Kentucky Trivia

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Hazard native Shelby Lee Adams born in 1950.  Mr. Adams is an environmental portrait photographer and artist best known for his images of Appalachian family life.  Adams was the subject of a documentary film by Jennifer Baichwal in 2002 – The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams’s Appalachia.  The film was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival and at the Sundance Festival in 2003.

October 24, 1951, Army PFC Fredericke E. Fuhrman from Kenton County died fighting in the Korean War.

October 24, 1952, Army PFC Charles E. Liford from Harlan County died fighting in the Korean War.

October 24, 1963, Air Force SSGT Walter K. Morris from Paris died fighting in the Vietnam War.

October 24, 1964, Air Force COL Don I. Williamson from Louisville died fighting in the Vietnam War.

October 24, 1967, Army PFC Gary W. Hawkins from Louisville died fighting in the Vietnam War.

October 24, 1968, Army CPL Everette R. Bailey from Georgetown, Army CPL Clyde D. Downard from Foster in Bracken County and Army PFC Willie R. Tucker from Paris, all died fighting in the Vietnam War.

October 24, 1969, Army SFC John T. Demarches from Bowling Green and Army PFC Joseph R. Hagy, Jr. from Lebanon both died fighting in the Vietnam War.

October 24, 1970, the Louisville Blades opened their season in the Mid-American Hockey League.

October 24, 1970, the Kentucky Conservation Council called for an immediate moratorium on Eastern Kentucky strip-mining and took steps toward obtaining stronger strip-mining regulations from the 1972 legislature.  The Council represents 19 state conservation organizations and fifty individuals.

October 24, 1971, Owensboro’s Kentucky Wesleyan College inaugurated Dr. William E. James as their 25th President.  Delegates from 45 colleges and 2,000 other visitors watched as the United Methodist Liberal Arts School held ceremonies.

October 24, 1972, the city of Louisville passed the long studied ordinance creating a 15-year franchise for operation of a cable television (CATV) system in the city.

October 24, 1980, Waylon Jennings headlines the Kentucky Cowboy Roundup, a benefit for the Kentucky governor’s mansion renovation, at the Kentucky Horse Park.

October 24, 1984, senatorial candidate Mitch McConnell campaigns in Louisville and tells the Rotary Club that one-third of all Americans receive some type of federal assistance.  He preferred that corporations and foreign countries receive the money.

October 24, 1995, Kentucky State University received $276,000 for research on the lowly Pawpaw Tree, which grows wild on the banks of Kentucky streams.  A university official claimed the tree as a miracle plant and hoped to discover commercial relevance for the Kentucky native.

October 24, 1990, Arch Mining, the largest private employer in Breathitt County, began to notify 248 miners they would lose their jobs.  The layoff also affected workers in Perry and Knott Counties.  It was an awful day for the industry and Eastern Kentucky.

October 24, 2000, the public received a company internal memo that stated “a blue glow reported by workers at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant could indicate nuclear reactions occurred underground in a top secret burial pit for atomic weapons parts.”  The memo written by a plant physicist stated a “blue glow” that looked like “blue fire” above the ground was first observed in the early 1980s over the southwest corner of the C-746-F classified burial yard and was reportedly seen a number times after that.

Friday, October 24, 2008, changes continued for the Breeders’ Cup as it celebrated its 25th year under the San Gabriel Mountains in California.  For the first time, the main track was a synthetic surface.  The series, now worth $25.5 million in purses, was also expanded to 14 races with the addition of the Turf Sprint, the Juvenile Fillies Turf and the Marathon.  The name of the Distaff changed to the Ladies’ Classic.  The new name was christened with a new star, the four-year-old filly Zenyatta.  Five races were held on this day and nine races were held the next day, Saturday.

Ladies Classic
Juvenile Fillies

October 24, 2010, 52% of Kentuckians approve of Senator McConnell job performance, where he has served since 1985 and led the GOP caucus since 2006.

October 24, 2015, Louisville business and individuals paid more than $3.8 million in fines since 2003 to resolve violations of local air pollution rules.  The #1 violators were faulty vapor controls on gas pumps.

October 24, 2019, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Trump’s nomination of a University of Louisville Law Professor Justin Walker to a lifetime appointment as a Federal Judge.  In his late thirties, Walker earned degrees from Duke and Harvard Law; he also clerked for Supreme Justices Kavanaugh and Kennedy.  The American Bar Association deemed him unqualified to be a Federal Judge because of no significant trial experience.  Senator McConnell had pushed hard for Walker’s confirmation.

October 24, 2019, the University of Louisville separated itself from John Schnatter’s naming rights deal for Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.  The news hits when the Cardinals are completing a $63.25-million dollar expansion of the stadium, which also included a major upgrade to the Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex.

October 24, 2020, Trump votes in Florida and Biden campaigns in Pennsylvania, while America reports the largest number of positive cases since the pandemic began.  Fayette County also receives mixed reviews about their virtual learning programs.