TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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January 12, 1825, Edmonson County was created from Grayson County, Hart County and Warren County and was named in honor of John Edmonson, military captain killed at the Battle of Frenchtown.  Brownsville is the county seat.  Other localities include: Asphalt, Bee Spring, Big Reedy, Cedar Spring, Chalybeate Springs, Huff, Lincoln, Lindseyville, Mammoth Cave, Pig, Rhoda, Rocky Hill, Roundhill, (partly in Butler County) Sunfish, Sweeden, and Windyville.  Edmonson County was the 79th county created and covers 302 square miles.

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January 12, 1825, to alleviate the obstruction to river traffic at Louisville, the General Assembly approved “an act to incorporate the Louisville and Portland Canal Company.”  Sixteen prominent Kentuckians, including Robert Breckinridge, Samuel Churchill, and James Guthrie, formed the corporation “for opening and constructing a canal navigation with suitable locks, docks, and basins around the falls of the River Ohio within the State of Kentucky.”

January 12, 1827, Kentucky legislatures finally approved funds for Lexington builder Gideon Shryock to build a third state capitol building.  His plan was first to use the Greek Revival Style in the U.S.  Legislatures first held their first session in December 1829 while still under construction.  It was believed to be the most elaborate capital building in the country.

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January 12, 1858, Lexington native William Alexander Richardson became the 5th governor of the Nebraska Territory.  Richardson County, Nebraska is named after him.

January 12, 1875, Thomas Elliott Bramlette, Kentucky’s 23rd governor, passed away.  He was elected in 1863 and guided the state through the latter part of the Civil War and the beginning of Reconstruction.

January 12, 1875, Trimble County native Charles Henry Hardin became Missouri’s 22nd governor.

January 12, 1895, Susan B. Anthony & Carrie C. Catt spoke at First Unitarian Church in Louisville on their southern tour promoting women’s suffrage.  Ms. Anthony talked about gender equity and political action in the church’s Sunday school room.  Twenty-five years later, women received the right to vote.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Brandon’s Chapel native, Keen Johnson, Kentucky’s 45th governor, born in 1896.  Brandon’s Chapel is now part of “The Land Between the Lakes.”  He bought and revived the struggling Elizabethtown Mirror newspaper and later sold it to obtain his journalism degree from UK in 1922.  Johnson was the only journalist to be a Kentucky governor.

On January 12, 1911, Ellen Broady was a victim of apparent Spontaneous Human Combustion, burning up to a crisp in the house but not burning the house itself in Metcalfe County.

January 12, 1912, State College (UK) basketball team played their 5th and last game in Boyle Humphrey Stadium in Danville against Central University.  The Wildcats win 32-13.

January 12, 1951, Army PFC Clifford V. Coffey from Morgan County died in the Korean War.

January 12, 1952, Army PVT Donald R. Maynard from Boyd County died in the Korean War.

January 12, 1965, the Dr. Ephraim McDowell House, the site of first successful ovariotomy, was declared a national historic Landmark.

Jan 12 Ephraim McDowell House
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January 12, 1967, Muhammad Ali received word that not only had Local Board No. 47 declined to reopen his classification, but they also agreed he was not exempt from the draft via the ministerial exemption.  Two days before; the Kentucky Appeal Board denied his conscientious objector claim.

January 12, 1967, Army SP4 Kenneth L. Shuffitt from Pleasure Ridge in Jefferson County died in the Vietnam War.

January 12, 1968, Army CPL William B. Hubble from Waynesburg in Lincoln County and Army PFC Johnnie K. Perkins from Louisville, died in the Vietnam War.

January 12, 1969, Louisville native Robert Guy “Bob” Talamini won his Super Bowl ring when the New York Jets stunned the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III.  The UK alum became a Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame member in 2011.

January 12, 1969, Vito “Babe” Parilli, UK’s quarterback under head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, won a Super Bowl ring as a backup to Joe Namath.  Babe finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy and led the Wildcats to victories in consecutive New Year’s Day bowl games in the 1951 Sugar Bowl and 1952 Cotton Bowl.

January 12, 1971, approximately 200 employees of Ashland Petroleum Company in Catlettsburg maintained a picket line at plant #1 for a new contract.

On January 12, 1985, General Butler State Resort Park ski slopes held opening day.  The Carroll County slopes operated as Kentucky’s first and only ski resort.  Unfortunately, the park shut down in the mid-’90s due, in part, to a lack of snow.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to McCreary County native Allie Leggett, born in 1994.  Today she is a model and social media star who rose to fame after she won the title of Miss Kentucky USA in 2013.  Before her title, she was working as a restaurant hostess and studying at Somerset Community College.

January 12, 1996, two black teenagers from Kentucky were found guilty of killing a white man who flew a Confederate Flag in the back of his pick-up truck.  The teenagers, who went to Todd County Central High, saw the truck at Guthrie convenience store and followed it to Tennessee.  They were found guilty in Nashville.

January 12, 1996, Kentucky’s top two lawmakers, House Speaker Jody Richards and Senate President John “Eck” Rose, stated complaints about skyrocketing health insurance rates would prompt them to change Kentucky’s fledging health-care reform law.

January 12, 1996, Microsoft and Novell announced they reached a settlement with Scott W. Morris of Lexington.  Morris operated the Assassins’ Guild Bulletin Board Service (BBS).  It is believed to be the largest settlement ever with the systems operator of a pirate electronic BBS.  Mr. Morris paid $70,300, forfeited 440,000 in computer hardware, and agreed to assist Microsoft and Novell in BBS pirating.

January 12, 2001, Affirmed passed away.  His great duels with Alydar may be the best Triple Crown (TC) races of all-time.  Lazaro S. Barrera trained and Lou and Patrice Wolfson’s of Harbor View Farm owned and bred the TC winner.

January 12, 2003, UK retired Valerie Still’s jersey.  She played from 1979-83 and became the first female letter winner in any UK sport to have her jersey retired.  Valerie is the leader among all Wildcats (men or women) for career scoring (2,763) and rebounding (1,525).  She was a three-time consensus All-American.

January 12, 2004, William T. Young passed away.

January 12, 2011, Bill Samuels Jr., President of Maker’s Mark, announced his retirement, ending 35 years at the helm.  His son Rob Samuels replaced him.

January 12, 2019, a Keeneland graduate superfecta wins Gulfstream Park’s GIII $150,000 Marshua’s River Stakes for fillies and mares four-year-olds and upward.

January 12, 2020, Insys Therapeutics pharmaceutical executives received their sentence after being found guilty of bribing doctors to overprescribe their opioids.  One executive, an ex-stripper, gave a physician a lap dance at an adult club.  The opioid they pushed cost $19,000 a month.

January 12, 2021, Kentucky’s Capitol consults the FBI for security concerns after the U.S. Capitol riots days earlier.  The state also announces over 3,000 new cases / 22 deaths, Kentuckians begin taking the vaccine, and the U.S. Congress continues the Trump impeachment.