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Kentucky Trivia

July 25, 1816, the 1st Kentucky fair took place, making Kentucky’s fair one of the oldest in the U.S.  Colonel Lewis Sanders of Fayette County (no known relation to the Colonel) organized it just north of Lexington.  Sanders asked citizens to bring along their finest cattle, sheep, hogs, and horses and awarded silver cups, thus the tradition of giving julep cups as livestock prizes began.  The event did not become an official state fair until 1902.

On July 25, 1863, Confederate Colonel John S. Scott and his men met some of the Union’s 44th Ohio Infantry in a skirmish in Whitley County.  Around 1,600 Confederates came into Kentucky from East Tennessee in an attempt to destroy the federal communication lines and refill their provisions.

July 25, 1874, Edward Troye Swiss-born American painter of Thoroughbred horses died in Georgetown.

July 25, 1882, Town Marshal Richard Dobbyns Lane, Augusta Police Department, died when a man approached him and opened fire with a double-barrel shotgun in an unprovoked attack.  Marshal Lane and several other men, including the town mayor, were on the street talking when the incident took place.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Williamstown native Stanley Atwood “Daddy” Boles, born in 1887.  As UK’s athletic director from 1917 through 1933; he hired Coach Rupp.  He also served as head coach of the football and men’s basketball teams for one season each.

July 25, 1921, ground broke on the new Governor’s Mansion.  Several problems arose during construction, including water and sewage system issues and fire safety concerns that necessitated using stone instead of wood in some interior walls.

July 25, 1932, Deputy Sheriff Stanley Clay Helton, Deputy Sheriff Marion Stapleton Menifee County Sheriff’s Office, both died from gunshots by a man wanted for the murder of a local farmer the previous day.

July 25, 1936, a judge sentenced Rainey Bethea to death by hanging for rape.  Mistakes in performing the hanging, and the surrounding media circus, contributed to the end of public executions in the U.S.

July 25, 1940, the Post Office Department began delivering more than $9 billion in gold bullion from the U.S. Assay Office in New York to underground vaults in Fort Knox.  During World War II, the government stored gold in New York.  The Department took six months to complete the delivery, using 45 specially guarded trains, racking up $1.8 million in postage and fees.

July 25, 1949, Sheriff Everett Montgomery Gibson, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, died from a gunshot when he and a county patrolman investigated an illegal moonshine still.

July 25, 1950, Army PVT Wilbur Beasley from Rowan County, Army PVT James B. Sandefur from Daviess County, Army PFC Clyde D. Spradlin from Floyd County, Army PVT Robert L. Spurlock from Harlan County, Army PFC Eugene R. Thompson from Bell County, Army PFC James A. Wallen from Floyd County, Army SGT Junior R. McDowell from Caldwell County, Army PFC David L. Campbell from Menifee County, and Army CPL Delbert G. Elder from Boyle County, all died in the Korean War.

July 25, 1951, Army PFC Clinton G. Maye from Bourbon County died in the Korean War.

July 25, 1953, Marine Corps PFC Homer F. Gribbins from Spurlington in Taylor County, Marine Corps PFC Donald Beam from Mt. Sterling in Montgomery County, Marine Corps PFC Ruby L. Meade from Paintsville, Marine Corps PFC Jack B. Reesor from Louisville, Marine Corps PFC James L. Cook from Louisville, Marine Corps PFC Eugene E. Dodge from Paducah, and Army SGT Johnnie Dues from Grant County, all died in the Korean War.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Maceo native Marty Brown, born in 1965.

July 25, 1970, Army SGT Harold M. Hardin from Elk Horn in Taylor County died in the Vietnam War.

July 25, 1973, a seven-man syndicate of four Japanese men, purchased a son of Bold Ruler for $600,000 at the Keeneland Summer Yearling Sale.  The purchase set a world record for a yearling; however, the world record for a horse sold at auction remained at $725,000.  The two-day Keeneland sales smashed all previous Keeneland sale records and statistics.

July 25, 1974, former UK basketball coach Adolph Rupp, center, and Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Col. Harland Sanders, right, cut a cake in observance of Lexington radio station WJMM’s 1st anniversary.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Louisville native Nolan Smith born in 1989.  Nolan won a NCAA championship ring in 2010 with Duke.

July 25, 1990, responding to President H.W. Bush’s directive, federal officials in Lexington told the press they were stepping up their efforts in prosecuting Kentucky bankers defrauding their clients.  Then they announced three indictments, including a Carter County bank president.

July 25, 2000, a federal judge ruled Kentucky could not build a Ten Commandments monument on Capitol grounds.  Meanwhile, the Concorde crashed in Paris, France, and killed 133 people.  The plane’s only crash.

July 25, 2010, WikiLeaks released over 91,000 documents, mostly secret U.S. military reports about the Afghanistan War.

On July 25, 2011, Bernhard Langer, Tom Watson, Mark O’Meara, Corey Pavin, and Mark Calcavecchia tried to catch the left-hander Russ Cochran, but they failed.  The Paducah native won the Senior British Open Championship with his 25-year-old son Reed carrying his bag.

On July 25, 2016, construction crews used explosives to demolish the original 1932 Eggner Ferry Bridge, a four-lane bridge in Trigg and Marshall Counties.

July 25, 2020, the only Keeneland graduate, in the field, won Saratoga’s GI Alfred G. Vanderbilt Stakes for three-year-olds and upwards.

July 25, 2021, the number of child abuse and neglect reports received by state social workers plunged by 43% compared to the previous spring.  Kentucky had the highest child abuse rates in America for the past two years, and the closed schools due to coronavirus caused the decline in reports.  However, Kentucky didn’t suddenly become a much safer place for children during the stress of a pandemic, mass unemployment, and social distancing.

July 25, 2022, a new federal gun control law went into effect, so the Jessamine County Republican Party called for the resignation of Mitch over the “dangerous and unconstitutional legislation.”  America endures more mass killings than any other country.  The Senator was one of 15 elephants who voted yes for a bill that addressed the tragedies.