Localtonians wish a Happy Anniversary to John Edwards and Mary Garrard, who wed in 1794 in Bourbon County. The 1st of two U.S. Senators to represent Kentucky married the 2nd governor’s daughter. They produced 12 children, many of whom died young.
July 24, 1930, Lexington’s hardiest tree-sitters were still aloft after 626 hours and 10 minutes at noon. Howard Sharpe, 14-years-old led, with a record 117 hours, told the watchers at 122 University Dr. that he intended to stay up until he was the undisputed champion of the world. The 4th place sitter, an 11-year-old Sherod Rouser, received a radio to keep him company.
July 24, 1955, Louisville native Lionel Hampton held his final Cavalcade of Jazz concert. Hampton headlined numerous Cavalcade of Jazz concerts at Wrigley Field in Los Angles. He 1st performed at the 2nd Cavalcade of Jazz concert held in 1946.
July 24, 1958, La Citadelle opened in Hazard. It was a tradition-rich hotel on a Perry County mountaintop. For nearly 40 years, La Citadelle featured a dining room with a panoramic view of the mountains. The celebrity guests who have stayed overnight include Adolph Rupp, Glen Campbell, Katie Couric, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Happy Chandler, and Glen Campbell. La Citadelle is now occupied by HA. Spalding Engineers.
July 24, 1982, Lucille Markey died at age 85. Soon afterward, the Calumet heirs announced an agreement with 41-year-old J. T. Lundy, granting him “full discretionary management powers” over the farm. Lundy, now lord of Calumet Farm, would crash the legacy within seven years.
July 24, 1984, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum spent $41 million at the July Select Yearling Sale; he bought a Northern Dancer colt for $7.1 million. Meanwhile, a few miles from the sales pavilion, financially troubled Murty Farm sold for $19.5 million at auction. The farm consisted of 450 acres, 14 barns, 63 stalls, 25 paddocks, nine pastures, two main residences, and a farm manager’s residence.
July 24, 1992, President George H.W. Bush told families of missing servicemen to “shut up and sit down” as they interrupted his speech shouting, “no more lies!” “tell the truth!” and “release the files.” The family members wanted to know how their loved ones died in Southeast Asia battlefields.
July 24, 1994, Elizabethtown native and WKU golfer Kenny Perry won his 2nd PGA event by defeating David Feherty by one stroke at the New England Classic in Sutton, Massachusetts. They stopped the tournament in 1998.
July 24, 2001, President George W. Bush returned from Kosovo, Yugoslavia, after visiting the troops. He told them in person that it may be a while before they returned home because there was much work to do in the region, that America must stand with their allies to control the Balkans. The president, during his campaign, promised to bring the troops home.
July 24, 2017, Kentucky Democrats called upon Senator and ex-governor Julian Carroll to resign after a TV report claimed he groped a 30-year-old man and made unwanted sexual advances toward him. Carroll, 86, governed between 1974-79.
July 24, 2019, Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers said he was “blown away” by revelations of the lax oversight of those who lobby the state’s executive branch of government. Businesses spend more than $20 million a year to lobby Kentucky lawmakers; however, Kentucky doesn’t track how much is spent on lobbying the executive branch. Stivers also announced a five-page bill to provide the oversight.
July 24, 2020, Kentucky announced the largest one-day total for new coronavirus cases at 797 since the pandemic began. Governor A. Beshear requested some churches to stop meeting for two weeks, while Fayette County Schools hinted students would learn from home for the 1st eight weeks of the school year.