Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
January 29, 1801, Judge John Rowan and Dr. James Chambers attended the same card game in Bardstown at Duncan McLean’s Tavern. Drunk and rowdy, after several spirited games of 21, Rowan said something that offended Chambers. The card game started of one of the most famous duels fought in the Commonwealth. Famous Kentucky Tragedies and Trials by Lewis Franklin Johnson
January 29, 1829, the Maysville and Washington Turnpike Company came into existence. In the same year, the road between the two cities was paved, based on the principles espoused by John McAdam, the 1st macadamized road in the West. The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky edited by Paul A. Tenkotte, James C. Claypool; pg: 598
January 29, 1840, Kentucky created Kenton County from Campbell County and named it in honor of Simon Kenton, a pioneer. Covington is one of the county seats and Independence is the other. Other localities include Atwood, Bromley, Crescent Springs, Crestview Hills, Edgewood, Elsmere, Erlanger, Fairview, Fort Mitchell, Fort Wright, Kenton Vale, Lakeside Park, Latonia Lakes, Ludlow, Nicholson, Park Hills, Ryland Heights, Taylor Mill, Villa Hills, and Walton. The 90th county created, Kenton County covers 164 square miles.
January 29, 1850, in his last term as U.S. Senator and two years before his death, Henry Clay introduced a series of resolutions. The Compromise of 1850 delayed the inevitable Civil War by amending the Fugitive Slave Act, ending the slave trade in Washington, D.C., allowing California to enter the Union as a free state and making Utah a territorial government.
January 29, 1870, Kentucky created Lee County from Owsley County, Breathitt County, Wolfe County, and Estill County and named it in honor of Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee, Revolutionary War hero and Virginia governor. The county seat is Beattyville. Other localities include Airedale, Athol, Belle Point, Canyon Falls, Congleton, Cressmont, Crystal, Delvinta, Earnestville, Enoch, Evelyn, Fillmore, Fincastle, Fixer, Greeley, Heidelberg, Idamay, Leeco, Lower Buffalo, Maloney, Monica, Mount Olive, Old Landing, Primrose, Proctor, Saint Helens, Standing Rock, Tallega, White Ash, Williba, Willow Shoals, Yellow Rock, Zacharia, and Zoe. The 115th county created, Lee County covers 211 square miles.
January 29, 1946, Owingsville native May Stone died. A co-founder of Hindman Settlement School in Knott County during the depression; she used her wealth to keep the school functioning. Throughout her lifetime, Stone belonged to the Daughters of the War of 1812, the Daughters of the Confederacy, the Transylvanians, the Filson Club of Louisville, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Kentucky Federation of Women’s Clubs.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Cynthiana native Betty Carmichael Pariso, born in 1956. An American professional female bodybuilder; she was the world’s oldest active professional female bodybuilder while competing.
January 29, 1972, Freedom Hall hosted the 5th American Basketball Association (ABA) All-Star Game before 15,738. Joe Mullaney coached the winning East team, and Dan Issel received MVP honors, both Kentucky Colonels.
January 29, 1981, a truck loaded with explosives flipped and blew up on Highway 53 four miles north of Shelbyville. The explosion damaged several homes and broke windows four miles away. Incredibly, no one received injuries.
January 29, 2000, Marathon Ashland Petroleum completed repairs on a pipeline in Clark County near Winchester that leaked 500,000 to 900,000 gallons of oil. The pipeline carried oil from Western Kentucky to their Catlettsburg refinery.
January 29, 2010, a jury acquitted road contractor Leonard Lawson and Kentucky Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert of corruption, conspiracy, and highway bid-rigging after a two-year investigation. The jury deliberated for two full days.
January 29, 2013, UK’s College of Agriculture released a study stating that 1 in 9 jobs in Fayette County, almost 17,000, were tied to agriculture. Also, on this day, Ashley Judd announced her separation from race car driver Dario Franchitti after a decade of marriage.
January 29, 2015, all 173 public school districts in the Commonwealth approved raising their dropout age from 16 to 18. The “Graduate Kentucky” bill gave each district the authority to raise the age or not. Ashland Independent, Caldwell, Hickman, Laurel, Letcher, and Rockcastle Counties were the last districts to climb aboard.
January 29, 2019, Governor Matt Bevin fired Lt. Gov. Hampton’s chief of staff, Steve Knipper, despite her strong objections. Knipper filed a week earlier to run for secretary of state. Additionally, at least two state employees who filed to run for statewide office in 2019 resigned from their state jobs.
January 29, 2020, #13 Kentucky defeated Vanderbilt 71-62 in Rupp Arena to hand the Commodores their record 25th straight SEC regular season basketball loss. Scotty Pipen, Jr scored 12 points for the Vandy, which made seven of 27 shots in the 2nd half.
January 21, 2021, as the vaccine continued in its early stages, Kentucky reported the 3rd highest number of deaths for one day, 57, with individuals who tested positive for the coronavirus. Meanwhile, in President Trump’s 2nd impeachment, Mitch backed off his earlier attitude of impeaching the man he said put an ankle weight around the Republican party.
January 29, 2022, even though slot machines were illegal, the makers found a loophole, and the “slots” appeared throughout the Commonwealth without approval or regulation from Frankfort. Meanwhile, Joni Mitchell joined Neil Young and wanted her music pulled from Spotify because of Joe Rogan’s thoughts on the coronavirus.