October 1775, William McConnell, Francis McConnell, David Perry, John McClelland, Robert Patterson and others set out from Fort Pitt in Pennsylvania. Supplies were packed into canoes; the men went by land, driving nine horses and fourteen head of cattle, the first importation of either into Kentucky.
The Founding of Lexington 1775-1776 by Carolyn Murray Wooley; pg: 18
October 17, 1797, exiled Prince Louis-Phillipe d’Orleans, from France, arrived in Bardstown. He explored the American frontier while waiting for the French Revolution to defeat Napoleon. He stayed at the Old Talbott Tavern, where a member of his entourage painted murals, which were rediscovered in the 20th century and restored. The murals were on display until a fire destroyed them in 1998.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Richard Mentor Johnson, born in 1780. Richard entered this world in the settlement of “Beargrass,” in the Kentucky frontier, present-day Louisville. He is the only Vice President elected by the U.S. Senate under the provisions of the Twelfth Amendment.
Kentucky Trivia: The youngest and oldest Vice Presidents are Kentuckians.
October 17, 1890, Town Marshal Sam Voglesong, Falmouth Police Department, died from a gunshot when ambushed as he entered the door to his home. Two brothers and another man were arrested a short time later and charged with his murder. The brothers had vowed to get even with the marshal over a previous encounter in which Marshal Voglesong shot one of the brothers.
October 17, 1903, Kentucky State College (UK) beats Kentucky Military Institute in Lexington 18-0. Kentucky State College would lose only one game for the year, the last one, to Kentucky University (Transy).
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Springfield native Samuel Paul Derringer, born in 1906. He was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for three National League teams from 1931 to 1945, primarily with the Cincinnati Reds. In 1958 Derringer was named a founding inductee into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. He is a two-time World Series Champion.
October 17, 1976, Lawrence Welk was the first act to perform at Rupp Area. He attracted a jaw-dropping 20,000 patrons on Sunday, for a 3:00 p.m. concert, easily surpassing Welk’s previous tour record of 18,000. Tickets sold for $7.50, $6.50, and $5. Adolph Rupp was in attendance, seated in the first row, and would join Welk on stage during the show. With so many patrons attending the first-ever event, a popcorn shortage occurred during the arena’s inaugural show.
October 17, 1981, the Courier-Journal started a three-day series entitled, “Marijuana A Growing Business; First of Three Series.” The first series claimed: Kentucky is one of six states to receive FDA money to destroy plants if found on a private farm and Kentucky is one of 11 states with confirmed plants of the sinsemilla strain. The KSP believes they confiscate anywhere from 2.5% to 10% of Kentucky’s illegal crop.
October 17, 1994, Kentucky Senate Majority Leader John Rogers began trial for attempted extortion, conspiracy to commit extortion, mail fraud and lying to federal investigators. The charges say he tried to profit for helping pass a 1984 banking bill. He wanted former Governor Wilkerson to keep his promise of giving him bank shares, Wilkerson owed for passing the bill. The bill enabled Kentucky holding companies to buy banks in other counties and states. He was eventually found guilty because of secretly recorded tapes made by an informant.
October 17, 2006, Army Staff Sgt. Garth D. Sizemore from Mt. Sterling died from injuries sustained when his patrol came in contact with enemy forces using small-arms fire during combat operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
October 17, 2009, the Kentucky Wildcats beat the Auburn Tigers in Alabama. Randall Cobb and Derrick Locke bounced off tackles all night to combine for over 250 yards rushing. The Wildcats stunned 14-point favorite Auburn in Jordan-Hare Stadium to win only their sixth game ever against the Tigers.
October 17, 2009, the Belle of Louisville was involved in an accident on the Ohio River while taking passengers on a cruise. According to the Coast Guard, she struck the McBride dry dock, not a barge, like first reported.
October 17, 2010, U.S. Senate candidates Rand Paul and Jack Conway had their most contentious and personally bitter debate with Paul saying that Conway had “descended into the gutter” with campaign ads about his past.
October 17, 2017, Rick Pitino sues Adidas alleging that the apparel company deliberately damaged his reputation. Adidas terminated its services contract with Pitino hours after his firing from U of L on October 15. The F.B.I. complaint accuses Adidas of funneling money to families of two Louisville recruits in return of them to attend U of L and sign with Adidas. In Pitino’s lawsuit, he claims he knew nothing of Adidas’s conspiracy.
October 17, 2019, the last time Governor Bevin flew in Kentucky’s Beechcraft Leer Jet. Kentucky at the time also had a Beechcraft King Air. The U.S. Defense Department prohibits the sale of either plane since they paid for them.