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Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Nelson County native and Kentucky’s 20th governor, Charles Slaughter Morehead, born in 1802. Though a member of the Whig Party for most of his political service; he joined the Know Nothing Party in 1855, the only Kentucky governor elected from that party.
July 7, 1826, Orville Beauchamp hung in Frankfort after his conviction of stabbing to death Kentucky legislator Solomon P. Sharp, a crime known as the Beauchamp–Sharp Tragedy. The morning of the execution, he and his wife, Anna, attempted a double suicide by stabbing themselves with a knife she had smuggled into the prison. She succeeded; he did not. They rushed Beauchamp to the gallows before bled to death. Two men supported Beauchamp as they placed the noose around his neck; he asked for a drink of water, and the band played Bonaparte’s Retreat from Moscow. At his signal, the cart moved out from under him, and he died after a brief struggle. Following Beauchamp’s earlier instructions, the family buried both of them in the same coffin embraced. The double tombstone has an etched poem by Anna.
July 7, 1865, America hung four co-conspirators, Lewis Powell, George Atzerodt, David Herold, and Mary Surratt, at the gallows of the Old Penitentiary, on the site of present-day Fort McNair, for Lincoln’s assassination.
July 7, 1885, Knott County came into actual being. People came from miles around and gathered around the Troublesome Creek to celebrate their new county. The Kentucky by Thomas D. Clark pg: 372
July 7, 1890, Patrolman George E. Roberts, Louisville Police Department, died after being punched in the neck by a man he was arresting at an election polling place near the intersection of Ormsby Avenue and 2nd Street.
July 7, 1925, Special Deputy Sheriff Frank James, Martin County Sheriff’s Office, died from a gunshot as he assisted the Martin County sheriff and a posse search for a man wanted for shooting five people the previous day.
July 7, 1983, federal and state officials told Kentucky cities they would not be able to financially assist them in treating their sewage before it emptied into local rivers due to a cut in federal funds.
July 7, 1990, Hazard’s tradition rich La Citadelle announced the ownership would be transferred for the 1st time in two decades for a price between $1 and $2 million. Brothers L.D. and Joe Pat Gorman and cousin Vernon Cooper, Jr. sold it to coal operators Jim Hall and Billy Hylton.
Kentucky Trivia: Guests at the La Citadelle included Robert Kennedy, Helen Hayes, Ernie Ford, and Glenn Campbell. Duff Arnett, a Hazard lawyer, suffered a heart attack while in his favorite hotel and refused treatment. Arnett, who had cancer, told his friends he liked the La Citadelle so much that he would just soon die there as anywhere, and he did.
July 7, 1991, Paducah native Russ Cochran won the Centel Western Open over Greg Norman by two strokes for his 1st and only PGA regular tour victory. He is among the few natural left-handed players to win a PGA Tour event. For much of the 1980s through 1992, he was the only left-hander on the PGA Tour.
July 7, 2000, AG Ben Chandler decided Kentucky police departments could not skirt a new law that made them turn over confiscated guns to the state which are then auctioned to licensed gun dealers. The Louisville and Lexington police departments wanted to give the firearms to the federal government, which destroy them.
On July 7, 2015, a same-sex couple from Morehead and alums of Morehead State University released video footage of Kim Davis refusing to issue them a marriage license and requesting that they turn off their camera. The video went viral overnight.
On July 7, 2019, Britain’s ambassador to the U.S. called President D. Trump “diplomatically clumsy and inept.” In the states, the president lashed out at the corporate media over what he called phony and exaggerated accounts of immigrant stations on the border. The press did show cages the Obama administration built in stories about Donald, adding fuel to the fire.
July 7, 2020, Kentucky received $5 billion from the Paycheck Protection Program to ease the problems of the mandatory shutdowns. The shutdowns also pushed more locals on Medicaid, 1-in-3, after signups declined for two straight years. The governor reported the 2nd highest daily total of positive virus cases. Lastly, GE Appliances announced a $62 million infusion and 260 new jobs in Louisville.
July 7, 2020, Mitch stated he did not know about a federal loan that went to a shipping company led by his wife’s family, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. Foremost Group, a New York-based business Chao’s parents founded, received a loan of between $350,000 and $1 million from the Paycheck Protection Program. The government would not detail payments. The Chao’s estimated wealth is $7.2 billion.
On July 7, 2022, Governor A. Beshear ceremonially signed a bipartisan bill that closed a loophole in state law that allowed violent offenders to walk free from a mental health facility after being found incompetent for trial.