Kentucky Trivia

October 25, 1805, Kentucky Cherokee Chief Doublehead signed the final Treaties of Tellico, ceding the land south of the Cumberland River.

October 25, 1870, Pimlico Race Course opened and an impressive colt named Preakness won the first race called the “Dinner Party Stakes.”  Today, the race is known as the Dixie Handicap.

October 25, 1879, at the invitation of Mary Barr Clay, Susan B. Anthony arrived in Richmond for the first of three talks, given at the courthouse and Green’s Opera Hall.  This was the beginning of the Madison County Equal Rights Association with charter members Mary Barr Clay, Sallie Clay Bennett, Mrs. Rollins Burnam, Mrs. Mary Ann Collins, Mrs. Lester Sommers, Mrs. E. E. McCann. and Mrs. Martha Haley.  Susan B. Anthony also made stops in Owensboro and Bowling Green.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Paris native Margaret Ingels born in 1892.  Ms. Ingels is the first female engineering graduate from UK, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1916.  She was also the 2nd woman engineering graduate in the U.S. Her work on air conditioning included developing the “effective temperature” scale to incorporate humidity and air movement in the equation for human comfort.

October 25, 1923, the Brown Hotel at the corner of Fourth and Broadway opened in downtown Louisville.  David Lloyd George, former Prime Minister of Great Britain, was the first person to sign the guest register.  The Brown Hotel has hosted Lily Pons and her pet lion cub, Al Jolson, Queen Marie of Romania, the Duke of Windsor, Harry Truman, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Crawford, Gene Autry, Eva Marie Saint, Muhammad Ali, Robert Young and three modern U.S. Presidents.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Newport native David “Dave” William Cowens, born in 1948.  Dave was the 4th overall pick in the 1970 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics, the 1971 NBA Co-Rookie of the Year, 1973 NBA MVP, and 1973 NBA All-Star game MVP.  He won two championships with the Celtics in 1974 and 1976, and was a seven time All-Star.  In 1996, Cowens was selected to be on the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.

October 25, 1951, Army 1LT Koeling B. Gardner from Jefferson County, Army PFC Ellis Marshall from Owsley County and Army PFC Velmer Shearer from Jefferson County, died fighting in the Korean War.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to World Heavy Weight Champion and Louisville native Greg Page, born in 1958.

October 25, 1967, Night Chief James Vallard “Jim” Smith, Barbourville Police Department, was accidentally shot and killed by another officer while struggling with a drunk driving suspect.

October 25, 1968, Army CPL Jimmy W. Hardwick from Louisa in Lawrence County died fighting in the Vietnam War.

Sunday, October 25, 1970, all but three Louisville Kroger stores opened to sell necessity items.  This corporate decision was made days before Jefferson Circuit Judge Marvin Sternberg ruled on whether the Jefferson County stores open on Sunday are breaking Kentucky’s Sunday law.

October 25, 1978, 30-year-old John Howard Carpenter released his original independent film, Halloween.”  I decided to make a film I would love to have seen as a kid, full of cheap tricks like a haunted house at a fair where you walk down the corridor, and things jump out at you.”  Carpenter described the movie as “True Crass” exploitation.  The budget was $320,000, and the film initially grossed $65 million, making it one of the most successful independent films.  Growing up in Bowling Green, he began making 8mm films by the time he was in high school.

October 25, 1999, Kentucky surgeons performed the first hand transplant in the U.S. at Jewish Hospital in Louisville.  The 15-hour operation replaced the left hand of the male recipient from a donor who had died a few hours earlier.

October 25, 2003, during the 20th Breeders’ Cup, Richard Mandella would experience the greatest success of his racing life at Santa Anita Park.  Julie Krone became the first female rider to win a Breeders’ Cup race aboard the Mandella-trained Halfbridled in the Juvenile Fillies.  Action This Day garnered the Juvenile for Mandella’s second win.  Mandella’s third win of the day was another Breeders’ Cup first.  After 1 ½M in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Mandella’s Johar and defending champion High Chaparral hit the wire together.  It took 12 minutes for the stewards to declare the race a dead heat, the first tie in Breeders’ Cup history.  As if destined, Mandella’s 14-1 shot, Pleasantly Perfect, won the Classic by 1 ½ lengths.  Mandella broke D. Wayne Lukas’s record of three Breeders’ Cup wins set in 1988 with his fourth triumph of the day.


October 25, 2006, Marine Lance Cpl. Jonathan B. Thornsberry, 22, of McDowell in Floyd County, died while conducting combat operations in Fallujah, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Saturday, October 25, 2008, the second-day of the 25th Breeders’ Cup racing occurs in the second year of the two-day format.  It seemed like “Female Championship Friday,” part II when a female force emerged named Goldikova and defeated her male rivals in the Mile, watch her explode with an incredible turn of foot.



October 25, 2008, the unranked Louisville Cardinals upset the 14th ranked South Florida’s Rocky the Bull football team.

October 25, 2010, Jack Conway and Rand Paul square off in their final debate before the November election.  This time Rand Paul did shake Jack’s hand.  He refused to shake his hand in the previous debate.

October 25, 2013, a Kentucky Court of Appeals panel ruled that former Chief State Steward John Veitch’s one-year suspension for his handling of a 2010 Breeders’ Cup race at Churchill should be reconsidered.

October 25, 2017, Yum Brands! pulled out as the title corporate sponsor of the Kentucky Derby, a landmark deal with Churchill Downs that had been in place since 2006.  The exit, three years ahead of schedule, allowed Brown-Foreman Corporation to take over, using its Woodford Reserve bourbon as the marquee.

October 25, 2019, Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepard ruled that Governor Bevin’s office had the authority to fire Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton’s staff without her authorization.  Shepard noted the ruling is not a criticism of Lt. Gov. Hampton, who appears to have discharged all of her assigned duties with dignity, loyalty and honor.   Bevin chose another running mate in January 2019, and when Bevin fired her staff in August, she filed a lawsuit.  Hampton was the first African-American to hold statewide office in Kentucky history and the third African-American woman to have served as lieutenant governor of a U.S. state.