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April 11, 1775, James McAfee returned to their claims near Harrodsburg.  Alarmed, however, by threats, they again left for Virginia forever.  The story of Kentucky by Cherry and Stickles pg: 44

Localtonians wish a Happy Anniversary to Henry Clay (22), who wed Lucretia Hart (18) in Lucretia’s father’s Lexington home at 193 North Mill Street, in 1799.  They had 11 children, five sons and six daughters, seven of who reached adulthood.  Lucretia tolerated her husband’s periodic gambling and drinking bouts.  An acquaintance once asked if she minded her husband’s chronic gambling.  “Doesn’t it distress you,” sniffed a Boston matron, “to have Mr. Clay gamble?”  Lucretia looked surprised at the question.  “Oh!  Dear, no,” she replied very innocently, “he most always wins.”  Henry Clay: Statesman for the Union by Robert Vincent Remini; pg: 30

April 11, 1826, President J. Quincy Adams nominated Robert Trimble to the Supreme Court.  Justice Thomas Todd passed 63 days earlier.  Trimble lived in Fort Boonesborough and then helped settle Clark County.

April 11, 1873, the General Assembly prohibited the circulation of “any threatening notice or letter” signed or unsigned.  In addition, it prohibited two or more persons from banding together “for intimidating, alarming, or disturbing any person or persons.”  They aimed the bill at the KKK.

April 11, 1885, the Rowan County War called a rare truce to lay down the guns, obey the laws, and not attack each other.  The truce did not last long.

April 11, 1890, a native of Lamb in Barren County, Cynthia May Carver, better known as Cousin Emmy passed over. 

April 11, 1891, Todd County native Caroline Ferguson Gordon died in Mexico.  Born on her “Woodstock” plantation, by 30, she earned two prestigious literary awards, a 1932 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 1934 O. Henry Award.  Her friends included: Fitzgerald, Hemingway, William Faulkner, O’Connor, T.S. Eliot, and Robert Penn Warren.

April 11, 1901, Deputy Sheriff William Wright, Letcher County Sheriff’s Office, died when he and his partner were ambushed by two murder suspects they were about to arrest.

April 11, 1902, Deputy Sheriff Richard W. Slusher, Bell County Sheriff’s Department, succumbed to an accidental gunshot wound when his pistol fell from its holster, striking him in the head.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Pauline Tabor Webster, born in 1905.  The 5-foot-6-inch, 200-plus-pound madam lived in Bowling Green.  Her employees dressed, talked, and acted like society ladies who received regular health checkups.

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April 11, 1909, Patrolman Gustave Rosenberg, Louisville Police Department, succumbed to complications of a head injury sustained, while arresting a man for shooting a firearm in the streets.

April 11, 1922, Night Policeman William Owens Barkley, Georgetown Police Department, died from a gunshot while arresting a burglary suspect after robbing a drugstore.

April 11, 1923, Madison County native Frances Estill Beauchamp died in Geneva, New York, and was later buried in the Lexington Cemetery.  As a devout Presbyterian, “Fannie” was an early adherent to the temperance movement and, in 1866, became active in the Lexington chapter.  National leader Frances Willard mentored her.  Beauchamp helped establish 300 branches throughout Kentucky during her tenure.

April 11, 1935, Deputy Sheriff Adam Smith, Knott County Sheriff’s Office, died from a gunshot while investigating illegal liquor sales and related violations on Jones Fork.  Five men and one woman were arrested for the murder.

April 11, 1940, on opening day of the Spring Meet, Keeneland introduced the electric starting gate.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Citation, born in 1945 at Calumet Farm.  One of the All-Time greats, he won the Triple Crown, 16 consecutive races, and became the 1st horse to earn $1 million in purses.

April 11, 1946, with WW II over, racing returned to Keeneland for an 11-day Spring season that featured photo-finish equipment for the 1st time.  The attendance (79,521) and mutual handle ($3,369,253) broke Spring Meet records.

April 11, 1950, Picadome Golf Club hosted a match with the Lafayette High School golf team and the UK freshmen team.  Gay Brewer Jr. shot a 2-under par 70 for the Generals.

April 11, 1966, Army PFC Andrew J. Campbell from Lanfley in Floyd County, Army PFC Philyaw Fee from Roark in Leslie County and Air Force MAJ Charles H. Penn from Louisville, died in the Vietnam War.

April 11, 1970, Army SP4 Gerald M. Hellman, Jr. from Shively in Jefferson County died in the Vietnam War.

April 11, 1980, Louisville native Mary Meagher set the world record for the 100-meter butterfly; considered to be among the greatest sports performances ever.  Her record stayed intact for more than 19 years.

April 11, 1983, Deputy Jailer Charles D. Wentworth, Shelby County Detention Center died during an escape attempting at the Shelby County Jail.  An inmate’s girlfriend smuggled a handgun into the jail.

On April 11, 1990, Governor W. Wilkinson’s Assembly passed the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court decision.  Besides increasing funding for schools, it mandated high-performance measures and held schools accountable for meeting them. Some educators hailed the legislation among the nation’s best education reform plans.

April 11, 1992, the Kentucky Theatre reopened with an invitation-only screening of the 1955 musical Guys and Dolls and a reception for 1,500 including movie star Debbie Reynolds.  City leaders mistakenly selected the film thinking she was in it; she was not, but they didn’t know that until the night of the grand reopening.

On April 11, 2017, Frankfort native J.T. Riddle debuted in MLB for the Miami Marlins.

On April 11, 2019, London officials carried J. Assange out of its Ecuador embassy and arrested him after Ecuador revoked his political asylum.  On May 1 he received 50 weeks in prison by a British court for skipping bail.  He completed the sentence early but remains jailed pending extradition hearings.  Today, Assange remains in the London prison while he appeals his extradition to the U.S. to face charges of being a journalist.

On April 11, 2020, Governor A. Beshear announced 185 new positive coronavirus cases and four deaths for 1,840 and 94 totals.  In his daily briefing; he reported that 280 nursing homes did not have enough personal protective equipment, coronavirus tests, beds, or staff to fight off the virus.

April 11, 2021, to boost vaccination rates, “pop-up sites” appeared throughout the state.  The locations included Krogers, The Kentucky Horse Park, Cardinal Stadium, Greenwood Mall in Bowling Green, Pikeville Medical Campus, and YMCAs across Kentucky to mention a few.

April 11, 2022, the Atlanta Dreams picked UK’s Rhyne Howard as the 1st overall pick in the WNBA draft, making UK the 4th school to produce top overall picks in the WNBA, NBA, and NFL drafts. Also on the list were Notre Dame, Washington, and LSU.