TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Mason County native Alexander William Doniphan, born in 1808.  An attorney, soldier, and politician who is best known today as the man who prevented the execution of the Mormon Church’s Joseph Smith, at the close of the 1838 Mormon War.  He also authored a legal code that still forms the basis of New Mexico’s Bill of Rights.

July 9, 1850, President Zachary Taylor, a Whig, died in office after serving just 16 months.  President Millard Fillmore, also a Whig, became the 13th president.

July 9, 1862, Morgan’s men made their first raid when they took Tompkinsville in Monroe County.  Raiders captured 30 retreating Union soldiers and destroyed tents and stores.  Then they took 20 wagons, 50 mules, 40 horses, sugar, and coffee supplies.

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July 9, 1883, Latonia Race Track opened in Covington.  Isaac Murphy would go on to win five Latonia Derbies.  The infield was so spectacular that it would often be referred to as “America’s most beautiful race track.”  It would stay open for 56 years.

On July 9, 1921, moonshiners killed two dry raiders, and a posse formed immediately in Bardstown, consisting of 50 lawyers, bankers, business people, and a preacher.

On July 9, 1930, a London federal prohibition officer and a Laurel County officer surrendered to authorities for conspiracy to commit murder.  The following day officials arrested a Knox County Sheriff and his constable after an intense search on the Knox/Whitley County border.  The constable murdered a 24-year-old moonshiner on his father-in-law’s farm.  The Knox County constable shot the boy in the back but found no still on the farm.

July 9, 1953, Marine Corps 2nd LT Solomon L. Van Meter III from Lexington died in the Korean War.

July 9, 1955, David L. Hayes from Leitchfield caught an all-tackle world record 11 lb. 15 oz. smallmouth bass in Dale Hallow Lake, Phillip’s Bend area.  He used a pearl-colored Bomber 600 lure.  David reeled in the 27-inch long small-mouth-bass from the Kentucky side of the lake.  The Dale Hollow State Resort Park Marina renamed their boat ramp the David L. Hayes Boat Ramp to commemorate this legendary catch.  The sign marking the ramp includes a life-sized image of the record fish.

July 9, 1956, Life magazine printed an article by Robert Penn Warren that recanted his earlier views on segregation during the civil rights movement, titled, “Divided South Searches Its Soul.”

July 9, 1958 Kincaid Lake State Park joined the Kentucky State Parks System.

July 9, 1968, Navy HN Robert E. Ash from Pleasure Ridge Park from Jefferson County died in the Vietnam War.

July 9, 1969, Army SGT Thomas J. Barnes Jr. from Elizabethtown died in the Vietnam War.

July 9, 1970, President Nixon asked for a major reorganization “to coordinate efforts to understand, protect and enhance the nation’s environment.”  He wanted pollution control to be handed over to a new department called the EPA.  He also asked for air and sea research to be conducted by a new agency called NOAA.

July 9, 1972, John Y. Brown Jr.’s 19-hour Democratic Party fundraiser in Miami Beach ended on a successful note with $5 million in total donations.

July 9, 1978, Lt. Governor Thelma Stovall spoke to her largest audience of her career at the Equal Rights Amendment rally in Washington D.C.  Over ten thousand people cheered Kentucky’s Lt. Governor as she spoke from the U.S. Capitol’s steps.

July 9, 1983, Kentucky learned that they emerged as the nation’s leader in prosecuting cases of abuse and neglect of nursing home patients.

July 9, 1985, corporate Kentucky politely went along with Governor M. Collins’s plan to tax them.  This news made front-page headlines across Kentucky as it is a rare and noteworthy occasion when those about to be taxed remain quiet.  Meanwhile, in Washington, Senators McConnell and Ford voted to allow the interstate sale of guns, which was at the time against federal law.

July 9, 1992, in a radical shift in strategy, Humana, Inc. announced that it would split itself into two different entities to make more money.  One of the publicly held companies would operate Humana Hospitals, the other would administer insurance plans.  Sounds like a monopoly?”

On July 9, 1996, nine peregrine falcons from South Dakota arrived at Kentucky Utility’s E.W. Brown Generating Plant near Lake Herrington.  The 5-week old chicks had transmitters on as they learned to fly.  Forty-five birds were released at the plant or in downtown Lexington since 1993.

July 9, 2004, Governor Fletcher talked about the negative images often associated with Kentucky.  Therefore he announced a $15 million-a-year image makeover.  The state hoped to have a slogan by the end of August.  Suggested slogans so far included: “Kentucky; Unbridled” or “Kentucky; and you’re off.”

July 9, 2006, a 5-year-old won the GI $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup at Hollywood Park by a nose.

July 9, 2010, Governor S. Beshear announced he would furlough 36,000 state workers for six days spread out through the year.  It marked the 1st time in Kentucky’s modern history that a state-wide furlough occurred.  The action supposedly saved $24 million.

July 9, 2012, a judge ruled that Kentucky childhood officials must release public records of child abuse cases where a child died.  The ruling upheld an earlier court decision for the Courier-Journal and the Lexington Herald over the state’s desire to keep the records secret.

July 9, 2015, Winchester Commissioners Rick Smith, Vanessa Oaks Rogers, and JoEllen Reed voted to let the Allen Company mine the land near Fort Boonesborough.  Clara Sipple, the Kentucky River Authority Chairwoman, and locals became visibly upset, and rightfully so.

July 9, 2019, former Marine Corps fighter pilot and corporate tool Amy McGrath announced she would try to take the seat of the ultimate corporate tool Mitch McConnell.

On July 9, 2020, Governor A. Beshear issued his 1st mask mandate after announcing 333 new cases and four deaths.  Meanwhile, a state judge knocked down the governor’s mandate to restrict Kentucky’s 548 agritourism businesses.  Evans Orchid in Scott County wanted to host a wedding, so Ag Commissioner Ryan Quarles and AG D. Cameron sued.

July 9, 2021, Governor A. Beshear stated Kentucky’s “economy is on fire” after the general fund receipts totaled $12.8 billion, a 10.9% increase over last year.  This was the highest annual growth rate in 26 years and created a $1.1 billion budget surplus.