Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Mays Lick native Charles Young, born in 1964. He was the 1st black U.S. national park superintendent, 1st black military attaché, 1st black man to achieve the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army, and highest-ranking black officer in the regular army until his death in 1922.
March 12, 1865, Jerome Clarke, a well-known Confederate guerrilla, claimed by some to have been Sue Munday, got captured near the Breckinridge–Meade County line. They hung him three days later in Louisville. Afterward, his trial drew heavy criticism.
March 12, 1869, Frankfort rejects the 15th Amendment one month after Washington D.C. approved it. Kentucky, Maryland, and Delaware refused to ratify due to opposition to expanding the black vote. The Commonwealth approved the Amendment in 1976.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Gradyville native Edgar Allen Diddle, born in 1895. Western Kentucky’s basketball coach became the first coach in history to coach 1,000 games at one school. Diddle was known as one of the early pioneers of the fast break and waving a red towel around along the sidelines.
March 12, 1911, Deputy Sheriff H. M. Holloway and Deputy Sheriff J. T. Lovett Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department were shot and killed from ambush while guarding railroad coal chutes in Stearns. The shooting may have been the result of a strike by railroad firefighters. No suspects were ever identified.
March 12, 1912, McCreary County was created from parts of Wayne County, Pulaski County, and Whitley County and named in honor of James McCreary, 37th Kentucky governor. The county seat is Whitley City. Other localities include Pine Knot and Stearns. It was the 120th county created and the last. It covers 431 square miles.
March 12, 1917, Policeman Floyd Little, Weeksbury Police Department, was shot and killed while attempting to arrest several drunken miners who were firing guns in the town. Two subjects were arrested following his murder.
March 12, 1938, the General Assembly passed a law that required all executions to be performed privately and by electrocution within the Kentucky State Penitentiary walls in Eddyville. The new law was in response to the last public hanging of Rainey Bethea, which drew 10,000 spectators in 1936.
March 12, 1938, the Kentucky General Assembly “banned the possession or sale of the narcotic drug marihuana, sometimes called ‘loco weed’ or any derivative of the drug cannibus americanus.” This did not apply to “duly licensed wholesale druggists, registered pharmacists, legally qualified physicians, dentists, and veterinary surgeons.”
March 12, 1952, as a lingering indication of Kentucky’s post-Civil War sentiments, the General Assembly provided $50-a-month pensions for all Confederate veterans who had received an honorable discharge from the Confederate Army and who had resided in Kentucky as a “bona fide resident” since January 1, 1915.
March 12, 1967, Lexington native Isaac Scott Hathaway died. Isaac was an artist and educator who created masks and busts of important African American leaders. He is also the designer of the first two U.S. coins to feature black Americans.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Fort Knox native Monique Jones, born in 1979. Monique has ranked in the top ten of the Pro Women’s Bodybuilding rankings. Her accomplishments include first-place finishes at the North American Championships and the Wings of Strength Chicago Pro-Am Extravaganza.
March 12, 1985, Union County native Earle Chester Clements died in his hometown of Morganfield. The U.S. Senator and 47th Governor was the leader of a faction of the state’s Democratic Party that stood in opposition to the faction led by the two-time Governor and Senator A. B. “Happy” Chandler.
March 12, 2004, Rafael Bejarano won seven races on a single race card at Turfway Park and not all were favorites. The next day he came back and won five races. Rafael ended the meet with a track-record of 196 wins. Also, in 2004, Bejarano won the most races of any jockey with 455 wins.
March 12, 2020, Governor A. Beshear recommended that all school superintendents consider ceasing in-person classes for an unidentified time period beginning Monday, March 16, to help control coronavirus. There were ten confirmed cases at the time of this announcement.
March 12, 2022, new covid-19 cases, deaths, and the positivity rate all continued to decline in the state. Kentucky also announced that indoor visitation could resume nursing homes, however, facilities across the state were already allowing visitors.