TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to John Adair, born in 1757.  John was a man of many means, a pioneer, soldier, and politician.  He was Kentucky’s 8th governor and represented the state in both the U.S. House and Senate.

January 9, 1822, artist Joseph H. Bush announced in the Frankfort newspaper, Commentator, that he was working in the capital city.  Bush’s ad stated, “gentlemen who wish to have their portraits painted, can be accommodated by applying to J.H. Bush, in rooms above the Commentator Printing office.”
Jouett-Bush-Frazer Early Kentucky Artist by William Barrow Floyd

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Portrait of Zachary Taylor by Joseph Henry Bush

January 9, 1875, the Louisville-Courier Journal reported that a young black girl had recovered after being shot in the eye by Ku Klux members, though her vision was still quite defective.  The newspaper does not print her name but they did write, “how the ball could have cut the eye without touching the face in any other place is one of them things no fellow can find out.”

January 9, 1893, Bethel native Claude Matthews was sworn in as Indiana’s 23rd governor.

January 9, 1893, Madison County native William Joel Stone was sworn in as Missouri’s 28th governor.

January 9, 1905, the first loose-leaf burley tobacco sale was held in Fayette County.  By 1915, tobacco had replaced hemp as Kentucky’s major cash crop.

January 9, 1905, Danville native Edward Wallis Hoch was sworn in as the 17th Kansas governor.

January 9, 1920, Mrs. Jennie Chinn Morton, Regent and Secretary-Treasurer of the Kentucky State Historical Society, passed away in her home in Frankfort.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Egypt native Henry Lawrence Faulkner, born in 1924 in Jackson County; however, some records indicate he was a native of Holland in Allen County.  Henry was orphaned along with ten siblings upon his mother’s death in 1926, with his early childhood spent in Louisville children’s home and a series of foster homes.  He became a Kentucky artist and poet known as an eccentric rebel and bohemian.  He made Lexington his permanent summer home and the Florida Keys his winter home.  The Faulkner family included an odd collection of cats and a goat named Alice that accompanied him always and appeared in many of his paintings.  Henry lived over 57 years.

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January 9, 1940, John Crepps Wickliffe Beckham, Kentucky’s 35th governor and the first U.S Kentucky senator who was popularly-elected after the passage of the Seventeenth Amendment, passed away.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Paintsville native Brenda Gail Webb, born in 1951.

January 9, 1956, Duval A. Headley is elected Keeneland Race Course President.

January 9, 1968, Army PFC Larry R. Jackson from Beetle in Carter County died in the Vietnam War.

January 9, 1969, Army CPT Hugh M. Byrd, Jr. from Berea and Army PFC Ralph P. Terry from Cannel City in Morgan County died in the Vietnam War.

January 9, 1970, Army PFC Jerry A. Kays from Sulphur in Henry County died in the Vietnam War.

January 9, 1971, Louie Dampier set a professional record for his 57th consecutive free throws without a miss.  The referees stopped the game between the Louisville Colonels and Carolina Cougars and presented him with the basketball as a keepsake.  The 5,691 fans gave Louie a standing ovation.

January 9, 1978, Laurel County defeated Casey County to start the longest winning streak in girls’ high school basketball.  The streak ended in January 1980 after 73 consecutive wins and three state championships.  Roy Bowling is one of the most influential coaches in Kentucky girls’ high school basketball.

January 9, 1980, Kentucky will “go back to the drawing board immediately” to make sure the state strip-mine law conforms to the federal law after which it is modeled.  Coal industry representatives stated they will oppose many of the changes.

January 9, 1980, the Kentucky agency that requested an official portrait of the new governor got a surprise when they received the portrait with Phyllis George Brown in it.  Kentucky’s Public Information Commissioner Lois Mateus stated, “They’re a team.  One’s going to be good for Kentucky as the other.”

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January 9, 1984, Shirley P. Cox shows the press 1,800 gallons of oil that leaked from Ashland Oil’s broken pipes, on his property.  He reported four spills in 1983, several times oil being knee-deep.  Ashland Oil’s pipes, built in 1924, zigzag about 140 miles through oil-producing areas in Wolfe, Morgan, Magoffin, Johnson, and Boyd Counties.  Citizens affected by the oil only asked for new working pipes.

January 9, 1996, Maysville native E.I. “Buddy” Thompson Jr., an auctioneer, historian, and writer, died.  He authored Madam Belle Brezing, a 200-page book released in 1983.

January 9, 2000, Kentucky discussed their effort to help stop illegal dumping.  Hidden cameras continually watched illegal dumpsites since 1997.  Kentucky would post pictures on their website for all to see.  Despite clean-up efforts, an estimated 3,237 illegal dumps remain in Kentucky.  Cameras on private property and have no privacy rights when they dump trash on other people’s property.

January 9, 2000, Elizabeth Lynne Frazier, whose Prestonsburg High School music groups regularly performed to sellout crowds and won numerous awards, died from cancer at age 52.  She founded the school’s honor choir, whose members must keep up grades and do community service.   

January 9, 2005, Paducah native Clarence Edward “Big House” Gaines Sr. was honored during a halftime ceremony of the Kentucky/Kansas game.  The capacity crowd of 24,000 watched as he received the “Kentucky Colonel” honor from Governor E. Fletcher.

January 9, 2012, for a second time, Governor S. Beshear rejected University Hospital’s controversial proposed merger with a Catholic health care system.  He said the union failed to ensure the public would maintain control of Louisville’s primary safety net hospital for the poor.

January 9, 2012, jury selection began for a man charged with killing Lashawn “Sugar Shizz” Talbert.  Sugar Shizz inspired a dance made famous by John Wall.  “Do the Shizz” received national attention when Wall did his version “John Wall Dance” during Big Blue Madness in 2009.

January 9, 2019, medical marijuana legalization picked up steam in Frankfort when Republican lawmaker Senator Dan Seum, Bullitt County, said he “smoked a joint” after cancer treatment instead of taking opioids.

January 9, 2020, locally owned Mingua Beef Jerky became the title sponsor for the KHSAA’s Sweet Sixteen, ensuring the tournament would stay in Lexington.

January 9, 2020, Kentucky U.S. Congressman Thomas Massie was one of three Republicans who broke from their party and supported a resolution to limit the president’s ability to make war.

January 9, 2021, a Kentucky bred and Keeneland graduate wins Santa Anita’s GIII $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes.  The five-year-old mare set a new 6F track record winning in 1:07.81.

January 9, 2021, days after people stormed the U.S. Capitol, dozens of heavily armed people gathered outside the Kentucky Capitol building to rail against several causes and both political parties.  Governor A. Beshear denounced the Kentucky protestors on Twitter.