TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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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, 1850, Thomas Corwin, also known as Tom Corwin, the Wagon Boy, or Black Tom, from Bourbon County became the 20th U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.

July 23, 1863, Bourbon County native Kenner Garrard became a brigadier general commemorating his pursuit of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.

Localtonians wish a Happy Anniversary to the 36th governor of Kentucky Augustus E. Willson and Mary Elizabeth Ekin, who wed in Louisville in 1877.  Their only child died as an infant.

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.

On July 23, 1945, Fred M. Vinson, born in the Lawrence County jail in Louisa, became the 53rd U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.  One year later, he became the 13th Chief Justice of the United States.

July 23, 1948, Oldham County native David Wark Griffith died.

July 23, 1952, Army CPL David J. Kelley from Knott County died in the Korean War.

July 23, 1953, Air Force A3C Grant D. Carter, Jr. from Louisville died in the Korean War.

July 23, 1961, Daylight Savings Time ended at 2:00:00 am.  However, clocks were not changed in Louisville because they switched time zones at the same time.

July 23, 1966, Army SGT Melvin Ford from Tompkinsville in Monroe County died in the Vietnam War.

July 23, 1966, family members of the 101st Airborne Division greeted President Lyndon B. Johnson as he arrived in Ft. Campbell in Christian County.

July 23, 1968, Navy P01 John F. Bobb from Erlanger in Kenton County died in the Vietnam War.

July 23, 1969, Marine Corps PFC Philip Hammons from Covington in Kenton County died in the Vietnam War.

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, 1972, Army SP4 Ronnie L. Gipson from Benton in Marshall County died in the Vietnam War.

July 23, 1981, UK announced a deadly herbicide killed seven square miles (3,000 acres) of crops in Calloway and Graves Counties.  The mystery remained: which chemical was it and who sprayed it?

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, 1991, Corbin native Staff Sgt. Ricky L. Bunch, 29, died in Kuwait fighting as an Army Soldier.

July 23, 1993, Kentucky lottery staff members, rocked by a scathing audit and facing a top-down house cleaning, may have destroyed records that could have been used against them.

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, 2015, astronomers discovered Kepler-452b, Earth’s cousin.

July 23, 2016, Saratoga’s GI $500,000 Diana Stakes for fillies and mares three-year-old and upward was almost a triple dead heat.

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.