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January 13, 1794, President Washington authorized the 15-star, 15-stripe U.S. flag.  The two stars and stripes were for Vermont (14th) and Kentucky (15th).  It was the only U.S. Flag to have more than 13 stripes and lasted 23 years.  Francis Scott Key immortalized it during the bombardment of Fort McHenry in 1814.  Five Presidents served under this flag; George Washington thru James Monroe.  Faced with the admission of five more states in 1818, the flag reverted to the original thirteen stars and stripes.

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January 13, 1817, the Kentucky Legislature tried to stop the Second Bank of the U.S. from entering Kentucky.  The bill passed on this day and prevented the circulation of private notes in the commonwealth.   It was unsuccessful.  Branches opened soon afterward in Louisville and Lexington.  These banks were not popular among the locals, who tended to prefer their state banks.  The national bank was not any more fiscally responsible than the state banks, and together they flooded the state with currency.  Before the new banks, citizens did not widely use cash in the state, and bartering had been the standard trade method.  The new influx of currency and easy credit led may of led to the Panic of 1819.

January 13, 1848, Taylor County was created from Green County and was named in honor of President Zachary Taylor.  Campbellsville is the county seat.  Other localities include: Acton, Bengal, Black Gnat, Elk Horn, Finley, Hatcher, Hobson, Mannsville, Merrimac, Saloma, Spurlington, Sweenyville and Yuma.  Taylor County was the 100th county created and covers 277 square miles.

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On January 13, 1864, Stephen Foster died at the age of 37 in New York.  At 26, Mr. Foster wrote My Old Kentucky Home, and in 1928, it became Kentucky’s state song.  It is also the official song of the Kentucky Derby.

January 13, 1873, Richard James Oglesby became an Illinois governor for the second time.  He would take the governor’s oath one more time to serve three nonconsecutive terms.  Governor Oglesby was born in Floydsburg in Oldham County.

January 13, 1881, Thomas James Churchill from Jefferson County became the 13th Arkansas governor.  He graduated from St. Mary’s College in Bardstown in 1844, and then studied law at Transylvania University.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Uniontown native Nathaniel John Cartmell, born in 1883 in Union County.  Nate won medals in two Olympic Games.  He was also the first head coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels men’s basketball team.

January 13, 1889, The Lexington Daily Press carried a “Petition of Citizens” on the front page which urged the closing of “houses of ill fame conducted by Belle Breezing at 194 North Upper Street; Lettie Powell, 196 N Upper Street; and Molly Parker, 154 N Upper Street.”

January 13, 1891, Eddyville native John Long Routt became the 7th Colorado governor.  He was also their first governor.

January 13, 1917, Lexington received their 2nd heaviest snow fall at 11.2”.

January 13, 1933, Deputy Sheriff Crockett M. “Jack” Riddell, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, died from a shotgun while questioning four men loitering at the corner of 12th Street and Zane Street.  As Deputy Riddell searched the men for weapons one of them shot him from a distance of 15 feet.

January 13, 1937, Corporal John Holzknecht, Louisville Police Department, succumbed to injuries sustained on November 15th, 1936, when he was involved in a vehicle crash at the intersection of Everett Avenue and Slaughter Avenue (modern day Patterson Avenue).

January 13, 1939, Chief of Police John D. Gilliam, Cumberland Police Department, was shot and killed while checking on a restaurant while making his rounds.  When he entered the restaurant a drunk man inside suddenly jumped up and opened fire on the chief, shooting him three times.  Despite being mortally wounded, Chief Gilliam was able to return fire and killed the subject.

January 13, 1940, Judge Goodenough quashed 196 gambling indictments against a few Covington citizens.  Jimmy Brink, the owner of the Lookout House, received 44.

January 13, 1953, Marine Corps CPL Charles R. Kastor from Buechel in Jefferson County died in the Korean War.

January 13, 1956, ten men, including the president of a local union in Middlesboro were in federal custody for burning a bridge in Miracle, belonging to the Louisville & Nashville Railroad.  Eight of the ten men were charged with violating the federal train-wreck statue.

January 13, 1967, Army CPL Richard A. Robb from Louisville died in the Vietnam War.

January 13, 1968, Marine Corps LCPL Delmer Anderson from Bellevue died in the Vietnam War.

January 13, 1969, Army SSG Glen Everett Rountree from Williamsburg in Whitley County died in the Vietnam War.

On January 13, 1972, Kentucky proposed creating the Department of Environmental Protection.  The bill changed the governmental structure to consolidate the environmental problems under one agency’s mandate.  The proposed department would exclude strip-mining regulation.

January 13, 1972, President Nixon stated that U.S. forces in Vietnam would be cut to 69,000 by May 1.

January 13, 1982, after working for almost a year and holding eight public meetings around the state, Governor John Y. Brown, Jr. received the much anticipated Agriculture Land Study.  The study gently suggested providing tax breaks to farmers and land developers who make efforts to save Kentucky’s best farmland.

On January 13, 1994, UK’s Pi Kappa Alpha members received 2,000 community hours of service for taking sports memorabilia from Duke and North Carolina campuses.  Christian Laettner’s retired #32 jersey was one of many items taken.

January 13, 2004, Governor E. Fletcher urged state lawmakers to rewrite Kentucky’s tax code, and called the state of the commonwealth, “as challenging as it has ever been in the modern age.”  “Today’s bitter pill will reduce tomorrow’s pain,” the doctor/governor proclaimed.

January 13, 2007, a Kentucky bred wins Santa Anita’s GII $200,000 San Fernando Breeders’ Cup Stakes for four-year-olds.

January 13, 2009, Jodie Meeks scored 54 points against the #24 ranked Tennessee in a 90-72 win.  This feat broke Dan Issel’s 53 points in a 120–85 victory over Ole Miss, which broke Cliff Hagan’s single-game record of 51.

January 13, 2016, Owensboro native and actress Tera Wray passed away.

January 13, 2020, Governor A. Beshear reappointed Alston Kerr, a friend of his mother’s, to the Kentucky Horse Park Commission and gave her the chairmanship of the 1,200-acre tourist site.  Bevin removed Kerr in 2016.  The park’s operating loss was $10 million in FY2018 and $8 million in FY 2019.

January 13, 2020, for the second time in less than a year, Eastern Kentucky coal miners occupied rail tracks to stop trains from delivering coal to protest unpaid wages.

On January 13, 2021, the U.S. House impeached President Trump, the 3rd president to be impeached. Senator McConnell remained primarily silent after the Capitol riots but insiders report the outgoing majority leader wanted to wash his hands of Trump.  Meanwhile, in Kentucky, Governor A. Beshear calls the virus death toll, nearing 3,000, “tragic.”