TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

A Little Kentucky Trivia

September 27, 1808, the Kentucky Abolition Society held their first meeting.  The society of predominantly Baptist churches opposed the existence of slavery and sought to end the “moral evil.” Kentucky Encyclopedia edited by John E. Kleber; pg: 489

September 27, 1853, thirty-two slaves from Mason and Bracken Counties, nine from Campbell County and fourteen from Boone County, crossed the Ohio River to freedom.
History of Kentucky, Volume 1 By Lewis Collins; pg: 1,853

September 27, 1892, the first Eclipse Baseball Park in Louisville caught fire.  The team built seats and a new fence within 48 hours so that the scheduled games would not be interrupted.

September 27, 1894, Aqueduct Racetrack opened on the property that belonged to the old Brooklyn Water Works.  The property brought water to New York City from the vast Hempstead Plain.  Also known as the “Big A,” Aqueduct is the only racetrack in New York City, occupying 210 acres in the borough of Queens.  It is located just eight miles from its sister track Belmont Park.  Another Aqueduct neighbor is John F. Kennedy International Airport.  Through the years, the Big A has been the scene of racing’s landmark events, including the only triple dead heat in stakes history.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Louisville native William Conrad, born in 1920.  Mr. Conrad was a WW II fighter pilot, actor, producer, and director whose career spanned five decades in radio, film, and television.  His career peaked in popularity when he starred in the detective series Cannon (1971–1976).

September 27, 1950, 20-year-old Army PFC Robert C. Martin from McCracken County died fighting in the Korean War.

September 27, 1952, 21-year-old Army PFC Jennings French from Madison County died fighting in the Korean War.

September 27, 1965, 29-year-old Army SSG James Elmer Pruitt from Heiner, in Perry County, died fighting in the Vietnam War.

September 27, 1968, 20-year-old Army PFC Luther Clark Berryman from Paris died fighting in the Vietnam War.

September 27, 1969, Kentucky hosted the 8th ranked Ole Miss Rebels and beat them by one point 10-9. This was John Ray’s first year as Kentucky’s head coach.  In four years, Ray was 10-33.  His biggest win came on this night when he beat Archie Manning.

September 27, 1980, Genuine Risk, the second filly to win the Kentucky Derby, Misty Gallore and It’s in the Air, battle in the Ruffian Stakes at Belmont Park.

On September 27, 1982, the Kentucky New Era reported that the Maxey Flat disposal site was being closed due to “radioactive leakage.”  Although no immediate health hazard was reported, “the potential [was] still there.”  State Natural Resources confirmed that radioactive material had escaped burial trenches and leaked beyond the borders of the 250-acre site.  The Maxey Flat Low-Level Radioactive Waste (LLRW) facility is a Superfund site in Hillsboro, Fleming County which served as a dumpsite for 832 government agencies and corporations until 1977.

September 27, 1987, Perry A. Clark and a friend were shot while canoeing on the South Fork of the Kentucky River.  This location was just inside Owsley County at the Clay County line. The area is 11 miles south of Booneville in Owsley County off of KY 11, near Bishop Bend Road.  Both victims were ambushed and shot by unknown assailant(s) from the bank of the river.  Mr. Clark died at the scene.  The other victim was able to escape and survived his injuries.  Perry A. Clark was a white male age 35 of Nicholasville.  The State Police request help resolving this murder.

September 27, 1991, Dr. John Wolfe, Kentucky State University’s new elected President, was quietly asked to step down by the Board of Regents and then announced they had cancelled his upcoming inauguration festivities. 

September 27, 2005, Lynndie Rana England from Ashland was sentenced to three years in prison and dishonorably discharged from the Army for her involvement in the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse scandal.  She was one of eleven military personnel convicted in 2005 by Army courts for mistreating detainees and other crimes connected with the tortures.

September 27, 2006, Constable Elmer Kiser, Carter County Constable’s Office, succumbed to wounds sustained one week earlier when he was assaulted by a reckless driver whom he was following.  Constable Kiser was in his personal vehicle when the suspect passed him and another vehicle on a curve, forcing the other vehicle off of the roadway.  Constable Kiser radioed a member of the Olive Hill Police Department and requested backup as he followed the driver.  Minutes later a passerby called 911 to report a man lying on Crawford Avenue, bleeding from his head.  Responding units located Constable Kiser in the roadway.

On September 27, 2008, Kentucky and Western Kentucky met for the first time in football.  In Lexington, the home team won 41-3.

September 27, 2013, Ft. Knox’s Human Resources Command released a memo stating that the Army had paid out $16 million over a 2 ½ year period to service members who were deserters. This was the second time since 2006, the Army made this mistake. The reason given was the failure of commanders to fill out paperwork promptly.