On August 25, 1828, Robert Trimble’s term on the U.S. Supreme Court ended abruptly when he passed away at 55. In 1826, President John Quincy Adams elevated Trimble to the highest Court. He rests in the Paris Cemetery with a Kentucky county named after him.
August 25, 1855, the 1st train to operate over the Louisville & Nashville Rail occurred when some 300 people traveled eight miles from Louisville at 15 mph. Four years later, the 1st train ran from Louisville to Nashville.
August 25, 1920, Deputy Sheriff Carlo Britton Marion, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained five days earlier when shot at the Horse Creek Mining Camp while arresting a man and woman for bootlegging.
August 25, 1925, in a story that made national headlines, the Hopkins County attorney arrested a Dry Agent for the murder of an alleged bootlegger near Daniel Boone seven days earlier. A 17-year-old girl alleged the agent shot him in cold blood while running away.
August 25, 1945, Natlee, in Owen County, native Vice Admiral Willis A. “Mose” Lee Jr. died. Kentucky’s most decorated Olympic medalist won seven medals (five gold, one silver, and one bronze) for marksmanship at the 1920 Olympics.
August 25, 1950, around 500 visitors braved heavy rains to watch Governor E. Clements dedicate the $1,000,000 tuberculosis hospital in Glasgow. Clements also axed the state’s $5,000 a year salary limit so the hospital would attract quality professionals.
August 25, 1958, Henderson County native Lucy Furman died. Lucy received critical acclaim for writing about rural Kentucky. While teaching at Hindman Settlement School, she published several stories including “Hard-Hearted Barbary Allen” (1912). Her most recognizable works came after teaching: “The Glass Widow” (1924) and “The Lonesome Road” (1927). For her toil as a southern female writer, Lucy earned the George Fort Milton Award in 1932.
On August 25, 1978, the F.B.I. arrested a man for an unsuccessful attempt to tap Terry McBrayer’s phone, who was considering running for governor. The man tried to bribe a telephone company employee, but the deal backfired. Later that night, 15-year-old Donny Osmond sang at the Kentucky State Fair.
August 25, 2002, Louisville won the Little League World Championship over Sendai, Japan 1-0 in South Williamsport, PA., to claim Kentucky’s 1st championship. Aaron Alvey, a 12-year-old, set two pitching records to secure the win.
August 25, 2007, the Belmont Stakes winner, Essential Quality dueled down the stretch with Midnight Bourbon for the $1.25 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga. The 152nd edition gave the winner his 8th victory in nine career starts.
August 25, 2013, the Arboretum, the state’s official botanical garden on UK’s campus, kicked off a $1.2 million campaign to expand the visitor center and endow educational programs. Longtime donor Dorotha Smith Oatts pledged $350,000.
August 25, 2020, Governor A. Beshear signed an executive order that released 646 more inmates over coronavirus concerns. The governor already commuted the sentences of 1,200 inmates since the virus started.
On August 25, 2021, Kentucky colleges started to require students to wear masks and get the vaccine as the Delta variant spread. Governor A. Beshear, “This is the most dangerous time we’ve seen in this pandemic. We’ve got to get more people vaccinated, and we need people to wear masks when outside the home and indoors.” Berea, Centre, Bellarmine, and Transylvania required healthy young people to take the experimental vaccine.
On August 25, 2022, Mitch called the student debt relief a “Socialist Program” and a slap in the face to working families. He should know he spent a career slapping his constituents’ faces by collecting corporate money, dispensing it to his party, and letting his donors write legislation; like his cohort Nancy P. did in the House. Student debt would cost $300-$600 billion. The COVID-19 “Relief Program,” which the two below rushed through, cost $4.7 trillion for two years.