On July 21, 1924, on WHAS radio, John Y. Brown and Senator Happy Chandler discussed the source of tires used on the Senator’s family automobile. Brown also wanted to discuss the Senator’s family pool built by a Louisville contractor. J.Y.B. announced his candidacy for Happy’s Senate seat later that night on the radio.
July 21, 1934, Lexington and Louisville police radio operators experimented with inter-station communications. The two forces wanted to communicate daily. Lexington’s WPET radio station and Louisville’s WPDE station installed short-wave receivers, and both would have to be turned at specific intervals to communicate.
On July 21, 1943, the Narcotic Farm smuggling trial ended in guilty verdicts in a Lexington federal courtroom. A prisoner, his wife, and a guard got caught introducing contraband into the prison, including money, letters, and marijuana. The jury acquitted two black inmates in the conspiracy.
July 21, 1944, Marine PVT 1st Class Luther Skaggs, Jr. from Henderson received major wounds when a Japanese grenade exploded near him in Guam. But instead of calling a corpsman and revealing his outfit’s position, he calmly applied a tourniquet to his shattered leg and, for eight hours, continued to return the enemy’s fire with his rifle and hand grenades. For this, President H. Truman awarded Skaggs the Congressional Medal of Honor for being uncomplaining and calm and serving as “a heroic example of courage and fortitude to other wounded men.”
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Draffenville native Chrishell Stause, born in 1983 in Marshall County. She is best known for playing Amanda Dillon on All My Children and later Jordan Ridgeway in Days of Our Lives.
July 21, 1990, after five consecutive wins, Darrin School Boy Van Horn had a rematch with Gianfranco Rosi in Italy to regain the IBF Junior Middleweight Championship. Although Van Horn fought better than in the 1st fight when he lost the title to Rosi, the School Boy lost in a 12-round unanimous decision.
July 21, 2008, American Idol wannabees waved outlandish signs, hoping to catch a judge’s attention as locals waited outside Freedom Hall. Many represented small towns in Kentucky. Noah Thompson became the 1st and only Kentuckian to win the title in 2022.
July 21, 2016, after a four-hour hearing, Franklin Circuit Court Judge Philip Shepard still didn’t decide on a case between the governor and attorney general. This dispute involved Governor Bevin’s overhaul of UofL’s governing board. The drama never seemed to stop between the two.
July 21, 2018, three guys from Louisville set a world record for “highest pinfall in tenpin bowling in 24 hours (team).” Stephen Wiseman, Trace Wiseman, Jalin Troutman, and Kyle Reed scored a 39,557. In 2017, Trace and Steve set the Guinness World Records title for most pins knocked down in 24 hours by a pair, which was the impetus for attempting this record title.
July 21, 2020, while America stayed on edge, separated, and divided, Governor A. Beshear told Kentuckians that infections increased significantly for kids under five and “there was no safe region in Kentucky anymore.” He wanted everyone to social distance, wear a mask, and not travel. Finally, he told all Kentuckians to cancel their beach family plans for states with a “15% infection rate,” all in an effort to slow the spread.
July 21, 2021, President J. Biden during a CNN Town Hall told the audience if you get vaccinated you would not get carnivorous. Later in the Town Hall he became more confused, “There are trusted interlocutors. Think of the people — if your kid wanted to find out whether or not there were — there’s a man on the moon, or whatever — you know, something, or, you know, whether those aliens are here or not — you know, who are the people they talk to beyond the kids who love talking about it? They go to people they respect, and they say, “What do you think?”
July 21, 2022, President J. Biden, 79, tested positive for the coronavirus for the 1st time and felt minor symptoms. The government proclaimed that the new variants made it difficult for Americans to return to normal after two-and-a-half years of “pandemic” disruptions. Meanwhile, scientists around the globe agreed the coronavirus was “endemic;” the president tested positive again.