer and writer who lived in Versailles.  She was a strong advocate for women and was a leading proponent of legislation that would grant married women property rights.

Feb 22 Josepine K Henry 1898

February 22, 1860, Magoffin County was created from Floyd County, Johnson County and Morgan County and was named in honor of Beriah Magoffin, 21st Governor of Kentucky.  Salyersville is the county seat.  Other localities include: Elsie, Falcon, Foraker, Fredville, Gunlock, Hendricks, Ivyton, Logville, Royalton, Sublett, Swampton, Wheelersburg and Wonnie.  Magoffin County was the 106th county created and covers 309 square miles.

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February 22, 1865, the Kentucky State legislature established the Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) College of Kentucky University.  In 1878 the name became the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky.  In 1908 the name changed to State University, Lexington and in 1960, the name changed to the University of Kentucky.

February 22, 1867, ex-Confederates dominated the Kentucky Democratic convention that met in Frankfort.  They eventually picked John L. Helm, whose father was a Confederate General.  Helm resigned his state senate seat to accept the nomination.  Though his health was frail, he determined to canvass the entire state.  He won his second non-consecutive term as Governor over Sidney Barnes and Judge William B. Kinkead in the general election later in the year.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Garfield native David “Big Dave” DeJernett, born in 1912.  In 1930, DeJernett became the first African-American in U.S. history to lead an integrated basketball team to a major tournament championship.

Feb 22 Dejernett 1929 yearbook

February 22, 1916, Kentucky travels to Louisville to play basketball in the YMCA Arena.  James Park’s traveling five wins over Ed Bowman’s five players, 32-24.

February 22, 1925, Deputy Sheriff Joseph Talt Hall, Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed in Martin at the Beaver Valley Junction train depot while attempting to arrest a man wanted for manufacturing moonshine.  He was assisting his cousin, who served as the Wheelwright town marshal, make the arrest at the local train station when the shooting occurred.  Deputy Sheriff Talt died on the train ride back to Wheelwright.

February 22, 1932, Special Deputy Sheriff Fountain Pace Pendleton, Green County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed in a case of mistaken identity while he assisted with serving a breach of the peace warrant at home approximately 15 miles from Greensburg.  The sheriff had deputized him and another citizen to help with the warrant service.

February 22, 1966, Army SP4 James L. Fain from Ashland in Boyd County and Marine Corps LCPL George B. Givens, Jr. from Robards in Henderson County died in the Vietnam War.

February 22, 1969, Marine Corps LCPL Michael L. Cruse from Valley Station in Jefferson County and Marine Corps CPL Edward S. Gum from Louisville died in the Vietnam War.

February 22, 1969, Barbara Jo Rubin becomes the first woman jockey to win in a pari-mutuel (betting) race at a major American thoroughbred track.  She rode Cohesian to a neck victory in the ninth race at Charles Town.  Thirty years later, Charles Town named the Barbara Jo Rubin Stakes in her honor.

February 22, 1971, Adolph Rupp chatted with Alabama coach and former Kentucky player C.M. Newton at Memorial Coliseum.  Rupp, then 69, was sidelined for the game with a foot infection complicated by diabetes.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Louisville native Rajon Pierre Rondo born in 1986.

February 22, 2003, Louisville native and screenwriter Daniel Taradash died.  His credits include Golden Boy (1939), From Here to Eternity (1952), Rancho Notorious (1952), Don’t Bother to Knock (1952), Désirée (1954), Picnic (1955), Storm Center (1956), which he also directed, Bell, Book and Candle (1958), Morituri (1965), Hawaii (1966), Castle Keep (1969), Doctors’ Wives (1971), and Bogie (1980), a film biography of Humphrey Bogart.

Kentucky Trivia:  The first Hollywood movie filmed in Kentucky was The KentuckianApril Love, Raintree County (1957) and Some Come Running (1958) complete the movies filmed in the Commonwealth in the 1950s.

February 22, 2014, one of the four Keeneland graduates takes the GII $415,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes in a thrilling finish.

February 22, 2018, Betsy Layne native Bette Joan Henritze died.  Bette was an actress of stage, film, and television.  Betsy Layne is in Floyd County.

February 22, 2020, the Kentucky House introduced a bill that would aggressively begin to tax Houseboats on Kentucky lakes for more state revenue.  For example, Green River houses approximately 200 houseboats; the state received tax returns for only 50 in 2019. The state claims these stats play out on all lakes and rivers in the state.

February 22, 2020, St. Xavier High School won their 32nd straight state swimming title.  The University of Kentucky’s Lancaster Aquatic Center hosted the 2020 championships.