October 16, 1800, the Grand Lodge of Kentucky was organized in Lexington. Prominent Kentucky Masons included: John C. Breckinridge, Cassius M. Clay, the Crittendens, John Hunt Morgan, Beriah Magoffin, Robert Worth Bingham, A.B. Chandler, George Rogers Clark and Henry Clay who was Grand Master from 1820-21. The main Lodge eventually moved to Louisville.
The Squire’ Sketches of Lexington by J. Winston Coleman, Jr.; pg: 24
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Mercer County native John Bryan Bowman born in 1824. Mr. Bowman is known as the founder of Kentucky University and the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky, known today as the University of Kentucky.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Murray native Cleanth Brooks, born in 1906. Cleanth was an American literary critic and professor who was the preeminent critic of Southern literature, writing classic texts on William Faulkner, and co-founder of the influential journal The Southern Review with Robert Penn Warren.
October 16, 1913, Louisville native Ralph Waldo Rose passed away. A six-time Olympian in throwing events, he won medals in three games: 1904, 1908, and 1912. An impressive 6′ 5½” and 250 pounds, Rose was the first shot putter to break 50’, a world record he held from 1909 till 1925.
On October 16, 1916, the lynching of two black males took place in McCracken County: Luther Durrett for alleged attempted rape and Brack Kinley for being part of a mob. One hundred and thirty-five recorded lynchings occurred in Kentucky from 1882-1921.
October 16, 1948, sculptor Herbert Haseltine unveiled his statue of Man o’ War at Samuel Riddle’s Faraway Farm, where the great red horse was buried. Herbert began in 1941 when he would spend two hours a day for six months with the horse. He made three consecutive models, each progressively larger than the first, eventually weighing 3,000-pounds of bronze, in nine pieces.
October 16, 1958, Police Officer Stanley “Tex” Pitakos, Newport Police Department, died during a gunshot during a robbery in progress of a loan company. Other officers rushing to the scene shot and killed the suspect.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Lexington native Tamara McKinney, born in 1962. She won four World Cup season titles, most notably the 1983 overall, the last American woman title holder for a quarter century, until Lindsey Vonn in 2008. McKinney’s other three season titles were in giant slalom (1981, 1983) and slalom (1984). She was a world champion in the combined event in 1989, her final year of competition.
October 16, 1970, an officer in the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) spoke at the Kentucky DAR chapter at Berea College and claimed history was being rewritten. She stated that “the trend is toward multi-ethnic literature and that more than 200 history books are being dropped and replaced by new books such as The Autobiography of Malcolm X at a cost to taxpayers of $1.6 million.”
October 16, 1979, Daniel Lee Hay of the Maysville Police Department, died from a gunshot while investigating a grocery store burglary. The suspect fled the store through an air duct. His killer was captured, convicted and sentenced to 40 years.
October 16, 1983, Kelso passed away of colic. The day before, the 26-year-old Kelso paraded prior to the start of the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park along with champion horse Forego in front of a crowd of over 32,000 spectators. As a gelding, Kelso went on to a second career as a hunter and show jumper. In 1967, he was elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. He is buried at Allaire du Pont’s Woodstock Farm in Chesapeake City, Maryland.
October 16, 1983, click for a typical scene of the crowds and vendors in downtown Mt. Sterling during the annual Court Day. It has taken place every year since 1794 drawing about 200,000 people to Mt. Sterling, Montgomery County’s seat.
October 16, 1992, Governor Brereton Jones took the controversial step of bringing his top political-fundraiser, Jack Hall, into the administration as a member of his inner circle and director of an obscure state agency. Hall raised $10 million for Jones.
October 16, 1995, an elaborate welcoming event took place on the Louisville airport runway to welcome United Parcel Service’s new Boeing 767 cargo freight liner. The plane was one of a kind, but many more were to follow as part of UPS’s expansion.
October 16, 2012, an amateur astronomer in Eastern Kentucky observed a UFO that he described as “like two fluorescent bulbs, side by side, parallel, shining very brightly.” Months later, the government explained the UFO as a test flight for a solar-powered internet balloon.