TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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Localtonians wishes a Happy Anniversary to Sarah Maxwell who wed John Maxwell in 1779.  It was said to be the first union inside the Lexington Fort.

April 9, 1786, William Christian was killed near present day Jeffersonville, Indiana while chasing a band of Wabash Native Americans.  Christian County was named in his honor.

April 9, 1862, Paris native Richard Hawes, became the second Confederate Governor of Kentucky.  Hawes replaced George W. Johnson, who died in the Battle of Shiloh on April 8.  When General Bragg invaded Kentucky in October 1862, he captured Frankfort and held an inauguration ceremony for Hawes.  However, the ceremony was interrupted by Union forces under General Don Carlos Buell.

April 9, 1864, Kentucky artist Oliver Frazer passes away at Eothen, his country home, after an illness of several months.  Widely lamented throughout the state, his funeral took place at Christ Episcopal Church in Lexington.  He was laid to rest in the Lexington Cemetery.

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April 9, 1865, Shelby County native John H. Callahan earned the Medal of Honor for capturing a Confederate flag during the Battle of Fort Blakely.  He was one of fourteen men awarded with the Medal of Honor at this battle.

April 9, 1865, 1:00 p.m., General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant.

April 9, 1880, the first organized football game played in Kentucky was played when Kentucky University (now Transylvania University) beat Centre College 13 ¾ – 0 in a cow pasture.  There were fifteen players on each team and when a player was injured and removed, he could not re-enter the game.

April 9, 1884, William Strong and Henry Kilburn, two African Americans, were lynched in Eastern Kentucky, possibly Breathitt County.  Both men were accused of murdering a white male.  The first recorded lynching in Kentucky was two years earlier.

April 9, 1934, Patrolman Clarence Quinton Evans and Corporal Saxton Dutschke, Louisville Police Department, were killed when their patrol wagon was struck by another vehicle at the intersection of 7th and Chestnut at 2255 hours.

April 9, 1942, Deputy Sheriff Marion Martin, Knott County Sheriff’s Office, died of wounds he received the previous day when he was shot after responding to a disturbance call at a bar.  As Deputy Martin entered the bar, he was shot by one of the men inside.  The suspect was shot dead by Deputy Marion before he died.

April 9, 1951, Army PVT Charles Vickers from Daviess County died in the Korean War.

April 9, 1956, Brooklyn Dodger Jackie Robinson shivered in the dugout as they played the Milwaukee Braves in a preseason baseball game in Louisville’s Parkway Field.  The temperature was 44 degrees and the California native joked; “Now I know why they call it bluegrass.  It’s frozen!”  It was the start of the 37-year-old Robinson’s last season in professional baseball.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Louisville native Oliver Wesley Barnett born in 1966.  He is a former American football defensive lineman in the NFL who played for the Falcons, Bills, and 49ers.

April 9, 1967, Gay Brewer wins a green jacket by one stroke over lifelong friend Bobby Nichols.  It was the first live television broadcast of a golf tournament from the U.S. to Europe.  Brewer called winning the Masters “the biggest thrill I’ve had in golf.”  In the 1966 Masters, Gay bogeyed the final hole to finish in a three-way tie after regulation play but ended up finishing third to Jack Nicklaus, following an 18-hole playoff.  The Masters was Gay’s only major win. 

April 9, 1968, Army SSG Kenneth A. Hardin from Morehead in Rowan County died in the Vietnam War.

April 9, 1969, Army PFC’s James H. Adams from Whitehouse in Johnson County and William L. Overstreet from Elk Horn in Taylor County, both died in the Vietnam War.

April 9, 1970, the Lexington Public Library was notified they would be losing their two Bookmobiles due to politics and lack of funding.

April 9, 1989, the Harlem Globetrotters play for 4,000 fans in Rupp Arena.

April 9, 1998, President Clinton spoke Carroll County High School about reducing teen smoking.

April 9, 2000, Lexington native Scott Downs made his MLB debut with the Chicago Cubs.

April 9, 2001, the Lexington Legends baseball team and over 8,000 fans enjoy their first home game by beating the Hagerstown Suns, 15-1.

Kentucky Trivia:  No public money was involved in the Legends franchise.  Alan Stein brought together a group of 22 investors, the entity that has always owned the ballpark.  In 2011, it was announced that Whitaker Bank had agreed to a 10-year contract for naming rights, no terms were released.

April 9, 2007, Paintsville native John Pelfrey was announced as the new head coach of the University of Arkansas basketball team.

April 9, 2012, the most people on seesaws simultaneously are 204 and was achieved by Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights.  This is according to the Guinness World Records.

April 9, 2017, Keeneland’s GIII $150,000 Beaumont Stakes was a Keeneland graduate trifecta.

April 9, 2020, Governor A. Beshear announced 134 new positive cases of coronavirus for a total 1,452.  He also announced six new deaths for a total of 79.  Nursing homes begged for help as supplies of masks, gloves and gowns were in very short supply.