TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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April 11, 1775, James McAfee returned to their claims near Harrodsburg.  Alarmed, however, by threats, they again left for Virginia forever.
The story of Kentucky by Cherry and Stickles pg: 44

Localtonians wish a Happy Anniversary to Henry Clay (22), who wed Lucretia Hart (18) in Lexington at 193 North Mill Street in 1799, in Lucretia’s father’s house.  They had 11 children, five sons, and six daughters, seven of who reached adulthood.  Lucretia tolerated her husband’s periodic gambling and drinking bouts.  An acquaintance once asked if she minded her husband’s chronic gambling.  “Doesn’t it distress you,” sniffed a Boston matron, “to have Mr. Clay gamble?”  Lucretia looked surprised at the question. “Oh! Dear, no,” she replied very innocently, “he most always wins.”
Henry Clay: Statesman for the Union By Robert Vincent Remini; pg: 30 

April 11, 1873, Kentucky’s General Assembly prohibited the circulation of “any threatening notice or letter” signed or unsigned.  It prohibited two or more persons from banding together “for intimidating, alarming, or disturbing any person or persons.”  The KKK, although not mentioned, was the focus.

April 11, 1885, a truce was agreed upon to lay down the guns, obey the laws, and not attack each other in the Rowan County War.  The truce did not last long.

April 11, 1890, a native of Lamb in Barren County, Cynthia May Carver died, she was better known as Cousin Emmy. 

April 11, 1891, Todd County native Caroline Ferguson Gordon died in Mexico.  She was born on her plantation “Woodstock,” and by 30 she was the recipient of two prestigious literary awards, a 1932 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 1934 O. Henry Award.  Her circle of friends included: Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, O’Connor, Eliot and Warren.

April 11, 1901, Deputy Sheriff William Wright, Letcher County Sheriff’s Office, died when he and his partner were ambushed by two murder suspects they were about to arrest.

April 11, 1902, Deputy Sheriff Richard W. Slusher, Bell County Sheriff’s Department, succumbed to an accidental gunshot wound when his pistol fell from its holster, striking him in the head.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Pauline Tabor Webster, born in 1905.  The 5-foot-6-inch, 200-plus-pound madam, who lived in Bowling Green, made her employees dress, talk and act like society ladies, and she took them for regular health checkups.

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April 11, 1909, Patrolman Gustave Rosenberg, Louisville Police Department, succumbed to complications of a head injury sustained, while arrestting a man for shooting a firearm in the streets.

April 11, 1922, Night Policeman William Owens Barkley, Georgetown Police Department, was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a burglary suspect robbing the drugstore.

April 11, 1923, Madison County native Frances Estill Beauchamp died in Geneva, New York and later buried in the Lexington Cemetery.  As a devout Presbyterian, “Fannie” was an early adherent to the temperance movement and, in 1866, became active in the Lexington chapter of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU).  She was mentored by the well-known national temperance leader Frances Willard.  During Beauchamp’s involvement in the WCTU, more than three hundred chapters were established throughout Kentucky.

April 11, 1935, Deputy Sheriff Adam Smith, Knott County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed while investigating illegal liquor sales and related violations on Jones Fork.  Five men and one woman were arrested for the murder.

April 11, 1938, Deputy Sheriff William Jefferson Perry, Wolfe County Sheriff’s Office, was killed and another deputy critically wounded when they attempted to arrest a man who had drawn his gun on another man in a restaurant.

April 11, 1938, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Hale vs. Kentucky that McCracken County violated Joe Hail’s civil rights when they systemically denied him the right to have African-Americans on his jury in his murder trial.  The decision received national attention.

April 11, 1940, opening day of the Spring Meet during which Keeneland introduces the electric starting gate.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Citation, born in 1945 at Calumet Farm.  Citation is regarded one of the greatest thoroughbreds, an American Triple Crown-winner with 16 consecutive wins.  He was the first horse in history to win one million dollars.

April 11, 1946, with WW II over, racing returns to Keeneland for an 11-day Spring season that features photo-finish equipment for the first time.  Spring records are set for attendance (79,521) and mutuel handle ($3,369,253).

April 11, 1950, Picadome Golf Club hosted a match with Lafayette High School golf team and the UK freshmen team.  Gay Brewer Jr. shot a 2-under par 70 for the Generals.

April 11, 1966, Army PFC Andrew J. Campbell from Lanfley in Floyd County, Army PFC Philyaw Fee from Roark in Leslie County and Air Force MAJ Charles H. Penn from Louisville, died in the Vietnam War.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Owensboro native Mark Higgs, born in 1966.

April 11, 1969, Marine Corps PVT Richard D. Ausbrooks from Bowling Green died in the Vietnam War.

April 11, 1969, Time Magazine edition states, “The cement pourers have been thwarted on dam projects before, but rarely — if ever — on such ecological and aesthetic grounds.”  People came together to educate the world about the Red River Gorge’s natural attributes, including Kentucky biologists, Audubon Society, Sierra Club, Governor L. Nunn, Senator Cooper, Supreme Court Justice Douglas, and President Nixon.

April 11, 1970, Army SP4 Gerald M. Hellman, Jr. from Shively in Jefferson County died in the Vietnam War.

April 11, 1983, Deputy Jailer Charles D. Wentworth, Shelby County Detention Center died during an escape attempting at the Shelby County Jail.  An inmate’s girlfriend had smuggled a handgun into the jail.

On April 11, 1990, Governor W. Wilkinson’s Assembly passed the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court decision.  Besides increasing funding for schools, it mandated high-performance measures and held schools accountable for meeting them.  Some educators hailed the legislation among the nation’s best education reform plans.

April 11, 1992, The Kentucky Theatre reopened with an invitation-only screening of the 1955 musical Guys and Dolls and a reception for 1,500 with movie star Debbie Reynolds.  City leaders mistakenly selected the film thinking she was in it; she was not, but they didn’t know that until the night of the grand reopening.

April 11, 2015, Keeneland’s GIII $250,000 Lexington Stakes is won by a Kentucky bred.

Kentucky Trivia:  Keeneland was built before the airport and started with 147 acres in 1935, today it is over 1,000 acres.  The facility has 46 barns with 1,600 stalls, and the Rice Road barn can hold an additional 400 horses.  Trainers have three tracks to train on.

April 11, 2017, Frankfort native J.T. Riddle debut in MLB for the Miami Marlins.

On April 11, 2020, Governor A. Beshear announced 185 new positive coronavirus cases and four deaths for 1,840 and 94 totals.  In his daily briefing, he announced that 280 nursing homes did not have enough personal protective equipment, coronavirus tests, beds, or staff to fight off the virus.

April 11, 2021, to boost vaccination rates, “pop-up sites” that administered the vaccine appeared throughout the state.  The locations included Krogers, The Kentucky Horse Park, Cardinal Stadium, Greenwood Mall in Bowling Green, Pikeville Medical campus, YMCAs, etc.