October 19, 1818, Kentucky gained 2,000 square miles with the Jackson Purchase. The agents included the U.S. and the Chickasaw Nation. The aging Isaac Shelby and Gen. Andrew Jackson represented the U.S. Levi and George Colbert, Chinubby (the Boy King), and Tishomingo represented the Chickasaws. The purchase included eight Kentucky counties.
October 19, 1895, Deputy Marshal Todd Vittitoe, Elizabethtown Police Department, died from a gunshot wound as he and the town marshal broke up a fight between two men. One of the men in the struggle shot at the other one but missed, and the round fatally struck the Marshal.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Jimtown native Georgia Davis Powers, born in 1923. Ms. Powers served 21 years as a state senator in the Kentucky Senate. In 1967, she became the 1st person of color and the 1st woman elected to the Senate. During her term, she advocated for blacks, women, children, low-income, and disabled people.
October 19, 1951, Air Force SSGT N. Brandon from Princeton in Caldwell County, Army CPL Denver King from Letcher County and Army PFC Franklin H. Watts from Mercer County, all died fighting in the Korean War.
October 19, 1970, the annual Court Days in Mt. Sterling began. Like the last 100 years, people came to town to swap knives, guns, dogs, antiques, and hundreds of other items. Court Day is a throwback to the pioneer era when the circuit judge came to town, for the day, each quarter of the year. Initially, locals only traded mules and hound-dogs.
October 19, 1980, Presidential candidate Ronald Reagan arrived at Standiford Field and later rode the Belle of Louisville with campaign workers and school children. Today, the airport is named the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport.
October 19, 1987, federal officials stopped a theft ring in Cumberland County that hauled in hundreds of thousands of dollars in sales of caviar acquired through illegal fishing. The officials charged the ring with conspiracy to bribe a U.S. deputy game warden in order to fish illegally, along with other federal crimes.
October 19, 1990, Governor W. Wilkerson barred new landfills in Kentucky temporarily. He also capped the amount of waste so the state wouldn’t be a “dumping ground” for out-of-state trash. He did this to ensure that legislators would pass new landfills laws.
October 19, 1997, in a move described as unprecedented, the state pushed ahead with plans for a new Bullitt County Courthouse, even though county officials, while not opposed to the idea, never formally voted for the $6.4 million project.
October 19, 1998, the PGA announced the Valhalla Golf Club would be home to the 2004 Senior PGA Senior Championship, and the 2008 Ryder Cup. Valhalla had already successfully hosted the 1996 PGA Championship won by Mark Brooks.
October 19, 2000, the Kentucky State Data Center announced that Lexington would pass Louisville as the state’s largest city if Louisville did not approve the Louisville-Jefferson County measure. From 1990 to 2000, Louisville’s population declined to 253,128, losing 16,710 while Lexington-Fayette Urban County grew by 18,149, to 243,785. Based on the trend, Lexington would become the largest city by 2001.
October 19, 2000, a federal judge sentenced ex-Calumet president J.T. Lundy to 4.5 years and the CFO to two months in federal prison more than eight months after they were found guilty of bribery and fraud, related to the demise of Kentucky’s most famous thoroughbred racing operation.
On Friday, October 19, 2012, Spindletop Hall kicked off a weekend celebration with a Texas Barbeque, followed by a gala dinner dance on Saturday. On Sunday, they finished with a horse and carriage brunch. All to celebrate the 75th anniversary of its completion and the 50th anniversary of the UK Country Club.
Kentucky Trivia: Spindletop included a 1,066-acre farm and a 45,000-square-foot mansion. Pansy Yount flew in European artisans to create the woodwork. The vast gothic library had a hammer-beam roof, and a mantel salvaged from an English Castle. Pansy designed her home around the Kimball organ that sent music to almost every room in the house.
October 19, 2016, Louisville reached a grim milestone when it recorded its 100th homicide for the year, reaching the triple digits for the 1st time in four decades. The FBI’s 2016 Crime report revealed that Louisville’s homicide problem was more profound than the numbers suggest.
On October 19, 2019, Warren Rosenthal died. He built the iconic restaurants Jerry’s and Long John Silver’s. The CEO of Jerrico enjoyed a family of white thoroughbreds that lived on his Patchen Wilkes Farm, across the street from Hamburg Farm in Lexington.
On October 19, 2020, the governor alarmed the public when he claimed the cold weather would make the virus spread more as people gathered inside. He also reported that hospitalization for the virus was at an all-time high. Thirty-five percent of Kentucky hospital beds and 29% of ICU beds were available on this date.
On October 19, 2022, in celebration of all the recreational opportunities the Bluegrass State, Kentucky tourism designated a new Kentucky Trail Town – Burkesville. Located in southern Cumberland County, north of the state line with Tennessee, Burkesville is the state’s 26th trail town.