TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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April 23, 1775, Richard Henderson called for an election for members to the “House of Delegates of the Transylvania Colony.”  The new government met beneath a giant elm tree where Rev. John Lyth of the Church of England held the first official service in Kentucky.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Jefferson County native Dr. John Croghan, born in 1790.  The good doctor helped establish the U.S. Marine Hospital of Louisville and organized some tuberculosis medical experiments in Mammoth Cave.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Lexington native Linda Neville, born in 1873.  Ms. Neville led the eradication of trachoma in Kentucky.  The disease resulted in blindness if untreated, and it affected 33,000 residents of the remote areas of Eastern Kentucky.  After organizing eleven permanent clinics and several traveling medical units, her team eradicated the disease in 1952.  She then went on to establish the Kentucky Society to Prevent Blindness.

April 23, 1889, Taylorsville native Jack Bellman made his MLB debut with the St. Louis browns at age 25.

April 23, 1892, Special Policeman Philip H. Goins, Frankfort Police Department, suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after he and another officer arrested a man for disorderly conduct at a polling location during the Democratic Primary election.

April 23, 1906, Policeman George Pollard, Lancaster Police Department, was shot and killed by a man who he had just arrested.  After posting bond, the man located Policeman Pollard and killed him.  The suspect was tried twice and acquitted each time.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to LaGrange native Jack Retherford Starkey, born in 1922.  His stage name was Buddy Pepper, and he was a pianist, songwriter, arranger, and actor.  He wrote several songs for Universal Pictures films, including Mister Big (1943).  In 1959, he wrote the title song for the Oscar-winning film Pillow Talk, which actress Doris Day sang during the opening credits.

April 23, 1926, City Marshal Hiram Gregory, Burnside Police Department, was shot five times and killed while attempting to arrest a man for being drunk in public.

April 23, 1930, the Kentucky Association ran three allowance tests for the 8th day of their Spring Meet.  The Mt. Sterling limited to colts and geldings, the Danville for three-year-old maidens, and the Lawrenceburg for older horse going one mile and 70 yards.

April 23, 1938, Deputy Sheriff Horace Mulberry, Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, suffered a fatal heart attack while serving as a bailiff in a lengthy murder trial at the Fayette County Courthouse.

April 23, 1942, Shut Out wins the Blue Grass and returns to win the Kentucky Derby, becoming the 1st winner of the Blue Grass at Keeneland to win the Kentucky Derby.

April 23, 1944, during a battle in WWII, near Padiglione, Italy, Louisville native John C. Squires repeatedly braved enemy fire to carry messages, bring up reinforcements, and fight the Germans throughout the night and into the next morning.  He died in action a month later, after having been promoted to Sergeant.  He received the Medal of Honor posthumously.

April 23, 1954, Dwight D. Eisenhower 34th president from 1953‐1961 spoke at the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln in Hodgenville.  The beginning of the speech: “Senator Cooper, my fellow citizens:  Long have I looked forward to an opportunity to visit this Shrine, which is so truly American. Now, never in my wildest moments did I picture in my mind this kind of occasion. I saw myself driving up in an ordinary jalopy, and stopping with my family to look and visit this great spot.

April 23, 1959, Tommy Lee won the 35th running of the $32,550 Blue Grass Stakes by a half-length.  Nine days later, Bill Shoemaker and his English-bred mount won the Kentucky Derby, becoming only the second non-American-bred horse to ever win the Roses.  He did not run in the remaining two Triple Crown races because his trainer said he didn’t like to run races too close together, so Tomy Lee went to California to rest.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Louisville native Jodie Mudd, born in 1960.

April 23, 1967, Army PFC Charles R. Nunn from Henderson died in the Vietnam War.

April 23, 1968, Army SP5 James W. Allen from Ashland and Army SP5 William G. Baney from Radcliff died in the Vietnam War.

April 23, 1971, nearly 1,000 people, predominantly young people, marched and rallied in support of the Billy Graham Crusade for Christ in front of the Fayette County Courthouse.

April 23, 1973, Trooper Joe Ward, Jr., Kentucky State Police, was struck and killed by a vehicle during foggy conditions while assisting at the scene of another accident.

April 23, 1981, Keeneland hosted the Blue Grass Stakes and Spendthrift Farm the Lexington Ball.  Mrs. C.V. Whitney, Mr. and Mrs. Widener, and many other socialites kicked up their heels after Proud Appeal kicked off a shoe, in midrace, on his way to the winner’s circle.

Kentucky Trivia:  Strike the Gold in 1991 was the last horse to win the Bluegrass Stakes, followed by a Kentucky Derby win.  In all, ten Bluegrass winners have won the Roses.

April 23, 1996, an Ashland doctor was found bead in a locked bathroom at King’s Daughters’ Medical Center with a hypodermic needle in his arm.  The doctor had Sufentanil Citrate near by, which is five times more potent than fentanyl.

April 23, 2000, Officer Jason Wayne Cammack, Kentucky State Police – Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, died in a single vehicle accident while attempting to catch up to two cars on I-64 in Woodford County.

April 23, 2001, the Boone Society, Kentucky Historical Society, and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet dedicated Kentucky Highway Historical Marker No. 2059 in memory of Edward Boone.  Native Americans killed Edward close to the marker’s location.

April 23, 2006, Army SGT Robert W. Ehney, 26, of Lexington, died in Iraq fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

April 23, 2016, Keeneland ran the GII $250,000 Elkhorn Stakes for four-year-olds and upward going one and one half miles on the turf.

On April 23, 2020, U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie voted against the 4th Covid-19 relief package, valued at $484 billion; President Trump signed it the next day.  This pushed the total spending on the crisis to nearly $3 trillion.  Trump would sign another one in December for another $900 billion and Biden would spend over another trillion.  Meanwhile, in Kentucky, the virus forced UK to put 1,700 staff on work furlough, a majority worked in healthcare.

On April 23, 2021, the state announced their medical audit uncovered 17 more Covid-19 deaths than initially thought, and the five persons that died on this day brought the total to 6,403.