Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
You don’t make it with your hands. You form it with hands. You make it with your mind. Edgar Tolson, 1971
September 7, 1861, the Kentucky state legislature, angered by the Confederate invasion, ordered the Union flag to be raised over the state capitol in Frankfort, declaring its allegiance with the Union.
On September 7, 1889, Governor S. Buckner finally ordered the troops to Harlan. He made it clear the troops came only to protect the court, not to intervene in the Howard-Turner trouble or relieve the elected officials of their duty. The order did not please Judge Lewis, who continued to beg the governor to have the troops clean out the Howards. The trial went on without interruption. The county supported both families evenly, and at the same time felt both sides were to blame for the county’s troubles.
September 7, 1950, Army PFC Frankie L. Barnett from Hopkins County, Army PFC Billy L. Geary from Muhlenberg County, Army PFC Robert M. Kouns from Boyd County, and Army PFC Alvin C. Williams from Ballard County, all died in the Korean War.
September 7, 1951, Army PFC Cecil E. Page from Monroe County, Army PFC Lloyd W. Reid from Jefferson County, Army PVT Earl E. Roberts from Montgomery County, and Army PFC Robert L. Roberts from Owsley County, all died in the Korean War.
September 7, 1956, the Kentucky State Fair opened, with 36,672, more than doubling last year’s opening night count. Governor and Mrs. Chandler opened the fair at 11:00 a.m. by cutting a blue ribbon. The governor claimed the Exhibition Center as one of the finest in the world.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Golden Pond native W. Earl Brown, born in 1963 in Trigg County. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Kenny in the film Scream (1996) and Warren in the film There’s Something About Mary (1998).
September 7, 1994, Dr. Peter W. Ross became Kentucky’s 1st doctor to bill Medicaid one million dollars, having been paid $1,165,832 for treating Medicaid patients in one year period. Dr. Ross worked 12-14 hours a day. Most of his money went towards paying his practice’s bills. None of Kentucky’s 5,000 honest doctors get rich of Medicaid.
On September 7, 2001, officials announced that pollution around the Paducah uranium plant spread and posed a serious enough threat to human health. The state warned people not to eat fish from Big Bayou Creek, which flowed by the plant.
On September 7, 2009, President Obama touched down in Northern Kentucky, travelled to Cincinnati, and spoke to the AFL-CIO Labor Day Picnic. Meanwhile, in Washington, Congressmen, Pentagon officials, and soldiers warned against President Obama sending more troops to Afghanistan.
Obama Trivia: In 2021 AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka told HBO, “Former Presidents Clinton and Obama didn’t understand unions’ importance and were disappointments to organized labor because of it. Both of them surrounded themselves with Wall Street people and so all of their advice was coming from a Wall Street lens.” The first months of Obama’s administration, he sent 53,000 troops to Afghanistan. In December 2009 he sent 30,000 more. Before Obama left office in eight years he dropped 26,172 bombs in seven countries. His war mongering was unprecedented.
September 7, 2021, while Governor A. Beshear continued to sound the alarm on coronavirus, Kentucky opened a Special Session to address coronavirus policies and introduced a bill that struck down the governor’s mask mandates in schools and daycare centers. Thirty-four members of the 38-member Senate did not wear masks.