Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
February 24, 1775, the North Carolina Gazette printed NC Governor Martin’s letter. He quoted at length from the Royal Proclamation of 1763, particularly the portion prohibiting land purchases from Native Americans by private persons. He was talking directly to Richard Henderson and his Kentucky confederates.
February 24, 1838, Kentucky Congressman William Graves killed Congressman Jonathan Cilley of Maine in a duel outside Washington D.C. It started on the House floor when Graves approached Cilley with a letter from a third party. Cilley refused to accept it. Graves took it as an insult and challenged him to the duel.
February 24, 1843, Johnson County was created from Floyd County, Morgan County, and Lawrence County and named in honor of Richard Mentor Johnson, U.S. V.P. Paintsville is the county seat. Other localities include: Asa, Boonscamp, Chandlerville, Collista, Denver, Dobson, East Point, Elna, Flat Gap, Fuget, Hager Hill, Hargis, Keaton, Kerz, Leander, Low Gap, Manila, Meally, Nero, Nippa, Odds, Offutt, Oil Springs, Redbush, River, Riceville, Sip, Sitka, Staffordsville, Stambaugh, Swamp Branch, Thealka, Thelma, Tutor Key, Van Lear, Volga, West Van Lear, Whitehouse, Williamsport, Winifred, and Wittensville. Johnson County was the 97th county created and covers 264 square miles.
On February 24, 1852, Mason County native Roy Bean dueled on horseback with a Scotsman. In the gunfight, the Scotsman was shot in his right arm, and both men were arrested for assault. Bean, who was considered brave and handsome by the local women, received numerous visits and gifts during his six-week stay in jail. When one of his admirers slipped him knives hidden in tamales, Bean dug through the cell wall and escaped in April.
February 24, 1885, Julia Marcum, who put her life in danger for the Union cause, received a pension for combat wounds received in the Civil War. She was one of only a handful of women to get this aid. Aunt Julia, 91, died in Whitley County and received a military funeral when she was laid to rest in the Highland Cemetery in Williamsburg.
February 24, 1917, a huge chip from one of the most historic trees in the state, bearing Daniel Boone’s initials and the date 1781, was brought to Lexington for preservation by the Daughters of the American Revolution. It came from a Beech Tree in Letcher County. For generations, the tree had been a landmark, located on Boone’s Creek, 300 feet from the Kentucky River.
February 24, 1930, Town Marshal J. Wes Perkins, Williamsburg Police Department, died from a gunshot as he and another officer attempted to stop a car whose occupants were suspected of firing several shots from the vehicle.
February 24, 1944, Sharpe native James King lost his life near Gotha, Germany, when the B-24 on which he was a co-pilot got shot down. James played basketball for three seasons (1939-42) for the Wildcats. Sharpe is located in Marshall County.
February 24, 1961, while police arrested 58 people during an anti-discrimination demonstration in downtown Louisville, civil rights leaders met with Louisville Mayor Bruce Hoblitzell to end the three-day protest.
February 24, 1967, Army SGT Carl A. Humphrey from Jeffersontown, Marine Corps PFC Gary S. Jordan from Newport, Marine Corps LCPL Phillip R. Shoopman from Louisville and Army CPT Paul E. Vanhoose from Stambaugh in Johnson County, all died in the Vietnam War.
February 24, 1968, Marine Corps SSGT William B. Hughes from Vanceburg in Lewis County, Air Force SSGT Johnny Rose, Jr. from Williamsport in Johnson County and Army SSG William L. Watson from Louisville, all died in the Vietnam War.
February 24, 1971, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior delivered a speech at UK’s Student Center Ballroom. Mr. Hickel said, “Society today faces problems on many fronts, but I consider none more serious than that of defending our ecological life lines. We are faced with the reality we cannot create new resources…continued waste…extravagance…that will only burden the welfare of tomorrow.”
February 24, 1988, in an 8–0 landmark decision, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Larry Flynt’s Hustler magazine. They published an ad depicting televangelist and political commentator Jerry Falwell Sr. as an incestuous drunk. The court ruled the ad was protected speech since Falwell was a public figure, and the parody could not have been reasonably considered believable.
February 24, 2003, Governor P. Patton, in his bid to cut costs, shrunk the Kentucky fleet from 5,000 sedans, trucks, vans to 4,500. The governor and lt. governor drove around in a 20 car fleet, including Crown Victorias, Chevrolet Suburbans, and a Ford Conversion van.
The F.B.I. detained a Benton man on February 24, 2021, after being seen on YouTube videos during the Capitol riots. Clayton Mullins dragged a police officer down the Capitol steps sending him to the hospital. Meanwhile, Frankfort lawmakers sponsored a bill to protect landlords’ rights to evict tenants during future pandemics.