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Kentucky Trivia

I take with me Kentucky, embedded in my brain and heart, in my flesh and bone and blood. Since I am Kentucky, and Kentucky is part of me.  Jesse Stuart

On September 6, 1807, William Clark arrived in Boone County with his famous older brother, General George Rogers Clark.  William wanted to devote more time to his brother’s well-being as he batted alcohol.

September 6, 1814, locals held a public dinner in George Madison’s honor when he returned as a POW in the War of 1812.  Kentuckians elected him governor less than two years later.

September 6, 1845, Dr. J. D. Taylor of Harrodsburg dueled John M. Harrison of Danville in Garrard County with pistols at 30 feet.  A ball went through Harrison at 1st fire, and he died several days later.  The bothers-in-law feud stemmed from Taylor’s separation from his wife, attributed to Harrison.  Famous Kentucky Duels by J. Winston Coleman, Jr.; pg: 143

September 6, 1848, John J. Crittenden became the 17th governor of Kentucky.  One of Crittenden’s sons, George B. Crittenden, became a general in the Confederate Army.  Another son, Thomas Leonidas Crittenden, became a general in the Union Army.  

September 6, 1861, the General Assembly passed a resolution calling for Confederate troops to leave Kentucky; soon after, Kentucky declared their allegiance to the Union, ending their neutrality status.

September 6, 1893, Officer R. H. West of the Hopkinsville Police Department, died from a gunshot by a fellow officer whom he had reported for drinking on duty.

September 6, 1912, St. Charles native Bobby Veach made his MLB debut for the Detroit Tigers.

September 6, 1912, Patrolman Edward J. Stephens, Louisville Police Department, died after suffering heatstroke while walking his beat in excessive temperatures.

Saturday, September 6, 1947, state fair officials clamped down on gambling on the midway.  The fair invited the press and state officials the day before the fair opened and sanctioned many midway workers for placing friendly wagers.

September 6, 1950, Army PFC James M. Harrison from Floyd County, Army CPL David L. Rankin from Casey County, Army PFC Billy J. Roper from McCracken County, Army PFC Raymond T. Ross from Estill County, and Army PVT Kenneth R. Shaw from Jefferson County, all died in the Korean War.

September 6, 1951, Army PVT Carl D. Logan from Perry County died in the Korean War.

September 6, 1952, Army MSG James V. Boggs from Lawrence County died in the Korean War.

September 6, 1958, the Blues rolled over the Whites 28-8 for UK’s annual Blue-White game in Lexington.  Coach Blanton Collier led both teams.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Owensboro native Jeff Green, born in 1962.

September 6, 1963, locals crowned Miss Peggy Sullivan, a 17-year-old Horse Cave beauty, the “Kentucky Tobacco Princess” at the State Fairgrounds.  As a result, the Caverna High School senior represented Kentucky in the Queen of Tobacco Land Pageant in Richmond, VA.

September 6, 1969, Air Force SGT Arnold N. Jaco from Benton in Marshall County died in the Vietnam War.

September 6, 1974, Governor W. Ford hoped the state’s $120,500 purchase of Six Mile Island would block the development of an Indiana Riverport.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Ashland native Jillian Hall, born in 1980.

September 6, 1988, President R. Reagan gave his remarks at the American Legion Convention in Louisville.

September 6, 1990, Senator Mitch McConnell defeated Harvey Sloane in their 1st televised debate.

Kentucky Trivia:  From 1989 to 2022, the top corporate crony took money from Blackstone, Kindred Healthcare, Humana, NorPAc, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Goldman Sachs.  Mitch likes his cash from the leeches of the healthcare industry.

On September 6, 1992, President George H. W. Bush (#41) arrived at the Redbirds game with Stan Curtis.  The President came to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Kentucky Harvest.  This charity provided food to the poor.  Curtis, the founder of Kentucky Harvest, went to prison for stealing from the charity years later.

September 6, 1995, Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s unbreakable record when he played in his 2,131st consecutive major league baseball game.

On September 6, 1996, in a resounding victory for federal prosecutors, a Henderson jury convicted a Big Rivers Electric Corp executive for fraud, racketeering, and income tax evasion.  He also had to pay back the $700,000 he took in bribes.  Meanwhile, UofL requested the NCAA to drop the most crucial charge against their basketball team.

On September 6, 2001, the George W. Bush (#43) administration decided not to break up Microsoft.  The AG, who ran the antitrust division, claimed they would not back down from the corporate giant.  However, that is precisely what they did.

September 6, 2004, President G. W. Bush provided one of his famous gaffes in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, “Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren’t able to practice their love with women all across this country.”

September 6, 2006, President G. W. Bush acknowledged for the 1st time that the CIA used secret prisons around the globe.  The military transferred 14 al-Qaida suspects in different jails to Guantanamo Bay to stand trial.  World leaders condemned the torture facilities Bush initiated.  

September 6, 2007, for a 2nd straight year, court-ordered foreclosures in Jefferson County broke records as a nationwide upheaval in the mortgage market forced people throughout the region out of their homes.  Kentucky ranked 11th and Indiana 3rd for most homes that went into foreclosure for the April-June quarter.

On September 6, 2019, two groups of states targeted Facebook and Google in separate antitrust probes widening the scope of Big Tech monopolies and how they dominated their industry.  The federal government does not break monopolies anymore; they are afraid.

September 6, 2020, Kamala Harris stated “I think that’s going to be an issue” when asked if she would get a coronavirus vaccine.

Sunday, September 6, 2020, Kentucky reported 313 new cases of coronavirus, three new deaths, and the 2nd consecutive week of setting new records for positive cases.  Meanwhile, Lexington and Louisville schools offered internet hotspots to those families who had difficulty with internet access.

Positives:  313 / 52,774
Deaths:  3 / 996 – 1st death March 16, 2020
50&over:  968 / 49-30: 27 / 29&under: 1

September 6, 2022, Backstreet Boys and Lexington natives Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell returned to Rupp Arena for the 1st time since 2001.  In 1999, they also played in Rupp for a two-night, sold-out engagement.

September 6, 2022, Russia reported China would pay for gas in rubles and yuan, signaling an end to the Petrodollar.