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Dolittle looked just like a little toy soldier the first time I ever saw him. Loretta Lynn
August 27, 1812, locals held an impressive funeral for the fallen hero, Joseph Hamilton Daviess, who died in the Battle of Tippecanoe in November of 1811. The 1st western attorney to appear before the U.S. Supreme Court moved from Virginia to Danville in 1809. Joseph was Grand Master of Kentucky’s Grand Masonic Lodge at his death.
August 27, 1854, one of Kentucky’s deadliest F2 tornadoes struck Louisville at 12:12 p.m. Eighteen of the 25 deaths occurred in the Third Presbyterian Church, including many women and children. A mother and her three children died holding each other. The Louisville Daily Courier described the storm as “a whirlwind revolving left-wise.” Around 100 people received injuries during this two-mile funnel with a path width of 800 yards.
August 27, 1925, Lexington native Mary Ellen Britton died in Lexington. Mary was a physician, educator, suffragist, journalist, and civil rights activist. She was also an original member of the Kentucky Negro Education Association, which formed in 1877.
On August 27, 1973, the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, long praised as the national pioneer as a campaign spending watchdog, claimed it had no bite. The Registry was the nation’s 1st independent election finance reporting agency which started in 1967. Still, it never prosecuted an offender, investigated violations reports, issued subpoenas, or held public meetings, all of which it had the power to do.
August 27, 1976, the 1st of two dress rehearsals of the Jefferson County desegregation program took place. Thousands of black students and their parents were bused across town to and from predominantly white schools.
Kentucky Trivia: George Brown, the founder of Brown-Foreman Corporation, was one of the 1st to sell whiskey in bottles sealed at the distillery. The reason, customer service; bartenders, doctors, and pharmacists always complained of watered-down whiskey. Brown’s Old Forrester, the only brand with Brown’s name on the bottle, was his answer to his customer’s dilution problem.
August 27, 1990, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, a citizens group that lobbied specific issues, asked Governor W. Wilkinson to take emergency steps to limit the importation of out-of-state trash. The governor declined, stating executive orders would not stand in a court of law.
Sunday, August 27, 2006, Comair Flight 5191, carrying 50 people to Atlanta, crashed near Lexington’s airport shortly after takeoff. Only the pilot survived. The jet had 47 passengers and three crew members. Light rain fell when it crashed into a field. The plane was largely intact afterward, but there was a fire. A spokesman for the NTSB said the plane took off from a runway that was too short for the plane’s weight.
August 27, 2011, the world’s largest water balloon fight occurred when 8,957 participants started throwing the balloons at the Christian Student Fellowship on UK’s campus. The participants threw 175,141 water balloons that day.
On August 27, 2019, John Tilley, Kentucky’s prison chief, stated the state should lock up fewer people, but instead, it’s getting bigger jails. “I’ve sounded every alarm I know how to sound,” Tilley said. “I’ve stood on my head. I’ve become a lightning rod; I’ve become the boogeyman for anything that I suggest as reform and that I consider to be a commonsense solution.” However, jails are an excellent way for counties to raise the money they desperately need, in many cases to replace the coal severance tax.
Kentucky Trivia: While national incarceration rates declined, Kentucky saw an 11.2% increase, placing them 10th in the nation for putting its people behind bars. The Kentucky legislature rejected reform efforts, blocking an ambitious package of measures in 2018 that was supposed to save an estimated $340 million over the next ten years.
August 27, 2020, Gen G, a billion-dollar corporation, partnered with U.K. and promised that one of their incoming freshmen would receive a scholarship from their new scholarship program. Gen G provided $100,000 each year for the next ten years for U.S. scholarships to diversify the gaming industry.
On August 27, 2021, Kentucky reported that more than half of Kentucky’s acute care hospitals, 50 of 96, reported critical staffing shortages due to the “raging” coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, Kentucky announced their 3rd and last person who won a million dollars for getting the vaccine, Mary Mattingly.