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January 23, 1843, Kentucky created Owsley County from Clay County, Estill County and Breathitt County and named it in honor of William Owsley, secretary of state and later governor. The county seat is Booneville. Other localities include: Arnett, Big Springs, Blake, Brewer Neighborhood, Chestnut Gap, Conkling, Couch Fork, Couch Town, Cowcreek, Elk Lick, Endee, Eversole, Fish Creek, Hall, Hogg, Indian Creek, Island City, Lerose, Levi, Lucky Fork, Major, Mistletoe, Moors, Needmore, Pebworth, Pleasant, Ricetown, Rock Spring, Rockhouse, Scoville, Sebastian, Shephard, Southfork, Stacey, Stay, Sturgeon, Sugar Camp, Taft, Travellers Rest, Vincent, and Whoopflarea. The 98th county created, Owsley County covers 198 square miles.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Laurel County native Flemon Davis “Flem” Sampson, born in 1875. Flem, the 42nd governor in the late 1920s, had a tumultuous term. He wanted the dam at Cumberland Falls to generate hydroelectric power. Instead, the General Assembly voted to accept an offer from T. Coleman du Pont to purchase the falls and turn them into a state park. Sampson later got indicted for accepting textbook company gifts, but the charges did not stick.
January 23, 1898, Butler County native Thomas Hines died. Sympathetic to the South, he joined the Confederate Army in 1862 and was taken prisoner in June 1863. Five months later, he made a daring and complicated escape from a Union prison camp, becoming a local hero.
January 23, 1915, Kentucky basketball hosted Louisville in Woodland Auditorium, winning 18-14. Alpha Brumage coached Kentucky and Louisville coached themselves. Kentucky played 22 games in the Woodland Park Auditorium from 1914-16.
January 23, 1930, the Kentucky Senate got a big laugh when Senator Fitzpatrick, a former Centre College student, introduced a bill to prohibit athletic teams of any state-maintained university from playing any other teams located out of the Commonwealth. He introduced the bill in retaliation for UK dropping Centre from their football schedule.
January 23, 1936, the General assembly recommended Governor A.B Chandler fight for $15.00 a month pensions for needy Kentuckians over 65, probation of “hopeful” 1st offenders from state penal institutions, and a new state penal farm.
On January 23, 1956, former state insurance commissioner S.H. Goebel defended letting nine new insurance companies do business in Kentucky. He did this in the last week of the Weatherby Administration. Governor Chandler examined the companies in his 1st actions as the new governor.
January 23, 1963, a blizzard produced record-breaking cold in Kentucky as an Arctic air mass settled over the entire state, bringing four to six inches of snow. Louisville and Lexington broke their record low temperature for ninety years with -20°F and -21°F, respectively. Bonnieville in Hart County reached -34°F, breaking Kentucky’s record of -33°F.
On January 23, 1980, Attorney General Steven L. Beshear proposed legislation that would give him authority to prosecute corruption cases in state government. He also suggested making official misconduct a felony instead of a misdemeanor.
January 23, 2006, Saint Liam, who didn’t win a stakes race until Churchill’s Clark Handicap in November 2004, received 2005 Horse of the Year honors at the 36th annual Eclipse Awards in Beverly Hills.
January 23, 2008, Alma Haggin, credited with creating Keeneland’s distinctive clubhouse ambiance, died at 95. Her father, Hal Price Headley, co-founded the track and was the inaugural president. Her husband, Louis Lee Haggin II, succeeded Headley. Her son became a Keeneland Director and Trustee, Louis Lee Haggin III.
On January 23, 2012, the F.B.I. charged John Kiriakou with disclosing classified information to journalists. He confirmed the G.W. Bush administration tortured prisoners of war. Nearly five years after the Justice Department had concluded Kiriakou committed no crime by giving his 2007 ABC interview, the C.I.A. approached the new Obama Justice Department, already engaged in its unprecedented crackdown on government leaks. He later received 30 months and became the 1st C.I.A. officer convicted of passing classified information to a reporter. The Obama administration convicted more whistleblowers who exposed corruption than any other president.
January 23, 2014, Poor Fork native Rebecca Caudill entered the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame to become the 1st author of children’s books to be accepted. The Lexington’s Carnegie Center hosted. Poor Fork is now called Cumberland.
January 23, 2017, a federal judge denied Aetna’s plan to buy Humana for $34 billion. The judge agreed with regulators that the new company would stifle competition and screw over Americans further as it related to health insurance. The insurer claimed by getting bigger; they could drive drug prices down. Like that would ever happen.
January 23, 2018, at 7:57 a.m., as students gathered in the commons area before classes, a 15-year-old Marshall County High School student opened fire with a Ruger handgun and killed two fellow students, and injured 14 others.
January 23, 2019, protestors, mostly Central Kentucky federal employees, gathered outside Mitch’s Lexington office on Corporate Drive to demand he opened the government back up. Meanwhile, House Speaker Pelosi declined to let Trump give his State of the Union address in the House if he didn’t open the government. Meanwhile, the Lexington Bluegrass Airport announced a record 1.4 million passengers in 2018.
January 23, 2020, on the 2nd anniversary of the Marshall County High School deadly shooting, the General Assembly approved a bill that allowed school resource officers to carry a gun. Today the bill is law.
On January 23, 2020, federal officials nailed white white-collar drug dealers. Insys Therapeutics pharmaceutical executives received their sentence after bribing doctors to overprescribe opioids. One executive, an ex-stripper, gave a physician a lap dance at an adult club. The scumbag billionaire CEO, John Kapoor, received 5.5 years. One of their opioid’s costs $19,000 a month.
January 23, 2020, Gulfstream Park hosted the 49th annual Eclipse Awards. Voters picked Bricks and Mortar the 2019 Horse of the Year by a landslide, to go along with his unanimous selection as Champion Turf Male. A perfect 6 for 6 all in graded stakes company, his march to the title consisted of wins in the Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1), Muniz Memorial (G2), Old Forester Turf Classic (G1), Manhattan (G1), Arlington Million (G1), capped off with the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1).
January 23, 2021, Pat Willett’s legs gave out for standing in line for more than two hours, and he collapsed. Someone brought him a wheelchair, where the 76-year-old sat for another five hours before he received his vaccine. Kentucky’s vaccine rollout left many frustrated.
January 23, 2022, stressed hospitals asked nurses to return to work even if they tested positive for coronavirus due to updated federal health guidelines. In D.C., 20,000 thousand anti-vax protestors gathered on the Mall to show disdain for mandates. Back in Kentucky, a new study showed we ranked #4 for workers who quit in 2021 as part of the “great resignation” during the national shutdown.