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Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Louisville native Roscoe Tarleton Goose, born in 1891. Roscoe rode Donerail to victory in the 1913 Kentucky Derby. He is in the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame’s inaugural class.
January 21, 1908, State College (UK) met Kentucky University (TU) for the 1st time in the season in UK’s 2nd game. UK won 20-15 in State College Gymnasium. The KU Redbirds also lost two weeks later when they met again by the same score.
January 21, 1926, UK hosted Centre in Alumni Gymnasium winning 45-25. From the Courier-Journal post-game report, “Playing listlessly but outclassing their opponents, the UK basketball team tonight easily defeated Centre College’s quintette, 45 to 25. Centre was no match for the smoothly functioning Wildcat five, which while far off on its basket-shooting, never was pushed after the first quarter of the contest.”
January 21, 1935, the 23rd annual Farm and Home Convention opened at UK’s Agriculture Experiment Station. The exhibits and talks focused on general farmers, AAA cooperators, homemakers, rural pastors, dairy farmers, beekeepers, and veterinarians.
January 21, 1948, Senator William Blanton from Paris introduced a bill to create a 1st-class medical school at the University of Kentucky. The University of Louisville already had a medical college established.
Monday, January 21, 1957, approximately 350 Kentuckians railed to Washington D.C. to watch Chief Justice Earl Warren swear in “Ike” Eisenhower for his 2nd term to remain the 34th president. He took a private oath the day before. Many in the group found time to visit the two Kentucky senators, Cooper and Morton. Most came back on the train that night after the 43rd inaugural ceremony.
January 21, 1972, John Sherman Cooper, seventy-one years of age and becoming increasingly deaf, announced to the Kentucky Press Association that he would not seek re-election to his Senate seat. He had served longer in that body than any other Kentuckian except Alben Barkley at the time. Before his retirement, however, he would try one more time to end the Vietnam War.
January 21, 1980, the U.S. Supreme Court finally decided in favor of Ohio on a long disputed boundary claim. “The boundary between Ohio and Kentucky is the low-water mark on the northerly side of the Ohio River as it existed in 1792 when Kentucky was admitted to the Union, not the current low-water mark on the northerly side of the river.”
January 21, 1985, Berea College student John Harder ended his 15-day 150-mile hike on Sheltowee Trace Trail at Peter’s Mountain in McCreary County. He studied human isolation in the cold; he cried on his last day hiking as it became almost unbearable.
On Monday, January 21, 1985, America publicly celebrated President Reagan’s 2nd inauguration. However, he canceled the parade the night before after his private swearing-in by Warren E. Burger. Instead, the president moved it to the Capitol rotunda, saying record-cold temperatures “would pose significant risks to the well-being” of participants and spectators. All the gala events took place that evening.
January 21, 1992, Wallace Wilkinson attended his first board meeting as a UK Trustee. He appointed himself to the board in his final days as governor. Wilkinson got into a verbal scuffle with a UK professor. Simultaneously, Governor B. Jones got busy drafting a bill to purge all university governing boards for a clean start.
January 21, 1998, parents claimed that Clay County High School Coach Bobby Keith bit their son during a game and filed charges. The winningest boys’ high school basketball coach in Kentucky denied the charges. After a day-long investigation, the principal stated if it did happen; it was accidental.
January 21, 2002, Kentuckians celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “What set this year apart,” said James H. Lee, chair of the 14th annual Unity Breakfast, “is that more Hispanics, Asians, Arab Americans, and people from other cultures and races marched alongside each other in Lexington’s Freedom March.”
January 21, 2008, America celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the 37th annual Eclipse Awards occurred at night. Members voted Curlin the 2007 Horse of the Year as well as the Champion 3-Year-Old Male. The votes declared Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs Champion Breeder for the 4th year in a row and 5th overall. Todd Pletcher won the Trainer award, also for the 4th year in a row.
January 21, 2010, Governor Steven L. Beshear took the witness stand for 90 minutes in the bid-rigging trial of road contractor Leonard Lawson and former Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert. The testimony included a phone call the governor made to Mr. Lawson.
January 21, 2017, Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, FL. hosted the 46th annual Eclipse Awards. Voters named California Chrome Horse of the Year and was the unanimous choice for Champion Older Male. This gave him a total of four Eclipse titles along with Champion 3-year-old Male and Horse of the Year in 2014.
January 21, 2020, Chief Justice Roberts gaveled open President Trump’s 1st impeachment trial. Senator McConnell eased parliamentary rules at the last minute, giving Democrats more time to call witnesses, infuriating some members of the GOP, and exposing a deep rift.
January 21, 2021, Kentucky reported the deadliest day of coronavirus deaths, with 58 and 3,301 total. Dr. A. Fauci stated in his 1st press conference under Biden that vaccines “appeared effective against the United Kingdom variant, and if enough people get the shot, we could reach herd immunity by fall.”
January 21, 2022, the U.S. and Russia held meetings in Switzerland over Ukraine to no avail. The U.S./Ukraine/Russia War began a month later. Meanwhile, the governor addressed the state’s record number of positive coronavirus cases while some citizens realized the virus would not be “defeated” but instead be endemic. The national press continued to call it a pandemic.