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On March 5, 1789, James Bray, Lexington’s 1st tavern keeper, announced his retirement and asked, “Will all those who owe me please settle with Mr. Andrew Holmes.”  History of Pioneer Lexington 1779-1806 by Charles Staples

March 5, 1841, John J. Crittenden began his 1st of two terms as U.S. Attorney General.  William Henry 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, businessmen formed the Lexington & Danville Railroad Company to build a very high 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 named it 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, Lee City, Olivia, Pence, Pine Ridge, and Trent.  The 110th county created, Wolfe County, covers 223 square miles.

By David Benbennick

March 5, 1872, the Kentucky General Assembly resolved to erect a monument over John Breathitt’s grave in Russellville.  In 1834, Kentucky’s 11th governor became the 2nd governor to die in office.

March 5, 1942, Kentucky’s General Assembly “declared an emergency” and approved daylight saving time throughout the Commonwealth.  Many Kentuckians vehemently resisted the change.

March 5, 1953, Army CPL Marvin Temple from Jefferson County died in the Korean War.

March 5, 1968, Marine Corps PFC Gary W. Litton from Ft. Mitchell in Kenton County died in the Vietnam War.

March 5, 1969, Marine Corps LCPL Boyd Lawrence Brake from Adairville in Logan County died in the Vietnam War.

March 5, 1971, Army SP4 Larry Patrick Johnson from Louisville died in the Vietnam War.

In March 1974, the Louisville police department announced they would change to all-blue “uniforms.”  The change ended light blue shirts for officers and white shirts for sergeants and above.  The police chief also wore the same blue.”

On the March 5, 1982, 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 1930sFolklife 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.

March 5, 1999, over 1,800 Louisville-area doctors announced they would stop treating patients insured by Aetna in July.  Aetna tried to corner the market on many procedures, and the doctors balked.  Health insurance corporations are wicked.

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 owns Lane’s End Farm and was Chairman of Churchill Downs Inc.

On March 5, 2002, Athletic Director Larry Ivy retired after President Todd and the NCAA gave scathing reports on UK sports.  Todd found out many basketball tickets were not going through university protocol and he wanted that a top priority.  People paid as much as $300,000 to sit courtside.  Meanwhile, America bombed a cave complex in Afghanistan, looking for the boogeyman.  The mightiest military in the world found Osama in nine years, seven months, and 25 days.

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.

March 5, 2016, the GIII $400,000 Gotham Stakes for three-year-olds ran at Aqueduct.

March 5, 2019, as locals in older neighborhoods bickered over tearing down older, unique, well-built homes for new box homes, Pappa John’s and John Schnatter agreed that John would step down from the company’s board.  John relinquished the CEO position in 2017 and Chairman of the Board in 2018.  The Jeffersonville, Indiana native got caught up in racism.

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 declined for the 10th straight day.  The vaccination count stood at 789,000.