TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always been a real deep thinker and stuff.  Billy Ray Cyrus

On August 25, 1828, Robert Trimble’s term on the U.S. Supreme Court came to an abrupt end when he passed away at 55.  In 1826, President John Quincy Adams elevated Trimble to the highest Court.  He rests in the Paris Cemetery with a Kentucky county named after him.

August 25, 1835, Henderson native Ann Rutledge, Abe Lincoln’s first love, died in Illinois.

August 25, 1855, the 1st train to operate over the Louisville & Nashville Rail occurred when some 300 people traveled eight miles from Louisville at a speed of 15 mph.

August 25, 1920, Deputy Sheriff Carlo Britton Marion, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained five days earlier when shot at the Horse Creek Mining Camp while arresting a man and woman for bootlegging.

August 25, 1927, Patrolman Walter Vance, Louisville Police Department, died from a gunshot wound after he and his partner attempted to question a suspect in a small restaurant.

August 25, 1929, Patrolman Robert Emmett McGalin, Louisville Police Department, was shot to death by a man who had flagged down the police for help.

August 25, 1935, Constable William Harvey Brewer, Owsley County Constable’s Office, ended his watch.

August 25, 1945, Natlee, in Owen County, native Vice Admiral Willis A. “Mose” Lee Jr. died.  Mose was Kentucky’s most decorated Olympic medalist winning seven medals (five gold, one silver, and one bronze) for marksmanship at the 1920 Olympics.

August 25, 1950, five hundred visitors braved heavy rains to watch Governor E. Clements dedicate the state’s new $1,000,000 tuberculosis hospital in Glasgow.  Clements stated that eliminating the state’s old $5,000 a year salary limit enabled the hospital to attract quality professionals.

August 25, 1958, Henderson County native Lucy Furman died.  Lucy received critical acclaim for writing about rural Kentucky.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Flatwoods native Billy Ray Cyrus, born in 1961.

August 25, 1966, Army PFC Frederick B. Skaggs from Clearfield in Rowan County died in the Vietnam War.

August 25, 1967, a judge dismissed assault and battery charges against the assistant principal of a Louisville Junior High School, for spanking a student with a wooden paddle.

August 25, 1968, Army CPL Roger E. Bishop from Louisville died in the Vietnam War.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Fort Thomas native Doug Pelfrey, born in 1970.

August 25, 1981, Louisville native Joe Federspiel, a 10-year veteran with the New Orleans Saints got cut.

August 25, 1982, the view of downtown Versailles, looking down Lexington Street toward the courthouse.

August 25, 1983, the Louisville Redbirds became the 1st minor league baseball team to draw more than a million fans in a season.

August 25, 1995, former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Dan Jack Combs stated he smoked marijuana regularly to relieve insomnia brought on by a mental disorder and started only after retirement.

August 25, 2000, William Gregory became the 1st Kentucky inmate to be freed by DNA evidence after a test showed he was not responsible for raping a 70-year-old woman.

August 25, 2002, Louisville won the Little League World Championship by beating Sendai, Japan 1-0 in South Williamsport, PA., for Kentucky’s 1st championship.  Aaron Alvey, a 12-year-old, set two pitching records to secure the win.

August 25, 2011, Army SPC Brandon S. Mullins 21, of Owensboro, died in Afghanistan, fighting in Operation Enduring Freedom.

August 25, 2012, a neck separated the top two finishers in the GI $1,000,000 Travers Stakes, both were Kentucky breds.

August 25, 2013, the Arboretum, the state’s official botanical garden, kicked off a $1.2 million campaign to expand the visitor center and endow educational programs.  Longtime donor Dorotha Smith Oatts pledged a $350,000 challenge grant.

August 25, 2018, seven of the eleven entries in Saratoga’s GI $1,200,000 Travers Stakes were Keeneland graduates.  The Keeneland grad $1 exacta paid $145.25.  The Kentucky bred paid $16.20 to win.

August 25, 2019, the Lexington Herald-Leader ran the 2nd story of a four-day report focusing on Kentucky’s overcrowded jails.  Experts warned Frankfort lawmakers to reduce jail overcrowding before a federal judge ordered mass releases.  For example, the 73-bed Rockcastle County jail in Mt. Vernon housed 135 inmates, putting it at 184% capacity.

August 25, 2020, Governor A. Beshear announced 688 new coronavirus cases and ten new deaths.  He also signed an executive order releasing 646 more inmates for health-related issues where sentences were less than six months of being finished.  Over 1,200 inmates had received early freedom since the virus started.

Positives:  688 / 44,568
Deaths:  10 / 895 1st death March 16, 2020
50&over: 868 / 49-30: 26 / 29&under: 1

On August 25, 2021, the Delta spike meant that Kentucky colleges started to require students to wear masks and get the vaccine.  Governor A. Beshear, “This is the most dangerous time we’ve seen in this pandemic. We’ve got to get more people vaccinated, and we need people to wear masks when outside the home and indoors.”  Many universities offered scholarships and free tickets to sporting events to get vaccinated.  Berea, Centre, Bellarmine, and Transylvania required students to get vaccinated.  Bellarmine and Transylvania also required faculty and staff to get the experimental vaccine.