TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

Kentucky Trivia

December 18, 1792, the Kentucky General Assembly established an act to inspect tobacco, hemp, and flour governed by the laws of Virginia.  The Act called for Clark County to house an inspection site.

December 18, 1799, Nicholas County was created from Bourbon County and Mason County and was named in honor of George Nicholas, Revolutionary War Colonel.  Carlisle is the county seat.  Other localities include: East Union, Headquarters, Hooktown, Moorefield and Myers.  Nicholas County was the 41st county created and covers 197 square miles.

December 18, 1800, Wayne County was created from parts of Pulaski County and Cumberland County and was named in honor of Anthony Wayne, Revolutionary War General.  The county seat is Monticello.  Other localities include: Alpha, Barrier, Big Sinking, Cooper, Duncan Valley, Fall Creek, Frazer, Frisby, Hidalgo, Mill Springs, Parmleysville, Powersburg, Rockybranch, Roger’s Grove, Steubenville, Sunnybrook and Windy.  Wayne County was the 43rd county created and covers 484 square miles.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Louisville native John Colgan, born in 1840. John invented flavored chewing gum in his drug store, somewhat by mistake, in the late 1860s.  During the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, he sold his Taffy Tolu and created quite a buzz.  It was also here where William Wrigley, Jr., came across John Colgan’s chewing gum.  Wrigley’s gum took off, and John Colgan faded into history.

December 18, 1890, Town Marshal Robert Edward Thompson, Hardinsburg Police Department, was stabbed to death after arresting a man for being drunk in public.  As he walked the man to the jail the subject suddenly refused to go any further and pulled out a knife.  Marshal Thompson summoned the help of a citizen and the two attempted to talk the man into putting the knife down.  When he refused, Marshal Thompson hit him with his cane.  The man then struck Marshal Thompson in the chest and arm with the knife.  The wound to the arm severed an artery.

December 18, 1896, Dink and Arch Proctor, white males, were lynched in Logan County for an alleged murder.  There were 135 recorded lynchings in Kentucky from 1882 through 1921.

December 18, 1913, Town Marshal Rory Jay Draughn, Hazard Police Department, was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man on Main Street for being drunk in public.  Marshal Draughn knew the man, who was a candidate for county sheriff, and attempted to talk him into accompanying him to the police station.  When the man drew his weapon Marshal Draughn told reminded him that they were friends and told him not to shoot.  The man then opened fire, striking him four times.

December 18, 1930, Adolph Rupp coached his first game as Kentucky’s head basketball coach. The Wildcats beat Georgetown College 67-19 in Kentucky’s Alumni Gymnasium.  Coach Rupp, reintroducing the fast-break basketball system to Kentucky fans, used 17 of the 19 men on his squad in the opening encounter.  Harry Lancaster, Kentucky’s future assistant basketball coach and Athletic Director, was Georgetown’s top scorer with 11 points.

December 18, 1932, Deputy Sheriff James T. Morgan, Letcher County Sheriff’s Office, suffered a fatal heart attack minutes after subduing a drunk and disorderly man.  The man continued to resist arrest as the deputies took him to jail.  As Deputy Morgan left the jail he began to feel ill and went to a nearby drug store where he collapsed.

December 18, 1933, Night Marshal Floyd Hensley, Beattyville Police Department, was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for being drunk in public.  During the arrest the man produced a handgun and shot Marshal Hensley in the neck, killing him instantly.

December 18, 1955, Deputy Sheriff Dewey Sizemore, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for being drunk in public in Big Creek.  A neighbor of the subject, who was also drunk, attempted to intervene in the arrest and a .38 caliber pistol fell from his pocket.  The man bent down, picked up the gun, and then shot Deputy Sizemore five times.  Despite being mortally wounded, he returned fire and killed the subject.

December 18, 1962, Louisville authorities emphasized their commitment to the state closing Sunday law, as far as they know how to enforce it.  Mayor William O’ Cowger stated good horse will be applied.

December 18, 1972, the Kentucky State Racing Commission announced their 1973 racing dates that included a record 246 racing days and major changes for Churchill Downs and Miles Park.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Louisville native Josh Dallas, born in 1978.  Josh is a television and film actor who has enjoyed many leading roles.

December 18, 1982, Eastern Kentucky football Coach Roy Kidd hugged senior quarterback Tuck Woolum after the Colonels won the Division I-AA National Title in Wichita Falls, Texas.  Eastern defeated Delaware 17-14 for its second national title in four years.  The Colonels became the first undefeated team ever to win the I-AA title.  “Oh, this has to be the greatest,” Kidd said.  “To go undefeated and win the national championship, it’s unbelievable.  There’s no doubt that this is the greatest team, the greatest.

December 18, 1995, Howard Schnellenberger, in a surprise move, voluntarily resigned as the head football coach for the Oklahoma Sooners.  He had coached for one season with a 5-5-1 record.  Before Oklahoma, he spent a decade with the Cardinals and won the national championship with Michigan.

December 18, 1995, seventeen garbage men from Louisville claimed $15 million from Lotto Kentucky Jackpot.  However, the biggest winner at the lottery headquarters this day were brothers and sisters from La Center in Ballard County, who picked up a $33.8 million check from Powerball.

On December 18, 1997, Kentucky released seven elk in the Cyprus-Amax Wildlife Management Area, next to Robinson Forest in Perry County.  It was the first time in 150 years that free-ranging elk were present in the state.

December 18, 1999, the Wildcats spanked the Cardinals 76-46 in Rupp.  It was the 2nd largest margin of victory between these two teams in their 31-game series.  Kentucky beat Louisville in 1986 by a 34-point margin, 85-51.  This meeting marked the first time the two teams had met where neither team was nationally ranked in the top 20.

December 18, 2005, carrying on a tradition that goes back a century, Beckham Bird Club members were up with the birds to help with the annual Christmas bird count.  The bird count is a project of the National Audubon Society.

December 18, 2005, the death rate for all-terrain vehicle users grew faster in Kentucky than any other state from 2002 to 2004, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported.

December 18, 2015, authorities released inmate number 16226-032, Richard Dwight Farmer, from federal prison.  He received a 24-month sentence after agreeing to a plea deal where he accepted responsibility for spending government money on family and friends while heading Kentucky’s Department of Agriculture.

December 18, 2019, President Trump becomes the third President to be impeached, while investigators look Governor Bevin’s legal pardons.

December 18, 2020, Kentucky reports 3,179 new cases and 28 new deaths.  Kentuckians in their 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s died.  The new totals were 237,190 and 2,344.