July 11, 1750, Dr. Thomas Walker and his men returned to Charlottesville, VA, after exploring the Kentucky Wilderness for the Loyal Land Company. They built the 1st known “house” near Barbourville during their extended stay.
July 11, 1892, two hundred blacks, armed with rifles, congregated at the Paducah jail prepared to stop the hanging of a black inmate. The Sheriff gathered a posse of sixty armed white men. The original beef was the hanging of Charles Hill for assault. The black men were at the jail to support Thomas Burgess, a black male, for robberies and assaults. The standoff would turn violent.
July 11, 1917, Sergeant Christopher Kolhoven, Newport Police Department, died while arresting three drunk and disorderly soldiers who tried to steal milk from a local grocery store owner following a night of binge drinking.
On July 11, 1942, the 1st aircraft, a B-25 Mitchell bomber, landed at Bluegrass Field. Versailles native Lt. Col. Charles J. Jones commanded the plane. After the bomber made a “causionary” landing at the field, Charles visited family during the aircraft’s inspection.
July 11, 1943, Lorne Eli from Dawson Springs caught a state record white bass in Kentucky Lake weighing five pounds which tied the 1957 catch in Herrington Lake. Lorne has the oldest fishing record out of 64 species.
July 11, 1968, a long-termed study by government recreation experts recommended that the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River be preserved as a wilderness river – not dammed up by the Army Corps of Engineers for another reservoir.
July 11, 1968, Marine Corps PFC Edwin Z. Floyd from Lexington, Army PFC Herman D. Roberts from Bowling Green, and Marine Corps PFC Ernest W. Rutherford from Smiths Grove in Warren County, died in the Vietnam War.
July 11, 1977, former UK Coach Adolph Rupp told the NCAA he would consider it a personal honor if Lexington could host the final four. Governor J. Carroll, UK AD Cliff Hagan, and Lexington officials wanted to pay tribute to the Baron of the Bluegrass. Unfortunately, Coach Rupp died six months later, and Lexington’s Final Four occurred in 1985.
At 6:20 p.m. on July 11, 1980, The Who played at Rupp Arena. They finally returned to the area where the December 1979 Cincinnati concert happened, when 11 young people died while trying to get into Riverfront Coliseum during general admission. In Lexington, at least four undercover police narcotics officers and an estimated 150 off-duty police and private security officers kept the calm. Over 21,000 fans attended, and police reported 40 arrests, mostly on drug charges. Tickets for the show cost $8 to $12.
On July 11, 1986, Governor M. L. Collins stirred the pot when she suggested the Greater Cincinnati International Airport should reflect its location in the Commonwealth. Today, the airport is named the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
July 11, 1990, by a vote of 7-4, the Kentucky Board of Education allowed a for profit television channel into the classroom. The state mandated only 2 minutes of advertising for every ten minutes of programming. A Berea board member told the press Kentucky sold the kids out.
On July 11, 1997, the Woodford County Board of Education told students and their families the new High School would not open on time and high school classes would meet in the Woodford Junior High and downtown office spaces. Woodford County newest High School will open for the 2024/25 school year.
July 11, 2000, Kentucky asked the Wild Turkey Distillery to pay nearly a half-million dollars to restock the Kentucky River after a fire in May released thousands of gallons of bourbon, killing thousands of fish. Wild Turkey thought it was excessive and disputed it. They already paid $300,000 to the federal EPA.
July 11, 2012, Dewayne Bunch, who suffered a severe head injury in 2010, passed away. In 2010, he tried to break up a fight at the Whitley County High School, where he taught math and science for 17 years. The injuries also caused him to resign from his seat in Frankfort. His wife won the special election.
Thursday, July 11, 2013, the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall landed near Williamsburg in the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery. The mobile three-fifths-scale replica is six feet tall and 250 feet long and contains more than 58,000 names. The memorial stayed over the weekend.
2:00 a.m., July 11, 2019, police arrested the alleged murderer of Richmond native Savannah Spurlock after they finally found her remains in rural Garrard County near Fall Lick Rd after a long search. She went missing on January 4.
July 11, 2020, a 69 and 86-year-old died from the coronavirus bringing the state total to 622. The state also reported the 2nd highest number of positive cases for a day, placing everyone on edge. “Wearing a face covering is one of the most important steps we can take to keep our communities safe to reopening Kentucky,” Dr. Steven Stack, Commissioner Kentucky Department for Public Health.
Sunday, July 11, 2021, Sir Richard Branson officially became the 1st wealthy person to go to space–beating Jeff Bezos. The six crew members of Unity 22 launched from Virgin Galactic’s Spaceport America, located in New Mexico. Bezos congratulated Branson and lifted off nine days later in an attempt to go higher.
Space Trivia: “Making it into space” is the point where NASA and the U.S. military define the line between Earth and outer space, which is approximately twice the average cruising altitude of a commercial airplane. The Virgin space team experienced four minutes of weightlessness before descending and landing on the spaceport’s runway.
July 11, 2022, as President J. Biden had a ceremonial signing for sensible gun laws, another mass shooting occurred in the U.S. Meanwhile, the Lexington Philharmonic picked its 1st woman conductor; Melisse Brunet.