Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
February 24, 1775, the North Carolina Gazette printed NC Governor Martin’s letter. He quoted at length from the Royal Proclamation of 1763, particularly the portion prohibiting land purchases from Native Americans by private persons. He aimed his piece directly to Richard Henderson and his Kentucky confederates.
February 24, 1838, Kentucky Congressman William Graves killed Congressman Jonathan Cilley of Maine in a duel outside Washington D.C. It started on the House floor when Graves approached Cilley with a letter from a 3rd party. Cilley refused to accept it. Graves took it as an insult and challenged him to the duel.
February 24, 1843, Kentucky created Johnson County from Floyd County, Morgan County, and Lawrence County and named it in honor of Richard Mentor Johnson, U.S. V.P. Paintsville is the county seat. Other localities include Asa, Boonscamp, Chandlerville, Collista, Denver, Dobson, East Point, Elna, Flat Gap, Fuget, Hager Hill, Hargis, Keaton, Kerz, Leander, Low Gap, Manila, Meally, Nero, Nippa, Odds, Offutt, Oil Springs, Redbush, River, Riceville, Sip, Sitka, Staffordsville, Stambaugh, Swamp Branch, Thealka, Thelma, Tutor Key, Van Lear, Volga, West Van Lear, Whitehouse, Williamsport, Winifred, and Wittensville. The 97th county created, Johnson County covers 264 square miles.
On February 24, 1852, Mason County native Roy Bean dueled on horseback with a Scotsman. The Kentuckian damaged the Scotsman’s right arm, and police arrested both men for assault. Bean, considered brave and handsome by the local women, received numerous visits and gifts during his six-week stay in jail. However, he escaped in April when one of his admirers slipped him knives hidden in some tamales.
February 24, 1885, Julia Marcum, who put her life in danger for the Union cause, received a pension for combat wounds received in the Civil War. Only a handful of women received a war pension, but Aunt Julia, 91, also received a military funeral when she was laid to rest in the Highland Cemetery in Williamsburg died.
February 24, 1917, the Daughters of the American Revolution shipped a huge chip from one of Kentucky’s most historic trees, bearing Daniel Boone’s initials and the date 1781, to Lexington for preservation. It came from a Beech Tree in Letcher County. For generations, the tree had been a landmark, located on Boone’s Creek, 300 feet from the Kentucky River.
February 24, 1930, Town Marshal J. Wes Perkins, Williamsburg Police Department, died from a gunshot as he and another officer attempted to stop a car whose occupants were suspected of firing several shots from the vehicle.
February 24, 1944, Sharpe native James King lost his life near Gotha, Germany, when the B-24 on which he was a co-pilot got shot down. James played basketball for three seasons (1939-42) for the Wildcats. Sharpe is located in Marshall County.
February 24, 1961, while police arrested 58 people during an anti-discrimination demonstration in downtown Louisville, civil rights leaders met with Louisville Mayor Bruce Hoblitzell to end the three-day protest.
February 24, 1967, Army SGT Carl A. Humphrey from Jeffersontown, Marine Corps PFC Gary S. Jordan from Newport, Marine Corps LCPL Phillip R. Shoopman from Louisville and Army CPT Paul E. Vanhoose from Stambaugh in Johnson County, all died in the Vietnam War.
February 24, 1968, Marine Corps SSGT William B. Hughes from Vanceburg in Lewis County, Air Force SSGT Johnny Rose, Jr. from Williamsport in Johnson County and Army SSG William L. Watson from Louisville, all died in the Vietnam War.
February 24, 1971, former Secretary of the Interior delivered a speech at UK’s Student Center Ballroom. Mr. Hickel, “Society today faces problems on many fronts, but I consider none more serious than that of defending our ecological life lines. We are faced with the reality we cannot create new resources…continued waste…extravagance…that will only burden the welfare of tomorrow.”
February 24, 1988, in an 8–0 landmark decision, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Larry Flynt’s Hustler Magazine. They published an ad depicting televangelist and political commentator Jerry Sr. as an incestuous drunk. The court ruled Falwell was a public figure; hence the parody was protected speech and could not have been reasonably considered believable.
February 24, 2003, Governor Paul Patton, in his bid to cut costs, shrunk the Kentucky fleet from 5,000 sedans, trucks, and vans to 4,500. The governor and lt. governor drove around in a 20-car fleet, including Crown Victorias, Chevrolet Suburbans, and a Ford Conversion van.
February 24, 2014, America, with the help of Pierre Omidyar successfully overthrew the Ukrainian government. The Washington Post editorial celebrated the Maidan demonstrators successful campaign to overthrow Yanukovych. The “moves were democratic,” the Washington Post concluded, and “Kiev, Ukraine is now controlled by pro-Western parties.”
February 24, 2020, Hollywood hit their lowest point in the city’s history when Harvey Weinstein is found guilty of rape in a landmark trial. Early coronavirus news made investors uneasy, and the Dow Jones had their largest sell-off in two years. Technology stocks fell because many bought gold, government bonds, utilities, and real estate investments. Meanwhile, the Rupp Arena remodeling construction continued.
The F.B.I. detained a Benton man on February 24, 2021, after being seen on YouTube videos during the Capitol riots. Clayton Mullins dragged a police officer down the Capitol steps sending him to the hospital. Meanwhile, Frankfort lawmakers sponsored a bill to protect landlords’ rights to evict tenants during future pandemics.
February 24, 2022, Russia finally invaded Ukraine. We are still fighting over fossil fuels, this time the pipelines that lead from Russia through Ukraine to Europe. Unfortunately, Uncle Sam wanted in on the Europe / Russia pipeline discussion and today there is war. Both major U.S. political parties are 100% full-blown war hawks, that can’t end well.