Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
April 30, 1789, New York City hosted the 1st U.S. presidential inaugural ceremony two months after George Washington became America’s 1st president. It was 1st of six times a Chief Justice did not swear in a president.
April 30, 1861, Senator Crittenden wrote his son: “Kentucky has not seceded, and I believe never will. She loves the Union and will cling to it as long as possible. And so, I hope, will you….God knows what is it to be the end.”
April 30, 1895, Fulton Gordon murdered his wife and her lover, the sitting governor’s son, Arch D. Brown. The double murder occurred in Lucy Smith’s house of ill repute. The coroner’s inquest ruled a justifiable homicide as the governor arrived in Louisville from Frankfort. The murder made the front page of The Courier-Journal for over a week straight.
On April 30, 1900, Casey Jones’s passenger train collided with a stalled freight train at Vaughan, Mississippi, to save the lives of many. Various stories, song ballads, and even a television show immortalized his exploits. He rose through the engineering ranks only to die in his prime. Casey Jones grew up in Cayce in Fulton County.
April 30, 1904, Kentucky participated in the St. Louis World’s Fair with the “New Kentucky Home.” The building measured 138 by 80 feet and cost $32,690 to construct. Undoubtedly, the highlight of the “New Kentucky Home” was a room dedicated to Stephen Foster. It contained the desk where he penned the words to My Old Kentucky Home, Goodnight (if he ever actually visited Federal Hill in Bardstown).
On April 30, 1925, the UK campus hosted Paris and Bowling Green for the state high school debate finals, a university-sponsored event. The 8:00 p.m. debate, opened to the public, used the same subject throughout the tournament; “Resolved: That the U.S. should enter the League of Nations.”
On April 30, 1956, ex-V.P. Alben Barkley died at the end of a speech given to 1,000 students at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA. “I’m glad to be a junior [senator], I’m glad to sit on the back row; for I would rather be a servant in the House of the Lord than to sit in the seats of the mighty.” Senator Barkley then had a heart attack and tumbled into a microphone stand. To add to the drama, Mrs. Barkley watched helplessly in the audience. The 35th U.S. V.P. returned by a private ten-car train home to Paducah.
April 30, 1963, the steamboats Belle of Louisville and Delta Queen squared off against each other for the 1st time in their 12-mile race. The Delta Queen’s inaugural win started an unparalleled river tradition every year on the Wednesday before the Derby. In 2008, the Delta Queen retired from service, and the Belle of Cincinnati took her place. In 2102, the Great Steamboat Race added a 3rd contestant, the American Queen.
April 30, 1971, the Kentucky Hotel hosted the 38th annual Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels dinner. More than 700 Kentucky Colonels and their guests ate, drank, talked, and listened to each other at the traditional Derby Eve banquet. Canonero II won the 97th Kentucky Derby the next day.
April 30, 1975, the 7F Comely Stakes (GIII) in Aqueduct hosted Ruffian’s 6th race, Jacinto Vasquez up. Ruffian set a stakes record and achieved something that not even Secretariat, Kelso, or Citation had accomplished; she created a minus win pool, both at the track and at off-track betting. Such universal confidence in a favorite was almost unheard of; occasionally, a top horse would create a minus pool to show, but Ruffian’s fans had bet enough money on the filly to win that a minus pool resulted. The track paid out more money than it had received.
April 30, 1976, Muhammad Ali (51-2) fought Jimmy Young (17-4-2) in Capital Centre, Landover, MD. Ali weighed more than ever been and turned in his worst performance ever, but Young only wanted to survive. The fight went the 15-round distance, and Ali won by unanimous decision.
April 30, 1993, a nearly three-year federal investigation of public corruption in Kentucky reached a climax with the extortion and racketeering convictions of former Kentucky House Speaker Don Blandford. During the 1992 legislative session, the FBI conducted an inquiry and sting operations known as Operation BOPTROT. The sting resulted in 21 convictions of sitting legislators, former legislators, or lobbyists.
April 30, 2009, Governor Steve Beshear announced a Warren County woman, in a Georgia hospital, became Kentucky’s 1st confirmed case of Swine Flu or H1N1. The woman had recently returned to Kentucky from a trip to Mexico and a couple of days later traveled to Georgia, where she fell ill.
April 30, 2016, at President B. Obama’s last White House Correspondents’ Dinner, he roasted Hillary and Donald. First, the Hillary dig, “If this material goes well, I’ll use it at Goldman Sachs next year…..Earn me some serious Tubman’s,” nodding to her six-figure speeches at the same Wall Street firms. Next, he went after Donald. Some say Trump decided to run that night.
American Trivia: Celebrity Net Worth and Business Insider has Barry’s current net worth at $70 million. However, Analytics@American, claims Barack and Michelle Obama could make as much as $242.5 million post-presidency. That night, his joke was a half-truth; President Obama got paid $1.2 million for speeches to major Wall Street firms less than a year after he left the White House.
On April 30, 2020, President Trump and the CDC launched Operation Warp Speed to produce a coronavirus vaccine as quickly as possible. In addition, airlines required face masks. Approximately 220 Kentuckians had died from coronavirus, 330 were in hospitals, and 178 were in intensive care units. The 1st Kentucky death occurred 45 days earlier.
April 30, 2021, Churchill Downs ran the 147th Kentucky Oaks with 40-50% capacity and Disneyland opened after being shut down for 13 months. Both entertainment facilities required masks and social distancing. Vaccination mandates began to enter into the equation as Berea College told all students they must be vaccinated to attend in-person classes. Over 100 million Americans had received their vaccinations.
On April 30, 2022, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi became the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Ukraine since the war began in February, proving once again America is addicted to war. Meanwhile, the White House Correspondents’ Dinner hosted a President for the 1st time in six years. Although the president praised the groomed audience as guardians of truth, others claim they manufacture consent.