TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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March 9, 1859, Breckinridge County native Joseph Holt became the 18th Postmaster General.  Holt worked for Presidents Buchanan and Lincoln.  His most famous roles came in the Lincoln assassination trials.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Lexington native Thomas Clay McDowell, born in 1866 on Henry Clay’s Ashland estate.  Thomas was Henry Clay’s great-grandson and the breeder, owner, and trainer of the 1902 Kentucky Derby winner, Alan-A-dale.

March 9 Alan A Dale 1902
Jimmy Winkfield aboard Alan-a-Dale, 1902

March 9, 1869, John C. Breckinridge, America’s youngest V.P., returned home to Lexington from eight years of exile.  While avoiding capture, Breckinridge toured the world, even meeting with Pope Pius IX in Rome.  From Rome, he waited in Canada for assurance President Johnson would issue him an actual pardon.  He resided in Lexington for the rest of his life.

Localtonians wish a Happy Anniversary to Covington native Haven Gillespie and Corene Parker, who wed in 1909.  He had $15 in his pocket and she had just $1 given to her by her mother.  Gillespie soon landed a job as a typesetter for the Cincinnati Times-Star, ultimately maintaining his membership in the International Typographic Union until his death.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Hickman native Elvis Jacob Stahr Jr., born in 1916.  Mr. Stahr was a Rhodes Scholar, who became President of Indiana University and the University of West Virginia.  In between, he served as the 6th U.S. Secretary of the Army.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Louisville native Daniel John “Danny” Sullivan III, born in 1950.  He earned 17 wins in the CART Indy Car World Series, including the 1985 Indianapolis 500.

March 9, 1951, Army MSG Robert E. Conant from Pulaski County, Army MSG John Fultz from Rowan County and Army CPL Carlis E. Johnson from Warren County, all died in the Korean War.

March 9, 1954, Kentucky beats LSU, 63-56, in an SEC playoff game to cap a perfect 25-0 season and finish with the nation’s No. 1 ranking.  The little known “Grad School Rule” made the Cats ineligible for post season play.

Kentucky Trivia:  The 1953-54 Kentucky basketball team was the first to go 25-0 in regular season play.

March 9, 1961, two-hundred young African-American protestors took to the Louisville streets for a second time to peacefully march and sing about racial integration.  The Courier-Journal  headline read: Negroes March and Sing.

March 9, 1962 Muhammad Ali received a A-1 classification from the Army, a group he did not want to join.

March 9, 1967, Army PFC Ronnie R. Pittman from Calvin in Bell County died in the Vietnam War.

March 9, 1969, Army PFC Arthur D. Lindsey from Paducah in McCracken County and Army SP4 Leon Beard from Marion in Crittenden County, both died in the Vietnam War.

March 9, 1970, about 100 strip mine opponents held what they called the Capitol’s first “environmental demonstration.”  Ten speakers railed over their concerns of mining coal on the surface.  

March 9, 1971, Muhammad Ali, a day after he lost the Heavyweight Crown to Frazier, realizes that he only keeps $375,000 from his $2.5 million paycheck; Uncle Sam had to be paid.  He also learns that he has a hematoma of the masseter muscle, the muscle that lets one chew.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Kentucky bred John Henry, born in 1975.  He was sold as a yearling for $1,100 at the Keeneland January Mixed sale to John Callaway, credited with giving John Henry his name.

March 9, 1981, six thousand miners marched on Washington D.C. streets over changes to the black-lung fund benefits program.   Locals from Mortons Gap in Hopkins County took buses to the nation’s capital to show their support.

March 9, 1992, Alliant Health System cut 275 jobs from its three Louisville-based hospitals to save $14 million.   The corporation said they had two choices, cut jobs or raise prices.  Time proved to show they did both.

March 9, 2001, Louisville native Greg Page fought Dale Crowe at Peel’s Palace in Erlanger for $1,500.  Page appeared to be holding his own until the tenth round.  Crowe said, “The timekeeper smacked the mat with his hand toward the end of the fight to indicate ten seconds remaining, and that’s when I went after Greg with one last flurry.”  Crowe hit Page with a flush left to the chin and then pushed him back. Page fell against the ropes, slid down, and the referee counted to ten.

March 9, 2011, Governor S. Beshear announced his intentions to call a Special Session to deal with the state’s Medicaid budget shortfall, blaming Senate President David Williams for the impasse.

March 9, 2016, Humana president and chief executive Bruce Broussard earned $10.3 million in 2015 in salary, stock awards, and additional compensation.  This was a small boost from his 2014 $10.1 million salary.

March 9, 2017, Muhammad Ali’s son and second wife told members of Congress to help end racial and religious profiling.  Muhammad Ali, Jr. and Khalilah Camacho-Ali were questioned and detained coming back into the U.S. from Jamaica a month earlier.

March 9, 2019, Aqueduct held their GIII $300,900 Gotham Stakes for three-year-olds.  A Kentucky bred takes top prize.

March 9, 2020, Governor A. Beshear holds a press conference to inform Kentuckians “coronavirus is community spreading,” while reporting two new positive cases for a total of six.  The positive cases include three in Harrison County, two in Fayette and one in Jefferson County.  The press conference is conducted with no mask.  

March 9, 2020, Nicholasville-based global animal nutrition company All-Tech canceled their traditional massive international conference in Lexington due to coronavirus.  The company, instead, hosted the event virtually.

March 9, 2021, Kentucky’s covid-19 positivity rate fell below 4% for the first time since September 2020.  Meanwhile, Kentucky gets excited about the $5 billion they will receive from Washington’s $1.9 trillion relief bill expected to pass within days.