TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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February 23, 1836, Logan County native James “Jim” Bowie hurried to gather provisions and herd cattle into the Alamo compound while he was ill and confined to a bed.  The Battle of the Alamo had begun and would end March 6 when he died with his compatriots.

February 23, 1847, Henry Clay Junior got shot in the left thigh in the Battle of Buena Vista of the Mexican War.  He requested that his men leave him and fall back to regroup.  As the wounded Clay watched his men go, he was pierced multiple times by the feared Mexican lancers.  Before sending his men away, Clay entrusted a subordinate officer with returning a set of pistols to his father in Kentucky.

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February 23, 1847, Monterey in Owen County received its name, changing it from Williamsburg, to commemorate the Battle of Monterey in the Mexican War.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Lexington native Katherine Rebecca Pettit born in 1868.  Pettit co-founded Pine Mountain Settlement School with Ethel deLong Zande in Harlan County.

February 23, 1874, the General Assembly passed “an act to protect the citizens of this Commonwealth from empiricism.”  The act prohibited the practice of medicine to anyone “who has not graduated at some chartered school of medicine in this or some foreign country.”  Physicians who had been practicing “regularly and honorably” for ten years were exempt from this requirement.

February 23, 1906, Louisville native Marvin Hart lost the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship in a decision.

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February 23, 1935, Officer James Banahan, Lexington Police Department, was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while directing traffic on the Jefferson Street Viaduct.  The driver of the car was arrested a short time later.

On February 23, 1937, President F. D. Roosevelt established a national forest in Kentucky called the Cumberland National Forest.  As early as 1933, the federal government began acquiring land.  Initially, the forest contained 350,000 acres in 16 Kentucky counties.  Today there are nearly 709,000 acres in 21 counties.  In 1966, after years of debate, the name changed to the Daniel Boone National Forest.

February 23, 1938, a young Governor Happy Chandler announced his bid for U.S. Senate in Newport against Senator Alben Barkley.  In one of Kentucky’s most grueling campaigns marked by federal investigations and poisonings, Alben beats the Governor decisively.  Governor Chandler would be a Kentucky Senator the following year.

February 23, 1951, sophomore Cliff Hagan grabbed a loose ball during the No. 1-ranked Cats’ 88-41 win over Georgia at Memorial Coliseum.  It was UK’s first season playing in their new home court.

February 23, 1966, Air Force A1C George W. McNees from Frankfort died in the Vietnam War.

February 23, 1966, UK students threw eggs at fellow students who were protesting the Vietnam War in front of Memorial Coliseum.

February 23, 1967, Marine Corps LCPL Leon G. Howard from Lytten in Elliott County died in the Vietnam War.

February 23, 1968, Army SP4 David Isom from Cottongim in Clay County died in the Vietnam War.

February 23, 1969, Army SP4 Edwin D. Caswell from Lexington, Marine Corps PFC Ronald McIntosh from Booneville in Owsley County and Army SP4 Robert J. Blaut Jr. from Silver Grove from Campbell County, all died in the Vietnam War.

February 23, 1970, Kentucky Teachers began a statewide strike after they rejected a proposal offered by the state, days earlier.

February 23, 1971, Army SP4 John W. Bruin from Georgetown and Army CW2 James A. Miner from Grove in Campbell County died in the Vietnam War.

February 23, 1972, Riverview at Hobson Grove, also known as Riverview or as Hobson House, was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, located in Western Bowling Green.

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February 23, 1974, Patrolman Jonah Darrell Cox, Louisville Police Department, was shot and killed when he intervened in a disturbance outside of a night club while off duty.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Louisville native D’Angelo Russell, born in 1996.  D’Angelo was guard selected second overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2015.  After two seasons in Los Angeles, he went on to play for the Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves.

On February 23, 1996, Rex Chapman scored 39 points (converting 9 of 10 3-point attempts) and led an injury-plagued Miami Heat team with an 8-man roster to a 113–104 victory over the Chicago Bulls.  This loss was one of ten for the Bull’s historic 72-10 run.

Kentucky Trivia:  Rex Chapman has over 1,100,000 Twitter followers.

February 23, 2002, Sam Bowie’s jersey # 31was retired to the rafters of Rupp.

February 23, 2013, Orb, trained by Lexington native Shug McGaughey III wins Gulfstream Park’s GII $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes.

February 23, 2019, with an 80-53 victory over Auburn, John Calipari moves past Joe B. Hall for the second most victories by a UK head coach in program history.  He trails only the Baron of the Bluegrass, Adolph Rupp.

February 23, 2020, volunteers feed the free roaming horses of Breathitt County.  The Appalachian Horse Project and the Humane Society watchdog for their health and care.