TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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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.

On September 1, 1813, the Sinking Springs Farm saga ended for Thomas Lincoln.  The Kentucky courts ruled that Thomas got conned out of his money.  One of several reasons he left the Commonwealth.

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.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Athens native Elizabeth Harrison born in 1849.  Harrison pioneered professional standards for early childhood teachers and promoted early childhood education.

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, 1866, Cynthiana native Orville Hickman Browning became the 9th U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

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, 1911, the L & N Railroad extended a spur from Pineville to Benham, enabling coal to be shipped directly from Benham to Chicago.

September 1, 1921, Patrolman James Elder, Louisville Police Department, died from blood poisoning while recovering from an accident while on duty.

September 1, 1926, Corporal James Milton England, Louisville Police Department, died in a motorcycle accident.

September 1, 1927, jockey Earl “Sandy” Graham was riding in Winnipeg, Canada when he was trampled by oncoming horses after he fell off his mount.  Sandy died three weeks later.

September 1, 1928, the Loew’s and United Artists State Theatre opened in downtown Louisville.  The Courier-Journal called the theatre, an architectural marvel.

September 1, 1931, rail service came to an end at Mammoth Cave.  The new owners assumed correctly that cars were all the rage.  Visitors were free to come on their own time.

September 1, 1939, World War II began.

September 1, 1946, Lexington native Sarah G. Blanding assumed her duties at Vassar College as the 1st female president of the prestigious college.

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.

September 1, 1951, Army PVT Virgil J. Smith from Warren County died in the Korean War.

September 1, 1952, Army PFC Leonard E. Mineer from Harrison County died in the Korean War.

September 1, 1960, Clay County native Aunt Molly Jackson, an influential American folk singer and a union activist died.  Her full name was Mary Magdalene Garland Stewart Jackson Stamos.

September 1, 1967, Patrolman William Frederick Meyer, Louisville Police Department, died in a shootout with five men who had just robbed a grocery store and were making their escape.

September 1, 1968, Robert Franklin Riggle from Faltwoods in Greenup County died in the Vietnam War.

September 1, 1975, Trooper Bobby Allen Mccoun, Jr., Kentucky State Police, died when accidentally shot by a fellow officer.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Beauty native Angaleena Loletta McCoy Presley, born in 1976.

September 1, 1977, the Commonwealth returned with quarter horse racing at the old Miles Park in Louisville.

September 1, 1997, Tim King from Stearns, caught a state record Redbreast Sunfish weighing .88 pounds in Marsh Creek in McCreary County.

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, 1990, Bill Curry coached his 1st game as UK’s head football coach, beating Central Michigan, in Lexington 20-17, in an ugly win.

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, 2005, President G. Bush, from the White House, gave permission for FEMA and the Red Cross to leave New Orleans after Katerina destroyed the city.

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.

On September 1, 2011, instant racing debuted at Kentucky Downs while Kentucky beat WKU 14-3, in Nashville, in their season openers.

Sunday, September 1, 2013, #9 Louisville football played their 1st game as a member of the American Conference in Charlie Strong’s last season as head coach.

Monday, September 1, 2014, Bobby Petrino coached his 1st game on his 2nd stint as Louisville’s head coach.

September 1, 2018, in the season opener, Kentucky beat Central Michigan 35-20.  The Cats would win the Camping World Stadium Bowl, ranked #11, in a 10-3 season.

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.

Positives:  807 / 49,185
Deaths:  15 / 948 – 1st death March 16, 2020
50&over:  921 / 49-30: 26 / 29&under: 1

September 1, 2021, UofL required their employees to receive the coronavirus vaccine.  This after 30% opted out before the mandate.