Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
March 11-15, 1775, settlers returned to James Harrod’s fort and occupied it continuously from that point on. Many of the 50 men who came back were the same members of Harrod’s expedition the previous year.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Louisville native John Speed, born in 1812. John grew up on Farmington, surrounded by enslaved people, who produced the labor-intensive cash crop of hemp. He would acquire other businesses as well. By his death in 1840, he had become one of Kentucky’s most prominent enslavers with 54.
March 11, 1829, while drilling for salt brine in Burkesville in Cumberland County, men hit a gusher that shot “to the top of the surrounding trees.” The gusher became one of the earliest commercial oil wells in the U.S. after the owners bottled the petroleum and sold it as medicine.
March 11, 1862, the state legislatures declared that any person serving in the Confederate army or any service who gave aid against the Union should no longer be considered a citizen. It Happened Today In Kentucky History by Robert A. Powell pg: 25
March 11, 1896, tensions in Kentucky General Assembly had reached a point where armed Democratic supporters stood outside the statehouse in an attempt to intimidate lawmakers and discourage them from entering. The General Assembly was appointing the next U.S. Congressman, and tensions were high. The state banned observers from the gallery, and searched everyone entering the statehouse for weapons.
March 11, 1920, Will Lockett died in the electric chair at the Frankfort State Penitentiary in Eddyville, known as “Castle on the Cumberland.” Lockett was the confessed killer of Geneva Hardman, a ten-year-old white girl, in Lexington a month earlier. His trial at the Fayette County courthouse, occurred five days after the crime, lasted barely thirty minutes, and the judge sentenced him to death. The WWI veteran admitted to several more murders before he died.
March 11, 1926, Deputy Jailer Joe West, Knox County Detention Center, died in the Knox County Jail as he locked prisoners in their cells for the night. One of the inmates suddenly pulled a gun and shot Jailer West, killing him.
March 11, 1950, Deputy Sheriff Bill Baker, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, died while attempting to arrest a man for being drunk in public near Hazard. Deputy Baker and his partner were checking roadhouses in the area when they encountered the man coming out of one of the establishments.
March 11, 1976, Patrolman Michael T. Smith, Jefferson County Police Department, died in a motorcycle accident at Minors Lane and Ireland Drive while attempting to catch up to a speeding motorist. Another vehicle pulled out in front of his motorcycle.
March 12, 1988, the house voted to propose a constitutional amendment allowing a state lottery. The 1st ticket sold 13 months later. Also on this day, Federal regulators closed Paducah’s 1st Federal Savings and Loan.
March 11, 1992, “Bless Your Heart,” is what House Speaker Don Blandford said to lobbyist Bill McBee in a hotel room in Frankfort after McBee slid him a $500 bribe; one of humorous quotes caught on tape during BOPTROT.
March 11, 1996, Highlands guard Jared Lorenzen called a play during an opening round game in the Boys’ Sweet Sixteen. Henderson County rallied to stun Highlands, 62-60, ending Lorenzen’s high school basketball career.
On March 11, 2008, the Federal Reserve announced that it would lend $200 billion in Treasury notes to bail out bond dealers stuck with mortgage-backed securities and other collateralized debt obligations that they couldn’t resell on the secondary market. The subprime mortgage crisis had dried up the secondary market for these debt products. Wall Street knew the government would bail them out, and they did.
On March 11, 2010, a Senate committee, for the 1st time, approved a proposal to expand gambling at racetracks. The bill would allow all eight existing racetracks to add electronic gambling, called Instant Racing.
On March 11, 2011, an 8.9 earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, the largest ever for the island nation. Nearly 150 businesses in Kentucky, primarily auto suppliers, were owned in whole or in part by Japanese companies and employed 31,868 full-time workers. As a result, the natural disaster disrupted supply chains for several weeks at the Toyota plant.
March 11, 2020, as the World Health Organization declared that COVID-19 was a global health pandemic, the NCAA announced a spectator-free tournament to stop the spread of coronavirus. The next day they canceled the tournament altogether.
On March 11, 2020, UK announced they would switch to online classes for two weeks after spring break; UofL and Western took similar actions. Meanwhile, the state told Kentuckians to avoid large crowds and churches, and they canceled the St. Patrick’s Day parades. To date there were eight positive coronavirus cases; five in Harrison, two in Fayette, and one in Jefferson.