Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked. Muhammad Ali
September 1, 1792, Kentucky created Logan County from Lincoln County and named in honor of Benjamin Logan (1742–1802), Revolutionary War General. It was one of seven new counties created the same year Kentucky became a state.
September 1, 1808, Charles Scott, soldier and a Democratic Republican, became Kentucky’s 4th governor. Months later, Governor C. Scott slipped on the icy steps of the governor’s mansion that left him confined to crutches for the rest of his life. He turned to Jesse Bledsoe as Secretary of State to act on his behalf.
September 1, 1846, Governor Owsley removed Secretary of State, Ben Hardin from his cabinet, charging that Hardin had abandoned his duties because he did not reside in Frankfort. Hardin challenged this premise for his removal, and when Owsley nominated George B. Kinkead to replace Hardin, the state senate voted 30—8 that no vacancy existed. The Kentucky Court of Appeals upheld the Senate’s decision. Vindicated, Hardin then resigned, charging Owsley with practicing nepotism. In the Kentucky Constitution of 1850, the governor was stripped of his power to remove the Secretary of State from office.
September 1, 1863, Thomas Elliott Bramlette became Kentucky’s 23rd governor. Among his accomplishments not related to the war and its aftermath were the reduction of the state’s debt and creating the Kentucky Agricultural and Mechanical College (now UK).
September 1, 1870, Kentucky created Martin County from Lawrence County, Floyd County, Pike County, and Johnson County. It was named in honor of John P. Martin, U.S. Kentucky Congressman (1845–1847). Inez is the county seat. Other towns include: Beauty, Job, Lovely, Laura, Pilgrim, Tomahawk and Warfield.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Stanford native Lt. Richard Caswell Saufley, born in 1885. Saufley’s groundbreaking military career as a pilot proved bright but short. In 1915, he set an altitude record, and in 1916 he was one of the 1st that piloted a plane that took off from a ship. He died in a plane crash in 1916.
September 1, 1905, Johannes Peter “Honus” Wagner became the 1st athlete to endorse a commercial product when he signed a contract with Hillerich & Bradsby, maker of the then-yet-to-be-famous Louisville Slugger baseball bat.
September 1, 1950, Army PFC Daniel T. Brumagen from Nicholas County, Army PFC Odes I. Cantrell from Johnson County, Army CPL Thomas S. Clarkson from Whitley County, Army CPL Caleb W. Hazel from Union County, Army SGT Vernon S. Ledford from Jefferson County, Army SGT James D. Lee from Bell County, Army PVT Joseph M. Sanders from Hancock County, Army PFC David M. Smith from Livingston, Army PFC Charlie C. Stone from Barren County, and Army PFC Bobby J. Thornton from Calloway County, all died in the Korean War.
On September 1, 1984, Louisville native and Silicon Valley professor, Rudy Rucker, published The Fourth Dimension: Toward a Geometry of Higher Reality, a popular mathematics and computer science book.
September 1, 2001, Guy Morriss began his career as UK’s head coach, in Lexington, against Louisville. The Cats got pounded 36-10. During pregame ceremonies the school named the field after C.M. Newton.
September 1, 2002, Kentucky defeated #17 Louisville 22-17 in their season openers. It was Guy Morriss’ biggest win in his brief tenure who replaced Hal Mumme in February 2001 after the NCAA investigated recruiting violations. The Wildcats went 2-9 last season, sparking questions about Morriss’ future. UK AD Mitch Barnhart embraced Morriss on the field after the game. The series stood at 10-5; Kentucky favor.
September 1, 2003, America appointed 24 new puppets in Iraq to take over power and day-to-day operations when the American military left. The war machine would leave two decades later. In Ohio, President G. Bush kicked off his reelection campaign, telling a rally he would elect a manufacturing czar and turn things around after losing 2.4 million jobs in the manufacturing sector since his term started.
September 1, 2007, Kentucky beat Eastern Kentucky University 50 to 10 to open the season. Last year the Cats went to their 1st bowl game in 22 years so excitement was in the air. Rich Brooks won in front of 66,512. Louisville dominated in their season opener as well and both UK and UofL scored on their 1st plays of their games.
September 1, 2020, in a tightening of state guidance, Kentucky students had to wear masks inside schools all day even when they are six feet apart. Previous guidance said masks did not have to be worn if students and staff were six feet apart.