Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
March 21, 1782, Captain Estill’s party regrouped between Drowning Creek’s mouth and the mouth of the Red River. After a brief discussion, they decided to pursue the Natives at once. Of the 40 men in Captain Estill’s party, five had families in Estill’s Station. These were the men that would return at once to guard the fort.
March 21, 1870, the General Assembly “concerning the death of Lewis Collins of Maysville, expressed its “deep regret” at his death. Collins was “a native Kentuckian of great purity of character and enlarged public spirit.” Lewis Collins is known as the state’s 1st historian. He owned and edited The Eagle newspaper in Maysville for 27 years.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Lexington native Richard Charles Stoll, born in 1876. The judge was a prominent alumnus of UK, then known as State College, Lexington, Kentucky. Before a football game, he spontaneously picked the school’s color scheme. The school later named the original football stadium after him.
March 21, 1897, two men went to the gallows, behind the courthouse in Newport, for the last public hanging in Campbell County. Locals found him guilty of decapitating a pregnant 22-year-old named Ms. Pearl Bryan. The community got so infatuated; the courthouse sold tickets to the courtroom. More than 5,000 people stood outside the Newport courthouse for updates.
March 21, 1906, the Kentucky General Assembly approved, and Governor J.C.W. Beckham signed into law legislation creating Eastern Kentucky State Normal School, known today as Eastern Kentucky University.
March 21, 1910, the General Assembly approved “an act to establish a Bureau of Vital Statistics and to provide for the immediate registration of all births and deaths throughout the State of Kentucky.”
March 21, 1921, Deputy Constable Levi L. Mason and Constable W. H. S. Ritchie Bell County Constable’s Office, died in an ambush while accompanying federal prohibition officers in a moonshine raid near Brownie’s Creek in Bell County. A father and son received life in prison.
March 21, 1942, the temporary organization called the Central Kentucky Hemp Growers Co-Operative Association urged all Hemp Fiber producers to attend the next meeting. The fiber producers needed to convince the government to release the 1,900 frozen bushels at the Kentucky-Illinois plant in Versailles, the fiber was destined for Wisconsin. The temporary association planned on becoming permanent.
March 21, 1953, Lafayette star Vernon Hatton held the Boys’ State Basketball Championship trophy with Coach Ralph Carlisle. The Generals defeated Paducah Tilghman, 84-53, in Lexington’s Memorial Coliseum for their 3rd title, the 2nd one in four years. It was a standing-room crowd of nearly 13,000 at the 36th annual state tournament.
March 21, 1965, Alabama Governor George Wallace refused to protect peaceful protestors; therefore, President Johnson committed to do so. Protected by 1,900 members of the Alabama National Guard, many FBI agents, federal marshals, and the marchers began their historical journey from Selma to Montgomery. Limited by a Judge’s order to 300 marchers on two highway lanes, they averaged 10 miles a day along U.S. Route 80, known in Alabama as the “Jefferson Davis Highway.”
On March 21, 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that citizens who had lived in a state for 30 days were residents and thus eligible to vote there. Governor W. Ford called a Special Session to correct Kentucky’s legislation.
March 21, 1981, Simon Kenton became the 1st team out of the 9th region to capture the Kentucky Boys’ Sweet 16 Basketball tournament by defeating the Mason County Royals. The Pioneers had never danced; they didn’t expect it in 1981. Nevertheless, the team pulled off a miracle in front of 21,287 people, at the time, the largest crowd for a championship game.
March 21, 1998, Scott County defeated Paintsville 89-78 for the Boys’ Sweet 16 State Basketball Championship with 18,867 watching in Rupp Arena. Paintsville’s J.R. VanHoose ended his career with 272 points in Sweet 16 games, only behind Clay County’s Richie Farmer (317).
March 21, 2009, a young couple who met and fell in love at the White Castle in London tied the knot in that same restaurant. According to the Corbin Times-Tribune, “The White Castle closed its dining room Saturday morning and employees transformed the fast-food booths into a candle-lit reception area.”
March 21, 2020, a 67-year-old male from Anderson County became the 3rd Kentucky coronavirus victim. Governor A. Beshear also announced 24 new cases for a total of 87, while pleading for everyone to stay home. Nationwide, 285 individuals lost the battle.
Monday, March 21, 2022, rescuers located the body of James Brown, 33, 2.5 miles deep inside a Harlan County mine after a section of roof collapsed on Sunday night. Meanwhile, the assembly overrode the governor’s veto on two bills. One bill cut unemployment benefits, the other ended the state of emergency for Covid, which meant the Commonwealth missed out on $50 million in food stamps. The legislatures stated “help wanted” signs littered the state.