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On September 9, 1899, Shelbyville native James Franklin Bell fought near Porac on Luzon Island in the Philippines during the Spanish–American War. For his actions on this day, he received the Medal of Honor.
September 9, 1944, 19-year-old Venus Ramey from Ashland became Miss America. Her mother picked the name Venus partly because it was a catchy stage name. She guided her daughter through the pageant world, and they won Miss Kentucky at age 14.
September 9, 1960, 19-year-old Cassius Clay, Jr. returned home to Kentucky after winning gold in the light heavyweight division in Rome. Ali tells the story of not being served food in an all-white restaurant and throwing his medal in the Ohio River soon after returning. Ali later said he lost the gold medal in a house move.
September 9, 1975, Governor J. Carroll made his first visit to Louisville since the violent antischool busing demonstrations. He met with the Kentucky National Guard and State Police who helped restore order.
Sunday, September 9, 1984, at approximately 11:20 p.m. Livingston County Deputy Sheriff Carnie Hopkins notified his dispatch he would be checking on a hitchhiker, three miles east of Smithland, known as “The Monument.” A short time later Deputy Hopkins was found murdered, at this location.
September 9, 1991, Utica native Belinda Mason, 33, who fought the AIDS battle nationally, died at Vanderbilt University. In 1989, President Bush appointed her to the National Commission on AIDS; she was the only member with the disease.
September 9, 2007, Jared Lorenzen’s first significant regular-season appearance with the Giants occurred when he took over for the injured Eli Manning in the fourth quarter of the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
On September 9, 1992, Governor B. Jones stated that it was his goal for every Kentuckian to have health insurance by the end of 1993. He wanted businesses to provide coverage for all full-time and part-time workers. He also requested the state pick up the cost for the poor. It was a very aggressive goal, and there were future wars to fund in the Middle East.
September 9, 2000, about 200 invited guests attended a brief funeral service for Cawood Ledford in Harlan. A former team Chaplin, Father Ed Bradley, reminded the congregation that the famous broadcaster disliked having a fuss made over him.
September 9, 2016, it took more than 100 years but on this day the Murray Fire Department swore in their first female firefighter. Shae McKinney, 25, received her badge at the Robert O. Miller Conference Center.