TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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September 16, 1874, feuding between the Little and Strong clans caused Governor Preston H. Leslie to send 60 members of the state militia to Jackson.  A narrow margin in the November 1878 election rekindled hostilities and caused Governor James B. McCreary to order troops again from December 1878 to February 1879.  In the early twentieth century, the Hargis-Marcum feud gave the county the tag “Bloody Breathitt.”

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Fern Creek native Marvin Hart, also known as the “Fightin’ Kentuckian” or “Louisville Plumber,” born in 1876.  Marvin was the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion from 1905 to 1906 and the first of four Kentuckians to hold the title.

September 16, 1931, Policeman William Turner, Wheelwright Police Department, was shot and killed by a Floyd County Sheriff’s Deputy whom he had arrested earlier in the week for being drunk.  The deputy encountered Policeman Turner on the porch of a store in town and shot him.

September 16, 1939, Deputy Sheriff Fred Adams, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed while attempting to break up a fight at a local beer parlor.

September 16, 1951, what appears to be an image of Jesus turned up in an aerial picture purportedly taken over Korea by an Air Force man.  Ashland’s Independent published the photograph and sold out every copy. 

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September 16, 1951, Constable James Combs, Letcher County Constable’s Office, suffered a fatal heart attack after two men fired several rounds at him in Isom. 

September 16, 1951, a Lagrange Reformatory prisoner, thwarted in a prison escape, plunged 40 feet to his death rather than give up.  Three other men made a clean escape while visiting a church at Highview as gospel singers.  This escape was the third escape in seven days.   

September 16, 1952, Marine Corps PFC Clifton Brandenburg from Winchester, died while fighting in the Korean War.

September 16, 1964, Chief of Police Harold Lewis Catron, Sr., Somerset Police Department, succumbed to wounds received from a shotgun blast in 1957. Three suspects shot Chief Catron in front of his house. 

September 16, 1969, Army CPL Kenneth Wayne Pease from Hickory in Graves County, died while fighting in the Vietnam War.

September 16, 1970, the Kentucky Air Pollution Control Commission unveiled a clean air plan that would introduce Kentucky’s first limit on the sulfur content of coal used as fuel.  The limits reduce corrosive sulfur oxides in the air.

September 16, 1975, Northern Kentucky State College President W. Frank Steely resigned, ending another stormy chapter in the controversies surrounding the five-year-old college and the fifty-year-old Steely.

Kentucky Trivia:  Northern Kentucky University (NKU) began in 1948, when an extension campus for the UK was opened in Covington, known as the UK Northern Extension Center.   After 20 years in operation, it became an autonomous four-year college under the name Northern Kentucky State College (NKSC).  In 1970, Dr. W. Frank Steely was hired as the first president.

September 16, 1978, the Kentucky Horse Park hosted the World Three Day Event for the first time.  The international competition would later be known as the Rolex Three Day Event.

September 16, 1996, Terrence Wade Wilcutt from Russellville was aboard the STS-79 Atlantis when it launched from Kennedy Space Center.  The crew transferred over 3.5 tons of supplies to and from the Mir Space Station and exchanged U.S. astronauts on Mir for the first time, leaving John Blaha and bringing Shannon Lucid home after her record six months stay.  The flight duration was 10 days, 3 hours, 18 minutes, traveling 3.9 million miles in 159 orbits of the Earth.

September 16, 1996, Kentucky Senator Barry Metcalf representing Richmond not only asked the Legislative Research Commission to draft a bill calling for research on industrial hemp, but talked at length about the plant afterward.  He also made it clear he was no “Gatewood” and opposes marijuana.  The man was ahead of his time.

September 16, 2003, the University of Kentucky announced that it would stop coal mining in the 14,000-acre Robinson Forest it owns in Eastern Kentucky.  President Lee Todd also pledged to raise money another way to continue the scholarship program that was funded by the mining.

September 16, 2005, Army SGT Matthew L. Deckard, 29, of Elizabethtown was killed by a bomb in Baghdad fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

September 16, 2012, Police Officer Mark Allen Taulbee, Hodgenville Police Department, was killed in a single-vehicle crash while pursuing a vehicle along Campbellsville Road, in LaRue County.

September 16, 2015, Kentucky state officials announced they were evaluating a roadside drug test that could monitor drivers that were high on drugs.  According to the state in 2015, driving high kills more than 200 people a year on Kentucky highways.

September 16, 2017, Muhammad Ali’s boyhood home on Grand Avenue closed its doors.  The museum opened a few days before Ali passed away.  The key investor in the project, a boxing fan turned lawyer said at the closing he was extremely disappointed and moved the home to Las Vegas.

September 16, 2017, Woodbine runs their GI $340,800 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes for three-year-olds and upward and a nose separates the top two finishers.

September 16, 2020, the women’s UK basketball team led “A Journey to Equality: Social Justice March and Unity Fair” from W.T. Library to the Memorial Coliseum.  This was part of the ongoing social justice movement across the country.  Meanwhile, the governor reported 776 new cases and nine new deaths from coronavirus.