Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to the Louisville native and poet Madison Julius Cawein, born in 1865. In 1913, a year before his death, Cawein published a poem called “Waste Land” in a Chicago magazine, which included Ezra Pound as an editor. Scholars have identified this poem as an inspiration to T. S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land, published in 1922 and considered the birth of modernism in poetry.
March 23, 1906, the General Assembly established the Kentucky State Racing Commission. This governor-appointed group was to regulate all thoroughbred racing in the state. They also licensed corporations, trainers, jockeys, and other track personnel wanting to participate in track meets. It also gave the power to revoke such licenses.
March 23, 1920, the General Assembly granted scholarships at the Kentucky State University and the State Normal Schools to all citizens of this state who were engaged in the military or naval service during the war with Germany.
On March 23, 1930, UK named a Freeport, Illinois high school coach Adolph Rupp as its head basketball coach from 71 applicants. The school paid him $2,800 for his 1st season and $3,000 for his second.
March 23, 1948, more than 100 female protesters took their position in front of the General Electric Co. lamp plant in Lexington to participate in a strike for the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers Union.
March 23, 1948, Adolph Rupp’s Fabulous Five won UK’s 1st NCAA Basketball Championship. The Wildcats defeated Baylor University 58-42 in New York City. Eight teams participated in the tournament, and Wildcat Alex Groza won the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. When the team returned to Lexington, 15,000 fans greeted them, and threw a parade.
March 23, 1950, All the King’s Men, based on Guthrie native Robert Penn Warren’s 1947 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, won the Academy Award. Todd County surrounds Guthrie on the TN border.
March 23, 1951, Army PFC Joseph E. Whiteside from Jefferson County died in the Korean War.
March 23, 1952, Marine Corps PFC James C. Carney from Convington in Kenton County died in the Korean War.
March 23, 1953, Army CPL James O. Charles from Pike County and Army CPL Charles J. Garnett from Bourbon County died in the Korean War.
March 23, 1966, Navy LCDR John B. Tapp from Harrodsburg died in the Vietnam War.
March 23, 1969, Army SP4 Robert A. Osborne from Jonesville in Grant County died in the Vietnam War.
March 23, 1972, Governor W. Ford signed the Wild Rivers Act. The Act conserved the unique scenic, wildlife, botanical, geological, cultural, and recreational values of the state’s most pristine rivers. The Act included the Cumberland River – Red River – Green River – Rockcastle River – Big South Fork of the Cumberland River – Little South Fork of the Cumberland River – Rock Creek – Bad Branch, and Martin’s Fork.
10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23, 1974, AUCTION: Of Memorabilia From The Most Orderly of Disorderly Houses. TERMS: (As Belle would say) are Cash; and inspection is at time of sale. A Lexington auctioneer held the auction. “It’s a spooky old house and we have nothing to sell but nostalgia. Madam Belle Brezing by Buddy Thompson; pg: 178
March 23, 1983, Millersburg native Blanton Collier, a former UK football coach whose career began at Paris High School and ended with the Cleveland Browns, including an NFL championship, passed over in Texas, his retirement home. He is laid to rest next to his wife in Paris, Bourbon County.
March 23, 1985, Hopkinsville defeated Clay County 65-64 for the Boys’ State Sweet 16 Basketball Championship in Rupp while 19,500 watched. Ritchie Farmer had 14 points, two other teammates scored more.
March 23, 1992, Turfway Park gave Kentucky legislatures free tickets to the Jim Beam Stakes valued at $230 each. Track Manager Gary Wilfert stated it did not intend to sway the lawmakers’ vote on a current bill backed by Governor B. Jones to aid the horse industry.
March 23, 1996, Union County wons its 1st Girls’ State Basketball title 44-37 over Central Hardin in front of 5,375 fans in Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.
March 23, 2000, Clinton Roby from Waddy caught a state record Buffalo (Smallmouth) Carp weighing 55 pounds in Kentucky Lake.
March 23, 2003, President G.W. Bush told Americans, “It is evident that it’s going to take a while to reach our objective in Iraq. Americans need to realize the war has just begun. It may seem like it has been a long time because of what is on T.V., but we are just in the beginning stages.” This was not one of his lies, America “left” in 2011.
March 23, 2004, William Chumbler from Calvert City caught a state record Paddlefish (Spoonbill) weighing 106 pounds in the Ohio River.
March 23, 2005, Police Officer Peter Alan Grignon, Louisville Metro Police Department, died while investigating an incident in which a car drove through a homeowner’s yard. As Officer Grignon responded, two subjects confronted and shot him twice in the head and neck.
March 23, 2012, The Hunger Games premiered in the U.S. starring Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen.
March 23, 2012, Danville native Jacob Tamme signed a three-year, $9 million contract with the Denver Broncos.
March 23, 2013, Governor Steve Beshear signed House Bill No.205 which named Ale-8-One an original Kentucky soft drink.
March 23, 2014, Covington Catholic defeated Scott County 59-51 in the Boys’ Sweet 16 State Basketball Tournament. Covington’s Nick Ruthsatz cashed two free throws with 50 seconds left in regulation to tie the game 47-47, and the Colonels went on to win in overtime. Rupp hosted 14,165 fans.
March 23, 2019, the GII $400,000 Fairgrounds Oaks Stakes paid $23.80 to win while the heavy favorite finished last.
March 23, 2020, Kentucky announced the 4th coronavirus death, the 1st in Lexington when an 84-year-old female with underlying health conditions passed. In his daily news conference, the governor also announced Kentucky had 124 positive cases with 1,866 tests taken. The state also set up a hotline for people to call if they saw businesses or other citizens not following pandemic protocol.
March 23, 2021, Kentucky prisons reported the 2nd worst covid-19 infection numbers in the nation per capita for state prisons. The report showed that 7,883 Kentucky inmates got infected, and 48 died. Also, 1,081 corrections officers tested positive with five deaths. Meanwhile, traffic began to return to normal across the state; the streets were no longer empty.
March 23, 2021, Dr. Fauci told congress the U.S. would only achieve herd immunity once children got vaccinated. “We don’t really know what that magical point of herd immunity is, but we do know that if we get the overwhelming population vaccinated, we’re going to be in good shape. We ultimately would like to get, and have to get, children into that mix.”
March 23, 2022, while Frankfort addressed the long wait times for Kentucky ambulances, the divided legislators funded charter schools by a thin 51-46 margin. Meanwhile, the 1st black female Supreme Court Judge went through the nomination process in Washington.
On March 23, 2022, the Kentucky Wild Health Genomes selected catcher Alexis “Scrappy“ Hopkins as their 8th overall pick. She is believed to be the 1st female position player ever drafted by an American pro baseball team for an on-field position. She did become the 1st female drafted in Atlantic League history. Lexington’s newest professional team already made history by naming Lindsay Gardner as the 1st female coach in the Atlantic League.