TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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Man o’ War didn’t need no excuses. He broke all the records and he broke down all the horses, so there wasn’t nothing for him to do but retire. He’s got everything a horse ought to have, and he’s got it where a horse ought to have it. He’s just da mostest hoss. Stand still, Red.  Will Harbut

August 13, 1826, James Johnson passed away while representing Kentucky in the U.S. House.  In 1817-18 he promoted the stagecoach industry in the Bluegrass and organized several stagecoach companies.  He was reputed to be one of the wealthiest men in Kentucky, with a plantation near Great Crossing in Scott County.  His father arrived in Kentucky in 1779 and helped build Bryan’s Station and moved the family there in 1781.  James rests in his family cemetery at Great Crossing.

August 13, 1862, the Confederate Calvary claimed to have taken London.

August 13, 1897, Nicholas County lynched George Wilson, a black male, for an unknown reason.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to our 50th governor and Manchester native Bertram T. Combs, born in 1911.  Kentucky’s Democratic Party had split into two factions by 1955 when Earle C. Clements (47th governor), the leader of one faction, chose Combs to challenge the former governor and U.S. Senator “Happy” Chandler, who headed the other.

August 13, 1917, Frankfort native Eddie Bacon made his MLB debut for the Philadelphia Athletics.

Wednesday, August 13, 1919, Man o’ War lost his 1st and only race, in his 7th start to Upset.  The 7th running of the 6F Sanford Stakes is one of the races that helped give the Spa its nicknames “the house of upsets” and the “graveyard of favorites.”  These were the days before starting gates when horses approached the starting line as a team and started with a flag signal.  Man o’ War was still approaching the flag when the race started.  He was not even facing the right direction.  Upset won in 1:12.40, by half-length, carrying 15 pounds less than Man o’ War.  Golden Groom, the favorite, ran third.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Lexington native Solomon King, born in 1930.

August 13, 1948, the U.S. Olympic basketball team, featuring UK’s Fabulous Five, won the gold medal by defeating France, 64-21, at Wembley Stadium in London.

August 13, 1950, Army PFC Arthur L. Adams from Greenup County, Army PFC Max O. Davis from Livingston County, and Army PVT Raymond D. Hall from Lewis County, died in the Korean War.

August 13, 1952, Marine Corps PFC Bill E. Johnson from Middlesboro in Bell County died in the Korean War.

August 13, 1958, Patrolman Austin Eugene Vanover, Sr., Henderson Police Department, died in a motorcycle accident while on duty.

August 13, 1960, the state’s top athletes participated in the 9th annual East-West All-Star High School football and basketball games.  Six thousand fans attended the football game in Stoll Field while Memorial Coliseum, across the street, accommodated 4,000 basketball fans.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Paducah native Sam Champion, born in 1961.

August 13, 1965, Air Force A2C Jerry W. Toon from Anchorage in Jefferson County died in the Vietnam War.

August 13, 1966, Army PFC Ronald L. Woods from Bryantsville in Garrard County died in the Vietnam War.

August 13, 1968, Army SGT Earnest R. Mullins from Elkhorn City in Pike County and Army SSG James A. Williams from Paducah, died in the Vietnam War.

August 13, 1970, Army SSG Nicholas G. Johnson from New Haven in Nelson County died in the Vietnam War.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Madisonville native Demetrious Johnson, born in 1986.  Demetrious was UFC’s first-ever Flyweight Champion earned his #1 worldwide ranking in 2012.

August 13, 1990, Washington citizens voted to merge with neighboring Maysville in Mason County.

Kentucky Trivia:  In 1790, with a population of 462, Washington was the 2nd largest town in Kentucky, after Lexington.

August 13, 2009, Disney officials confirmed part of their major motion picture, Secretariat, would be filmed in Kentucky.  “It will be real,” said Penny Chenery, owner of the 1973 Kentucky Derby winner.  “Kentucky is the home of thoroughbred racing and breeding, and you can’t fake Central Kentucky.

Kentucky Trivia:  Although five horses played the role of Secretariat, Trolly Boy won the lead role after Penny Chenery selected him in a look-alike contest.  The colt walked the Red Carpet at the Hollywood premiere.

August 13, 2016, Arlington Park’s GI 1,000,000 Arlington Million XXXIV enjoyed a full field.

On August 13, 2016, WKU released two new (red home and white away) football jerseys.  The university’s cupola is inscribed on the chest plate and the line from the school’s alma mater “We shall never fail thee” is written on the bottom of the jersey.

August 13, 2017, Lexington Mayor Gray received offers from locals to pay for the removal of two confederate statues; a day after he announced they would be moved.  On this day also, Lexington police detained a man driving by churches with a sign and yelling KKK=Trump.  The police explained the proper way to express his 1st Amendment rights.  He clearly had Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS):  When you let a narcissistic real estate agent steal your critical thinking skills because you dislike him so much.  Individuals with TDS would rather hate Trump than discuss the root causes of how he became president.  TDS is also known as “Lizard Brain.”

August 13, 2017, Louisville native, Justin Thomas makes a historic comeback to win the 99th PGA Championship, his 1st Major.

August 13, 2019, Louisa native Chandler Shepherd made his MLB debut with the Baltimore Orioles.

August 13, 2020, Venus Williams beat Serena Williams in the Top Seed Open in Nicholasville.  It marked the 31st time the sisters played each other since 1988.  The elder Venus led the family rivalry 19-12.

On August 13, 2020, “There are those who want to say this is only harming old people of a certain age,” the governor said, “56 isn’t old.”  The six new deaths he announced ranged from 56 to 92.  Meanwhile, taking individual temperatures in social settings became very popular to help stop the spread, while friends and family continued to split over the vaccine debate.

Positives:  785 / 37,686
Deaths:  6 / 796
50&over: 772 / 49-30: 23 / 29&under: 1
Coronavirus deaths are counted if a deceased person tested positive, regardless of the cause.

On August 13, 2021, Senator R. Paul still had not faced any penalties for his seriously delayed disclosure of a stock purchase that took place back in February 2020.  He missed the 45-day deadline by 14 months.  He bought stock in a drug that treated coronavirus just as the virus began to spread.  Unfortunately, it is common practice for Congress members to purchase stock and ignore the disclosure law because they know there are no consequences.