On July 18, 1775, Judge Henderson wrote, “Our salt is exhausted, and the men who went with Colonel Boone for that article have not returned, and until he comes the devil could not drive the others this way.” The entry was another testimonial of the respect that the men of Boonesborough had for the leadership and integrity of Daniel. The delay of salt caused increasing hardship for the fort.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Georgetown native Tom L. Johnson, born in 1854. Two chance events sparked his interest in politics and social questions, which converted him from a business tycoon to a radical reformer. Cincinnati’s 35th governor is one of Kentucky’s most interesting native sons.
July 18, 1863, the Union captured Morgan’s Raiders and held them in the Ohio State Prison until they escaped in November. Kentucky in Retrospect 1792-1967 by Lila Jones Kingston, pg 83.
July 18, 1882, the Louisville Eclipse’s dashing young pitcher, Tony Mullane, became the 1st pitcher to throw with his left and right hand in a major league game. Down by six runs against the likes of the lowly Baltimores, he decided to change arms. He did this during his 1st full year in the majors.
July 18, 1883, Belle Brezing purchased from Alice and J.R. Jackson a house on North Upper Street, near the corner of Fourth Street. Madam Belle Brezing by Buddy Thompson pg: 51
July 18, 1922, Kentucky took the great leap into radio broadcasting when Credo Fitch Harris announced to all who might have been able to hear, “This is WHAS, the radiotelephone broadcasting station of the Courier-Journal and Louisville Times in Louisville. WHAS is an acronym for: We Have A Signal.
July 18, 1923, Sergeant George Griffths Pfeifer, Louisville Police Department, succumbed to injuries sustained almost eight months earlier while investigating a car accident on River Road near the Cutoff Bridge. A vehicle struck him.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Louisville native Hunter S. Simpson, born in 1923. Founder of the Gonzo journalist movement whose legacy includes Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Hell’s Angels: The Strange, and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. He became a counter culture icon for his drug use, patriotism, and resounding literary voice.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Hazard native Baddie Winkle, born in 1928 and an internet sensation at 85. Her social media tag line—”Stealing Your Man Since 1928″—was a popular saying for teens and young adults.
July 18, 1940, F.D.R., prepping to run for a historic 3rd term, made it clear at the convention that if the corporate Democrats picked his V.P., he would step down. F.D.R., “The Republican Party has made its nominations this year at the dictation of those who, we all know, always place money ahead of human progress. The Democratic Convention, as appears clear from today’s events, is divided on this fundamental issue.” Today, corporations own both parties, lock, stock, and barrel.
July 18, 1953, Army PVT Ernest H. Henson from Harlan County, Army SFC Douglas F. Kelly from Bourbon County, Army CPL George A. Duff from Harlan County, and Marine Corps 1LT Wilson A. Frease from Paducah, died in the Vietnam War.
July 18, 1981, 29-year-old Helen Alexander of King Ranch Farm sold her yearling colt by Nijinsky II for $1.7 million at the Keeneland select sales. The Brits outbid the Arabs to set a new yearling record at Keeneland.
On July 18, 1995, JoAnne Hauser sued Coach Pitino after he gave her job to his old friend Edward “Fast Eddie” Jamiel. She trained the men’s basketball team until Pitino moved her to the women’s team. Pitino offered her old job back, but it was too late.
July 18, 2000, Satish Sanan’s Padua Stables paid $3.6 million for a Mr. Prospector filly; the 2nd highest price paid for a filly at Keeneland. The highest price sold in 1984; a Seattle Slew filly for $3.75 million.
July 18, 2008, President G.W. Bush agreed to withdraw troops from Iraq for the 1st time since his invasion in March 2003. Probable presidential nominee Senator B. Obama stated, “It was a belated recognition of the need to hasten the end of the Iraq War.” President Obama inherited the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.
U.S. Trivia: Barry launched military raids in at least seven countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan. He also greatly reduced war zone troops (from 150,000 to 14,000). However, the Noble Peace Prize recipient dropped more bombs, executed more drone strikes, and stayed at war longer than any other U.S. president; all of his eight years.
July 18, 2017, Kentucky tourism officials suspended the $18 million incentive package to Noah’s Ark until land details got resolved, while a state ethics panel dismissed charges against Governor M. Bevin concerning his house in Anchorage. In addition, a federal judge told Kentucky citizens they had to pay over $250,000 in lawyers’ fees for Kim Davis’s “executive decisions.”
Sunday, July 18, 2021, Governor A. Beshear confirmed the rumblings inside Kentucky State University’s (KSU) administration over financial concerns. The KSU Board of Regents asked for the governor’s help in recommending an outside auditor.
July 18, 2022, Andy announced a three-digit mental health crisis hotline, 988, which connects Kentuckians facing a risk of suicide, mental health distress, or an addiction crisis to counselors who can help.