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December 19, 1796, Kentucky created Warren County from Logan County and named it in honor of Joseph Warren, Revolutionary War General.  Bowling Green is the county seat.  Other localities include Oakland, Plum Springs, Smiths Grove, Woodburn, Plano, Anna, Bristow, Girkin, Glenmore, Gotts, Hydro, Kepler, Loving, Martinsville, Polkville, Pondsville, Richardsville, Riverside, Sunnyside, Three Forks, and Tuckertown.  In South Warren localities include Alvatonm Blue Level, Boyce, Browning, Claypool, Drake, Greenhill, Guy, Hadley, Hardcastle, Lost River, Matlock, Memphis Junction, Petros, Rich Pond, Rockfield, Rockland, Shawnee Estates, Springhill, and Three Springs.  The 24th county created covers 546 square miles.  The county started officially March 1, 1797.

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December 19, 1798, Kentucky created Jessamine County from Fayette County and named it for the Jessamine Creek, which contains a set of rapids that are the county’s most well-known natural feature.  Nicholasville is the county seat.  Other cities and towns include Wilmore, High Bridge, Brannon Woods, and Keene.  The 36th county created covers 175 square miles.

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December 19, 1799, Kentucky created Knox County from Lincoln County and named it in honor of Henry Knox, the 1st U.S. Secretary of War.   Barbourville is the county seat.  Other localities include Corbin, (primarily in Whitley County) Artemus, Flat Lick, North Corbin, (primarily in Laurel County) Gray, and Kay Jay.  The 41st county created covers 388 square miles.

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December 19, 1821, county courts were authorized to purchase lands and erect “poor houses.”

December 19, 1821, Kentucky created two counties.

December 19, 1821, Kentucky created Pike County from Floyd County and named it in honor of Zebulon Pike, western explorer and discoverer of Pike’s Peak.  Pikeville is the county seat.  Other cities and towns located in the county include: Coal Run Village, Elkhorn City, Belfry, Freeburn, McCarr, Phelps, South Williamson, Ashcamp, Beefhide (partial), Belcher, Broad Bottom, Canada, Cedarville, Dorton, Fedscreek, Fords Branch, Garden Village, Hellier, Jonancy, Kimper, Lick Creek, Mouthcard, Phyllis, Raccoon, Shelbiana, Sidney, Stone, Stopover, Varney, and Virgie.  The 70th county created, Pike County, covers 789 square miles, making it Kentucky’s largest county.

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December 19, 1821, Kentucky created Hickman County from Caldwell County and Livingston County.  We named the county in honor of Paschal Hickman, military captain killed at the Battle of Frenchtown.  Clinton is the county seat.  Columbus is another community.  The 71st county created and covers 253 square miles.

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Kentucky Trivia:  The order in which the counties are created come from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.

December 19, 1891, Kentucky State College (UK) played their only football game of the season and lost to Centre, in their 1st time playing each other.  Kentucky donned blue and light yellow after a student asked, “What color blue?” and varsity letterman Richard C. Stoll pulled off his necktie, and held it up, originating “Kentucky Blue.”  The following year the college dropped light yellow and changed it to white.

December 19, 1920, the government sounded the alarm on the decreasing horse population.  With the automobile’s mass production, horses declined in usefulness in towns, cities, and farms.  The Secretary of the Horse Association stated extensive and responsible breeding would be the only remedy.

December 19, 1950, Army PVT Bobby Davis from Christian County died in the Korean War.

December 19, 1959, Governor Bert T. Combs called for a Special Session in one of his 1st acts as governor.  He wanted to create a new Kentucky constitution which he did and gave it to the people to vote on in November of 1960.  Kentuckians defeated it by almost 18,000 votes, making it the closest we came to replace the 1891 constitution, which remains in effect today.

December 19, 1960, Perryville Battlefield, Kentucky’s largest Civil War clash, became a National Historic Landmark.

December 19, 1960, Henry Clay’s Ashland became a National Historic Landmark.

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December 19, 1964, freezing rain, sleet, and snow brought hazardous driving conditions to Kentucky.  Western Kentucky got hit the hardest when 80 accidents occurred in Paducah and McCracken Counties before dark.

December 19, 1970, Lee Corso’s Louisville Cardinals tied Long Beach State in the Pasadena Bowl 24-24 to end the season 8-3-1.

December 19, 1971, Trooper William Harrel Barrett, Kentucky State Police, died in an ambush by an unknown suspect at his home.  Barrett, 35, just completed a 4 p.m. to midnight shift and had backed into his driveway in Rockfield.  The shooter fled the scene after ducking through a gap in a fence line and is still wanted.

December 19, 1971, Air Force CAPT Leo T. Thomas Jr from Georgetown died in the Vietnam War.

December 19, 1974, Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller became the 41st U.S. Vice President, after President G. Ford nominated and Congress confirmed him.

December 19, 1980, the failure to find adequate financing forced the Louisville International Tennis Classic to cancel the 1981 tennis tournament, thus ending professional tennis in Kentucky.

December 19, 1984, a state strip-mine inspector told the press he had been under house arrest for nearly two months while his superiors investigated allegations that were not made public.

December 19, 1990, Governor W. Wilkinson’s administration enforced strict landfill laws for garbage operators to support environmental requests for stringent rules on waste regulations.

December 19, 1994, Medicaid demanded $831,703 from three Kentucky dentists they said billed the system incorrectly dating back to 1986.

December 19, 2002, John L. Smith, who came from obscurity to lead the UofL football program to their most successful five-year run, resigned one day after losing in the GMAC Bowl.  He took his dream job at Michigan State.

December 19, 2002, Kentucky’s Postsecondary Education Council unanimously selected Thomas Layzell as president.  He retired from the post in 2012.

December 19, 2006, Trooper Jonathan Kyle Leonard, Kentucky State Police, died in an automobile accident on US 119 in Pike County while responding to a domestic violence call.

December 19, 2015, the National Cancer Institute’s study claimed Kentucky was #1 in cancer deaths in the U.S per capita.  Lung cancer claimed the #1 culprit in Kentucky and ranked in the top 10 nationally for breast, colorectal, and cervical cancers.  Lung cancer statistics were staggering: 92.4 incidences per 100,000 people compared with 60.4 nationally.

December 19, 2018, the Kentucky General Assembly ignored the pleas of Governor M. Bevin and ended the surprise special session he called the day before to address the ailing public pension crisis.  Lawmakers based their decision on the fact that the pension disaster evolved over many years, and a five-day special session would not solve it.

December 19, 2020, Congress worked on the final details of a $900 billion coronavirus socialist relief bill.  The 5,593-page bill linked the $900 billion pandemic aid with a $1.4 trillion annual spending bill to fund the government, and it passed three days later.  The Senate Historical Office says it was the longest bill in congressional history.  Released at 2 p.m., representatives had hours to read it before voting.  This is what you call the Fleecing of America.

Positives:  3,388 / 240,564
Deaths:  27 / 2,371 – 1st Death 3/16/20
50&over: 2,310 / 49-30: 58 / 29&under: 3

December 19, 2021, while doctors warned current drugs would not work against the new fast-spreading omicron variant, Saturday Night Live canceled their live show, and Harvard returned to virtual learning over the hysteria.  Meanwhile, Joe Manchin blocked his party’s $2 trillion domestic spending bill known as the Build Back Better Act.  This Act morphed into the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which President J. Biden signed in August 2022.

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