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February 18, 1861, Montgomery, Alabama, held an inauguration for Fairview native Jefferson Davis to become the provisional President of the Confederate States of America. Immediately following the ceremony, Davis sent a peace commission to Washington. Lincoln, committed to preserving the Union at any cost, refused to acknowledge. When Virginia joined the Confederate cause in 1862, they held the “official” inauguration at the Confederate White House in Richmond, VA.
February 18, 1870, the first train crossed the 14th Street Bridge from Clarksville to Louisville. It was the longest iron bridge in the U. S., with 27 spans covering a mile. The Pennsylvania Railroad Bridge, as it was also known, is the eastern boundary of The Falls of the Ohio State Park.
February 18, 1890, Ellison Mounts hung in Pikeville in an attempt to end the Hatfield-McCoy Feud. Thousands of onlookers witnessed the hanging, even though laws stated executions could not be public. The hanging took place on the site of the present-day University of Pikeville classroom building. No one had been sent to the gallows in Pike County for forty years, and after Ellison, no one ever would be again.
February 18, 1903, the Agriculture and Mechanical College of Kentucky (UK) won their 1st basketball game in their 2nd try over the Lexington YMCA team, winning 11-10. Their 1st season ended with a 1-2 record.
Localtonians wish a Happy Anniversary to Mays Lick native Charles Young and Ada Mills, who wed in 1904. Mr. Young broke many barriers for African Americans, one being the 1st first black man to achieve the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army.
February 18, 1909, State University, Lexington (UK) hosted and defeated Cincinnati 28-23 to clinch their first winning season in school history. It took seven seasons to achieve this feat. Buell Armory Gymnasium hosted the game.
February 18, 1917, Patrolman John George Fow, Louisville Police Department, succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day when he responded to a call of boys throwing rocks at wagons as they passed a grocery store. When Patrolman Fow arrived on the scene, he was shot by one of the boy’s father.
February 18, 1926, Deputy Sheriff Harve Pace, Harlan County Sheriff’s Office, succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained almost three months earlier when he was shot while attempting to stop an escaping prisoner. The suspect was later acquitted in 1929.
February 18, 1933, police arrested 124 men at a 4:00 a.m. raid while gambling in a three-room luxury suite in downtown Louisville. Two gamblers drew pistols, fearing a robbery. Only one man didn’t make the $25.00 bond; he had a terrible night.
February 18, 1945, Lt. Ray M. Thompson’s parents received word their son was alive after 17 days drifting on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean. They heard the dramatic story of “How God sent a plane” to rescue four servicemen after their plane crashed. Ray said he learned more about God during those days than all of the days growing up in Greensburg.
February 18, 1949, the president of a highway construction firm paid $6,000 to a prominent lobbyist in the Capitol Hotel in Frankfort. The state sued in December, wanting $100,000 from the president’s profit because he received preferential treatment in highway bids.
February 18, 1950, in a game against Georgia Tech, which the Wildcats won 97–62, Bill Spivey broke the team record for most points in a game with 40, two more than Alex Groza scored in a game the previous season.
February 18, 1957, Deputy Jailer Luther Willis Hammond, Shelby County Detention Center, succumbed to wounds received one week earlier when he was assaulted by two inmates attempting to escape from the Shelby County Detention Center.
February 18, 1964, Col. Harland D. Sanders, 77, sold his franchising business to John Y. Brown, Jr. and Jack Massey for $2,000,000. He also received $40,000 a year for life to be spokesperson and company trademark. Sanders started selling franchises for his chicken at 66.
The Kentucky Encyclopedia edited by John E. Kleber; pg: 796
February 18, 1968, Marine Corps PFC Joseph C. Andrew from Auburn in Logan County, Army SP4 Charlie A. Bratcher from Caneyville in Grayson, Army SSG Ronald L. McCollum from Covington and Army PFC Charles B. Poole from Maceo in Daviess County, all died in the Vietnam War.
February 18, 1995, three-time heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali sat on the Kentucky bench during the Cats’ 87-77 win over Florida. Muhammad was in town to promote a play called Ali, opening later that month at the Lexington Opera House.
February 18, 1995, UK retired three players’ jerseys during half-time of the Kentucky vs. Florida game, which Pitino’s Wildcats won 87-77. Forest Sale #19 from Lawrenceburg, Vernon Hatton #52 from Lexington (Lafayette), and Kevin Grevey #35.
February 18, 2001, Owensboro native Michael Curtis Waltrip won the Daytona 500. On the final lap, a deadly accident occurred involving Dale Earnhardt Sr, Ken Schrader, and Sterling Marlin. Earnhardt’s car crashed head-on into the retaining wall, killing him instantly.
February 18, 2020, the Lexington-Herald Leader spotlights rising Kentucky Tic Tok stars such as Matt Nichols, teacher Craig Smith, and the BailyBakery in Hart County. Meanwhile, a Whitley County man pleaded guilty to harassing a witness, via another social media platform-Facebook, in a drug case.
February 18, 2021, like states across the nation, Kentucky faced a lack of bus drivers, food servers, and teachers after covid-19, winter weather, and unemployment checks swept the state. Meanwhile, in Jackson County, people woke up again to no electricity after an ice storm.