TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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March 1, 1782, a party of 25 Wyandots surprised Strode’s Station, located between Bryan Station and Fort Boonesborough.  The Natives held a 36-hour siege, killed two settlers, and destroyed all the sheep and cattle.

March 1, 1822, Jack Jouett died.  The “Paul Revere of the South” was a farmer and politician in Virginia and Kentucky known for his heroic 40-mile ride during the American Revolution.  He rode to warn Thomas Jefferson, then the outgoing governor of Virginia that British cavalry wanted to capture him.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Greensburg native Robert Ball Anderson, born into slavery in Green County in 1843.  Mr. Anderson went to be one of Nebraska’s largest landowners by capitalizing on the 1873 Timber Act.

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March 1, 1847, the Kentucky State legislature formally passed an act to declare Georgetown as the city’s new name.  It was first known as Royal Spring, then Lebanon, and then renamed George Town in 1790 in honor of Gen. George Washington.

On March 1, 1854, the General Assembly approved an act to provide $10,000 for a Monument over Henry Clay’s grave, two years after his death.

March 1, 1862, Camp Beauregard closed when over 1,000 men died due to severe weather and poor diet.  A large boulder monument erected in 1920 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy memorializes the men buried in the mass graves.  The Graves County camp at its height housed 5,000 troops from seven states.

March 1, 1912, State University, Lexington (UK), defeats Georgetown College, 19-18, to complete the season with a perfect 9-0 record and earn its first title as Southern Champions.

March 1, 1913, State University, Lexington lost their last game of the season to Christ Church Cincinnati in Buell Armory Gymnasium, 30-19.  Somerset native Brinkley Barnett was high scorer with seven points.  They finished the season 5-3.  

March 1, 1914, John Caldwell Calhoun Mayo took a special train to the Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati, where he and his entourage occupied an entire floor.  The Gulnare native of Johnson County was one of Kentucky’s great entrepreneurs.  Mayo suffered from Bright’s disease.

March 1, 1915, Barnaby Rudge, starring Owensboro native Tom Powers, is released.  Mr. Powers had an incredibly successful career in America’s entertainment industry.

March 1, 1921, Kentucky upsets Tulane, Mercer, Mississippi A&M, and Georgia to win the first Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) basketball championship.  Bill King’s free throw with no time left on the clock lifted the Wildcats to the win in Atlanta 20-19.  Hundreds of Wildcats fans await “play-by-play” via telegraph and greet the team’s train with a celebration and parade in downtown Lexington.  It was one of college basketball’s first tournaments ever played.

March 1, 1943, Keeneland became a “suburban” plant and was placed in the classification of tracks told not to operate during World War II because of shortages in rubber.   The Keeneland Association leased the Churchill Downs facilities and held three Spring Meets from 1943-to 1945.  No Fall Meets occurred.

March 1, 1960, a self-described “Kentucky hillbilly,” Corbin native Henry Alvin Sharpe’s doubledoons were thrown from Madras Gras floats for the first time.

Localtonians wish a Happy Anniversary to Johnny Cash (36) and June Carter (38), married in Franklin’s First Methodist Church in 1968.  The night before, the two had received a Grammy for their recording of “Jackson.”  It was the second marriage for Cash and the third for Miss Carter.

March 1, 1969, Army SGT Rodney M. Goode and Army SP5 Ben H. Wilkins, Jr. both from Louisville, died in the Vietnam War.

March 1, 1971, Loretta Lynn headlined a concert in Louisville Fairgrounds to raise money for the 39 families who lost their loved ones in the December Hyden Mine explosion.  Loretta just released “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” and Col. Harlan Sanders reportedly provided free dinners.

March 1, 1973, Robyn Smith became the first female jockey to win a stakes race.  Ms. Smith guided North Sea, in Aqueduct’s Paumonok Handicap, to the winner’s circle.

March 1, 1978, Governor Carroll bailed out General Hospital of Louisville and asked for millions more for the University of Louisville to operate it in the future.  The hospital was known for treating Louisville’s poor.

March 1, 1980, John Jacob Niles a composer, singer, and collector of traditional ballads died.  The “Dean of American Balladeers,” was an important influence on the folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, with Odetta, Joan Baez, Burl Ives, Peter, Paul and Mary, and Bob Dylan, among others, recording his songs.

March 1, 1981, Sam Bowie blocked the game’s final shot by LSU’s Howard Carter as #9 Wildcats knocked off the #2 Tigers in Rupp Arena.  The UK win prevented LSU from completing an undefeated SEC season.

March 1, 1984, Corrections Employee Patricia Ross, Kentucky Department of Corrections, was beaten to death by an inmate in a dining facility at the Kentucky State Penitentiary.  The inmate lured Officer Ross into a food storage area and then beat her to death with a 10-pound commercial can opener.

Kentucky Trivia:  Bourbon whiskey by federal regulation must contain at least 51% but not more than 80% corn and be less than 160 proof.  It must age in new, charred oak barrels with no flavoring or coloring.

March 1, 1992, Carey Spicer #17 from Lexington, Louie Dampier #10, and Jack Givens #21 from Lexington had their jerseys retired during the half-time of the 80-56 win over Vandy.

March 1, 2000, the Louisville Police awards ceremony intended to honor its officers instead ripped open community wounds over the 1999 shooting of Desmond Rudolph.  Mayor Dave Armstrong boycotted the ceremony that many community activists picketed.

March 1, 2014, the GIII $500,000 Gotham Stakes is won by a neck at Aqueduct.

March 1, 2019, Kentucky officials held a news conference to fight back on The Courier-Journal stories about Kentucky’s Hepatitis A outbreak.  The newspaper reported Kentucky did not aggressively address the outbreak in rural areas.  Hepatitis A killed 43 Kentuckians and sickened more than 4,200, creating the deadliest outbreak in the nation.

March 1, 2020, Kentucky’s largest art museum concluded their tribute to the Kentucky horse for first time in their 92-year history.  The Speed Art Museum, on the UofL campus, gathered paintings, sculptures, manuscripts, silver, and photographs of Kentucky Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds, and American Saddlebreds.

March 1, 2021, Kentucky lawmakers were “strongly encouraged” to wear masks during the 2021 General Assembly that started two days later.  The guidelines, made by the Senate President and House Speaker, fell just short of a mandate.  Governor A. Beshear’s in his daily briefing, “We need to move faster in the vaccination effort.”  Over 60,400 Kentuckians had already received vaccination shots.