Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
March 21, 1782, Captain Estill’s party regrouped between Drowning Creek’s mouth and the mouth of the Red River. After a brief discussion, they decided to pursue the Natives at once. Of the 40 men in Captain Estill’s party, five had families in Estill’s Station. These were the men that would return at once to guard the fort.
March 21, 1870, the General Assembly “concerning the death of Lewis Collins of Maysville, expressed its “deep regret” at his death. Collins was “a native Kentuckian of great purity of character and enlarged public spirit.” Lewis Collins is known as the state’s first historian. He owned and edited The Eagle newspaper in Maysville for 27 years.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Lexington native Richard Charles Stoll, born in 1876. Stoll was a judge and prominent alumnus of UK, then known as State College, Lexington, Kentucky. He is the namesake of the football team’s original football stadium and was the origin of the school’s color scheme.
March 21, 1897, two men went to the gallows, behind the courthouse in Newport, for the last public hanging in Campbell County. They were guilty of decapitating 22-year-old Ms. Pearl Bryan, who was pregnant. The trial was so large; tickets had to be sold to get into the courtroom. More than 5,000 people stood outside the Newport courthouse for updates.
March 21, 1906, the Kentucky General Assembly approved, and Governor J.C.W. Beckham signed into law legislation creating Eastern Kentucky State Normal School. Today it is known as Eastern Kentucky University.
March 21, 1910, the General Assembly approved “an act to establish a Bureau of Vital Statistics and to provide for the immediate registration of all births and deaths throughout the State of Kentucky.”
March 21, 1921, Deputy Constable Levi L. Mason and Constable W. H. S. Ritchie Bell County Constable’s Office, were killed from ambush while accompanying federal prohibition officers in a moonshine raid near Brownie’s Creek in Bell County. A father and son received life in prison.
March 21, 1953, Lafayette star Vernon Hatton held the Boys’ State Basketball Championship trophy with Coach Ralph Carlisle. The Generals defeated Paducah Tilghman, 84-53, in Lexington’s Memorial Coliseum for their 3rd title, the second one in four years. It was a standing-room crowd of nearly 13,000 at the 36th annual state tournament.
March 21, 1965, with Governor Wallace refusing to protect peaceful protestors, President Johnson committed to do so. Protected by 1,900 members of the Alabama National Guard, many FBI agents, and federal marshals, the marchers began their historical journey from Selma to Montgomery. Limited by a judge’s order to 300 marchers on two highway lanes, they averaged 10 miles a day along U.S. Route 80, known in Alabama as the “Jefferson Davis Highway.
“Camping at night in supporters’ yards, marchers were entertained by celebrities such as Harry Belafonte and Lena Horne; the demonstrators swelled to 25,000 on the last day where Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke in Montgomery.
On March 21, 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that citizens who had lived in a state for 30 days were residents in that state and thus eligible to vote there. Governor Ford called a Special Session to correct Kentucky’s legislation.
March 21, 1999, Willy Kan Wai-yue, a female jockey in Hong Kong, died after a spill at Sha Tin Racecourse. In the 3rd race on a rainy day, Kan’s mount clipped heels. She would die 2½ hours later in the hospital.
March 21, 2009, a young couple who met and fell in love at the White Castle in London tied the knot in that same restaurant. According to the Corbin Times-Tribune, “The White Castle closed its dining room Saturday morning and employees transformed the fast-food booths into a candle-lit reception area.”
March 21, 2009, Covington’s Holmes Bulldogs defeated the Central Yellow Jackets of Louisville, 67-63, for the Boys’ Sweet 16 State Basketball Championship. Approximately 15,632 people attended the game in Rupp Arena.
Sweet 16 Trivia: 2009-Ridge Wilson of Central vs. Holmes: Staring at a two-point deficit at the end of overtime in the state championship gave versus Holmes, Wilson hit a turnaround jumper from the top of the key with one second remaining to send the game to a second overtime. Wilson was the leading scorer in the game with 18 points.