Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Breckinridge County native Philip Leget Edwards, born in 1812. Mr. Edwards became Oregon’s 1st teacher. Next, he helped establish the Methodist Mission and the Willamette Cattle Company before returning to Missouri to fight against the Mormons.
July 14, 1901, Deputy Sheriff Joseph Manning, Bell County Sheriff’s Department, died as he and a Middlesboro police officer arrested a man for firing a gun into the air. The suspect often taunted officers by firing into the air and fleeing town, outside of their jurisdiction.
July 14, 1911, Justice of the Peace Andrew Jackson Beatty and Constable William F. Heath, Pulaski County Constable’s Office died from gunshots while waiting to serve warrants for liquor violations on two suspects at the county courthouse.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Harlan native Wallace Clayton “Wah Wah” Jones, born in 1926. Wah Wah helped Kentucky win their 1st two basketball national titles and is considered one of the school’s greatest all-around athletes.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to West Irvine native Harry Dean Stanton, born in 1926. Billed as Dean Stanton throughout the 1950s and 60s, the narrow-faced, weather-beaten actor with the hangdog expression was one of the busiest actors of his generation.
On July 14, 1937, Senator A. Barkley won the majority leadership by a single vote. Many senators—including his supporters—interpreted his election as a victory for F.D.R. rather than for Barkley. His colleagues assumed he spoke primarily for the White House to the Senate. His job was to speak for the Senate to the White House. He would become V.P. in 12 years under Truman.
July 14, 1972, Lexington’s American Saddle Horse Museum received a saddle worn by a dozen or more champions trained by Tom Moore as a gift from Boys Town and Mr. Moore’s Grape Tree Farm in Versailles.
July 14, 1981, Governor J.Y. Brown’s goal to rid Coach Fran Curci of Kentucky Football publicly ended when Coach George Allen released a statement “withdrawing his name from consideration.” Governor Brown, “I guess we can look forward to another 30 years of losing.” It ended one of the most bizarre chapters in Kentucky Football.
July 14, 1986, riding in the submersible craft Alvin, Robert D. Ballard descended 13,000 feet and landed on the bow and bridge of the Titanic, the largest ocean liner when it sunk 74 years earlier. Meanwhile, Gannett Company bought the privately-owned Courier-Journal and Times of Louisville for $306.9 million.
July 14, 2008, Kentucky Space’s Balloon-1, a high-altitude payload, launched from Bowling Green and ascended to the edge of space, 91,277 ft. One of several chase teams recovered the payload undamaged from a farm near Scottsville. The “winning” team included; Tyler Doering, Dan Erb, Sam Hishmeh, and Jason Bratcher.
July 14, 2017, federal officials sentenced attorney Eric Conn in absentia to 12 years in prison. The flamboyant counsellor, who showed just how crooked the system can get, cut off his electronic monitor and remained at large for months until they captured him in a Honduras Pizza Hut in December 2017.
On July 14, 2020, from the Capitol Rotunda, Governor A. Beshear announced 547 new positive coronavirus cases, a much higher daily average than the previous weeks. The total rose past 20,000. He also told of six new deaths from 44-89 years old. Meanwhile, the public learned one of the Louisville police officers fired over Breonna Taylor’s death came from the Lexington force. The police officer’s Lexington supervisor recommended against his reemployment.
On July 14, 2021, Netflix’s new documentary show, Heist, debuted. The series investigated some of Modern America’s biggest theft jobs, including episodes 5 & 6, which spotlighted the heist of Pappy Van Winkle and Wild Turkey.