Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
February 15, 1842, Ballard County was created from Hickman County and McCracken County and named in honor of Bland Ballard, hero of the Battle of Fallen Timbers and Battle of River Raisin. Wickliffe is the county seat. Other localities include: Barlow, Blandville, Kevil, LaCenter, Bandana, Lovelaceville, Monkey’s Eyebrow, and New York. Ballard County was the 94th county created and covers 274 square miles.
February 15, 1842, Boyle County was created from Lincoln County and Mercer County and named in honor of John Boyle, Kentucky Chief Justice. Danville is the county seat. Other localities include: Aliceton, Alum Springs, (area between Parksville and Junction City) Atoka, Brumfield, Forkland, Junction City, Little Needmore, Mitchellsburg, Needmore, Parksville, Perryville, and Shelby City. (annexed by Junction City) Boyle County was the 91st county created in Kentucky and covers 183 square miles.
On February 15, 1865, Joshua Speed wrote to Abraham Lincoln for the last known time. He wrote it in Washington, while in town to plea parole for a Confederate friend. They did meet in person while the president sat for a portrait by Matthew Willson. Mr. Willson completed the piece after Lincoln’s death. Speed eventually purchased it. Today it hangs in Louisville’s Speed Art Museum and is considered one of the finest Lincoln portraits in existence.
February 15, 1882, A&M College of Kentucky moved to its new campus composed of three buildings: President’s home, boys dormitory (became White Hall), and college building (today the Administration Building). Governor Blackburn, Lt. Governor Cantrill, and the Speaker of the House attended ceremonies with the Honorable Henry Watterson as Orator of the Day.
February 15, 1896, Policeman Henry Brown, Frankfort Police Department, was shot and killed in Kagan’s Saloon by a drunkard whom he attempted to arrest for causing a disturbance. His partner killed the subject.
February 15, 1907, State College, Lexington (UK) hosted and defeated Kentucky University (Transy) 16-14 in State College Gymnasium. The blue and white cadets snatched victory from the Crimson lads in front of the largest crowd of the year. This game was the first athletic event between the two institutions for three years on account of athletics having been abolished at K.U.
February 15, 1915, the Louisville basketball team travels to Lexington to play State College in the Buell Armory Gymnasium. Coach John Tigert of Kentucky wins 34-10 over the Cardinals, coached by Von Walther.
February 15, 1949, Policeman John Yelenosky, Lynch Police Department, died as he and another officer broke up a fight between union organizers and local workers. As the two officers separated the groups, shots were fired. The 24-year-old suspect served two years in prison.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Kentucky-bred Genuine Risk, born in 1977. Matthew Firestone bought the filly for $32,000 at the 1978 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky summer yearling sale. Her fans knew her as “Genny” or “Ginny.”
Horse Racing Trivia: Genuine Risk produced only two foals, both unraced colts. The elder of the two, Genuine Reward (by Rahy), became a sire of polo ponies in Wyoming, while the younger, Count Our Blessing (by Chief Honcho), was gelded and became a show horse.
February 15, 1978, 36-year-old Muhammad Ali (55-3), lost his heavyweight title by split decision after 15 rounds to Leon Spinks (6-0-1) in the Las Vegas Hilton Pavilion. The 25-year-old pulled off one of the great upsets in boxing after only seven professional fights and a Gold Medal. Ali had beaten all the other Olympic gold medalists of his era, and he expected to trounce Spinks. But Ali trained very little for the fight and lay on the ropes as Spinks built a lead. For the first time, however, Ali could not rally and lost a split decision in Vegas.
On February 15, 1994, trailing by 31 points to LSU with 15:34 remaining, the Wildcats pull off the Mardi Gras miracle. Connecting on 11 three-pointers and outscoring the Bayou Bengals 62-27 during the final 15:34, UK storms back to a 99-95 victory, the most incredible comeback in UK basketball history.
February 15, 2014, Kentuckians learn about the Prisoner Rehabilitation Of Untrained Dogs (PROUD) program between the Kentucky Department of Corrections and the Kentucky Humane Society. In less than a year, 197 dogs graduated the program and found permanent homes.
Reports released on February 15, 2020, showed methamphetamine (meth) seizures in Louisville more than tripled in the last three years, from 237 pounds to 770 pounds. In 2018, Jefferson County had 5,613 persons charged with meth, Fayette County 1,422, Warren County 1,067, and Kenton County 1,067.
February 15, 2021, a nasty winter and ice storm leaves two dead, thousands without electricity, and schools closed across the state. Meanwhile, makers of covid-19 vaccines tried to figure out how to tweak their recipes against worrisome virus mutations and looked to the flu as a blueprint when the shots needed updates.