Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
On February 13, 1818, Virginian George Rogers Clark passed away in Louisville. Clark became the highest-ranking American military officer on the northwestern frontier during the American Revolutionary War (1775-83). Because the British ceded the entire Northwest Territory to the U.S. in the 1783 Treaty of Paris, Clark became the “Conqueror of the Old Northwest.”
His significant military achievements occurred before his 30th birthday. Afterward, due to a drinking problem, the military forced him to resign. Clark left Kentucky to live on the Indiana frontier, evading creditors and living in poverty and obscurity. After suffering a stroke and the amputation of his right leg, his family cared for him, including his younger brother William, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
February 13, 1865, Mason County native Gabriel Young enlisted in the 5th U.S. Colored Heavy Artillery in Ripley, Ohio, a noted Underground Railroad hotbed during the antebellum years. Gabriel’s son Charles Young, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, became the 1st black colonel in the U.S. Army. The Defense Department posthumously promoted Charles to Brigadier General in February 2022.
February 13, 1871, Preston Hopkins Leslie became Kentucky’s 26th governor when Governor John W. Stevenson resigned to become Kentucky’s 18th Class II U.S. Senator. Governor Stevenson had no lt. governor and as president of the Senate Preston H. Senate became rose to the top.
Kentucky Trivia: Wayne County native Preston H. Leslie ascended to the governor’s office by three different means. First, he succeeded Kentucky governor John W. Stevenson upon his resignation. Later that year, he defeated John Marshall Harlan in the general election to stay in office. Finally, President Grover Cleveland appointed him territorial governor of Montana.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Bardstown native Hal Moore, born in 1922. The decorated U.S. Army Lt. General fought in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, winning four Bronze Stars, nine Air Medals, the Legion of Merit, the Army Distinguished Service Medal, and the Distinguished Service Cross.
February 13, 1922, The Louisville Courier-Journal printed a letter by Governor Edwin Morrow publicly inviting David Warth Griffith back to his home state to show, for the 1st time, his new film, Orphans of the Storm. The producer arrived the following Saturday and stayed at the Seelbach. He also made time to visit his hometown of La Grange.
February 13, 1951, the following Kentuckians died in the Korean War:
Army SGT Benny C. Atkinson from Rockcastle County
Army SFC Vernon R. Barker from Carter County
Army PFC Jackie A. Campbell from Jefferson County
Army PFC William W. Coffee from Boyd County
Army PVT Jerald W. Henry from Crittenden County
Army CPT Thomas Joyce Jr. from Jefferson County
Army PFC Billy J. Kays from Washington County
Army PFC Robert L. Prather from Jefferson County
Army PFC George L. Sampson from Daviess County
Army CPL Joe R. Scalf from Floyd County
Army PFC Thomas H. Watson from Harlan County
Army CPL Vernon Watson from Morgan County
On February 13, 1952, responding to the shocking scandal that engulfed the UK basketball program in 1951, the General Assembly passed “an act addressing the bribery of participants in professional or amateur games, sports, contests, horse racing, and horse shows.”
February 13, 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy landed in Lexington to tour Eastern Kentucky for two days. Kennedy wanted to examine the outcomes of the first wave of “war on poverty” legislation with the people it most affected and to campaign for President.
R.F.K.’s tour of the region was not a unique event: Johnson came in 1964. In later years, Nixon, Ted Kennedy, Bill Clinton, and Jesse Jackson all conducted “poverty tours.” The locals remember RFK as meaningful, his person the most understanding and best listener. The Senator was assassinated some three months after his trip.
On February 13, 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy visited Hazard as part of his Appalachia tour. He came one week before he announced his candidacy for President. Kennedy would hold two field hearings soliciting the views of area residents. A one-room schoolhouse in Vortex hosted one and the other in a school gymnasium at Fleming-Neon. In Vortex, Kennedy listened to residents from Wolfe, Breathitt, and Madison counties. Some who spoke noted how hard it was to make ends meet, while others offered suggestions on what the government should be doing. In the town of Barwick in Breathitt County, Kennedy visited a one-room schoolhouse in session. He spoke with each student individually, asking them what they’d had to eat that day.
February 13, 1970, a wave of influenza spread over the nation and found its way to Kentucky. The virus, not yet identified, arrived up in multiple counties. According to one doctor, “hiding out and avoiding people would no protect anyone from the flu germs, there is absolutely nothing you can do but wait for the bug to hit you and then take rest.”
On February 13, 1981, a series of sewer explosions destroyed more than two miles of Louisville streets. The ignition of hexane vapors discharged from a Ralston-Purina soybean processing plant near the University of Louisville caused the explosions. The hexane leaked straight into the sewer system, where it spread into the lines under adjacent homes. It is a miracle that there were no fatalities. Ralston-Purina paid $18 million to the Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District and more than $8.9 million to 16,000 plaintiffs in a lawsuit.
February 13, 2009, Congress voted to jolt that nation’s struggling economy with a $787.2 billion stimulus package under the Obama administration, designed to provide tax relief and save 3.5 million jobs. Kentucky received $654 million for education, $118 million for flex funds, $421 million for highways, and $1.3 billion for Medicaid.
On February 12, 2013, the House approved a measure allowing police to collect DNA swabs from people arrested for felony crimes without a court’s permission. The bill eventually died, but the thought is a little scary. Kentucky would have been the 26th state to allow the automatic collection, which is downright petrifying.
February 13, 2020, several D.C. politicians acted on inside intel related to coronavirus briefings. Senator Burr (N.C.) sold 33 stock holdings worth between $628,000 to $1.7 million, which included stocks in hotel and tourism industries. Three other senators (Dianne Feinstein, James M. Inhofe, Kelly Loeffler) also sold significant holdings around the same time. Sen. Loeffler’s husband also purchased stocks in a major PPE provider four times in February and March.
February 13, 2020, the U.S. Senate approved legislation to limit the President’s war powers against Iran. Alabama native Mitch McConnell voted against the measure, while Texan native Rand Paul voted in favor.
February 13, 2021, the Senate acquitted former President D. Trump for incitement of insurrection in his 2nd impeachment trial. He is the only U.S. President and federal official to be impeached and acquitted two times.
February 13, 2022, the U.S. Military Industrial Complex, in partnership with NATO, the corporate media, and Washington D.C., began a major propaganda campaign, like never before in American history, to build support for the U.S. proxy war with Russia. On this day, the media blasted a picture of a 79-year-old Ukrainian female shooting a machine gun. Soon Americans would place “Pray for Ukraine” signs in their front yard. Eventually, the propaganda made the cover of Vogue Magazine, where the Ukrainian president pleaded for more money, weapons, and moral support.