Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
April 9, 1864, Lexington native Oliver Frazer passed away at Eothen, his Fayette County country home. Matthew Harris Jouett trained Oliver before he left for Europe for a more formal education. In 1938, he returned to the States to paint many famous Kentuckians. In the same year, Oliver married Margaret Bell Mitchell (1816-1903), the niece of Matthew Jouett; they had seven children.
April 9, 1865, Shelby County native John H. Callahan earned the Medal of Honor for capturing a Confederate flag during the Battle of Fort Blakely, one of fourteen men who earned the award during this battle.
April 9, 1880, Kentucky hosted its 1st organized football game when Agriculture and Mechanical College of Kentucky (now Transylvania University) defeated Centre College 13 ¾ – 0 in a cow pasture. Each team had fifteen players. Once an injured player left the game, he could not re-enter.
April 9, 1884, in Eastern Kentucky, possibly Breathitt County, William Strong and Henry Kilburn, two African Americans, died by lynchings. Locals accused them of murdering a white male. One source, recorded Kentucky’s 1st lynching two years earlier.
April 9, 1920, state troops, sheriffs, deputies, and the Leitchfield machine gun squad served 50 individuals warrants from the Special Night Rider Grand Jury in Mayfield. Thirty-four Knight Riders hearing of the sweep turned themselves in. The fifty “bills” included 44 arsons.
On April 9, 1930, around 1,500 students from approximately 300 high schools arrived on UK’s campus for the 10th annual “High School Week.” Activities included contests in oratory, debate, declamation, and achievement tests. The remainder of the week focused on musical events and the annual high school music festival.
April 9, 1942, Deputy Sheriff Marion Martin, Knott County Sheriff’s Office, died from wounds he received the previous day from a gunshot responding to a disturbance at a bar. As Deputy Martin entered the building, a man shot him. Deputy Marion shot the suspect dead.
April 9, 1945, Lexington introduced its 1st parking meter. It Happened Today In Kentucky History by Robert A. Powell, pg: 42
April 9, 1956, Brooklyn Dodger Jackie Robinson shivered in the dugout as they played the Milwaukee Braves in a preseason baseball game in Louisville’s Parkway Field. At 44 degrees, the California native joked, “Now I know why they call it bluegrass. It’s frozen!” It was the start of the 37-year-old Robinson’s last season in professional baseball.
April 9, 1964, Happy Chandler met with allies of his interparty rivals led by former Governor Bert Combs and sitting Governor Edward Breathitt. The unusual meeting created an unexpected shift in Kentucky politics. Prominent Frankfort attorney Clifford Smith, a supporter of Chandler but who had switched sides, called the session.
April 9, 1967, Gay Brewer won a green jacket by one stroke over lifelong friend Bobby Nichols in the 1st live television broadcast of a golf tournament from the U.S. to Europe. Brewer won his only major on this day and called winning the Masters “the biggest thrill I’ve had in golf.” The year before, Gay bogeyed the final hole to finish in a three-way tie after regulation but finished 3rd to Jack Nicklaus and Bert Yancy following an 18 hole playoff.
April 9, 1975, Muhlenberg County barely edged Pike County to retain its long-standing position as Kentucky’s top coal-producing county. The Kentucky Department of Mines and Minerals also confirmed the Commonwealth produced 136,792,843 tons of coal in 1974, an increase of 9,285,523 tons from 1973 totals.
April 9, 1984, President R. Reagan honored Sherleen Sisney from Jefferson County’s Ballard High School as the 1984 Teacher of the Year. Around 45 of her former and current students attended the Rose Garden ceremony. In 33 years of the award, Kentucky had their 1st win in Ms. Sisney.
On April 9, 1990, the Kentucky Derby Festival Board named General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr., Grand marshal for the Pegasus Parade. Meanwhile, Bill Shoemaker laid in a Los Angeles hospital partially paralyzed and in critical condition after a car wreck.
On April 9, 2002, Citizens Against Government Waste, a group that monitors federal spending, added Kentucky to its “Dirty Dozen” list of “Porkiest States,” saying it ranked 9th regarding wasteful expenditures. One heavily criticized pork project included the $525,000 Civil War theme park in Laurel County.
April 9, 2018, a former UK basketball administrator, Leon Smith, received four years in prison for a scheme to defraud $1.3 million from professional athletes. The Louisville native played three seasons for UK football.
On April 9, 2019, Secretary of State Allison Grimes escalated her fight with the state board of elections and fired the executive director from the National Committee devoted to improving election integrity. Jared Dearing had been a long-time critic of Allison. The Secretary’s father heard the news from a federal prison.
On April 9, 2020, Governor A. Beshear announced 134 new + coronavirus cases, totaling 1,452. He also reported six new deaths for a total of 79. Nursing homes begged for help in labor and supplies of masks, gloves, and gowns.