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March 5, 1841, John J. Crittenden began his 1st of two terms as U.S. Attorney General. President William H. Harrison appointed Crittenden as Attorney General. However, Harrison died in office, and Crittenden resigned rather than continue his service under Harrison’s successor, John Tyler.
Monday, March 5, 1849, Zachary Taylor’s public inauguration as the 12th U.S. President occurred in the East Portico of the D.C. Capitol. The March 4 presidential inauguration fell on a Sunday for a 2nd time, forcing a public ceremony on Monday.
On March 5, 1850, the General Assembly chartered the Louisville and Nashville Railroad (L&N), the 1st train from Louisville and Nashville. They laid the 1st track and operated it in 1855 in downtown Louisville, and in 1858, the 1st passenger station became operational. During the Civil War, the L&N was the West’s only North-South rail link, a vital part of the Union’s supply route.
On March 5, 1850, businessmen formed the Lexington and Danville Railroad Company with the intention to build a bridge over the Kentucky River Gorge between Jessamine and Mercer Counties. John Roebling finished the landmark in 1877. The Kentucky River by William E. Ellis, pg: 91
March 5, 1860, Kentucky created Wolfe County from Owsley County, Breathitt County, Powell County and Morgan County and was named in honor of Nathaniel Wolfe, member of the Kentucky General Assembly. Campton is the county seat. Other localities include: Hazel Green, Baptist, Bear Pen, Bethany, FlatLee City, Olivia, Pence, Pine Ridge, and Trent. The 110th county created, Wolfe County covers 223 square miles.
March 5, 1921, a Louisville Patrolman found a mail sack and several opened registered letters by a trashcan. Proof that whoever had dynamited two safes in the Paris County Post Office, three days earlier, had escaped with $15,000-$20,000. They possibly came to Louisville to riffle through the mail. Today that Post Office is the Hopewell Museum.
March 5, 1948, jockey Al Snider and two friends set off to fish near Sandy Key, FL. One minute, Snider and his friends were fishing while sitting. The next minute, under gusting winds and rolling waters, they were gone forever.
“A total mystery because there was never a trace of them found, not even a piece of clothing,” said Tommy Trotter, a Gulfstream Park and Keeneland steward whose father, Tobe, also disappeared on the boat. Al Snider was going to be king of the racing world. Just days earlier, the 28-year-old rider had won the Flamingo Stakes at Hialeah Park aboard Calumet Farm’s Citation. Snider was the colt’s regular rider, and the day before he set off to go fishing, he had a contract to ride full time for the prestigious Calumet Farm. Citation went on to win the Triple Crown.
March 5, 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King and former baseballer Jackie Robinson led a march of 10,000 people to the Kentucky Capitol steps. The men and women called for an end to legal segregation and enforced equal access and treatment in stores, restaurants, hotels, theaters, other businesses and public places.
March 5, 1980, a Mercer County man, a Fayette County man, and a Jessamine County man received indictments on firearm violations in federal court. The charges stemmed from a Lexington storage unit that contained stolen military weapons from California. The book, The Bluegrass Conspiracy, provides further details.
On the March 5, 1982, on a Password Plus episode, Louisville brothers Jack Narz and Tom Kennedy appeared together, Tom the regular host, and Jack a celebrity guest. During the show, Tom and Jack talked about how hard it is to play under pressure. Unscripted, Jack offered to switch places with his brother and with the contestants’ permission, they did.
March 5, 1984, Folklife Archives interviewed Jim, Dwight, Virginia, Bill, and Geneva Spradlin about growing up in Floyd County in the 1930s. Folklife Archives is an oral history project by Western Kentucky University’s Department of Library Special Collections.
March 5, 1996, Governor Paul Edward Patton established the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission (KNAHC) as an advisory board attached to the Education, Arts, and Humanities Cabinet (EAHC). Kentucky First Lady, Judi Conway Patton, a person of native heritage, felt strongly Native Americans have a voice in state government.
On March 5, 2001, George W. Bush, The Decider, nominated William S. Farrish III as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Great Britain and Northern Ireland. William then owned Lane’s End Farm and was Chairman of Churchill Downs Inc.
March 5, 2002, while America bombed a cave complex in Afghanistan looking for the boogeyman, UK President Lee Todd gave a scathing report on the UK sports program and proposed reforms. Athletic Director Larry retired. It took the greatest military in the world 9 years, 7 months, and 25 days to find him.
March 5, 2006, corporate America’s monopolies continued to have their way when the government allowed AT&T to buy BellSouth for $67 billion. Today, AT&T is bigger than when the government broke them up in 1984.
On March 5, 2014, Kentuckians made a nostalgic reenactment of the Dr. M.L. King, Jr. and Jackie Robinson march to the Kentucky Capitol steps. Officials estimated 10,000 showed up 50 years ago; this time, a few thousand showed.
March 5, 2019, as locals in older neighborhoods bicker over tearing down older unique well-built homes for new box homes, Pappa John’s and John Schnatter agreed John would step down from the company’s board. John relinquished in 2017 as CEO and a few months later as Chairman. John used the N-word in a company meeting.
March 5, 2020, in Governor Andy Beashear’s 1st coronavirus update, he wore a coat and tie, the Kentucky Department of Health announced they could conduct 800-1,000 coronavirus tests if the need arose. Meanwhile, Dr. D. Brix, sitting next to V.P. Pence, told congress, “Wearing a mask as a healthy person will not protect you.”
On March 5, 2021, Governor A. Beshear arrived in a National Guard helicopter at Beattyville. He surveyed several hard-hit counties in Eastern Kentucky where over 200 homes flooded in Breathitt and Lee Counties. Meanwhile, coronavirus positives decline for the 10th straight day. The vaccination count stood at 789,000.