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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.”
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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 Kentuckian. April Love, Raintree County (1957) and Some Come Running (1958) complete the movies filmed in the Commonwealth in the 1950s.
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.