Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
March 20, 1780, the town trustees appropriated “the sum of thirty pounds gold and granted one acre of ground to build a courthouse, prison, and office, provided that court was to be held in Lexington.” The pioneers finished the first courthouse in the spring of 1782. The two-story building was built of logs, with two rooms per floor (each 18 by 18 feet). A fireplace heated rooms on each end.
March 20, 1798, Henry Clay, who studied law in Virginia, was sworn in as a member of the bar in a two-story stone courthouse on Lexington’s Main Street.
The Squire’ Sketches of Lexington by J. Winston Coleman, Jr.; pg: 23
March 20, 1868, the Jesse James Gang got away with approximately $14,000 when they hit the Nimrod Long Banking Co. of Russellville. One person was wounded. Still, there were no fatalities. This story is according to legend.
March 20, 1902, the first marine (ship-to-shore) demonstration of the “wireless telephone,” now commonly known as the radio, occurred on the Potomac River near Washington D.C. by Calloway farmer Nathan B. Stubblefield. The first words ever to be heard over the air were, “Hello Rainey.”
March 20, 1927, Deputy Sheriff Alvin D. Tackett and Deputy Sheriff Albert Phipps Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained while attempting to arrest several men for moonshining in Weeksbury. Deputy Tackett had deputized Deputy Phipps to assist him with the arrests.
March 20, 1940, the General Assembly approved an act “to provide for the regulation of aeronautics within this Commonwealth in the interest of public safety and aeronautic progress.” The legislatures called the new Kentucky Aeronautic Commission an “urgent need.”
March 20, 1940, Harlan County Deputy Sheriff Joseph Pruitt was beaten to death while attempting to arrest a fugitive who had escaped from the State Prison Farm at LaGrange. The convict escaped from prison a second time in September 1945.
March 20, 1942, Kentucky defeated Illinois 46-44 in Fogelman Arena, New Orleans, LA., to advance to their first Final Four. It was the 4th NCAA tournament and eight teams participated. Stanford beat Colorado, then Dartmouth, for the title.
March 20, 1971, Lt. Governor Thelma Stovall, acting as governor in the absence of Governor Carroll, vetoed a resolution that would have rescinded the state’s 1972 ratification of the ERA. She had the backing of the state attorney general.
March 20, 1981, state environmental chief Ms. Jackie Swigart imposed a $1.7 million fine against a Bell County coal company. The penalty went unnoticed due to the chief’s new policy against publicizing the penalties.
March 20, 1981, at least 19 Lexingtonians’ names are listed in a notebook containing the names, occupations, and sexual preferences for customers of a Louisville-based prostitution ring. The red spiral notebook had 891 names, many of whom were prominent Kentuckians.
Sweet 16 Trivia: Jeremy Burchfield of Shelby County vs. Ashland. Burchfield sank 10 free throws in the fourth quarter to stave off a Tomcat rally. He connected on four shots in the final minute of the 70-64 Rocket victory.
Sweet 16 Trivia: Chris Lofton of Mason County vs. Louisville Trinty. Lofton hit a three point shot with three seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Defending champion Mason County eventually prevailed 66-56 in a triple overtime thriller.
March 20, 2021, many Kentuckians are stuck in a loop waiting for jobless benefits due to the covid-19 shutdown. Meanwhile, students across Kentucky get adjusted to wearing masks, contract tracing, hand sanitizing in between classes, and other SOP to stop the spread.