Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
When the end of the world comes, I want to be in Kentucky, because everything there happens 20 years after it happens anywhere else. Mark Twain
September 11, 1777, Captain Joseph Bowman received help from a company of 37 men to help shell corn. While shelling, Native Americans fired upon them. Eli Garrard and Daniel Brahan died and five others seriously wounded.
Historical Sketches of Kentucky: History of Kentucky, Volume 2 by Lewis Collins; pg: 615
September 11, 1883, fire destroyed the car barns and mule sheds at Fourth and Race Streets. Fifty-nine mules and two horses died and 14 cars burned. In the spring of 1890, the mule-drawn car system went out of business after 7.5 years of business.
The Squire’ Sketches of Lexington by J. Winston Coleman, Jr.; pg: 61
September 11, 1920, Man o’ War faced one other in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (1 1/2M) and won under a tight restraint by 15 lengths. Although declared a hollow victory by The New York Times, Man o’ War still set an American record for of 2:28 4/5, breaking the existing mark by 4/5 seconds. This made his 19th race with two more to go.
September 11, 1952, a windswept fire drove 3,000 people from the Fairgrounds grandstand causing between $70,000 and $80,000. This State Fair fire prompted the Louisville Fire Department to make Churchill Downs install an automated sprinkler system in all their roof buildings.
On September 11, 1960, Frankfort released the 1st “resource package” to guide High School students in the mandatory inclusion of African American and other minority group histories. The Kentucky office of Public Instruction provided the 128-page booklet.
September 11, 1970, the Apollo 11 Command-Space Ship went on display at the foot of the Capitol in a special van used to haul it around the country. Governor L. Nunn opened the exhibit with a ribbon cutting ceremony before the 1st Kentucky guest entered.
September 11, 1985, police recovered the body of Bourbon County native Drew Thornton from a Knoxville, TN front yard after he parachuted out of his plane. The 77 pounds of cocaine worth $1.4 million strapped to his back did him in. The auto-pilot crashed the plane in NC.
On September 11, 1990, David Jones, Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Humana Inc., hosted a $1,000 a plate dinner for Martha Wilkinson’s campaign for governor. He mastered the art of manipulating politicians; ask Mitch. The fundraiser took place at the Kentucky Derby Museum.
Kentucky Trivia: Humana reported a net income of $738 million in the 2nd quarter of 2021. That number was down over last year’s 2nd quarter when Humana’s net income eclipsed $1.7 billion because Americans deferred healthcare and skipped doctor visits during the pandemic.
Edward Thomas Earhart, from Covington, was the only military casualty. U.S. Petty Officer First Class Earhart was an aerographer’s mate in the U.S. Navy. Before being stationed at the Pentagon, he served on ships around the globe, helping vessels navigate around sea ice.
John Charles Jenkins, 45 from Erlanger, died on Flight 11, which crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
Virginia Anne Ormiston, 42, from Kenworthy, died in the World Trade Centers.
Brian Patrick Williams, 29, from Covington died in the World Trade Centers.
September 11, 2003, the Louisville Zoo’s gorilla home received a national award for “outstanding dedication to conservation issues and construction of exhibit space replicating natural habitats.” The American Zoo and Aquarium Association presented the award in Ohio.
On September 11, 2009, Amanda Ross died from a gunshot outside her townhouse in Lexington. That same day, police found Steve Nunn, 56, with his wrists slit in Hart County near his parents gravesites. They arrested him, took him to a Bowling Green hospital and charged him with six counts of wanton endangerment of a police officer. They reported Nunn had fired a .38-caliber handgun in the graveyard.
September 11, 2019, Purdue Pharma, the maker of the opioid drug OxyContin, reached a tentative deal worth billions of dollars that would resolve thousands of lawsuits brought by municipal and state governments who sued the company for allegedly helping to fuel the opioid crisis. Meanwhile, The New York Times claimed Justify, winner of the 2018 Triple Crown, failed a drug test in California and should not have run in the Kentucky Derby.
On September 11, 2020, for the 3rd time in four weeks, more than 50 deaths occurred in a single week due to the coronavirus. The nine reported deaths on this day were individuals aged; 58, 62, 67, 76, 76, 78, 82, 82, and 85.