Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
December 23, 1861, the Confederate government authorized the act of raising 20 companies of troops in Kentucky. The Civil War in Kentucky by Lowell H. Harrison
December 23, 1862, John Hunt Morgan’s Raiders began their Christmas Raid when early 4,000 men crossed into Kentucky near Tompkinsville. They captured Glasgow on Christmas Eve before the Union resisted them on Christmas Day at Bear Wallow near Cave City. Then it was on to Elizabethtown. Morgan’s Raiders came into Kentucky for three significant raids; 1st Kentucky Raid, Christmas Raid, and the Great Raid of 1863.
December 23, 1883, Marshal Harlan Taylor, Morganfield Police Department, died while arresting a man for public intoxication. The suspect, who shot Marshal Taylor in the head, received ten years of hard labor.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Trenton native Edward Franklin Camp Jr., born in 1905 in Todd County. The winningest head football coach at UofL, he coached from 1946 to 1968 and compiled a 118–95–2 (.551) record. He brought Louisville football back following a three-year absence caused by World War II. Quarterback Johnny Unitas played under him.
December 23, 1907, the temperance movement broke up a whiskey parade in Paducah. The dry team destroyed all of the banners and smashed several whiskey bottles on the street as they passed. The next day, Christmas Eve, citizens tried another parade. However, this time, one of the marchers who served as drum major carried a pickax instead of a baton. Under his armed direction, the band played It’ll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight.
December 23, 1908, Deputy Sheriff Robert B. Smith and Deputy John Brooks, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, died while serving a warrant on three men wanted for robbing a miner. He had deputized four men, including John Brooks, to assist with the arrests. As Deputy Smith read the warrant to the three men one of them produced a handgun and opened fire.
December 23, 1919, Deputy Sheriff Dolie Clifford Harmon, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, and a private detective died from gunshots by the brother of a man they had just arrested for deserting from the U.S. Army.
December 23, 1928, Town Marshal Mat Holland, Combs Police Department, died while arresting a miner in front of the mine commissary at Domino in Perry County. Despite being wounded, he was able to return fire and killed the subject.
December 23, 1931, Kentucky hosted Berea in Alumni Gymnasium for the 5th time, winning 52-27. John DeMoisey #00 from Walton was high scorer with 16 points. His jersey is retired. Kentucky played Berea nine times, all in Lexington. The average margin of defeat was 26 points and the last time they played in 1939, Kentucky won by 50.
December 23, 1933, Deputy Game Warden James Claxton died from a gunshot in Carroll County. He and two other wardens served a warrant on a fisherman for using a double wing net in the Kentucky River. When the wardens entered the man’s houseboat, the man said he would kill Claxton. The man picked up a double-barreled shotgun and pointed it at the officers. Warden Claxton opened fire on the man, missing but wounding his son. The subject’s shot struck Warden Claxton.
December 23, 1934, Deputy Sheriff Guy Rogers, Harlan County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a miner for public drunkenness near the Three Point Coal Company mines. The subject pulled out a .32 caliber handgun and shot Deputy Rogers in the face, killing him instantly. A month later the 23-year-old suspect, who claimed self-defense, was tried and acquitted.
On December 23, 1950, Gallup released a poll showing that 52% of American families opened their presents from Santa Clause on Christmas morning compared to 37% on Christmas Eve. Families that did not have a set time or opened presents on both days took the remaining 11%.
On December 23, 1950, the Kentucky Press Association named Coach Paul Bryant “Kentucky’s Outstanding Citizen of 1950.” They honored him a month later at the Brown Hotel, where he received a silver pitcher. V.P. A. Barkley won the inaugural year in 1948, and in 1949, former U.S. Senator John S. Cooper took the honor.
December 23, 1955, State Police arrived in Burkesville and made three arrests to try to calm down about 100 persons throwing firecrackers at town residents. The mayor asked for help after the town’s two police officers were unable to restore order.
December 23, 1970, President R. Nixon ordered new procedures that required companies to obtain a federal permit for their discharges into all of the nation’s waterways, enabling the government to monitor polluted streams. The Army Corps of Engineers and EPA approved the licenses.
On December 23, 1970, Kentucky officials warned motorists to avoid the heavily traveled Kentucky Turnpike, the toll portion of I-65. There had been 13 deaths on this stretch of highway in 1970, and it was considered the deadliest highway in Kentucky.
December 23, 1983, record cold slowed holiday travel for much of the nation as the death toll for a week reached 123. The National Weather Service called it the coldest December in more than half a century. Freezing rain, with very little snow, coated Kentucky highways and caused four deaths for the week.
December 23, 1995, Pitino’s #4 Wildcats defeated Crum’s #25 Cardinals 89-66 in Lexington. UK would finish the year 34-2 and claim the program’s 6th national title. Pitino had a 6-2 record against the Cardinals during his eight years at Kentucky. In his 16 years at Louisville, he compiled a 6-12 record against the Cats. Coach Crum’s record against the Cats was 7-13 in 17 years.
December 23, 1998, John Smith’s Cardinals lost to the Marshall Thundering Herd 29-48 in the Motor City Bowl at the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit in front of 32,206 fans. The Herd’s Chad Pennington threw the 1st TD with 13 minutes into the game. Chad now resides in Lexington.
December 23, 2002, Louisville police arrested 18 demonstrators outside police headquarters on the 10th day of protest over the killing of a handcuffed man who was shot 11 times by a detective. The protestors vowed to be there on Christmas or until a grand jury investigating the incident.
December 23, 2013, a Franklin Circuit Judge fined the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services $756,000 for making “a mockery” of the state’s Open Records Act. Kentucky’s two largest newspapers claimed the state repeatedly withheld information about abused and neglected children. The state claimed they withheld the data for the children’s safety.
December 23, 2019, Fred Minnick picked Brown-Foreman’s King of Bourbon, which is only available in this Commonwealth, as the best bourbon in America for 2019 over 49 other contenders. Minnick, Editor-in-Chief of Bourbon Magazine and long-time bourbon judge, stated no bourbon dominated his palate like the King.
December 23, 2020, the U.S. announced it would pay Pfizer Inc. nearly $2 billion for 100 million additional doses of its coronavirus vaccine, bringing the total number of doses to 200 million for a total price of about $4 billion. Each U.S. shot cost $19.50, slightly higher than the $18.90 European rate. Pfizer’s 2021 revenue was $81.3 billion, roughly double its revenue in 2020, when its top sellers were a pneumonia vaccine, the cancer drug Ibrance, and the fibromyalgia treatment Lyrica, which had gone off-patent.
December 23, 2020, the governor requested again to keep Christmas gatherings small as Kentucky’s top officials received the experimental vaccine, including Rocky, Jacqueline, La Tasha, and sign-language interpreter Virgin Moore.