Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
Middle age: when you begin to exchange your emotions for symptoms. Irvin S. Cobb
September 3, 1861, known as “Sewanee’s Fighting Bishop,” Confederate General Leonidas Polk fortified a bluff on the Mississippi River at Columbus. Two days earlier U.S. General Ulysses S. Grant had taken control of Paducah and Cairo (IL) and intended to take control of the high ground around Columbus.
September 3, 1867, Hardin County native, Governor John L. Helm became the 24th governor; this was his 2nd nonconsecutive term. He was also the 18th governor. Helm died five days later on September 8, some say of stress.
September 3, 1936, Katherine Rebecca Pettit passed away in Lexington, her hometown. Katherine was an educator and suffragist who contributed to the settlement school movement of the early 20th century.
September 3, 1940, President F. D. Roosevelt left Corbin at 12:15 a.m. and arrived in Winchester at 2:55 a.m. The president then arrived at Olive hill at 5:22 a.m., leaving at 5:25 a.m. and arrived in Mountain Top at 5:31 a.m. and stayed three minutes. He then traveled to Ashland and stayed 10 minutes. FDR then left Kentucky for WVA.
September 3, 1950, Army CPL Kenneth Ball from Whitley County, Army PFC David C. Bruin from Pendleton County, Army CPL Donald D. Skeens from Johnson County, Army CPL Lloyd E. Wainscott from Grant County, Army PFC Ralph B. Williams from Oldham County, and Army PFC Charles T. McKinney from Graves County, all died in the Korean War.
On September 3, 1970, Kiefer Maddox, a Jefferson County farmer, didn’t want to make a big thing out of it. However, after his creek turned from soapy water to a black oily substance, he blamed the new Ford truck plant one and a half miles away. So he opened up to the press, and they listened.
September 3, 1994, in a game that both fan bases wanted for several decades, Kentucky and Louisville squared off on the gridiron for the 1st time in 70 years. A Commonwealth Stadium record crowd of 59,162 watched Kentucky win their only game of the season, 20-14, on a late game-winning touchdown run by backup quarterback Antonio O’Ferral. Howard Schnellenberger, who pushed for the renewed rivalry, coached his last season. The series record now stood at 7-0.
Sunday, September 3, 2006, Michael Bush broke his right leg in the 3Q of #13 Louisville’s victory over Kentucky 59-28 in their season openers. He already ran for 124 yards and three touchdowns in the 1st half when he took the pitch from quarterback Brian Brohm.
September 3, 2008, Bill Canan, a former Lexington policeman involved in the city’s 1st war on drugs, during the 1970s, before he started dealing drugs himself, walked free from federal prison. Canan played a role in the Bluegrass Conspiracy.
September 3, 2010, Harrodsburg native Daniel W. Scott II, owner of Daniel W. Scott II Farm near Lexington, died at 94. His 1st winner as a breeder, Gushing Oil, won the 1952 Blue Grass Stakes, the Arkansas Derby, and the Louisiana Derby. Gushing Oil gave it a try in that year’s Kentucky Derby but finished unplaced.
September 3, 2016, a Kentucky bred and Keeneland graduate won the GI $300,000 Del Mar Debutante Stakes for two-year-old fillies, while Kentucky Football lost their season opener to Southern Mississippi 44-35. The Wildcats ended the season with a loss in the Tax Slayer Bowl to GA. Tech.
September 3, 2020, Kentucky schools limited spectators for high school sports. Meanwhile, Senator J. Biden, “When we finally do, god willing, get a vaccine, who’s going to take the shot? Who’s going to take the shot? Are you going to be the first one to say sign me up? They now say it’s OK. I’m not being facetious.”