Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
On October 22, 1813, Charles Scott, Kentucky’s 4th governor, passed away. At the time of his death, he was one of the last surviving generals of the Revolutionary War. Buried initially on his Canewood Estate in Bourbon and Clark Counties, his remains were re-interred at Frankfort Cemetery in 1854. Scott County, Kentucky, Scott County, Indiana, Scottsville, Kentucky, and Scottsville, Virginia, are all named in his honor.
October 22, 1880, Town Marshal John R. Simpson, Danville Police Department, died from a gunshot while arresting three men firing weapons on 2nd Street. Marshal Simpson told the men they could have fun but could not fire the guns in town. The group moved further down 2nd Street and began firing again. When Marshal Simpson and another officer attempted to arrest them, they were both shot.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Morganfield native Earle Chester Clements, born in 1896. Our 47th governor in 1947, he resigned in 1950 to become our U.S. Senator. His father was a popular county judge and sheriff in Union County and he graduated from Morganfield High School in 1915. In 1916, he played center on the UK football team and was named to the “All-Southern Team.”
Thursday night, October 22, 1902, Mr. and Mrs. James B. A. Haggin held their 1stparty at Green Hills to dedicate the completed mansion. Over 250 guests dined and danced well into the night. Guest arrived at Elmendorf Farm entrance, off Paris Pike, in Lexington, where oil lanterns lighted the roadway. They entered the mansion from the west entrance (carriage porch) and took the elevator to the 2nd floor. Then, they descended the main stairway into the main entrance hall, where the Haggins welcomed their guests.
October 22, 1960, a Louisville hotel and cafeteria denied service to African American delegates to the international convention of Christian Churches. Convention leaders acknowledged the “embarrassing incidents” and discussed the issue during the convention.
October 22, 1970, Governor L. Nunn’s racehorse he gifted to the 30 sitting republican governors at the 1969 republican governors conference ran 5th, by six lengths, in the colt’s 1st race. The $12,500 claiming race had eleven entered; the governors’ horse did not get claimed. The race took place at Keeneland and all winnings would have been gifted to the Grayson Foundation for Equine Research.
October 22, 1977, the Kentucky Wildcats gave Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, his 1st taste of American football when he visited the locker room during halftime of the Georgia game in Athens. HRH met Coach Curci and Art Still. The Cats blanked the Bulldogs, 33-0.
October 22, 1977, Pete Rose attended Keeneland during the Fall Meet. Rose, the all-time Major League Baseball leader in hits, was at the track with Reds manager Sparky Anderson and Lexington’s Doug Flynn.
October 22, 1993, Salyersville onlookers could not conceal their lack of faith as Kentucky’s Attorney General (AG) stood on the Magoffin County Courthouse steps and promised to clean up the dirtiest local election in Kentucky that had just occurred. AG Chris Gorman decried votes being “bought and sold like a common commodity” and said vote-buying “will not be tolerated.”
October 22, 1997, Kentucky Attorney General Ben Chandler sued Anthem Insurance Companies to try to force them to turn over $230 million. The suit claimed that Anthem had illegally converted “Kentucky’s assets to their own.”
On October 22, 2004, the feds fined an Eastern Kentucky coal company $536,050, the largest federal penalty for Kentucky. The 3rd largest fine in the nation stemmed from a 2003 June explosion in Floyd County that killed 21-year-old Paintsville native Paul Blair and injured two others.
October 22, 2017, Louisville native Justin Thomas won the 1st PGA Tour event held in South Korea. In a play-off, Thomas won the inaugural CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges on the southern resort island of Jeju thanks to a birdie on the 2nd play-off hole against Marc Leishman. This was Thomas’s 7th PGA victory for the reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year and money winner, and his 1st win in a play-off.
October 22, 2019, Celine Dion gave a titanic performance in the Yum Center! It was her 1st performance in Louisville during her 30-year career and one of the 1st U.S. stops in her “Courage World Tour.”
On October 21, 2021, U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie asked Attorney General Merrick Garland about federal agents who were present and agitating people before the January 6 riots. Before the question, he showed a video of Marine Ray Epps telling people on January 5 they needed to go into the U.S. Capitol. Another video showed him directing the crowd on January 6 toward the Capitol. Many say Epps was a scapegoat for the rioters who wanted to take over the U.S. Government.