Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
February 14, 1815, William Henry and Lieut. James Haydon met on the big hill in the back of the State House in Frankfort. There were three rounds of shots with no injuries. Having expended all their ammunition, the parties returned to town but returned hours later to finish their business. Friends on both sides brought about “an amicable and honorable compromise.” Famous Kentucky Duels by J. Winston Coleman, Jr.; pg: 138
February 14, 1849, Zachary Taylor visited Kentucky for the last time on his way to Washington, D.C., for his presidential inauguration. He died in office in July 1950 and was laid to rest in Springfield near Louisville. It Happened In Kentucky History by Robert A. Powell pg: 17
February 14, 1862, Confederates fled to Mississippi from Blowing Green, their “Kentucky Capitol,” when General Buell captured the city. Federal troops controlled Bowling Green and Kentucky for the rest of the war.
On February 14, 1885, the Harlan County Sherriff issued a warrant to Gilbert Hensley’s heavily armed home, and a massive gun battle ensued. Beginning in 1878, the Hensley brothers terrorized the county. Over the years, the gang received multiple indictments. Still, they always seem to escape, killing good men along the way.
On February 14, 1890, the General Assembly approved an act prohibiting any person from giving, selling, or bartering cigarettes for any child under 18. Penalties included a fine of up to $25.00 or imprisonment for up to 30 days or both.
On February 14, 1910, the USS Hopkins experienced a serious boiler accident. Foxport (Fleming County) native Edward A. Clary served as a water tender. For his actions during the incident, he received the Medal of Honor.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Owensboro native Moneta J. Sleet Jr., born in 1926. In 1969 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography. The photograph showed Coretta Scott King mourning her husband at his funeral.
Kentucky Trivia: Moneta Sleet covered Africa’s National Independence Movement between 1957 and 1962 when twenty-four African nations freed themselves from their former colonial masters. Sleet photographed in Liberia, Libya, and Sudan and snapped Kwame Nkrumah at the moment of Ghana’s independence. The bloodiest fight was Algeria’s escape from France in July 1962.
February 14, 1938, Joe Hagan’s 48-foot shot with 12 seconds left lifted the Wildcats over the Marquette Warriors. After the game, Governor Happy Chandler pounded a nail into the floor to mark the spot.
February 14, 1941, seventy-five delegates from many localities in Kentucky formed the Kentucky Council on Interracial Cooperation at a meeting in the Y.M.C.A. The 1st vote approved a program to improve African Americans’ educational and economic conditions in the Commonwealth.
February 14, 1943, Cloverport, Breckinridge County native Wiley Blount Rutledge became a U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice. President Roosevelt’s 8th and last appointment, Justice Blount became one of the court’s leading liberal activists supporting racial equality, free speech, and church-state separation. He died as a Justice, of a stroke, at age 55, lasting six years, six months, and 23 days.
February 14, 1952, the Senate passed a bill 33-0 to tax the 300,000 Kentucky automobiles whose owners dodged the tax rolls. The revenue brought in $3,500,000 to $4,000,000, and half went to local schools.
February 14, 1964, the federal Soil-Bank Program released 164,000 acres of Kentucky farmland. This left about 195,000 acres remaining with expiration dates until 1969. The program of the late 1950s and 60s paid farmers to retire land, from production, for ten years. It was the predecessor to today’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
On February 14, 1970, four and a half inches of sleet and snow swept across a large section of Northern Kentucky from Louisville to Ashland. Meanwhile, Kentucky teachers threatened to strike, and GE workers told stories of their 104-day strike that had just ended.
February 14, 1973, Muhammad Ali (41-4) fought Joe Bugner (43-4-1) in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Bugner, the British champion, was big, strong and a skilled technician in the ring. He and Ali fought 12 slow rounds, and Ali never was able to put him away before winning a unanimous decision. The flashiest thing in the ring that night was Ali’s robe, which was given to him by Elvis Presley.
February 14, 1994, Mt. Victory native Vermont Garrison passed over. The U.S. Air Force flying ACE won 17.33 victories in aerial combat and was one of only seven Americans to achieve ACE status during World War II. Mt. Victory is in Pulaski County.
February 14, 2002, in a very unexpected move, Governor Paul Patton fired Ched Jennings, weeks before his confirmation hearings, as the head of the state workers’ compensation program. The governor had done several people this way, but this is the nature of politics.
February 14, 2010, the Army announced that more than 200 pieces of armor from Fort Knox’s Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor, including tanks, big guns, and other vehicles dating from WWI, would be moved to Fort Benning, Georgia.
February 14, 2011, Wendell Berry and 13 other environmentalists emerged from the state capitol to roars of approval and applause, ending their four-day occupation of Governor Steve L. Beshear’s office. They crashed his workplace after the governor joined the national coal association’s lawsuit against the EPA to stop Kentucky’s water pollution restrictions.
February 14, 2013, the Kentucky Senate, 31-6, passed legislation to provide licenses to farmers to grow industrial hemp should the federal government legalize the crop. Meanwhile, the annual I Love Mountains march on Frankfort’s Capitol steps took place to stop strip mining.
February 14, 2018, The Washington Post claimed that Russia would likely meddle in mid-term elections by “placing sympathetic messages from fake personalities on social media to further sow political and social divide in the U.S.” The reality is no one divides U.S. citizens more than corporate media and our politicians. While we focus on hating our neighbors, “they” write 5,000-page bills and get their every wish.
February 14, 2019, the Kentucky Senate (29-8) approved a bill to allow people to carry a gun without a permit or training on the 1st anniversary of America’s deadliest High School shooting in Parkland, FL, where 17 students died.
February 14, 2020, while the Kentucky Senate informed Governor M. Bevin that his four picks for UK’s Board of trustees did not meet state requirements, President Trump ignored AG William Barr’s plea to stop tweeting about ongoing federal investigations. Meanwhile, France announced the 1st coronavirus death in Europe.
February 14, 2020, Aetna and Humana had a Valentine breakup when they ended their 19-month engagement after a federal judge told them the merger would stifle competition. Humana received $1 billion from Aetna for the attempted but unsuccessful $37 billion merger. Someone needs to stop these leeches on America’s healthcare system.
February 14, 2020, Turfway Park ran the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial for three-year-olds. The winner, a Kentucky bred and Keeneland graduate, received points towards starting in the Kentucky Derby.
Sunday, February 14, 2021, the National Weather Service told Kentucky to get ready for 3 to 7 inches of snow and an ice storm. As a result, over 131,000 Kentuckians lost their power. Meanwhile, as Kentucky students prepared to go back to the classroom, scientists around the globe agreed that the virus would never go away after discovering seven new variants in the U.S.
February 14, 2022, as Frankfort proposed a bill to help a few individuals pay no state and local property taxes on their private planes, the Kremlin requested talks with the U.S. to de-escalate Ukrainian tensions. The Germans and Americans declined, stating they were unsure of Putin’s intentions.