Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to John Rowan, born in 1773. Known throughout his life as an avid gamester, it led to his famous duel with Dr. Chambers in 1801. Rowan escaped prosecution upon the doctor’s death. In 1795, Rowan began construction of Federal Hill, his family estate, on land that his father-in-law gave him as a wedding present, also known as My Old Kentucky Home.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Fleming County Alvin Saunders, born in 1817. The U.S. Senator from Nebraska also served as the last and longest-serving Nebraska Territory governor, a tenure he served during and after the Civil War.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Hunt Stromberg, born in 1894. The Louisville native produced, wrote, and directed some of Hollywood’s most profitable and enduring films, including The Thin Man series, the Nelson Eddy/Jeanette MacDonald operettas, The Women, and The Great Ziegfeld, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1936.
On July 12, 1928, the Central Kentucky Natural Gas Company prepared to provide Scott County with the inexpensive fossil fuel. The company planned a 6-inch main line from a larger pipe in northern Lexington that already supplied Frankfort.
July 12, 1950, Army PFC William F. Cody from Perry County, Army PVT George B. Trammell from Harlan County, Army PVT Earl T. Wilson from Ohio County, Army PVT Ottie K. Ferguson from Jefferson County, and Army 1LT Douglas H. Haag from Jefferson County, died in the Korean War.
July 12, 1967, Army PFC Milford G. McKee from Sloans Valley in Pulaski County, Army PFC Joseph L. Miller from Hopkinsville, and Army SGT Owen R. Montgomery from Lost Creek in Breathitt County, died in the Vietnam War.
July 12, 1975, just before the All-Star break, Glasgow native Denny Doyle hit safely against the Texas Rangers in a 10-4 Red Sox win. That began a hitting streak of 22 games. During his streak, the Red Sox won 17 times and lost only five. Doyle downplayed this personal acheivement: “It was nice, and I’m proud of it. But it doesn’t really mean anything because we didn’t reach our goal that season. If we had won the World Series then it would really be something to talk about.”
July 12, 2001, William Farish became the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom. He served until he resigned in 2004 summer. The United Kingdom Newspaper, The Guardian, commented on the ambassador’s low profile during the period leading up to the Iraq War. Christopher Meyer, the British Ambassador to Washington, said that “the ambassador proved as agreeable as he was invisible.”
Kentucky Trivia: In the Commonwealth, there are approximately 12,669 colonies of bees, kept by about 2,500 beekeepers statewide. For the beekeepers, Kentucky has 50 different local beekeeper associations. In 2018, the cash receipts for honey sales totaled $889,000, making it one of the top agricultural products in the state.
On July 12, 2008, Adrian Lamo, the hacker who tipped off the FBI about Wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning, died at 37. Adrian, a former hacker, threat analyst, and writer, broke into The New York Times computer systems in 2002. The “Homeless Hacker,” when unemployed, wandered the country by Greyhound bus and hacked corporations from inside abandoned buildings.
On July 12, 2012, Kentucky enacted three new laws. First, legislators extended more tax breaks to large corporations. Next, Kentuckians could only buy two packages of pseudoephedrine and ephedrine a month, and lastly, citizens could carry concealed deadly weapons.
On July 12, 2019, New Hampshire became the 14th and latest state that legalized sports betting; their governor wanted to place the 1st bet. Kentucky became the 37th state to legalize sports betting when Governor A. Beshear signed HB 551 into law 44 months later. Kentuckians can place their 1st bets in the 2023 football season.
July 12, 2020, the virus continued to dominate the news; Kentucky reported a “48% increase in virus cases,” and Florida hit a new total for one-day positives as drivers lined up their cars for miles to get tested.
July 12, 2021, FDA added a warning label to Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) coronavirus vaccine based on reports of patients developing the rare neurological condition, Guillain-Barré Syndrome. The J&J (Janssen) vaccine is no longer available in the U.S as of May 2023.
On July 12, 2022, the U.S. House held its 7th Capitol Siege hearing, where the investigation delved into the “final stages of Trump’s multipronged effort to halt Joe Biden’s victory.” The reality TV show distracted the public for months.