TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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September 26, 1820, Daniel Boone dies in Missouri a few months short of his 86th birthday.  He was buried in Missouri but was reinterred at Frankfort Cemetery on a scenic spot overlooking the Kentucky River.  The granite monument is the number one tourist attraction in the city—but is Daniel Boone really buried there?

September 26, 1844, in one of his final acts of Governor, Robert P. Letcher proclaimed “a day of Prayer, Praise and Thanksgiving,” which he asked “the people of the Commonwealth to set apart, observe and keep holy” in appreciation of “the rich and abundant blessings of the past and present year.”  Kentucky’s first official Thanksgiving Day was almost two decades before President Lincoln established the national holiday.

September 26, 1897, Raymond Bushrod was lynched in Hancock County for an alleged rape.  There were 135 recorded lynchings in Kentucky from 1882-1921.

September 26, 1918, Willie Sandlin, in WWI, single-handedly destroyed three German machine gun emplacements and killed twenty-four of the enemy at Bois de Forges, France.  For these actions he received the Congressional Medal of Honor.  Mr. Sandlin was a Perry County native born in Buckhorn.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Ashland native Venus Ramey Murphy, born in 1924.  Venus won the 1944 Miss America competition in Atlantic City to be the first Miss America photographed in color.  Hollywood then wooed her in 1947 but dissatisfied with show business; she returned home to her Eubank tobacco farm.  Ms. Murphy farmed for 50 years until she died in Lincoln County.

September 26, 1930, following the installation of field lighting, the first night game was held at Maxwell Field for the Louisville Male Bulldog football team.  The contest with Georgetown ended in a 7-7 tie.

September 26, 1931, Chief of Police James Charlie Smith, Central City Police Department, was shot and killed after stopping a vehicle he suspected of bringing a load of illegal alcohol into Central City.

September 26, 1946, the Louisville Cardinals opened their season by beating Evansville in Indiana 13-7.  Louisville was a member of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and was coached by Coach Frank Camp who was in his first season.  Coach Camp finished the 1946 season with a 6-2 record.

September 26, 1959, Sheriff Dona Arnett, Magoffin County Sheriff’s Office, was intentionally struck and killed as he walked along Route 7 near his home in Royalton.

September 26, 1964, Kentucky defeated the #1 ranked Ole Miss Rebels 27-21 in Oxford, ending the run of good fortune for the Rebels and perhaps cursing them for a half a century.  In fifty years, Ole Miss has never returned to the top of college football.  This is how the game went according to NCAA.com: Ole Miss had no answer for Kentucky wide receiver Nick Kestner, who caught a total of nine passes for a then-school record 185 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Wildcats back from a pair of second-half deficits for the victory.  It was the only highlight of the seven-year Charlie Bradshaw era at Kentucky, when the Cats went 25-41-4.  It wouldn’t hurt to point out Bradshaw was the last Kentucky coach to defeat Tennessee twice in Knoxville and the last coach to defeat Auburn twice. The next time a Kentucky coach beat a #1 team was Rich Brooks in 2007 when Kentucky defeated LSU after a loss to South Carolina.

September 26, 1978, after many versions and amendments, the U.S. Senate passed a compromised off-track betting bill.  Thus the complex issue of regulating the relatively new phenomenon of legalized inter-state off-track betting is resolved.

September 26, 1983, was the dedication to the 1,294 acres Cumberland Falls State Park Nature Preserve in McCreary and Whitley Counties.  The preserve protects six species of rare plants and ten rare animals, including the Cumberland Bean Mussel.  In addition, the preserve includes several waterfalls, among them Cumberland Falls, which plummets sixty-seven feet into a rocky gorge.  The Cumberland River, designated a Kentucky Wild River, flows through the preserve.

September 26, 1991, Richard Smith Vaughn, known as Billy Vaughn, passed away.  While attending Western Kentucky University, he formed the Hilltoppers with Jimmy Sacca, a fellow student.  With the addition of Seymour Spiegelman and Don McGuire, they recorded a demo of “Trying.”  One year later, they were on the cover of Cash Box magazine.  They had a second hit, “P.S. I Love You,” which went gold and became so popular Ed Sullivan invited them to be on his show.  Vaughn left the Hilltoppers in 1954 to become more famous.  He was the first American recording artist to be awarded a gold record in Europe and the first artist anywhere to receive a platinum record for more than 3 million sales.  Over his 40 year career, he sold more than 200 million records worldwide.

September 26, 2009, Army SPC Kevin J. Graham of Benton, Marshall County died in Afghanistan fighting in Operation Enduring Freedom.

September 26, 2011, Owsley Brown II dies at 69-years-old.  As the great-grandson of the founder, he was the retired Chairman of his family-controlled liquor company, Brown-Foreman.  During his tenure, the company expanded overseas and the stock value more than quadrupled.

September 26, 2015, coach Mark Stoops in his 3rd year at Kentucky beat a ranked team for the first time.  Patrick Towles lead the Cats past 25th ranked Missouri 21-13 in Lexington.