TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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March 30, 1775 Colonel Richard Henderson began his journey through the Cumberland Gap.  Henderson started the journey with Colonel Benjamin Logan and immigrants from Virginia.  The crew counted 50 by the time they reached Boonesborough.

March 30, 1922, the third earthquake in a week was felt in Mayfield at 11:00 a.m.  These tremors shattered windows and were much more severe than the two previous quakes felt earlier in the week.

March 30, 1930, 30-year-old Ambrose Williams, a Richmond farmer, was shot in the back after dry agents raided his home and found a small still and a gallon of whiskey.  The agents shot him as he was running away.

On March 30, 1949, a Federal Judge opened up the doors of UK’s Graduate School to Black students.  He ruled Blacks were entitled to entrance on the same basis as White students until the state provided a Graduate School for Blacks that was “substantially equal.”

March 30, 1950, the strike at Louisville’s two most prominent hotels, the Brown & Kentucky, continued.  The court ruled that only two A.F. L. picketers could be outside each establishment.   Picketers also pleaded with non-union drivers not to make deliveries; however, some food and coal made it in the doors.

March 30, 1953, Army MSG Marshall H. McGee from Harlan County died in the Korean War.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Fort Knox native Joseph Paul “Joey” Sindelar, born in 1958. 

March 30, 1964, Patrolman Leonard J. Garrison, Paris Police Department, succumbed to injuries suffered one month earlier when assaulted while making an arrest at a local bar.  A violent struggle ensued during the arrest causing a heart attack.

March 30, 1967, Marine Corps PFC James E. Price from Russellville in Logan County died in the Vietnam War.

On the morning of March 30, 1967, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to an overflow crowd at the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law.  He was in town for a Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  He then spoke to 1,200 people at the West Chestnut Street Baptist Church where he learned that picketers were being arrested at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington.  From the pulpit, King said, “We aren’t going to achieve our freedom sitting around waiting for it.”  At that point, King, his wife, and his brother traveled to Lexington and led a march on Memorial Coliseum towards downtown Lexington.

March 30, 1968, Army SSG McKenley O. Matlock from Barbourville in Knox County and Marine Corps CPL Albert R. Sanford from Russellville in Logan County, both died in the Vietnam War.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Virginia bred Secretariat, born in 1970.

March 30, 1970, Army SGT Gleason C. Helton from Rockholds in Whitley County died in the Vietnam War.

On March 30, 1970, Governor L.B. Nunn signed Senate Bill 117, making the University of Louisville a state university effective July 1.  UofL became the 6th university in the system; however, there were two four-year colleges and 15 two-year community colleges.

March 30, 1977, Lexington artist and poet Henry Faulkner displays some of his paintings.

On March 30, 1983, ninety law enforcement officials raided private clubs, taverns, and homes in Daviess County.  They searched for 52 people cited in 204 warrants stemming from a gambling investigation.  Some of the clubs included: Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legions, and Elk Lodges.

March 30, 1985, a packed Rupp Arena hosted the NCAA Men’s Final Four 1st round.  Georgetown defeated St. John’s 77-59 and Villanova defeated Memphis State 52-45.  Downtown Lexington was never so crowded.

March 30, 1992, “It wasn’t coffee, it was the F.B.I.” This was a quote by a defendant in the BOBTROT scandal as he testified in court when asked who answered the door at the Drawbridge Inn.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Ashland native Makenna Gott, born in 1994.  Makenna is a travel vlogger on YouTube who makes up one-half of the channel Gott Love with her husband Kyle Gott.  They have gained over 70,000 subscribers by documenting their life together.

March 30, 1996, in a rematch from an early-season loss, the Wildcats fought off a late rally from the Minutemen in the national semifinals to advance to the championship game for the first time in 18 years.

March 30, 1998, the Kentucky Wildcats won their 7th NCAA National Championship in the Alamodome.  Tubby Smith’s Cats beat S.C. State, St. Louis, UCLA, Duke, Stanford (OT), and the Utah 78-69.  Jeff Sheppard was named MVP.  Kentucky came back from double-digit deficits in each of its last three games in the tournament, including a 17-point second-half comeback against Duke.  This lead to the school’s fans dubbing the team the “Comeback Cats.”

March 30, 2000, the Rev. Jesse Jackson arrived in Louisville.  When he landed, he called on the police to apologize to the Mayor for two marches they conducted weeks earlier.  The police marched to protest the mayor’s firing of the Police Chief.  Jackson said the specter of police officers marching with guns and badges was a frightening revolution.   The Mayor fired the Chief after giving awards to two officers that killed Desmond Rudolph.

March 30, 2005, Army SPC Eric L. Toth, 21, of Edmonton, died fighting in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

March 30, 2012, Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Hospital spent $6.9 million on their merger with a Catholic healthcare company.  The money was spent on legal fees, consulting, and advertising costs.

Kentucky Trivia:  The largest hospital in Kentucky is UK Healthcare – Albert B. Chandler Hospital followed by Baptist Health Louisville.  The Medical Center at Bowling Green ranks 5th.  There are roughly 18,500 hospital beds and 1,300 intensive care unit beds in the Commonwealth.  

March 30, 2019, a Kentucky bred won the GI $1,000,000 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park for three-year-olds. 

March 30, 2020, Kentucky announced 42 new coronavirus cases and two new deaths, for a total of 480 positive cases and 11 deaths.  Campbell County announced the first positive case from a nursing home.  Also in Frankfort, Governor A. Beshear signed an executive order instructing Kentuckians not to travel out of state.  On the global front, the World Health Organization maintained masks didn’t provide protective benefits.

March 30, 2021, was the last session of the General Assembly in Frankfort.  In a couple of last-minute bills, members passed legislation that would protect businesses against covid-19 related lawsuits and a bill to shield personal information of various public officials.