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Kentucky Trivia

There is no evidence of any kind except that is directed toward Oswald.  John Sherman Cooper

August 23, 1814, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth founded the Nazareth Academy, the 3rd oldest educational institution west of the Allegheny Mountains.  The motherhouse remains a short distance from Bardstown in Nelson County.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Somerset native John Sherman Cooper, born in 1901.  The numbers tell a story; the 5th Ambassador to India, the 2nd Ambassador to E. Germany, and the 33rd, 36th and 39th Class II Senator from Kentucky.

August 23, 1907, Constable L. R. Campbell, Knox County Constable’s Office, died quelling a disturbance at the Knox County Fairgrounds.  A group of people fired at each other, killing Constable Campbell.

August 23, 1919, Man o’ War, in his 8th race and giving five pounds, won the 6F Grand Union Hotel Stakes by two lengths.  The clean start went in 1:12.00 for a $10,000 purse.  Upset ran 2nd in the 7th edition.

August 23, 1914, Town Marshal John A. Collins, Berea Police Department, died from a gunshot as he and a county constable searched for several men suspected of stealing chickens.

August 23, 1932, Patrolman Fielden Collins, Jefferson County Police Department, died when he got struck by a vehicle, immediately after arresting several subjects he had just placed in the patrol wagon.

August 23, 1950, Army PFC Robert Browning, Jr. from Greenup County and Army PFC Robert F. Scott from Kenton County, died in the Korean War.

August 23, 1952, Constable Hans R. Gassaway, Barren County Constable’s Office, succumbed to injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Warren County returning to Barren County after taking a patient to Western State Hospital.

On August 23, 1961, over 30 IRS agents raided the Sportsman Club in Newport, described as the number racquet headquarters for the greater Cincinnati area.  About 150 patrons witnessed the agents enter with sledgehammers.  The Newport-Covington gambling raid rivaled the great slot machine raid in 1951.

August 23, 1963, Patrolman Cosby Harris Whitted, Jr., Louisville Police Department, died in a motorcycle accident in the line of duty.

August 23, 1968, Air Force CAPT Harreld P. Martin from Cromwell in Ohio County died in the Vietnam War.

August 23, 1968, Louisville native Hunt Stromberg died.  In a prolific 30-year career beginning in 1921, Stromberg produced, wrote, and directed some of Hollywood’s most profitable and enduring films.  He won the 1936 Best Picture Academy Award for The Great Ziegfeld.

August 23, 1974, after a little less than a month of rest, Ruffian ran her 5th race, the 6F Spinaway (GI) at Saratoga.  A reporter asked Ruffian’s groom Minnor Massey how much his filly would win by; without thinking, Massey answered thirteen lengths.  He worried that his rash statement would make him appear foolish.  Suspended again, Jacinto Vazquez would miss the mount, and Vince Bracciale once again got the call.  Ruffian led wire to wire to set a new stake record of 1:08 3/5 and won by thirteen lengths.

August 23, 1975, Deputy Sheriff Roby Fairchild, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, died from a gunshot while arresting two men for public drunkenness at a store in Sitka.

August 23, 1977, Elvis Presley planned to perform in Rupp Arena but had died seven days earlier.

August 23, 1985, Officer Roy Hobson Mardis, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Police Department, died an accidental gunshot by another officer in Mercer County. Officer Mardis and his bloodhound tracked an escapee who had committed a double-murder.

August 23, 1985, Paul Hornung received $1,160,000 fine by a Louisville court against the NCAA who barred him as a college football analyst for betting on games.

August 23, 1985, Ward Hall, a Greek revival antebellum plantation mansion in Georgetown received admission to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

By Ann Bolton Bevins

On August 23, 1990, four Kentucky State University (KSU) regents quit in a heated public meeting.  KSU President John Wolfe Jr. accused former Governor L. Nunn of improperly intervening in operations.  Former Governor N. Breathitt and three other regents resigned because Wolfe’s appointments did not receive a vote.  State law required the KSU board approves KSU hires.  The meeting ended when attendees accussed Nunn of racism.

On August 23, 2003, a Kentucky Derby contender finally ran the race his fans expected to win the $134th Travers Stakes in Saratoga for a $1 million purse.  Although the two main stars scratched, Empire Maker and Funny Cide, a quality field remained for the 66,122 trackers.

August 23, 2003, a Kentucky rock climbing group launched an ambitious plan to buy 700 acres of rugged land near the Red River Gorge.  The geography included miles of over-hanging cliffs nicknamed “Scooby-Doo,” “Supa Fly,” Chocolate Waterfall,” and Breakfast Burrito.”

August 23, 2008, a Kentucky bred won the GI $1,000,000 Travers Stakes by a nose, the 139th edition.

August 23, 2009, Dr. Richard Gardner said he was not the guy to take issues to the streets, but he joined 50 others in support of healthcare reform.  After thirty years of being a doctor, Gardner said he changed his position 100% and now supports universal healthcare or a single-payer system.

August 23, 2014, a Kentucky bred won Saratoga’s GI $1,250,000 Travers Stakes by a nose.  A Keeneland graduate exacta won the 145th edition of the Mid-Summer Derby.

On August 23, 2019, Kentucky legislatures learned they had to solve the local jail overcrowding crisis, or courts would force the mass release of inmates.  Eleven thousand state inmates had no room in Kentucky’s 12 prisons and therefore stayed in local jails.  At the time, the Rockcastle jail had a 184% capacity rate.

August 23, 2019, while Lexington native Kelly Craft served her last day as the 31st U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Samir Bajric caught a state record Mooneye weighing ten oz.. in the Barren River.  The day ended when Great Crossings High School opened their world-class football stadium in Georgetown to host their cross-town rival, the Scott County Cardinals.

On August 23, 2020, the governor announced nine deaths of ages: 63, 63, 72, 73, 77, 78, 99, 90, and 91.  Meanwhile, Kentucky’s top health officials addressed journalist questions about how coronavirus deaths are counted via the “car wreck death.”  If you die in a car wreck and are positive for COVID-19, is your death counted as one caused by the coronavirus?  Dr. Steven Stack, the state public health commissioner, stated a coronavirus death is only counted if the virus “contributed” to the death.

Positives:  467 / 43,529
Deaths:  9 / 881 – 1st death March 16, 2020
50&over:  854 / 49-30: 26 / 29&under: 1

August 23, 2021, “there are more people with coronavirus hospitalized, filling intensive care unit beds, and relying on ventilators to breathe than at any time during the pandemic,” Governor A. Beshear said.  He then canceled his August 10 executive order requiring students to wear school masks.

On August 23, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) formally approved the experimental Pfizer vaccine for Covid-19.  The vaccine had been available for months under “emergency use authorization.”  A Pentagon spokesman said, “Now that the Pfizer vaccine is approved, the DoD is prepared to require all service members vaccinated.

August 23, 2022, for the 1st time ever, a former Louisville Metro Police Officer accepted criminal responsibility for their role in March 2020 raid that left Breonna Taylor dead.  Kelly Godlett helped falsify the warrant affidavit for Taylor’s apartment and hid that information during the investigation.