TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets

March 6, 1750, Dr. Thomas Walker left Castle Hill, Virginia, with Ambrose Powell, William Tomlinson, Colby Chew, Henry Lawless, and John Hughes.  Their mission; to explore the Western Wild Lands of Kentucke for the Loyal Land Company.

March 6, 1777, Native Americans killed Thomas Shores and William Ray at the Shawnee Spring.

March 6, 1836, Logan County native James Bowie died in the Alamo.

March 6, 1848, Lexington received its first telegraph message from Louisville.
The Squire’ Sketches of Lexington by J. Winston Coleman, Jr.; pg: 43

March 6, 1876, Kentucky incorporated Whitesburg in Letcher County; the town was founded 34 years earlier.

March 6, 1882, one of the first documented Kentucky lynchings took place for an alleged rape in Simpson County when Robert Sarver, a black male, hanged.

On March 6, 1898, two men died at a dance in the bawdy house belonging to “the Hawkins woman.”  Only Mr. Dickey seemed upset, blaming it more on the dancing more than on the locale.  The next day Dan Woods, son of saloon-keeper Reuben Woods, shot Young Hensley, but not fatally.  All part of Clay County’s notorious feuding.

March 6, 1920, Deputy Sheriff Marvin Franklin Cummings, Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, was shot and killed by eight men he had arrested the previous week during a liquor raid.  Despite being mortally wounded, Deputy Cummings was able to return fire and killed two of the suspects.

March 6, 1922, Sheriff John T. Roach, of the Graves County Sherriff’s Department, was shot and killed by a former deputy who was upset that he was not appointed to another term by the sheriff.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Neon native Opal Jean Amburgey, born in 1925 in Letcher County.  She was better known as Jean Chapel, a country music writer with over 170 published songs.

March 6, 1931, Patrolman Clarence G. Rapson, Jefferson County Police Department, died in a motorcycle accident on Hikes Lane.

March 6, 1951, Army SGT Louie D. Brashere from Union County died in the Korean War.

March 6, 1951, in one of Governor Lawrence W. Wetherby’s first significant actions, he called a special session.  The purpose was to allocate the state’s $10 million budget surplus for teachers’ salaries, the needy, and government employees.

March 6, 1967, the American Basketball Association (ABA) awarded the franchise that became the Kentucky Colonels to Don Regan for $30,000.  Later that year, the franchise was bought by Joseph Gregory, Mamie Gregory, and William C. Boone.

March 6, 1968, Army SSG David L. Ray from Louisville died in the Vietnam War.

March 6, 1969, Army SFC Theodore C. Hall from Louisville died in the Vietnam War.

March 6, 1971, Army CW3 William P. Milliner from Louisville died in the Vietnam War.

March 6, 1976, coach Fran Curci looked on with his star, Warren Bryant, as the Wildcats opened their spring practice.  Bryant, an offensive tackle, became a cornerstone of Kentucky’s 1976 SEC co-championship team.

March 6, 1978, a gunman shot Lakeville native Larry Flynt while waking to the Gwinnett County, GA courthouse to battle obscenity charges.  The gunman stood near an alley across the street from where Flynt dropped.  The shooting left him partially paralyzed with permanent spinal cord damage.

On March 6, 1979, in one of the worst rides a good horse had to endure, Spectacular Bid won the Florida Derby by 4 ½; many say it should have been 20.

March 6, 1985, Robert Todd Biggs, an eighth-grader from Calvert City, won the National Junior Division of the hunter essay safety contest against 2,000 entries.  Robert received $2,000 in U.S. Saving Bonds and an engraved .22-caliber rifle.

On March 6, 1995, Morehead State University announced lower tuition prices for out-of-state students.  Out of towners paid $5,060 per year compared to $1,900 for residents.

Kentucky Trivia:  Morehead State has more than 9,660 students from 116 Kentucky counties, 47 states and 19 countries.

March 6, 2001, Henderson native Darrell A. Posey died.  An anthropologist and biologist, he vitalized the study of traditional knowledge of indigenous and folk populations in Brazil and other countries.  He called his approach ethnobiology and combined research with respect for other cultures, especially indigenous intellectual property rights.  An obituary described him as an “anthropologist who gave up scholarly detachment to fight for the rights of native peoples.”

On March 6, 2012, Louisville native Claude Norman “C. J.” Spillman, Jr. signed a $6 million three-year contract with the 49ers.

March 6, 2020, a Kentucky bred and Keeneland graduate won Santa Anita’s GII $301,000 San Felipe Stakes for three-year-olds.

March 6, 2020, two Kentucky constables were arrested for conspiring to violate the civil rights of people through bogus searches and by taking their property without proper cause.  One of the constables, Gary E. Baldock shot an F.B.I. agent when he they came to his house to take him in.

March 6, 2020, Lexington confirmed their first case of the coronavirus.  The individual went to isolation in an unidentified medical facility and the state declared an emergency.

March 6, 2021, Governor A. Beshear spoke at a memorial service at the state Capitol to commemorate the 1st anniversary of covid-19 in Kentucky.  Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate passed a $1.9 trillion covid-19 relief bill by party lines 50-49.  Sixty-eight days earlier, Trump passed a $900 billion covid-19 relief bill in a $2.1 trillion government spending bill.

March 6, 2021, Senator McConnell told the press, “the Senate has never spent $2 trillion in a more haphazard way.”  The Senate also rejected the House bill wanting the $15 an hour-minimum wage.