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Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Governor Thomas Elliott Bramlette, born in 1817 in Cumberland (now Clinton) County.  He was the last of three Kentucky governors to hold office during the Civil War; his term was 1863-1867.  While devoted to preserving the Union and the Constitution, he defended the state against what he saw as invasions of its rights.  He responded angrily when the Union army began to enlist blacks.  Bramlette took pride in reducing the state’s debt, an apparent decline in crime, and the establishment of the Agricultural and Mechanical College, now UK.

January 3, 1829, Hancock County was created from Daviess County, Ohio County and Breckinridge County.  It was named in honor of John Hancock, signer of the Declaration of Independence.  Hawesville is the county seat.  Other localities include: Lewisport, Adair, Cabot, Chambers, Dukes, Easton, Floral, Goering, Patesville, Pellville, Petri, Roseville, Sanders, Skillman, Utility, Waitman, Weberstown and Boling Chapel.  Hancock County was the 83rd county created and covers 199 square miles.

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January 3, 1861, Fleming County native Claiborne Fox Jackson became Louisiana’s 15th governor.  Unionist forced him out of office in July.

January 3, 1865, Confederate General Lyon burns his last of seven Kentucky courthouses in Burkesville, Cumberland County.  For an encore, he robbed several different stores and took the town’s horses as he retreated.
Roadside History: A Guide to Kentucky Highway Markers edited by Melba Porter Hay, Dianne Wells, Thomas H. Appleton, Jr., Thomas H. Appleton; pg: 10

January 3, 1873, Barbourville native Silas Woodson became Missouri’s 21st governor.

Localtonians wish a Happy Anniversary to Madison County native Mary Kavanaugh Eagle and Governor James Philip Eagle, who wed in 1882.  Mary was a community leader, clubwoman, book editor, and activist in Protestant missionary work.  James was Arkansas’s 16th governor.

January 3, 1893, Constable W. F. Deskins, Magoffin County Constable’s Office, was shot and killed when a group of men attacked the county jail in an attempt to free a prisoner.

On January 3, 1908, while soldiers guarded Hopkinsville’s tobacco and other strategic points, the Night Riders raided Russellville with 55 men and destroyed two factories.  The Black Patch War continued.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Covington native Frank Duveneck, born in 1919.  Frank was a nationally recognized figure and portrait painter.

January 3, 1945, Christian County native Edgar Cayce passed away.  Edgar was a clairvoyant who claimed to channel his own higher self.  His sessions happened in a trance state induced with help from friends or family.  During these sessions, he would answer questions on healing, reincarnation, dreams, the afterlife, nutrition, and future events.  However, his channeling claims were met with skepticism and viewed with sinister overtones from many of his fellow Christians.

January 3, 1946, George Monroe Woolf fell from Please Me, in the fourth race at Santa Anita, as they turned for home.  George died the next day in the hospital.  Nicknamed the “The Iceman,” George was a Canadian born thoroughbred racehorse jockey.  An annual U.S. Jockeys’ Guild gives a yearly award in his name.  He is known for riding the people’s champion, Seabiscuit, to victories in 1938.

January 3, 1949, Virgil Chapman became Kentucky’s 34th Class II U.S. Senator.  Incumbent Senator John Sherman Cooper lost re-election to keep his job.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Lexington native Beth Anderson, born in 1950.  Beth is a neo-romantic composer best known in her field for her swales, a musical form she invented based on collages and samples of newly composed music rather than existing music.  She told a reporter for The New York Times in 1995 she named the form based on this definition of the word: “A swale is a meadow or marsh where a lot of wild things go together.”

January 3, 1951, Army PFC Charles Taylor from Greenup County died in the Korean War.

January 3, 1955, Alben W. Barkley became Kentucky’s 37th Class II U.S. Senator.  Incumbent Senator John Sherman Cooper lost re-election to keep his job again.

January 3, 1957, Louisville native Thurston Morton became Kentucky’s 34th Class III U.S. Senator.  Incumbent Earle Clements, from Morganfield, lost his re-election bid.

January 3, 1966, Harry Sykes, Lexington’s first black city commissioner was sworn in by Judge Joseph E. Johnson.  After graduating from Kentucky State University in 1952, Sykes played basketball for the Harlem Globetrotters through the 1954 season.  Mr. Sykes passed away in 2012.

January 3, 1967, Officer Danny L. Redmon, Lexington Police Department, was killed in a motorcycle accident while chasing a speeding truck on Winchester Road.  His motorcycle collided with another car.  Officer Redmon was survived by his wife and two sons.

January 3, 1968, Navy P02 Thomas P. Moore from Louisville died in the Vietnam War.

January 3, 1973, Walter D. Huddleston became Kentucky’s 40th Class II U.S. Senator.  Incumbent Senator John Sherman Cooper lost re-election for a third time.

January 3, 1985, was Alabama native Mitch McConnell’s first day as Kentucky’s 41st Class II U.S. Senator.  Burkesville native Senator Huddleston lost his re-election bid.

January 3, 1999, Davis County native Senator Wendell Hampton Ford retired his Senate Minority Whip position.  At the time of his retirement, he was the longest-serving senator in Kentucky’s history, a mark surpassed by Mitch McConnell in 2009.  Jim Bunning became Kentucky’s 37th Class III U.S. Senator.

January 3, 2000, an unusual winter tornado touched down in Owensboro leaving 8,000 localtonians without electricity.

January 3, 2005, Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino apologized for the week long uproar he caused when he interviewed with LSU right after signing an extension with the Cardinals.  He was gone the next year but would return in 2014.

January 3, 2005, Sergeant Larry Dale Cottingham, Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after disarming a suicidal woman.

January 3, 2009, Marine Lance CPL Chadwick A. Gilliam, 29, of Mayking in Letcher County, died in Kuwait fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

January 3, 2011, Texas native Rand Paul became Kentucky’s 38th Class III U.S. Senator replacing Senator Jim Bunning, who retired after serving 12 years.

January 3, 2018, eight members of the House of Representatives called for the expulsion of House Speaker Jeff Hoover.   Hoover had promised to step down amid a sexual harassment scandal in 2017.

January 3, 2019, Big Pharma gets bigger and becomes more powerful when Bristol-Myers buys Celgene for $74 billion.

January 3, 2019, the Lexington Herald-Leader runs a story on the front page about a man who relies on marijuana not to go blind.  The story explains how he tries to be present for every medical marijuana hearing in Frankfort.   He gives credit to Rep. John Sims Flemingsburg, for his assistance maneuvering Frankfort politics.

January 3, 2019, Bob Burrow, a legendary UK basketball player, died.  He is the co-holder for most rebounds in a single game with 34; a record that many say will never be broken.  He holds the record with Bill Spivey.  Mr. Burrow had his #50 jersey retired to the rafters in 1999.

January 3, 2020, Franklin Circuit Court dismissed a whistleblower’s lawsuit for retaliation.  Daisy Olivo, a Republican House staffer, who exposed the 2017 secret sexual harassment settlement, lost her court case.

January 3, 2021, a Kentucky bred wins Santa Anita’s $200,500 GII Ynez Stakes for four-year-olds.

January 3, 2021, The Atlantic published an article by Kentucky writer Silas House.  Silas discussed his thoughts on Senator McConnell blocking $2,000 checks to Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.  However, a month earlier, the Senator voted for the $2,300,000,000,000 coronavirus/omnibus bill, a majority of which went to corporations.