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July 23, 1819, Bushrod Boswell, a merchant of Lexington, dueled Samuel Q. Richardson, an attorney of Cincinnati, on the Fayette-Woodford County line. Richardson suffered a broken arm and a slight contusion in his side. Boswell “escaped his antagonist’s fire.” The cause of the duel was a matter of long-standing.
Famous Kentucky Duels by J. Winston Coleman, Jr.; pg: 139
July 23, 1826, the Kentucky Association (also known as the “Kentucky Racing Association”) formed to promote the breeding and racing of thoroughbred horses in Kentucky. Prominent locals, including planter and politician Henry Clay, Jesse Bledsoe, Dr. Elisha Warfield, and Thomas F. Marshall, all help establish the Association. Between 1828 and 1834, the Association acquired 65 acres of land in Lexington, today at the east end of 5th Street at Race Street. The Association built a one-mile dirt racetrack with a grandstand and stables to host thoroughbred flat racing events.
July 23, 1879, in one of Kentucky’s most sensational trials, a jury found Thomas Buford guilty and sentenced him to life imprisonment for the murder of John Elliott, a federal judge, in Frankfort. Buford appealed and was later found not guilty by reason of insanity and sentenced to the Kentucky Insane Asylum in Anchorage, where he escaped but later returned to die.
The Kentucky Encyclopedia edited by John E. Kleber; pg: 291
July 23, 1921, Deputy Sheriff Green Watkins of the Breathitt County Sheriff’s Office died as he and a posse searched for a still and then ambushed by several moonshiners. A 14-year-old boy died and another deputy was wounded as well. Two men were eventually arrested and charged with murder, but several trials ended in hung juries and it is unknown if they were ever convicted. The primary suspect in Deputy Green’s murder was located by a posse along Ball’s Creek, in Perry County, in 1922 and shot dead.
On July 23, 1921, the State Commission recently asked for contributions to purchase Federal Hill, near Bardstown, where Stephen G. Foster wrote My Old Kentucky Home announced contributions of $10,800 over the $50,000 purchase price. It was not enough money to restore the home to its original splendor, but it did buy time for the legislators to devise a plan.
July 23, 1971, the Pentagon overruled Fort Knox post officials and decided that the 38 Army doctors and dentists who signed and paid for an anti-war advertisement in the Courier-Journal did not violate Army regulations after all.
July 23, 1985, a bay colt by Nijinsky II brought a world record $13.1 million at the Keeneland July Select Yearling Sale with Briton Robert Sangster and partners outbidding D. Wayne Lukas for the half-brother to Seattle Slew.
July 23, 1990, high school students in the Governor’s Scholars Program at Centre College marched and carried signs to protest the wastewater pipeline from the Union Underwear plant to Lake Cumberland. Morton Junior High students rounded up $500 to give to the Lake Cumberland Trust, an origination that fought the pipeline.
July 23, 2004, Governor Ernie Fletcher announced that nearly two-thirds of Kentucky adults were overweight or obese. In addition, almost one-third of the state’s children were overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. The study found that the number of obese Kentuckians grew steadily over the past several decades.
July 23, 2020, Governor A. Beshear announced 611 new coronavirus cases and seven deaths, bringing the totals to over 25,000 positive cases and 684 deaths. Meanwhile, Fayette County School Superintendent, Manny Caulk, recommended that the county begin the school year with non-traditional instruction.
Kentucky Trivia: There were 647,987 public school students for the 2019-2020 school year. The breakdown is as follows: White (Non-Hispanic) – 487,725 (75.3%), African American – 68,799 (10.6%), Hispanic – 49,201 (7.6%) Asian – 12,235, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander – 893, Native American – 811 and two or more races – 28,321.