Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to John Rowan, born in 1773. Rowan was known throughout his life as an avid gamester which led to his famous duel with Dr. Chambers. Rowan escaped prosecution upon Chambers death. In 1795, Rowan began construction of Federal Hill, his family estate, on land that his father-in-law gave him as a wedding present, also known as “My Old Kentucky Home.”
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Fleming County Alvin Saunders, born in 1817. Alvin was a U.S. Senator from Nebraska, as well as the final and longest-serving governor of the Nebraska Territory, a tenure he served during and after the Civil War.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Hunt Stromberg, born in 1894. The Louisville native produced, wrote, and directed some of Hollywood’s most profitable and enduring films, including The Thin Man series, the Nelson Eddy/Jeanette MacDonald operettas, The Women, and The Great Ziegfeld, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1936.
July 12, 1899, Deputy Jailer Jackson “Jack” Roberts, Breathitt County Jail, died from gunshots while attempting to arrest several men. A total of five men were arrested and held in connection with his murder.
July 12, 1950, Army PFC William F. Cody from Perry County, Army PVT George B. Trammell from Harlan County, Army PVT Earl T. Wilson from Ohio County, Army PVT Ottie K. Ferguson from Jefferson County, and Army 1LT Douglas H. Haag from Jefferson County, died in the Korean War.
July 12, 1967, Army PFC Milford G. McKee from Sloans Valley in Pulaski County, Army PFC Joseph L. Miller from Hopkinsville, and Army SGT Owen R. Montgomery from Lost Creek in Breathitt County, died in the Vietnam War.
July 12, 1975, just before the All-Star break, Glasgow native Denny Doyle hit safely against the Texas Rangers in a 10-4 Red Sox win. That began a hitting streak that saw him hit safely in 22 games. During his streak, the Red Sox won 17 times and lost only five. Doyle downplayed this personal streak: “It was nice, and I’m proud of it. But it doesn’t really mean anything because we didn’t reach our goal that season. If we had won the World Series then it would really be something to talk about.”
July 11, 2001, William Farish became the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom and served until he resigned in early summer 2004. The United Kingdom newspaper The Guardian commented on his low profile during the period leading up to the Iraq War. Christopher Meyer, who was British Ambassador to Washington during Farish’s service, said that “the ambassador proved as agreeable as he was invisible.”
Kentucky Trivia: In the Commonwealth, there are approximately 12,669 colonies of bees, kept by about 2,500 beekeepers statewide. For the beekeepers, Kentucky has 50 different local beekeeper associations. In 2018, the cash receipts for honey sales totaled $889,000, making it one of the top agricultural products in the state.
July 12, 2012, three new Kentucky laws went into effect: expanded tax breaks to large corporations, Kentuckians only able to buy two packages of pseudoephedrine and ephedrine a month, and citizens can carry concealed deadly weapons.
July 12, 2020, Kentucky reported 277 new coronavirus cases for a total of 19,389, a 48% increase in positive cases from the prior week. Governor A. Beshear also announced three new deaths for a total of 625. Florida hit a new one day high for positive cases.