Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
Localtonians wish a Happy Anniversary to Jesse James’s parents, Robert Salle James and Zerelda Elizabeth Cole, who married in Stamping Ground in 1841. Both Kentucky natives, Robert hailed from Lickskillet in Logan County, and Zerelda from Woodford County.
December 28, 1854, Bullitt County native James Turner Morehead passed away. Mr. Morehead served as our 12th Class II U.S. Senator and 12th governor. He was also the 1st native-born Kentuckian to be governor. A member of Henry Clay’s National Republican Party, Morehead entered politics to challenge the Democratic Party’s dominance in the state.
December 28, 1864, 125 miles north of Burkesville, Rebels lit the Hardinsburg Courthouse on fire in Breckinridge County. They tried to burn it to the ground, but locals saved it from a total loss and saved the county records. Roadside History: A Guide to Kentucky Highway Markers edited by Melba Porter Hay, Dianne Wells, Thomas H. Appleton, Jr., Thomas H. Appleton; pg: 10
December 28, 1892, an armed mob, led by many well-known citizens, gathered at the courthouse and seized a black male named Bob Harper. Police jailed him for an alleged assault on a white woman in Barren County’s Park City. Locals took him to the Warren County Fair Grounds. They hung him from a tree. During this time, lynchings had become a widespread practice due to the “threat” of newly freed slaves and justified on the premise of protecting white females. Lynching reached an all-time high in 1892, with 69 whites and 161 blacks hung.
December 28, 1943, Representative Andrew J. May confirmed he and associates bought 2,000 acres of timber on the Cumberland River and planned to cut it as soon as labor and machinery were available. The tract is near Partridge in Letcher County.
December 28, 1963, WKU defeated the Coast Guard 27-0 in the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, now named the Citrus Bowl. Ohio Valley Conference’s (OVC) Coach of the Year (OTY) Nick Denes led the Hilltoppers to the OVC championship, and finished the season undefeated. This team was one of the finest in school history and set a school record for victories. The roster included future NFL players J. Mutchler, D. Lindsey, J. Burt, H. Chambers, and coach J. Bugel. J. Mutchler was named OVC Defensive Player OTY.
December 28, 1971, the Keeneland Association announced its 1971 donation of $32,150 to 47 Central Kentucky organizations at its annual year-end distribution. The largest single grant of $5,000 went to the United Fund of Lexington and Fayette County.
December 28, 1974, Kentucky Supreme Chief Justice Earl Osborne swore in Julian Morton Carroll as Kentucky’s 54th governor after Governor W. Ford resigned to be a U.S. Senator. Carroll was the 50th individual to hold the office.
December 28, 1974, Owensboro native Governor W. Ford took the oath to become Kentucky’s 36th Class III U.S. Senator. Senator Ford held his seat for 24 years and six days, the longest term for any Kentucky senator until Mitch came to town. However, Ford, is the longest serving U.S. Senator born in Kentucky.
December 28, 1983, about 117,000 Kentuckians won a temporary reprieve from a 17.7% increase from the state’s largest health insurer, Blue Cross / Blue Shield of Kentucky. Governor M. L. Collins postponed the rate hike until locals held a public hearing into the manner.
December 28, 1995, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources accepted a gift of nearly 34,000 acres in Western Kentucky, valued at more than $5 million. It was the largest land acquisition in the Wildlife Agency’s history. A majority of the land came from reclaimed coal mines.
December 28, 2002, the hype leading up to the Kentucky/Louisville game centered around two former Cats who were now Cardinals. When the dust settled in front of 20,061 fans at Freedom Hall, Rick Pitino and Marvin Stone looked like they made the right choice in jumping ship. Louisville upset the 14th ranked Cats 63 -81.
December 28, 2008, the $4.1 billion Ohio River Bridges Project reported a wealth of archaeological information about the region, but nothing to stop the construction. Items found during construction included: spear points from ancient Native Americans, sandstone remains of a 19th-century millrace, and evidence of a Louisville brothel. Archaeologists painstakingly documented their excavations. As a result, the Abraham Lincoln Bridge opened in December 2015.
Localtonians wish a Happy Anniversary to Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers, who married Regina Crawford in a private family ceremony in 2013. Regina was on Mitch McConnell’s staff at the time of their marriage.
December 28, 2013, #6 Louisville traveled to #18 Kentucky and came up short, 66-73. Coach Cal had two players as top scorers; Andrew Harrison and James Young. Coach Pitino’s leading scorer was Russ Smith. The Wildcats now won five of their last six games against Louisville and three straight in Lexington.
December 28, 2017, Louisville native Sue Taylor Grafton, author of detective novels, passed away. She is best known as the author of the “alphabet series” (“A” Is for Alibi, etc.) featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, CA. The daughter of detective novelist C. W. Grafton said the strongest influence on her crime novels was author Ross Macdonald.
December 27, 2018, a Kentucky newspaper spotlighted Tom Myers, a Lexington entomologist who travels the globe taking pictures of insects. The National Museum of Natural History and Truman’s Scientific Guide To Pest Management Operations, the industry’s bible, are a few publications that feature his photographs.
December 28, 2020, after Governor A. Beshear announced eight new deaths, he stated, “Now we’ve not only plateaued it, but we’re starting to see cases decrease.” At the very height of the coronavirus scare, the governor claimed the virus might be under control, possibly sending mixed signals or just providing hope.
December 28, 2020, the Lexington Herald-Leader interviewed Mary M. Lowe and Eugene Lacefield, who donated a hilly and wooded 338-acre Henry County refuge a few miles from the Kentucky River. The 1st new preserve added to the state system in a decade, The Drennon Creek State Nature Preserve, became a reality in early 2020.
December 28, 2021, the White Oak Initiative educated the public about how the White Oak plays a crucial role in the ecosystem and economy of Kentucky. They then warned how the species would see a significant decline soon without action to help it regenerate. By law, Kentucky bourbon must be aged in new White Oak charred containers, which gives the bourbon its unique color and flavor.