Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
February 19, 1812, Kentuckians Thomas Marshall and Colonel Charles S. Mitchell dueled in Ohio across from Maysville. On the 1st fire, Mitchell wounded Marshall in the leg. “Both gentlemen acted with great firmness and bravery, as well as good conduct.” This account came from the Lexington Reporter three days after. Famous Kentucky Duels by J. Winston Coleman, Jr.; pg: 138
February 19, 1845, Cassius M. Clay announced his antislavery Lexington newspaper, the True American. Lexington newspapers stopped printing Clay’s antislavery articles, so he secured a downtown office building on North Mill. Expecting militant opposition, he fortified the building with muskets, brass cannons, a keg of gunpowder, and an escape route. Citizens did seize the press and forced Clay to move to Cincinnati. He later sued and received $2,500 in damages.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Louisville native John William Sublett, known by his stage name John W. Bubbles, born in 1902. He performed in the duo “Buck and Bubbles,” who were the 1st black artists to appear on TV. He is also known as the father of “rhythm tap.”
February 19, 1913, Marshal Asa T. Pettit, Clay City Police Department, died as he and two other men attempted to arrest five drunkards who had come into town and started firing their guns in the air. As the officers approached, the men opened fire, killing Marshal Pettit.
On February 19, 1917, Posseman Patton Bartley, Pike County Sheriff’s Office, succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day, assisting deputies apprehending a man involved in a shooting. The posse overtook the man about a mile from the scene and Posseman Bartley got hit in the abdomen.
February 19, 1938, Governor Happy Chandler informally tossed his hat into the senatorial ring in front of a banner-waving crowd that had packed the new state Capitol. The superstitious Chandler wanted to wait and officially commit in Newport at the Chamber of Commerce dinner, where he announced his run for governor. Happy would not beat Barkley in the race because in 1939, Senator Logan died, and Chandler appointed himself to the seat.
February 19, 1940, the Kentucky House passed a bill 84-0 to pay pensions of $100 to $1,000 a year to public school teachers. The bill replaced a similar 1938 law deemed ineffective because legislatures did not provide the funds. This bill had earmarked $1,000,000.
February 19, 1950, Governor Lawrence Wetherby appointed Luther T. Goheen as Commissioner of Kentucky’s Department of Welfare. His previous jobs included Superintendent of the Masonic Widows and Orphans Home and the Kentucky Children’s Home in Lyndon.
February 19, 1960, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong warmed up backstage at Memorial Coliseum before Greek Week’s appearance at the University of Kentucky. Six thousand fans endured an hour delay as Louis traveled 28 hours from Washington D.C. over icy roads.
February 19, 1985, William Schroeder, the 1st artificial heart patient to leave a hospital, spent 15 minutes outside Humana Hospital in Louisville. He was the 2nd individual to receive a bionic heart called the Jarvik 7.
February 19, 1989, Owensboro native Darrell Waltrip won the 31st Daytona 500. Waltrip and his Hendrick Racing Team decided to use fuel strategy, being the only car not to pit in the closing laps. The victory was Waltrip’s 1st (and only) Daytona 500 win in 17 tries.
February 19, 1990, Southern High School in Okolona, a Louisville neighborhood, unveiled a statute of Danville native, U.S. Marine Col. William Richard Higgins, as his wife, Marine Major Robin Higgins, and their daughter looked on.
PGA Trivia: The 1995 tournament made history when the pro-am team of Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Bob Hope and defending champion Scott Hoch teed up for the tournament’s opening round. The event marked the 1st time a sitting president – Clinton – had played during a PGA Tour event and perhaps the 1st time three presidents played together.
February 19, 2006, the Kentucky Heritage Land Trust estimated that more than 130 acres of fields, farmlands and wildlife habitats are converted to urban uses every day, over one square mile a week. More than three-quarters of a million forested acres were lost in the last ten years. This represented one of the highest loss rates in the country.
February 19, 2012, Lowes native John Paul Hogan passed over. He helped discover polypropylene and high-density polyethylene (HDPE). After Chemistry and Physics degrees at Murray State University in 1942, he taught high school and college before going corporate with Phillips Petroleum Company in 1944. The rest you could say is history.
February 19, 2019, some lawmakers in Frankfort drafted a bill to weaken the state’s Open Records Act, making it harder to follow public incentives to attract new businesses. Meanwhile, a candidate for Lt. Governor changed her mind on abortion and announced she supported a woman’s right to choose during her campaign.
February 19, 2020, a Florida jury awarded Diane Snyder $12.5 million. The jury felt that R&J Reynolds Tobacco Company was partly responsible for his addiction and ultimate death. Meanwhile, Governor A. Beshear became the 1st governor to speak at statewide LGBTQ rally in Frankfort.
February 19, 2020, Trump assured the public against worrying about the coronavirus, stating, I think it’s going to work out fine. I think when we get into April, in the warmer weather, that has a very negative effect on that and that type of a virus. Dr. Faucci agreed, telling Americans the risk for coronavirus was minuscule and there was no need for masks. He advised people to wash their hands.
February 19, 2021, a woman who gave birth in the Franklin County jail received $200,000 to settle a lawsuit. Kelsey Love claimed the guards were indifferent to her medical needs as she screamed on the floor during her labor and delivery.