TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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September 11, 1777, a company of 37 men were sent to Captain Joseph Bowman to help shell corn.  While shelling, they were fired upon by Native Americans.  Eli Garrard and Daniel Brahan died and five others seriously wounded.
Historical Sketches of Kentucky: History of Kentucky, Volume 2 by Lewis Collins; pg: 615

September 11, 1844, the three-day Crab Orchid meet, run over the Spring Hill Course, began near Crab Orchid.

September 11, 1883, fire destroyed the car barns and mule sheds at Fourth and Race Streets.  Fifty-nine mules and two horses died and 14 cars burned.  In the spring of 1890, the mule-drawn car system went out of business after 7.5 years of business.
The Squire’ Sketches of Lexington by J. Winston Coleman, Jr.; pg: 61

September 11, 1885, Sam Scales, a white male, was lynched in Boone County for rape.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Bowling Green native William Huston Natcher, born in 1909.  William served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1953 until his death from heart failure in 1994.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Arkansas native Paul William “Bear” Bryant, born in 1913.

September 11, 1917, record lows were set in Central Kentucky that still stand today: 42° at Lexington and Frankfort, and 44° at Louisville.

September 11, 1920, Man o’ War faced one other in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (1 1/2M) and won under a tight restraint by fifteen lengths.  Although declared a hollow victory by the New York Times, Man o’ War still set an American record for of 2:28 4/5, breaking the existing mark by 4/5 seconds.  This was his 19th race with two more to go.

September 11, 1938, William Goodell Frost, educator and President of Berea College, passed away.  He is credited with coining the phrase “Appalachian American.”

September 11, 1950, Army PFC Henry F. Edmonson from Estill County died in the Korean War.

September 11, 1970, the Apollo 11 Command-Space Ship was put on display at the foot of the Capitol in a special van used to haul it around the country.  Governor Nunn cut the ribbon before the first Kentucky guest entered.

September 11, 1985, police recovered the body of Bourbon County native Drew Thornton from a Knoxville, TN front yard after he parachuted out of his plane.  The 77 pounds of cocaine worth $1.4 million strapped to his back did him in.  His plane crashed in NC after he set it on auto-pilot.

September 11, 1987, Louisville native Jay Buhner made his MLB debut for the New York Yankees.

September 11, 1990, David Jones, Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Humana Inc., hosted a $1,000 a plate dinner for Martha Layne Wilkerson’s campaign for governor.  Birds of a feather will flock together.  The fundraiser took place at the Kentucky Derby Museum.

Kentucky Trivia:  Humana’s revenue increased from approximately $28.95 billion in 2008 to approximately $77.2 billion U.S. in 2020. Their revenue remained relatively steady between 2015 and 2018, but saw a significant increase during 2019 and 2020.

September 11, 2001, the following individuals with Kentucky ties died in the plane attacks: 

Edward T. Earhart, 26, was living in Morehead during the attacks. He was working for the U.S. Navy and at the Pentagon.

John Charles Jenkins, 45, was born in Erlanger.  John was a passenger on Flight 11, which crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

Virginia Anne Ormiston, 42, was born in Kentucky.  She was living in New York City when she was killed in the World Trade Center attacks.

Brian Patrick Williams, 29, was born in Covington.  Brian was living in New York City when he was killed in the World Trade Center attacks.

September 11, 2003, the Louisville Zoo’s gorilla home received a national award for “outstanding dedication to conservation issues and construction of exhibit space replicating natural habitats.”  The American Zoo and Aquarium Association presented the award in Columbus, Ohio.

On September 11, 2009, Amanda Ross was shot to death outside her townhouse in Lexington.  That same day, Steve Nunn, 56, was found by police with his wrists slit in Hart County near the gravesites of his parents.  He was arrested and taken to a hospital in Bowling Green and charged with six counts of wanton endangerment of a police officer.  They reported Nunn had fired a .38-caliber handgun at the graveyard.

September 11, 2010, a Kentucky bred wins the GIII $100,000 Turfway Park Fall Championship Stakes for three-year-olds and upward, but it was close. 

September 11, 2011, Fort Knox native Steve Delabar made his MLB debut with the Seattle Mariners.

September 11, 2020, for the third time in four weeks, more than 50 deaths have been announced in a single week due to the coronavirus.  The reported total number of deaths for Kentuckians was 1,044.