TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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Rats and roaches live by competition under the laws of supply and demand; it is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy.  Wendell Berry

On August 8, 1801, one of the largest camp meetings in the Great Revival movement occurred at Cane Ridge Meeting House near Paris in Bourbon County.

On August 8, 1822, William Logan passed away in his home in Shelby County.  In 1819, he became our U.S. Senator, and in 1820 he resigned, to run for governor; he ran second.  William was one of the first white children born in Kentucky in Fort Harrod.  He rests in the family plot near Shelbyville.

On August 8, 1922, over 300 dogs and other animals such as birds, insects, reptiles, and small mammals showed up at Lexington’s Woodlawn Park.  Prizes for first, second, and third places came from 20 categories.

On August 8, 1887, Mason County native Alexander William Doniphan an attorney, soldier, and politician, died.  He is best known for preventing the summary execution of Joseph Smith in Missouri after the state ran him out.  Joseph and his wife later named a son for him.  They eventually chased the cult to the middle of nowhere in Utah territory.

August 8, 1908, Town Marshal Lafayette C. Copas, Rocky Hill Station Police Department, died from a gunshot by the cousin of a man he had just arrested.  They convicted the suspect of manslaughter and received a two year sentence.

August 8, 1925, County Patrolman John F. Allen, Hopkins County Police Department, died in an ambush while arresting three men for being drunk in public.

August 8, 1927, Charles Lindbergh landed the Spirit of St. Louis at Bowman Filed in Louisville during a national goodwill tour, three months after the first solo non-stop trans-Atlantic flight.  Ten thousand people were there to see the plane land.  His flights across the county stimulated interest in flying.  It was a triumph visit that took the Charles, aka “Lone Eagle,” down 4th Street in a ticker-tape parade where 100,000 arrived.  Lieutenant Philip R. Love had the honor of piloting the Spirit of St. Louis on one 10-minute flight.
The Encyclopedia of Louisville edited by John E. Kleber; pg: 8

August 8, 1936, Policeman Mize Hensley, Jackson Police Department, died when he and the police chief ordered the driver of a truck to stop blowing his horn in the downtown business district.  The suspect opened fire, striking Policeman Hensley in the spine and the chief in the hand.  The chief returned fire killing the suspect.

August 8, 1948, Lexington patrolmen Gilbert Hay, left, and Jesse Williams Jr. stood with slot machines that had been seized in a raid at 401 East High Street.

August 8, 1950, Marine Corps PFC Chadwick O. Burns from Frankfort and Army PFC Harold E. Oliver from Boyd County, died in the Korean War.

August 8, 1951, Army PFC Jack D. Patton from Laurel County and Army PFC Adam D. Frasure from Pike County, died in the Korean War.

August 8, 1956, Kelsie Travis, Jr. from Paducah caught a state record 40 pound Longnose Gar in the Ohio River.  The Longnose Gar is an Ancient Fish species.

August 8, 1958, Deputy Sheriff Conley Potter, Letcher County Sheriff’s Office, died when he and another deputy transported a man they had just arrested to jail.  The man produced a firearm and killed Deputy Potter.

August 8, 1966, Army PFC Andy Johnson, Jr. from McDowell in Floyd County died in the Vietnam War.

August 8, 1967, Army SSG Clarence E. Tackett from Hartley in Pike County died in the Vietnam War.

August 8, 1968, Army SP4 Myron Thompson from Manchester died in the Vietnam War.

August 8, 1970, Citation died at 25-years-old.  The 8th Triple Crown winner won 16 consecutive stakes races and was the first horse to win $1 million.  He rests at Calumet Farm.

August 8, 1972, Sergeant Billy Franklin Wood, Williamstown Police Department, died in an automobile accident during a vehicle pursuit.

August 8, 1988, the eyes of the world were focused on tiny Barren County, in the community of Eighty-Eight.  More than 4,000 people from around the country made the trek to Eighty-Eight for a celebration of the once-in-a-lifetime occurrence of the numeral 8 dominating a date on the calendar.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Owensboro native Kody Keplinger, born in 1991.

On August 8, 1996, Jack Nicklaus and Muhammad Ali posed for photographers at the 78th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville.  Nicklaus, a five-time PGA champion and the course designer, missed the cut by a single stroke at age 56.

August 8, 2005, Blackford native Robert Allen Baker Jr. died.  The Kentuckian wore many coats:  psychologist, skeptic, author, investigator of ghosts, UFO abductions, lake monsters, other paranormal phenomena, and professor of psychology emeritus at UK.

August 8, 2014, the main chandelier in UK’s W.T. Young Library crashed to the floor of the building’s fifth level.  While officials say no bystanders were in the immediate area, a report on Kentucky Sports Radio described the sound of the crash as being like “a thunderstorm.”

August 8, 2015, a Kentucky bred won the GI $1,250,000 Whitney Stakes for three-year-olds and upward at Saratoga.  A nose separated the top two finishers in one of 2015’s best races.

On August 8, 2019, V.P. Pence visited Manchester to raise awareness of the opioid crisis and gave Kentucky $10 million to help fight it.  Some of the money may help, but he didn’t address the root problem, Pharmaceutical companies making the pills 24/7 and their drug pushers in white coats.  Meanwhile, a judge tacked on more prison time for Junior Johnson, Purchase Pro founder, for not following court orders.

On August 8, 2020, Kentucky’s child care system collapsed due to the coronavirus.  This headline topped Lexington’s newspaper.  The article claimed Kentucky’s patchwork child care system had been in decline for years because of inadequate funding.  The coronavirus’s restrictions put an end to many centers throughout the state.  Proving once again the lockdowns created many hardships for the working class and poor.

On August 8, 2021, a report claimed that motorists put the pedal to the metal during the coronavirus lockdowns.  The data showed the number of highway deaths in 2020 was the greatest in more than a decade, even though fewer cars drove fewer miles.  Meanwhile, Kentuckians had a hard time finding coronavirus tests in the hard hit areas.