Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
February 23, 1836, Logan County native James “Jim” Bowie hurried to gather provisions and herd cattle into the Alamo compound while he was ill and confined to a bed. The Battle of the Alamo had begun and would end March 6 when he died with his compatriots.
February 23, 1847, Henry Clay Junior got shot in the left thigh in the Battle of Buena Vista of the Mexican War. He requested that his men leave him and fall back to regroup. Before sending his men away, Clay entrusted a subordinate officer with returning a set of pistols to his father in Kentucky. As the wounded Clay watched his men go, he was pierced multiple times by the feared Mexican lancers.
February 23, 1874, the General Assembly passed “an act to protect the citizens of this Commonwealth from empiricism.” The act prohibited the practice of medicine to anyone “who has not graduated at some chartered school of medicine in this or some foreign country.” Physicians who practiced “regularly and honorably” for ten years were exempt from this requirement.
February 23, 1921, Shelby County native Smith Cook died. Smith was known as the “largest policeman in the world.” The 64-year-old, 6’11” 275 lbs. police officer contracted blood poisoning after being bitten by a prisoner. For two years, he guarded the door for the Kentucky House of Representatives.
On February 23, 1937, President F. D. Roosevelt established a national forest in Kentucky called the Cumberland National Forest. As early as 1933, the federal government began acquiring land. Initially, the forest contained 350,000 acres in 16 Kentucky counties. Today there are nearly 709,000 acres in 21 counties. In 1966, after years of debate, the name changed to the Daniel Boone National Forest.
February 23, 1938, a young Governor Happy Chandler announced his bid for U.S. Senate in Newport against Senator Alben Barkley. In one of Kentucky’s most grueling campaigns marked by federal investigations and poisonings, Alben beats the governor decisively. However, Governor Chandler would be a Kentucky Senator the following year.
February 23, 1955, Democratic Governor Weatherby called Happy Chandler’s backers hypocritical when they criticized the Weatherby administration for asking state employees to contribute to the Bert Combs campaign. Weatherby claimed Chandler did the same when he was governor. Chandler, the rebel Democrat ran against Combs. Chandler won and served a 2nd term starting in 1955.
February 23, 1969, Army SP4 Edwin D. Caswell from Lexington, Marine Corps PFC Ronald McIntosh from Booneville in Owsley County and Army SP4 Robert J. Blaut Jr. from Silver Grove from Campbell County, all died in the Vietnam War.
February 23, 1986, Rex Chapman, high school superstar, led his Apollo teammates into Memorial Coliseum to play Henry Clay, two of the best teams in the state. Over 11,000 fans showed up. Chapman hits a 22-foot jump shot over Sean Sutton with seconds remaining to win 68-67.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Louisville native D’Angelo Russell, born in 1996. In the 2015 the Los Angeles Lakers selected him second overall. After two seasons in Los Angeles, the guard went on to play for the Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves.
On February 23, 1996, Rex Chapman scored 39 points (converting 9 of 10 3-point attempts). He led an injury-plagued Miami Heat team with an 8-man roster to a 113–104 victory over the Chicago Bulls. This loss was one of ten for the Bull’s historic 72-10 run.
February 23, 2016, Senator McConnell stated his party wouldn’t permit a vote on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee but would revisit the matter after the November elections. Obama did not push back, believing the dispute would motivate the Democrats to get to the polls and elect H. Clinton.
February 23, 2021, Governor A. Beshear announced a 6.60% covid-19 positivity rate, the lowest since November 2020. February 17, 2022’s rate was 15.9%. Meanwhile, at the Capitol, Kentucky lawmakers introduced a bill to curtail the no-knock search warrant.