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January 10, 1786, Virginia passed the 1st Enabling Act, favoring the separation of Kentucky.  

January 10, 1810, Kentucky appointed Henry Clay, a Democratic-Republican, as the 3rd Class II U.S. Senator for Kentucky, Buckner Thurston, also a Democratic-Republican, resigned to become a U.S. Circuit Court Judge.  This was Clay’s 2nd senate term, his 1st term ended in 1807.  “The Great Pacificator” served one year, one month and twenty-four days and then became Speaker of the House.

January 10, 1881, Shelbyville native Thomas Theodore Crittenden became the 24th Missouri governor.  He helped bring the Jesse James Gang to justice.

January 10, 1908, Lexington Y.M.C.A. defeated the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky (U.K.) 29-19.  The Friday night game at the Y.M.C.A. gym started the 1908 basketball season.  UK played 11 games against five different teams.

January 10, 1914, State University, Lexington opened its basketball season by defeating Ashland Y.M.C.A. 28-15 in the Buell Armory Gymnasium.  “The lighting of the gymnasium was bad and the baskets were somewhat shaky, which made goal shooting difficult, especially for the visitors, and many trials were missed,” from the Lexington-Herald.  They played 14 games against ten different teams during this season.

January 10, 1946, Policeman Albert Horn and Policeman Orbin B. Moore, Prestonsburg Police Department, died after arresting a man for being drunk in public near the Middle Creek Bridge.  They had placed the man in the rear seat of their patrol car but failed to locate a small handgun hidden on the drunk.

Localtonians wish a Happy Anniversary to Loretta Lynn and Doo Little, who wed in 1948.

January 10, 1951, Army CPL Bernard J. Stone from Kenton County died in the Korean War.

On January 10, 1977, Kentucky Utilities asked customers to cut back on electricity for one day.  The utility’s coal at the Brown Power Plant at Dix Dam iced and caused problems.  The wind chill in Central Kentucky had reached -32 degrees.

January 10, 1984, for the 2nd time in less than a year, Kentucky told Greyhound Bus Lines they could not discontinue two Kentucky routes despite losing money.

January 10, 1986, Barry Bingham Sr. announced his family sold The Courier-Journal and Louisville Times Company.  The family had operated the paper since 1918.  Also for sale were WHAS, Standard Gravure Corporation, and subsidies of all the companies.

January 10, 1988, the two-day dispersal sale ended for Nelson Bunker Hunt.  He sold 580 horses for a record $46,912,800.

January 10, 1989, Officer Frank W. Pysher, Jr., Jefferson County Police Department, died from a gunshot with high-powered rifle while he still sat in his cruiser.

On January 10, 1992, Governor B. Jones criticized outgoing Governor W. Wilkinson for lavish spending on a European trip.  In October 1991, Governor Wilkinson, who later became a conman, took a party of 12 on an 11-day trip for a four-day coal conference in Berlin, where they also visited Hamburg and London.

January 10, 2001, the Dallas Museum of Art received Henry Clay’s bed.  Clay was so confident he would win the presidency that he commissioned an ornate Gothic bed to be the centerpiece for the White House presidential suite, now known as the Lincoln Bedroom.  The 13 feet-high, 7.5 feet wide and 9-foot long bed made a dramatic addition to the museum.

Henry Clay’s Commissioned Ornate Gothic Bed

January 10, 2010, Julia Strange, a senior from duPont Manual High School in Louisville, announced she had been the only Kentuckian to participate in the 2010 Young Arts Week in Miami, Florida.  She was one of 143 chosen nationwide from 4,000 applicants.

January 10, 2020, the filing deadline to run for political office in Kentucky came weeks earlier than normal, but that didn’t stop 300 Kentuckians from filing for state and federal offices.  Seventeen people wanted to take down Alabama native Mitch McConnell.

In four weeks, by January 10, 2021, Kentucky administered 107,779 vaccines out of the 239,550 doses the federal government paid for.  In a sign of our violent times, four persons died, and several received injuries after a string of shootings in and around Louisville.  Meanwhile, in Frankfort, the Assembly forwarded a bill that would stop crooked lobbyists from doing business in the Commonwealth for five years after their conviction.  They aimed the new law at one firm and lobbyist, CCMSI / James Sullivan.  It was nice to see the state address the problem of crooked lobbyists.

January 10, 2023, the 38th Governor’s Cup began with the Middle Schools.  The state-wide academic competition featured six individual and two team events, including regional, district, and state rounds.  The duPont Manual Academic Team won for the 2nd year in a row.