I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked. Muhammad Ali
September 1, 1792, Kentucky created Logan County from Lincoln County and named in honor of Benjamin Logan (1742–1802), Revolutionary War General. The 13th county was one of seven new counties created the same year Kentucky became a state.
September 1, 1808, Charles Scott, soldier and a Democratic-Republican, became Kentucky’s 4th governor. Months later, Governor C. Scott slipped on the icy steps of the governor’s mansion, which left him confined to crutches for the rest of his life. He turned to Jesse Bledsoe as Secretary of State to act on his behalf.
September 1, 1846, Governor W. Owsley removed Secretary of State, Ben Hardin from his cabinet, charging him with abandonment of duties because he did not reside in Frankfort. Hardin challenged this premise for his removal, and when Owsley nominated George B. Kinkead to replace Hardin, the state senate voted 30—8 that no vacancy existed. The Kentucky Court of Appeals upheld the Senate’s decision. Vindicated, Hardin then resigned, charging Owsley with practicing nepotism. The 1850 Constitution stated the governor could no longer remove the Secretary of State from office.
September 1, 1863, Thomas Elliott Bramlette became Kentucky’s 23rd governor. Among his accomplishments not related to the war and its aftermath were the reduction of the state’s debt and the creation of the Kentucky Agricultural and Mechanical College (now UK).
September 1, 1870, Kentucky created Martin County from Lawrence, Floyd, Pike, and Johnson. Named for John P. Martin, U.S. Kentucky Congressman (1845–1847), Inez is the county seat of the 116th county. Other towns include Beauty, Job, Lovely, Laura, Pilgrim, Tomahawk, and Warfield.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Stanford native Lt. Richard Caswell Saufley, born in 1885. Saufley’s groundbreaking military career as a pilot proved bright but short. In 1915, he set an altitude record, in 1916, he took off from a ship, the 1st man to do so. A plane crash killed him in 1916.
September 1, 1905, Johannes Peter “Honus” Wagner became the 1st athlete to endorse a commercial product when he signed a contract with Hillerich & Bradsby, maker of the then-yet-to-be-famous Louisville Slugger baseball bat.
September 1, 1950, Army PFC Daniel T. Brumagen from Nicholas County, Army PFC Odes I. Cantrell from Johnson County, Army CPL Thomas S. Clarkson from Whitley County, Army CPL Caleb W. Hazel from Union County, Army SGT Vernon S. Ledford from Jefferson County, Army SGT James D. Lee from Bell County, Army PVT Joseph M. Sanders from Hancock County, Army PFC David M. Smith from Livingston, Army PFC Charlie C. Stone from Barren County, and Army PFC Bobby J. Thornton from Calloway County, all died in the Korean War.
On September 1, 1984, Louisville native and Silicon Valley professor, Rudy Rucker, published The Fourth Dimension: Toward a Geometry of Higher Reality, a mathematics and computer science book. It provided a popular presentation of set theory and four-dimensional geometry, with mystical implications.
September 1, 1990, Bill Curry debuted as UK’s head football coach in an ugly 20-17 win against Central Michigan in Lexington. Doug Pelfrey’s 2nd field goal of the 2nd half, from 32 yards secured the comeback.
September 1, 1993, two Kentucky lawmakers admitted to taking $3,000 in cash from Humana, Inc. in 1990. They cooperated with the FBI investigation into the healthcare giant’s questionable lobbying activities.
September 1, 2001, Guy Morriss began his career as UK’s head coach in Commonwealth. Smith’s Cards pounded the Cats 36-10. The Cup series now stood at 9-5 after Uof L won its 3rd straight. During pregame ceremonies, the school named the field after C.M. Newton.
September 1, 2002, Kentucky defeated #17 Louisville 22-17 in the Governor’s Bowl for both teams season opener. Coach Guy Morriss secured his biggest win during his brief tenure, and AD Mitch Barnhart embraced him on the field after the game. The Wildcats went 2-9 in 2001, 7-5 in 2002, and in 2003, Mitch hired Rich Brooks. The series stood at 10-5, Kentucky’s favor.
September 1, 2003, America appointed 24 new puppets in Iraq to operate day-to-day operations when the American military left. The war machine would leave two decades later. In Ohio, President G. Bush kicked off his reelection campaign, telling a rally he would elect a manufacturing czar and turn things around after losing 2.4 million jobs in the manufacturing sector since his term started.
September 1, 2007, Kentucky beat Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) 50-10. In 2006, the Cats went to their 1st bowl game in 22 years, so excitement filled the air. Rich Brooks won in front of 66,512. Louisville dominated in their season opener as well. Both UK and UofL scored on the 1st plays of their games.
Sunday, September 1, 2013, #9Louisville football played their 1st game as a member of the American Conference in Charlie Strong’s last season as head coach. They finished in the top 15 with a 12-1 record, losing only to UCF.
September 1, 2020, in a tightening of state guidance, Kentucky students had to wear masks inside schools all day even when they are six feet apart. Previous guidance said masks did not have to be worn if students and staff were six feet apart.
September 1, 2022, the CDC found that Kentucky ranked 6th in the country for C-sections in 2020, with 34.3%; the nation’s average stood at 26%. Two reasons included obesity and cultural issues, some localities had a 50% rate. Meanwhile, leaders in Mitch’s party criticized him for bad mouthing President D. Trump during an election year.