Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
March 9, 1859, Breckinridge County native Joseph Holt became the 18th Postmaster General. Holt worked for Presidents Buchanan and Lincoln. His most famous roles came in the Lincoln assassination trials.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Lexington native Thomas Clay McDowell, born in 1866 on Henry Clay’s Ashland estate. Henry Clay’s great-grandson, Thomas bred, owned, and trained the 1902 Kentucky Derby winner, Alan-A-dale.
March 9, 1869, John C. Breckinridge, America’s youngest V.P., returned home to Lexington from eight years of exile. While avoiding capture, Breckinridge toured the world, even meeting with Pope Pius IX in Rome. From Rome, he waited in Canada for assurance President Johnson would issue him an actual pardon. He resided in Lexington for the rest of his life.
Localtonians wish a Happy Anniversary to Covington native Haven Gillespie and Corene Parker, who wed in 1909. He had $15 in his pocket and she had just $1 given to her by her mother. Gillespie soon landed a job as a typesetter for the Cincinnati Times-Star, ultimately maintaining his membership in the International Typographic Union until his death.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Hickman native Elvis Jacob Stahr Jr., born in 1916. The Rhodes Scholar, became president of Indiana University and the University of West Virginia. In between, he served as the 6th U.S. Secretary of the Army.
March 9, 1930, Transylvania College boasted that 26 states, the District of Columbia, Porta Rico, and China represented the student body, including its College of the Bible. The school year included 416 students. Today that enrollment numbers 1,100.
March 9, 1961, two-hundred young African-American protestors took to the Louisville streets for a 2nd time to peacefully march and sing about racial integration. The Courier-Journal headline read: Negroes March and Sing.
March 9, 1965, in Selma, AL., Dr. M.L. King told President Johnson he had no right to ask black demonstrators to halt their planned march to Montgomery, AL. Simultaneously Selma recovered from an intense 2,500-participant right-to-vote march that turned violent the day before.
March 9, 1971, Muhammad Ali, a day after he lost the Heavyweight Crown to Frazier, realized that he only could keep $375,000 from his $2.5 million paycheck; Uncle Sam had to be paid. He also learned that he had a hematoma of the masseter muscle, the muscle that lets one chew.
March 9, 1981, six thousand miners marched on Washington D.C. streets over changes to the black-lung fund benefits program. Locals from Mortons Gap in Hopkins County took buses to the nation’s capital to show their support.
March 9, 1986, while 20,000 people applied for 3,000 jobs at the Toyota Georgetown plant, divers found the space shuttle Challenger’s crew compartment 40 days after the vessel exploded over the Atlantic Ocean.
March 9, 1987, a Lexington jury found a 23 and 28-year-old, both female, guilty of murdering five people. Locals found the victims between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. within five miles of each other. Originally, the 23-year-old received a death sentence; however, since 1991, she has served life without parole.
March 9, 1992, Alliant Health System cut 275 jobs from its three Louisville-based hospitals to save $14 million. The corporation said they had two choices, cut jobs or raise prices. Time proved to show they did both.
March 9, 2001, Louisville native Greg Page fought Dale Crowe at Peel’s Palace in Erlanger for $1,500. Page appeared to be holding his own until the tenth round. Crowe said, “The timekeeper smacked the mat with his hand toward the end of the fight to indicate ten seconds remaining, and that’s when I went after Greg with one last flurry.” Crowe hit Page with a flush left to the chin and then pushed him back. Page fell against the ropes, slid down, and the referee counted to ten.
March 9, 2004, the Federal Centers For Disease Control and Prevention stated, Americans’ sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits were poised to takeover cigarette smoking as the nation’s leading cause of preventable deaths.
March 9, 2007, about 150 people gathered at the Kentucky Horse Park to sing Happy Birthday to 32-year-old John Henry. The superstar would pass over in October. As a colt, he had a habit of tearing steel water and feed buckets off stall walls and stomping them flat.
March 9, 2016, Humana president and chief executive Bruce Broussard earned $10.3 million in 2015 in salary, stock awards, and additional compensation. This was a small boost from his 2014 $10.1 million salary.
March 9, 2017, Muhammad Ali’s son and 2nd wife told members of Congress to help end racial and religious profiling. The detainment of Muhammad Ali, Jr. and Khalilah Camacho-Ali coming back into the U.S. from Jamaica a month earlier sparked the conversation.
March 9, 2020, Governor A. Beshear held a press conference to inform Kentuckians “coronavirus is community spreading,” while reporting two new positive cases for a total of six. The positive cases include three in Harrison County, two in Fayette and one in Jefferson County. No one in the press conference wore a mask.
March 9, 2021, Kentucky’s covid-19 positivity rate fell below 4% for the 1st time since September 2020. Meanwhile, Kentucky got excited about the $5 billion from the $1.9 trillion relief bill expected to pass within days.
On March 9, 2022, Governor A. Beshear signed legislation that allowed student-athletes to make bank by letting businesses use their Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL). In 2021, A. Beshear became the 1st governor to sign an executive order to allow such compensation.