TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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February 18, 1815, the War of 1812 ends, advantage U.S.  The need for a formal militia takes hold.

February 18, 1861, Jefferson Davis is inaugurated provisional President of the Confederate States of America in Montgomery, AL.  Immediately after his inauguration, Davis sent a peace commission to Washington.  Lincoln, committed to preserving the Union at any cost, refused to see the Confederacy’s emissaries.

February 18, 1870, the first train crossed the 14th Street Bridge from Clarksville, Indiana, to Louisville.  It was the longest iron bridge in the U. S., with 27 spans covering a mile.  The Pennsylvania Railroad Bridge, as it is also known, is the eastern boundary of The Falls of the Ohio State Park.

Feb 18 Ohio Falls Bridge 2007
By Joe Schneid, Louisville

February 18, 1873, Louisville hosted a state education convention for blacks seeking to secure equal education privileges for black children in common with other U.S. citizens.

February 18, 1887, Clinton County native Preston Hopkins Leslie became the 9th Territorial Governor of Montana.  He had already served as the 26th Governor of Kentucky.

February 18, 1890, Ellison Mounts hung in Pikeville in an attempt to end the Hatfield-McCoy Feud.  Thousands of onlookers witnessed the hanging, but laws stated that executions could no longer be public.  The hanging took place on the site of the present-day University of Pikeville classroom building.  No one had been sent to the gallows in Pike County for forty years, and after Ellison, no one ever would be again.

February 18, 1903, Kentucky (State College) wins their first basketball game in their second game.  W.W.H. Mustaine’s Wildcats played a Lexington YMCA team, winning 11-10.

February 18, 1909, with a 28-23 win over Cincinnati, Kentucky clinched its first winning season in school history.  State College ended the season with a 5-4 record.

February 18, 1917, Patrolman John George Fow, Louisville Police Department, succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day when he responded to a call of boys throwing rocks at wagons as they passed a grocery store.  When Patrolman Fow arrived, he entered the grocery store to investigate and was shot and killed by the father of one of the boys throwing the rocks.

February 18, 1926, Deputy Sheriff Harve Pace, Harlan County Sheriff’s Office, succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained almost three months earlier when he was shot while attempting to stop an escaping prisoner.  Deputy Pace was shot in the abdomen, causing severe injuries.  The suspect was arrested following the initial shooting and sentenced to 21 years but later acquitted in 1929.

February 18, 1950, in a game against Georgia Tech, which the Wildcats won 97–62, Bill Spivey broke the team record for points in a game with 40, two more than Alex Groza scored in a game the previous season.

February 18, 1957, Deputy Jailer Luther Willis Hammond, Shelby County Detention Center, succumbed to wounds received one week earlier when he was assaulted by two inmates attempting to escape from the Shelby County Detention Center.

February 18, 1964, Harland David Sanders sold his franchising business to John Y. Brown, Jr. and Jack Massey for $2,000,000.  The Colonel was retained on salary as a spokesperson.

February 18, 1965, Maggie Bailey‘s home was raided in Harlan.  This raid, one of many, was described as a “bootlegger’s paradise.”  Nine State Troopers found $206,909 in cash and of course moonshine.

February 18, 1967, Army PFC Billy G. Conley from Flemingsburg in Fleming County and Army CPL John R. Grimes from Owenton in Owen County, both died in the Vietnam War.

February 18, 1967, with a 103-74 win over Mississippi State, Coach Rupp becomes college basketball’s all-time winningest coach.

February 18, 1968, Marine Corps PFC Joseph C. Andrew from Auburn in Logan County, Army SP4 Charlie A. Bratcher from Caneyville in Grayson, Army SSG Ronald L. McCollum from Covington and Army PFC Charles B. Poole from Maceo in Daviess County, all died in the Vietnam War.

February 18, 1970, Army WO1 Paul E. Ash, Jr. from Louisville and Army PFC Danny E. Blevins from Tram in Floyd County both died in the Vietnam War.

February 18, 1971, Army SGT Coley L. Kendall from Bowling Green died in the Vietnam War.

Kentucky Trivia:  Jif introduced creamy peanut butter in 1974.  Proctor & Gamble named it Jif because it is easy to say, spell and remember.

February 18, 1994, the Navy decommissioned the USS Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) and struck her from the Naval Vessel Register.  A James Madison-class ballistic missile submarine, was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for Daniel Boone.  Disposal of the ex-Daniel Boone via the Ship and Submarine Recycling Program completed on November 4th.

Feb 18 USS Daniel Boone SSBN 629
Phot By PH1 VARNEY, USN – U.S. Defense

February 18, 1995, three-time heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali sat on the Kentucky bench during the Cats’ 87-77 win over Florida.  Ali attended the game as part of a one-day promotional visit to Lexington for a play, Ali, opening later that month at the Lexington Opera House.

February 18, 1995, the University of Kentucky retired the jerseys’ of three players with a ceremony during halt-time of the Kentucky vs. Florida game which Pitno’s Cats won 87-77.  Forest Sale #19 from Lawrenceburg, Vernon Hatton #52 from Lexington (Lafayette) and Kevin Grevey #35.

February 18, 2001, Owensboro native Michael Curtis Waltrip wins the Daytona 500.  On the final lap, a major accident occurred involving Dale Earnhardt Sr, Ken Schrader, and Sterling Marlin.  Earnhardt’s car crashed head-on into the retaining wall, killing him instantly.

February 18, 2011, a federal judge sentenced Karen Sypher to seven years and three months for extorting cash from Rick Pitino.

February 18, 2019, eleven go to post in the GIII $500,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park.  The winner received points toward the 2019 Kentucky Derby.