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February 22, 1834, the General Assembly approved “an act authorizing the building of an Arsenal for the security and preservation of the public arms on the public square in Frankfort to hold all the state’s store of public arms.”

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Newport native Josephine Kirby Henry, born in 1846.  The Progressive Era women’s rights leader, suffragist, social reformer, and writer lived in Versailles.  She successfully promoted legislation to grant married women property rights.

This item is part of the Laura Clay papers, 1906-1920

February 22, 1860, Kentucky created Magoffin County from Floyd County, Johnson County, and Morgan County and named it in honor of Beriah Magoffin, Kentucky’s 21st governor.  Salyersville is the county seat.  Other localities include: Elsie, Falcon, Foraker, Fredville, Gunlock, Hendricks, Ivyton, Logville, Royalton, Sublett, Swampton, Wheelersburg, and Wonnie.  The 106th created, Magoffin County covers 309 square miles.

By David Benbennick

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to the University of Kentucky.  On February 22, 1865, John Bryan Bowman founded the Agricultural and Mechanical College, a branch of Kentucky University (Transy), through the General Assembly’s Morrill Land-Grant Act provisions. 

February 22, 1867, ex-Confederates dominated the Kentucky Democratic convention that met in Frankfort.  They eventually picked John L. Helm, whose father was a Confederate General.  Helm resigned his state senate seat to accept the nomination.  Though his health was frail, he was determined to canvass the entire state.  He won his 2nd non-consecutive governorship in the general election later that year.

February 22, 1908, the Coliseum basketball team of Louisville defeated Agriculture & Mechanical College of Kentucky (UK) 30-18.  The Louisville Coliseum hosted the game.  The press referred to UK’s team as the Kentucky State College Five.  In 1908, the school changed its name from A&M Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky to the State University, Lexington, Kentucky. 

By 1929 High School Yearbook, Fair Use

February 22, 1916, State University, Lexington (UK) traveled to the YMCA Arena in Louisville to play UofL.  Coach James Park’s traveling five won over Ed Bowman’s five players, 32-24.  In 1916, the school changed names again, from State University, Lexington, Kentucky to the University of Kentucky.

February 22, 1925, Deputy Sheriff Joseph Talt Hall, Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, died from a gunshot in Martin, at the Beaver Valley Junction train depot, while attempting to arrest a man wanted for manufacturing moonshine.

February 22, 1932, Special Deputy Sheriff Fountain Pace Pendleton, Green County Sheriff’s Office, died from a gunshot shot in a case of mistaken identity while serving a warrant.  The sheriff had deputized him and another citizen to help.

On February 22, 1946, 39-year-old Rep. Kelse H. Risner from Lee City told the press he received a bribe.  A utility lobbyist offered him $5,000 for his vote on a crucial bill just before the holiday recess.  Mr. Risner called it an insult.

February 22, 1952, Louisville officials issued an ultimatum to striking garbage, street, and park workers to return to their jobs or lose them.  Meanwhile, workers at the International Harvester Plant began their strike in Jefferson County.

February 22, 1966, Army SP4 James L. Fain from Ashland in Boyd County and Marine Corps LCPL George B. Givens, Jr. from Robards in Henderson County died in the Vietnam War.

February 22, 1969, Marine Corps LCPL Michael L. Cruse from Valley Station in Jefferson County and Marine Corps CPL Edward S. Gum from Louisville died in the Vietnam War.

February 22, 1969, Barbara Jo Rubin became the 1st woman jockey to win a pari-mutuel (betting) race at a major American thoroughbred track.  She rode Cohesion to a neck victory in the 9th race at Charles Town.  Thirty years later, Charles Town created the Barbara Jo Rubin Stakes in her honor.

February 22, 1971, Adolph Rupp chatted with Alabama coach and former Kentucky player C.M. Newton at Memorial Coliseum.  Rupp, then 69, was sidelined for the game with a foot infection complicated by diabetes.

February 22, 1974, Kentucky received an additional allocation of 8.3 million gallons of gasoline for the rest of February, the federal government announced.

February 22, 1980, close to 7,000 people drove from all corners of the Commonwealth to Memorial Coliseum to watch the Wildcats 1st open practice in Lexington, and it was free.  Kentucky traditionally held an open session in Louisville before the annual game with Notre Dame, but people usually had to pay.  Kyle Macy was the star attraction.    

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Louisville native Rajon Pierre Rondo, born in 1986.  

On February 212, 1990, former President Ronald Reagan testified via videotape at a Washington, D.C. federal courthouse.  He testified about America illegally selling weapons to one part of the globe and, with that money, funding a war in another part of the world.

February 22, 1996, Floyd County Attorney Jim Hammond pleaded guilty to federal charges of defrauding the child-support program of $100,000 and writing $8 million in bad checks.  His wife also pleaded guilty.  Hammond, 51, resurrected his career after being disbarred 15 years ago.  He got his license back in 1988.

February 22, 2006, wearing a white robe emblazoned with the Kentucky seal, Governor E. Fletcher made his 1st public appearance after being hospitalized since February 12 for gallbladder problems, pancreatitis, and bloodstream infections. 

February 22, 2014, Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs “Toria” Nuland masterminded the “regime change” in Ukraine, plotting the overthrow of the democratically elected government of President Viktor Yanukovych while convincing the ever-gullible US mainstream media that the coup wasn’t really a coup but a victory for “democracy.”

February 22, 2015, Mike Harmon, Kentucky’s top auditor focused on the Kentucky Horse Park.  The audit showed a lack of best practices with a disregard for structure.

February 22, 2018, Betsy Layne native Bette Joan Henritze passed over.  The actress of stage, film, and television hailed from Floyd County.

February 22, 2019, President Donald Trump announced he wanted Kelly Craft from Lexington to be the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.  At the time, she served as the U.S. Ambassador to Canada.  Meanwhile, Governor Matt Bevin ignored his low polling numbers.

On February 22, 2020, the House introduced a bill to aggressively tax houseboats for more revenue.  For example, Green River houses approximately 200 houseboats; the state received taxes for only 50 in 2019.  The state claimed these stats played out on all Kentucky lakes and rivers.

February 22, 2021, Fayette County students passed through thermal temperature scanners on their 1st day back since the coronavirus shut the school doors in March 2020.  Meanwhile, on the governor’s daily update, Kentucky announced the 6th straight week of declining cases.

On February 22, 2022, Mitch and Joe, who had worked together for over 30 years, got tough on Russia together, calling for sanctions as the U.S. prepared for another war.  Meanwhile, locals learn about the bizarre murder of Jordon Morgan at her father’s well-protected home in Madison County.