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Kentucky Trivia

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.

July 18, 1826, Kentucky’s 1st governor, Isaac Shelby, passed away at his home in Lincoln County.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Hartford native U.S. Marshal Virgil Walter Earp, born in 1843.

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.

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, 1948, Assistant Chief Clyde Gulley, Middlesboro Police Department, succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained three weeks earlier while arresting escaped convicts from Tennessee.

July 18, 1952, Army PVT William A. Cox from Harlan County and Army PVT James W. Hardy from Estill County, died in the Vietnam War.

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.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Cordell native Ricky Skaggs, born in 1954 in Lawrence County.

July 18, 1956, Lieutenant Owen Davenport, Kentucky Department of Corrections, died in the Kentucky State Penitentiary prison yards from stab wounds.

July 18, 1962, a circuit judge ruled Lexington’s city and county police could not arrest violators of the Closing Law.  The drug store coalition led the charge against the enforcement.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Paintsville native John Pelphrey, born in 1968.

July 18, 1969, Army 1LT Henry O. Wilhoite from Georgetown died in the Vietnam War.

July 18, 1970, Army SP4 William A. Norrenbrock from Louisville died in the Vietnam War.

July 18, 1972, against the San Diego Padres, Glasgow native Denny Doyle broke up Steve Arlin’s bid for a no-hitter by singling with two out in the ninth inning.

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.

July 18, 1985, the public saw an underwater video of the Titanic’s chandelier, while Wal-Mart refused to sell certain rock “n” roll albums.

July 18, 1990, the federal government approved the $6 million airport on the Scott/Bourbon Counties line.

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, 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.

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