TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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July 7, 1776, Jemima Boone (Boone’s 2nd daughter), Francis “Fanny” and Elizabeth “Betsy” Callaway were captured by the Shawnee at Fort Boonesborough.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Nelson County native and Kentucky’s 20th Governor, Charles Slaughter Morehead, born in 1802.  Though a member of the Whig Party for most of his political service, he joined the Know Nothing, or American, Party in 1855, and was the only governor of Kentucky ever elected from that party.

July 7, 1826, Orville Beauchamp was hanged to death in Frankfort after being convicted of stabbing to death Kentucky legislator Solomon P. Sharp; a crime known as the Beauchamp–Sharp Tragedy.  The morning of the execution, he and his wife, Anna, attempted a double suicide by stabbing themselves with a knife she had smuggled into prison.  She was successful; he was not. Beauchamp was rushed to the gallows before he could bleed to death.  Two men supported Beauchamp as the noose was put around his neck.  He asked for a drink of water, and the band to play “Bonaparte’s Retreat from Moscow.”  At his signal, the cart moved out from under him, and he died after a brief struggle.  Following Beauchamp’s earlier instructions, the bodies of Jereboam and Anna were arranged in an embrace and buried in the same coffin.  A poem written by Anna was etched on their double tombstone.

July 7, 1883, Deputy Sheriff Marhall E. Hensley, Green County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed as he and a posse attempted to arrest a man.

July 7, 1890, Patrolman George E. Roberts, Louisville Police Department, died after being punched in the neck by a man he was attempting to arrest at an election polling place near the intersection of Ormsby Avenue and Second Street. 

July 7, 1893, Seay J. Miller, a black male, was lynched for rape and murder in Carlisle County.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Monticello native Harriette Simpson Arnow, born in 1908, in Wayne County.

July 7, 1915, a large tornado swept through Kenton and Campbell Counties leaving a path of destruction in its wake.  City officials in the region estimated the losses due to the storm in the millions of dollars.

July 7, 1925, Special Deputy Sheriff Frank James, Martin County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed as he assisted the Martin County sheriff and a posse search for a man wanted for shooting five people the previous day.

July 7, 1934, Mary Hirsch became the first female to be licensed as a Thoroughbred trainer.  She received her licenses in Illinois.  Hirsch subsequently was licensed in Michigan that year, and two years later, on April 9, she was licensed by The Jockey Club to train in New York.

July 7, 1950, Army PFC William T. Maddix from Boyd County and Army PFC Basil Varney Jr from Pike County, died in the Korean War.

July 7, 1951, Army PVT Carroll N Ramsey from Louisville died in the Korean War.

July 7, 1953, Air Force A2C Donald L. Abney from Louisville and Air Force A2C John Glendale Delancy from Raceland in Greenup County, died in the Korean War.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Ft. Knox native Leonard Harold Barker III, born in 1955. Len pitched the tenth perfect game in baseball history.

July 7, 1965, Army PFC Johnie E. Rice Jr. from Freeburn in Pike County died in the Vietnam War.

July 7, 1966, Army SP4 John W. Hamm from Lexington and Marine Corps LCPL Danny R. Simpson from Cardinal in Bell County, died in the Vietnam War.

July 7, 1967, Army PFC Bobby L. Foreman from Lexington died in the Vietnam War.

July 7, 1968, Army SGT Lavaughn Elliott from Russellville in Logan County died in the Vietnam War.

July 7, 1970, Army SGT Gerald L. Risinger from Jeffersontown died in the Vietnam War.

July 7, 1979, 14-year-old Mary T. Meagher wins the gold in the Women’s 200m Butterfly at the 1979 Pan American Games and sets a new world record doing so.  

July 7, 1983, federal and state officials told Kentucky cities they would not be able to financially assist them in treating their sewage before it emptied into local rivers due to a cut in federal funds.

July 7, 1990, the tradition rich La Citadelle announced that ownership would be transferred for the first time in two decades for a price between $1 and $2 million.  Brothers L.D. and Joe Pat Gorman and cousin Vernon Cooper, Jr. sold it to coal operators Jim Hall and Billy Hylton.

Kentucky Trivia:  Robert Kennedy, Helen Hayes, Ernie Ford, and Glenn Campbell have been guests at the La Citadelle.  Duff Arnett, a Hazard lawyer, suffered a heart attack while in his favorite hotel and refused treatment.  Arnett, who had cancer, told his friends he liked the La Citadelle so much that he would just soon die there as anywhere, and he did.

July 7, 2015, a same-sex couple from Morehead and alumni of Morehead State University, released video footage of Kim Davis refusing to issue them a marriage license and requesting that they turn off their camera.  The video went viral overnight.

July 8, 2020, the Courier-Journal writes an editorial on their front page stating, “it is time for Governor A. Beshear to recognize the pandemic and do the courageous thing and mandate masks.”   Meanwhile the socialist benefits keeping pouring out of the Washington D.C. as Kentucky receives $5 billion for the paycheck protection program.