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January 10, 1810, Henry Clay was appointed the 3rd, Class II, U.S. Senator for Kentucky.  Clay was a Democratic-Republican, and 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 is credited with bringing the Jesse James Gang to justice.

January 10, 1921, Deputy Sheriff Walter Deal, Pike County Sheriff’s Office, was killed after arresting a man for disorderly conduct.  After taking the man’s revolver, Deputy Deal told the man to go home.  The man took a few steps, turned and opened fire with another pistol he had concealed.

January 10, 1921, Mr. Duffy of Cynthiana, via a letter, introduced to the General Assembly the idea of toll gates on all Kentucky public highways.  He and other legislators felt tolls were the best way to raise money for safe roads.

January 10, 1946, Policeman Albert Horn and Policeman Orbin B. Moore, Prestonsburg Police Department, were killed 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 he had hid on himself.

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

On January 10, 1970, Kentucky teachers addressed their shock and anger at Governor Nunn’s budget he submitted to the 1970 General Assembly.  The raise for teachers, which was a sure thing, was absent.

On January 10, 1970, the Kentucky Crime Commission indicted most of the state’s local jails as substandard institutions that can’t hold prisoners.  The report claimed the jails do more harm than good when they keep prisoners, and it costs more than they are worth.  The 46-page document studied 170 local jails.

On January 10, 1977, Kentucky Utilities asked customers to cut back on electricity for one day.  The utility said the coal at the Brown Power Plant at Dix Dam was icing and causing problems.  In addition, the wind chill in Central Kentucky reached -32 degrees.

January 10, 1984, for the second time in less than a year, Kentucky told Greyhound Bus Lines they could not discontinue two Kentucky routes even though they were losing money.

January 10, 1986, Barry Bingham Sr. announced his family was selling 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 ends 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, was killed after responding to a call of a man walking in the street with a gun.  He located the man but was shot 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 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, 1996, David Cheak, a 19-year employee of the Revenue Cabinet, pleaded not guilty to stealing $3.8 million from Kentucky.  The prosecutor stated he could have continued siphoning away money if he hadn’t tried to grab too much in December of 1995.  In two years, he took $1.4 million; in December ’95, he took $2.4 million.

On January 10, 1996, Doug Flynn lost his drug-fighting job when newly elected Governor Patton replaced him with Larry Carrico.  Mr. Carrico was the husband of Kentucky Education Association President Janet Carrico, a donor of Patton’s campaign.  Flynn stated his deep disappointment with the decision.

January 10, 2000, Time Warner and American On-Line made a $165 billion merger, the largest in U.S. history at the time.  On the same day, Microsoft settled an antitrust lawsuit with one of its competitors for $155 million.

January 10, 2000, the tobacco industry won a significant legal victory when the Supreme Court refused to let Union health funds sue cigarette makers to recover the cost of treating smoking-related illnesses.

January 10, 2000, Kentucky’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet discussed their website showing individuals dumping waste illegally.  They positioned cameras in different illegal sites throughout the state, including 613 sites already cleaned up.  There were an estimated 3,237 illegal dumps in the Commonwealth.

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

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January 10, 2008, Deputy Sheriff Anthony “Sean” Pursifull, Bell County Sheriff’s Department, died when his parked patrol car was intentionally rammed by a suspect fleeing a Kentucky State Police trooper.  The two juveniles had just stolen gas from a service station in Baxter and fled down U.S. 119.

January 10, 2008, Kentucky again earned an “F” from the American Lung Association for its low cigarette tax and efforts to prevent smoking.  The habit cost Kentucky an estimated $3 billion a year, not counting the emotional toll of cancer, respiratory disease, heart attacks, and strokes.

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, 2015, a Keeneland graduate superfecta wins Santa Anita’s GII 201,500 San Pasqual Stakes for four-year-olds and upward.

January 10, 2015, in his first local interview Greg Creed, the newly appointed CEO of Yum! Brands, the world’s largest restaurant company, stated the headquarters will remain in Louisville.  Mr. Creed retired at the end of 2019 after a successful career with the company.

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 Mitch McConnell.

January 10, 2021, Kentucky reported 3,232 new cases and 25 new deaths for new totals of 303,625 and 2,901.  The state in four weeks administered 107,779 vaccines and had received 239,550 doses. Meanwhile, four persons died and several injured after a string of shootings in and around Louisville.