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February 10, 1763, the last French and Indian War in North America officially ended with signing the Treaty of Paris. The war changed economic, political, governmental, and social relations among the three European powers, their colonies, and those who inhabited those territories. France and Britain both suffered financially because of the war, with significant long-term consequences.
February 10, 1798, Fleming County was created from Mason County. The county was named in honor of John Fleming, frontiersman and one of the county’s original settlers. The county seat is Flemingsburg. Other localities include: Ewing, Elizaville, Bald Hill, Beechburg, Blue Bank, Colfax, Concord, Cowan, Craintown, Dalesburg, Fairview, Foxport, Fox Valley, Goddard, Grange City, Hillsboro, Hilltop, Johnson Junction, Mount Carmel, Muses Mills, Nepton, Pleasureville, Plummers Landing, Poplar Grove, Poplar Plains, Ringos Mills, Sherburne, Tilton and Wallingford. Fleming County was the 26th county created and covers 351 square miles.
February 10, 1923, Night Watchman Joseph M. Self, University of Kentucky Police Department, was shot and killed while confronting the occupants of a car that had pulled up in front of Mechanical Hall. He had just told the occupants that he would take them to the police station when one of the men opened fire, striking him once. Despite being mortally wounded, Watchman Self returned fire and wounded the suspect twice. The suspect, a university student, was taken into custody the following morning after he sought treatment for his wounds at the local hospital. The 21-year-old was acquitted.
February 10, 1927, Constable Jackson Kelly, Pike County Constable’s Office, was shot and killed in Dorton while attempting to calm down a man who was disturbing the peace. The subject had ridden into the mining camp in search of the person who killed his dog. As Constable Kelly returned to town, he encountered the subject riding a horse behind the railroad station. Constable Kelly took the horse by the reigns and asked the man to go home quietly. The man demanded that Constable Kelly release the reigns. When Constable Kelly held the horse, the man pulled out his revolver and shot him in the chest. Constable Kelly was able to walk back to the town commissary, where he collapsed. The subject then rode away on his horse.
February 10, 1940, Deputy Sheriff Elhanon Jones, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed after arresting a subject at a roadhouse near Duane. The roadhouse operator was also shot and severely wounded. The 34-year-old suspect was arrested and served 15 years.
February 10, 1942, Patrolman William Thomas Kinney, Louisville Police Department, succumbed to injuries sustained a week earlier while directing traffic at a fire scene. Patrolman Kinney and Patrolman James Hedgepeth were struck by a drunk driver at 7:15 pm while attempting to keep fire lanes open at Jackson and Main Streets for apparatus responding to a three-alarm fire. While on the scene, a drunk driver entered the area at a high rate of speed. Patrolman Hedgepeth attempted to flag the driver down, but instead, the man drove over him, dragging him 70 feet and over a fire hose. Patrolman Kinney witnessed the incident and charged towards the vehicle, striking and dragging him 100 feet.
February 10, 1971, two separate indictments were returned by a Scott County Grand Jury against Lexington Mayor Charles Wylie and the four-member Lexington City Commission for pollution entering South Elkhorn Creek and Royal Spring. Lexington’s wastewater discharge was the issue at hand.
February 10, 2020, State Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced the Kentucky Department of Agriculture had approved 1,035 applications to cultivate up to 42,086 acres of industrial hemp and 2.9 million square feet of greenhouse space. Growers secured 16,000 acres in 2019.
Kentucky Trivia: In his 1951 book, A History of Hemp in Kentucky, James Hopkins observed that “Without hemp, slavery might not have flourished in Kentucky since other agricultural products of the state were not conducive to the extensive use of bondsmen.”