TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to James Masterson born in 1752.  James was one of the early pioneers and who built the one of the first log cabins in Lexington in 1780 at 349 S. Mill St.

April 7, 1802, Transylvania University awarded its first degree, the Bachelor of Arts to Robert R. Barr.  It was the first such degree conferred in the West.

April 7, 1856, Louisville’s “High School” opened.  It is the oldest high school in Kentucky, one of the 80 oldest in America.  After other high schools opened in the years following, the school was named “Louisville Male High School.”  The first two graduates in 1859 were Lewis D. Kastenbine (who later became a physician in Louisville) and James S. Pirtle (who later became a prominent Louisville judge).

April 7, 1864, Lucretia (Hart) Clay passed away in Lexington.  Mrs. Clay bore five sons and six daughters and preferred to manage her Ashland Estate and her children than to be in Washington, D.C. playing a politician’s wife.  Lucretia lived to be 84.

April 7, 1919, Special Deputy Sheriff David L. Elliott, Harlan County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed at the train station in Pineville, while attempting to arrest a man who had murdered Deputy Sheriff Richard Johnson the previous night.

April 7, 1934, Corporal Saxton Helm Dutschke and Patrolman Clarence Evans, Louisville Police Department, were killed when their patrol wagon was struck by another vehicle.

April 7, 1949, Woodford County native Pierre Whiting, Sr. died.  Pierre was a janitor at UK for 57 years.  He may have been the first African American employed at the university, but he was employed longer than any other employee.  Whiting’s starting date was in 1888, and he retired in 1945.

April 7, 1950, Chief of Police William Givens Burden, Kuttawa Police Department, was shot and killed as he and a Kentucky state trooper attempted to serve a warrant on a woman wanted for threatening with intent to kill.  The woman’s husband opened fire on him with a 410 gauge shotgun, killing him.

April 7, 1951, Army CPL Charles R. Beach from Gallatin County died in the Korean War.

April 7, 1957, Deputy Sheriff Clifford R. Highhouse, Kenton County Sheriff’s Office, suffered a fatal heart attack while directing traffic around an accident scene in front of 407 Ludlow Highway in Ludlow.

April 7, 1960, Charles B. Nuckolls, 66, principal for Ashland’s Booker T. Washington Elementary for 39 years, received the Kentucky Education Association’s annual Lincoln Key Award.  Mr. Nuckolls was cited for his role in developing young Kentucky African Americans. 

April 7, 1969, Marine Corps PFC Donald M. Kinney from Louisville died in the Vietnam War.

April 7, 1971, Army SP4 Joseph L. Armstrong from Vine Grove in Hardin County died in the Vietnam War.

April 7, 1974, sixteen victims of Brandenburg’s tornadoes several days earlier lay in their caskets at the Meade County High School gym.  The community came to pay their last respects.

April 7, 1979, Steve Cauthen rode his first winner in Europe by winning a Handicap race at Salisbury Racecourse.  Cauthen was British Champion Jockey three times and won ten classic European races, including the 2,000 Guineas, the Epsom Derby twice, and the St. Leger Stakes three times.  He also won the Irish Oaks twice, and in 1989 won the French Derby and Irish Derby and in 1991, the Derby Italiano on Hailsham.

April 7, 1983, Kentucky’s largest utility, Kentucky Utilities, Co., complained that their rejection of its request for a 12.6% rate increase was “unfair.”  The previous month the Public Service Commission granted only $13 million and scolded KU for wasting money.

April 7, 1988, Lexington native Scott Arnold made his MLB debut with the St. Louis Cardinals.

April 7, 1992, Deron Feldhaus #12 from Maysville, John Pelphrey #34 from Paintsville, Richie Farmer #32 from Manchester, and Sean Woods #11 had their jerseys retired to the Rupp rafters.

April 7, 1998, Governor Paul Edward Patton signed House Bill 801, to acknowledge all American Indian people, tribes, and organizations in Kentucky.  It also designates November as Native American Indian Month.

April 7, 2000, more than 9,000 fans saw a show in Rupp Arena that they thought they would never see again: The Judds.  A special evening for sure when a healthy Naomi and Wynonna were introduced on stage by Ashley.  The last Judd performance in Rupp was 1991.

Kentucky Trivia:  The Judds were the most successful country music duo for eight years until abruptly ending in 1991 with Naomi’s Hepatitis C.  Country music’s most recognized mother-daughter team achieved 20 top-10 hits (15 at number one) and went undefeated for eight consecutive years at all three major country music awards shows.  They also won five Grammy Awards.

April 7, 2004, Army Staff SGT George S. Rentschler 31, of Louisville, died when his military vehicle was hit with a rocket in Baghdad, fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

April 7, 2013, the Lady Cardinals fight back from behind to beat California to advance the Championship game for the NCAA title.

April 7, 2018, Keeneland’s GII $1,000,000 Bluegrass Stakes ran for three-year-olds and the top five finishers were Keeneland graduates.

April 7, 2018, Aqueduct’s GII $1,000,000 Wood Memorial is won by a Keeneland graduate going away. 

April 7, 2018, Santa Anita’s GI $1,000,000 Santa Anita Derby is won by a Keeneland graduate, Kentucky bred and future Kentucky Derby winner.

April 7, 2020, Governor A. Beshear confirmed another 147 positive coronavirus cases and seven related deaths for a total of 1,149 positives and 65 deaths.  This caseload increase is the “largest the state reported in a single day.”  The Governor also announced 70 National Guards would be assisting Kentucky food banks.