TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Franklin native John William “Honest Dick” Tate, born in 1831.  He served as Kentucky’s State treasurer for 21 years, beginning in 1867, comfortably winning re-election every two years.  Citizens gave Tate free reign in his job until 1887 when people began to ask questions about his bookkeeping records.  He managed to delay the process by saying he needed time to get his papers in order.  Finally, in March of 1888, Tate boarded a train in Frankfort, with $100,000, never to be seen again.  The state then created the state examiner and inspector’s office to oversee the treasurer and auditor and imposed term limits on elected officials.

January 2, 1900, Democrats, with the backing of William Goebel and his Lieutenant J.C.W. Beckham, formally challenge Republican Governor Taylor’s election victory in the General Assembly.  The Democrats wanted the November 1899 election reversed, and Goebel named governor.

January 2, 1903, Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded Paris $12,000 to build a new city library.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Middletown native Governor Lawrence Winchester Wetherby, born in 1908 and governor from 1950-55.  He and Governor A. Beshear are the only two governors from Louisville.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to La Grange native William James Crowe Jr., born in 1925.  William was a U.S. Navy Admiral who served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Presidents Reagan and G.H.W. Bush, and as the ambassador to the United Kingdom under President Clinton.

January 2, 1939, Patrolman Frank Beard Bell, Kentucky Highway Patrol, died in a motorcycle crash at the intersection of U.S. 60 and Kentucky 151 in Graefenburg.  He was traveling on U.S. 60 when a vehicle failed to stop at the intersection.

January 2, 1950, Bear Bryant loses his first bowl game as UK’s coach, in the Orange Bowl, when Santa Clara upsets the Cats 13-21.  It was Bryant and Kentucky’s first major bowl appearance.  The Miami Orange Bowl hosted 64,816 spectators.

January 2, 1951, Army 1LT Earl Evans from Whitley County died in the Korean War.

January 2, 1960, Governor Combs, with his close friends urging, asked the General Assembly to change a judicial redistricting plan that gave Franklin and Anderson Counties a new judicial district.  Long-time Judge W.B. Ardery was out; Judge Hogg would now preside over Kentucky’s most powerful district.

January 2, 1970, Gradyville native Coach Edgar Allen Diddle passed away.  Coach Diddle became the first coach in history to coach 1,000 games at one school.  He was WKU’s basketball coach from 1922 to 1964 and known as one of the early pioneers of the fast break and waving a red towel around along the sidelines.  His red towel is now part of WKU’s official athletic logo.  Diddle experienced only five losing seasons in 42 years.

January 2, 1974, the Kentucky Democratic Party acknowledged they refunded $18,873 in illegal corporate gifts.  They also named the individuals who gave $128,071 in the controversial spring fundraising drive.  They party also accounted for $96,572 of $438,752 senate watchdogs had questioned.

January 2, 1980, Kyle Macy watched as his game-winning, last-second shot go in against Auburn in Rupp Arena.  The Cats won 67-65 behind Macy’s game-high 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting.

January 2, 1987, Officer Russell Jay Estep, Louisa Police Department, suffered a fatal heart attack after pursuing two suspects on foot and then transporting one of them to jail.

On January 2, 1988, Ashland oil created a diesel oil spill into the Monongahela River approximately 20 miles upstream from Pittsburgh.  Ashland filled a four-million-gallon tank for the first time after dismantling it from an Ohio location on this day.  The tank dumped nearly 1 million gallons of the diesel oil into a storm sewer that led to the Monongahela River.  At 4:58 p.m., a worker checked the full tank levels; four minutes later, he heard a loud boom and turned to find the tank’s roof collapsed.  Ashland took full responsibility for the incident.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Louisville native to R&B singer Bryson Tiller, born in 1993.  At 15 years old, Bryson began writing and recording his music.  His debut single titled “Don’t,” peaked at 13th on the Billboard Hot 100.  His debut studio album Trapsoul reached number eight on the Billboard 200.  Before his fame, he worked a full-time job at Papa Johns, doing music part-time straight from his living room.

January 2, 1996, in his second day of office, Governor P. Patton signed the death warrants of five individuals, for February 1st, upon the request of Attorney General Ben Chandler.

January 2, 2001, Coach Smith’s unranked Cats beat Coach Crum’s unranked Cards 64-62 in Freedom Hall with 20,061 spectators.  Louisville (4-9) was off to their worst start in Denny’s 30 years.

January 2, 2005, Boone County High School product Shaun Alexander, after the Seahawks beat Atlanta, stated that Coach Mike Holmgren stabbed him in the back.  The reason for the statement; Shaun needed one more yard for the 2004-05 NFL Rushing Title and the Seahawks need one more yard for a touchdown with time running out.  Holmgren called a quarterback sneak for six points.  The Seahawks beat Atlanta 28-26.

January 2, 2006, #15 Louisville loses to #12 Virginia Tech 24-35 in the Gator Bowl.  

January 2, 2007, #5 Louisville beat #12 Wake Forest, 24-13 in the Orange Bowl.  Jeff Brohm finished 24-for-34 for MVP honors.  His yardage total was the third-highest in Orange Bowl history, behind Tom Brady and Matt Leinart.

January 2, 2008, Senate President David Williams uses scary words like “crisis” and “quandary” in describing the pension funds for state retirees and teachers.  He stated if the issues are not solved, the state will have to go bankrupt.  In 2008 Kentucky had an $18 billion shortfall that will affect 432,000 state employees.

January 2, 2009, Kentucky beats East Carolina 25-19 in the Liberty Bowl.  Coach Brooks wins his 3rd bowl game win a row. Kentucky’s DT Ventrell Jenkins won the MVP.

January 2, 2010, Kentucky 71, Louisville 62, in Coach Calipari’s first game against Louisville.  The Cats had lost two years in a row to the Cardinals, and both teams played passionately.  Kentucky took an early 12-1 lead and never looked back.  With John Wall, Kentucky had their best start in 40 years at 15-0.

January 2, 2013, #22 Louisville scored one of their greatest victories in their football history, stunning #4 Florida 33-23, in the 79th Allstate Sugar Bowl in a 2/3-filled Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

On January 2, 2019, TVA announced the closing of the last coal-fired unit at the Paradise Steam Plant in Muhlenberg County, where commercial Kentucky coal mining began.  The power plant opened in 1950 with three coal units; in 2017, they shut down two.  Coal jobs in Muhlenberg County have dropped from 400 to a high of 3,700.

January 2, 2019, Pike County officials warned that their landfill was filling was running out of room and they had no plans or funds to cover an expansion plan.  The landfill takes in 140 to 170 tons of trash a day.

January 2, 2020, former UK football star Houston Hogg an iconic player who integrated UK and SEC football passed away at 71.

January 2, 2021, the Wildcats beat the #24 Wolfpack in the 76th Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, 23-21.  This was Kentucky’s third straight bowl victory following the 2019 Citrus Bowl and then the Belk Bowl.  The last time Kentucky won three straight bowl games was 2006 to 2008, winning back-to-back Music City Bowls and Liberty Bowl.  This was Coach Stoops 5th straight bowl appearance earning a 3-2 record.

January 2, 2021, a Kentucky bred and Keeneland graduate wins the GIII $100,000 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita.