Kentucky Trivia

October 22, 1807, Kentucky First Lady Mary Catherine Pope Greenup died in the old Kentucky governor’s mansion.   According to later occupants, her image has appeared in clock faces and mirrors in the house.

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 Second Street. Marshal Simpson told the men they could have fun but could not fire the guns in town. The group moved further down Second Street and began firing again. When Marshal Simpson and another officer attempted to arrest them, they were both shot.

October 22, 1893, Night Policeman George William James, Georgetown Police Department, was shot and killed on Main Street in front of the county courthouse.

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 first party 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 taken by elevator to the second floor.  From there, they descended the main stairway into the main entrance hall, where the Haggins welcomed their guests.

October 22, 1921, UK welcomed Georgetown on the gridiron for the third time.  The final score was 33-0.  The two teams would meet three more times and the series would end in 1924.

October 22, 1960, “embarrassing incidents” occurred in which African American delegates to the international convention of Christian Churches were turned away by a Louisville hotel and cafeteria.  Convention leaders acknowledged what took place and discussed the issue during the convention.

October 22, 1970, Governor Nunn’s racehorse that he gifted to the 30 sitting republican governors at the 1969 republican governors conference ran fifth, by six lengths, in the colt’s first 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, 1975, Lexingtonian Doug Flynn, 24-years-old, wins his first of two World Series as a member of the Cincinnati Reds.  The National League Champs beat Boston four games to three.

October 22, 1977, Pete Rose attends 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, 1977, the Kentucky Wildcats gave Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, his first 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, 1988, Jerry Claiborne coached the Kentucky Wildcats to a victory over the 11th ranked Georgia Bulldogs 16-10.  It was their big win in a losing season.

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.”

October 22, 2004, an Eastern Kentucky coal company was fined $536,050, the largest federal penalty ever in the state.  The fine stemmed from a 2003 June explosion in Floyd County that killed 21-year-old Paintsville native Paul Blair and injured two others.  The fine was also the third largest in the nation.

October 22, 2017, Kentuckian Justin Thomas won the first 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 second playoff hole against Marc Leishman.  This was the 7th PGA victory for Thomas, the reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year and money winner, and his first win in a playoff.

October 22, 2019, Louisville officials announced the city would be getting a National Women Soccer League (NWSL) franchise.  The Louisville franchise is the league’s 10th and at least two ore additions are expected by 2021.

October 22, 2019, Celine Dion gives a titanic performance in the Yum Center!  It was her first performance in Louisville during her 30-year career and one of the first U.S. stops in her “Courage World Tour.”

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