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Kentucky Trivia

Middle age: when you begin to exchange your emotions for symptoms.  Irvin S. Cobb

On September 3, 1783, the Brits and Americans signed The Treaty of Paris, ending the American Revolution.  The pact granted U.S. independence and provided significant lands in the western territory.  The likelihood of an organized Native invasion in Kentucky was significantly reduced.

September 3, 1861, known as “Sewanee’s Fighting Bishop,” Confederate General Leonidas Polk fortified a bluff on the Mississippi River at Columbus.  Two days earlier, U.S. General Ulysses S. Grant had taken control of Paducah and Cairo (IL) and intended to take control of the high ground around Columbus.

September 3, 1862, Breckinridge native Joseph Holt became the Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army, appointed by President A. Lincoln.

September 3, 1867, Hardin County native Governor John L. Helm became the 24th governor; this was his 2nd nonconsecutive term.  He was also the 18th governor.  Helm died five days later on September 8, some say of stress.

September 3, 4 & 5, 1872, Louisville hosted a splintered Democratic National Convention.  The other democrats held their convention in NY.

September 3, 1880, the James brothers allegedly made off with $1,800 and a watch from their last stagecoach robbery.  The holdup occurred around Mammoth Cave.  They reportedly found the watch on Jesse’s dead body in 1882.

September 3, 1887, Fleming County lynched Charles Coleman after being convicted of criminal assault.

September 3, 1896, Richmond native David R. Francis became the 20th U.S. Secretary of the Interior, just one of his many high-profile jobs.

September 3, 1916, Sheriff Robertson, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, died from a gunshot wound from a suspect he was serving a warrant on for mistreating his family and terrorizing the town.

September 3, 1936, Katherine Rebecca Pettit passed away in Lexington, her hometown.  The educator and suffragist contributed to the settlement school movement of the early 20th century.

September 3, 1940, President F. D. Roosevelt left Corbin at 12:15 a.m. and arrived in Winchester at 2:55 a.m.  The president then arrived at Olive hill at 5:22 a.m., leaving at 5:25 a.m. and arrived in Mountain Top at 5:31 a.m. and stayed three minutes.  He then traveled to Ashland and stayed 10 minutes.  FDR then left Kentucky for WVA.

September 3, 1950, Army CPL Kenneth Ball from Whitley County, Army PFC David C. Bruin from Pendleton County, Army CPL Donald D. Skeens from Johnson County, Army CPL Lloyd E. Wainscott from Grant County, Army PFC Ralph B. Williams from Oldham County, and Army PFC Charles T. McKinney from Graves County, all died in the Korean War.

September 3, 1952, Marine Corps PFC Hubert Mills from Dewitt in Knox County died in the Korean War.

September 3, 1965, Patrolman Stephens, Olive Hill Police Department, died from a gunshot attempting to make an arrest.

September 3, 1966, Marine Corps CPL Lorenza Gayles from Middlesboro and Army SP4 Robert A. Masterson from Louisville, both died in the Vietnam War.

September 3, 1967, Army 1LT James L. Ante from Covington died in the Vietnam War.

September 3, 1969, Army SGT Gary L. Evans from Pebworth in Owsley County died in the Vietnam War.

On September 3, 1970, Kiefer Maddox, a Jefferson County farmer, didn’t want to make a big thing out of it.  However, after his creek turned from soapy water to a black oily substance, he blamed the new Ford truck plant one and a half miles away.  So he opened up to the press, and they listened.

September 3, 1984, the Redbirds played their last game of their 3rd season.  Attendance for the year totaled 846,878, down 205,560 from the previous year.  Over 868,417 fans came in 1982.

Kentucky Trivia:  The Louisville Redbirds have had the highest attendance of any minor-league club in baseball’s long history.

September 3, 1991, Henry Clay’s House stopped public tours to begin a major renovation.

September 3, 1994, in a game that fans wanted for several decades, Kentucky and Louisville squared off on the gridiron for the 1st time in 70 years.  A Commonwealth Stadium record crowd of 59,162 watched Kentucky win their only game of the season, 20-14,  Backup quarterback Antonio O’Ferral ran for the late game-winning touchdown.  Howard Schnellenberger, who pushed for the renewed rivalry, coached his last season.  The series record now stood at 7-0.  Coach Bill Curry presented the game ball to Trent DiGiuro’s family, who died less than two months earlier.

Sunday, September 3, 2006, Michael Bush broke his right leg in the 3Q of #13 Louisville’s victory over Kentucky 59-28.  He already ran for 124 yards and three touchdowns in the 1st half when he took the pitch from quarterback Brian Brohm.

On September 3, 2008, Bill Canan, a former Lexington policeman involved in the city’s 1st war on drugs during the 1970s, walked free from federal prison after a drug dealing conviction.  Canan played a role in the Bluegrass Conspiracy.

September 3, 2010, Harrodsburg native Daniel W. Scott II, owner of Daniel W. Scott II Farm near Lexington, died at 94.  His 1st winner as a breeder, Gushing Oil, won the 1952 Blue Grass Stakes, the Arkansas Derby, and the Louisiana Derby.  Gushing Oil gave it a try in that year’s Kentucky Derby but finished unplaced.

September 3, 2016, the James Graham Brown Foundation, which had provided UofL and its projects $72 million over the last 55 years, threatened to cut off funding unless the institution hired a nationally recognized forensic accounting firm.

September 3, 2016, a Kentucky bred and Keeneland graduate won the GI $300,000 Del Mar Debutante Stakes for two-year-old fillies, while Kentucky Football lost their season opener to Southern Mississippi 44-35.  The Wildcats ended the season with a loss in the Tax Slayer Bowl to GA. Tech.

September 3, 2020, Kentucky schools limited spectators for high school sports.  Meanwhile, Senator J.  Biden said, “When we finally do, god willing, get a vaccine, who’s going to take the shot?  Who’s going to take the shot?  Are you going to be the first one to say sign me up?  They now say it is OK?  I’m not being facetious.”  

Positives:  906 / 50,885
Deaths:  10 / 976 – 1st death March 16, 2020
50&over:  948 / 49-30: 27 / 29&under: 1

On September 3, 2021, Apple announced that Kentucky and seven other states would participate in trial runs of replacing a plastic drivers’ license with a digital one.