Kentucky Trivia

October 27, 1869, Sheriff Lewis C. Story, Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a subject in Albany.  A group of citizens lynched the subject.

October 27, 1914, Deputy Sheriff James F. Smith, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed while attempting to make an arrest in the Mills area along Stinking Creek.

October 27, 1923, Kentucky hosted Georgetown to play their 5th game against each other.  Kentucky won 35-0, coached by J.J. Winn.  The following year would be the last time they played each other, Kentucky winning them all.

October 27, 1928, Kentucky hosted Centre College to play their 12th game against each other.  Kentucky won 8-0.  This was the 11th time their games ended in a shutout.  The following year would be the last time they met, finishing with eight wins for Centre to Kentucky’s five.

October 27, 1928, Western Kentucky University hosted Georgetown on the gridiron for the second time and won 16-0.  Their last game would be in 1950.

October 27, 1934, Kentucky and Auburn meet for the first time.  The Wildcats shutout the Tigers 9-0 under head coach C.A. Wynne and finished the season 5-5.

October 27, 1936, Marshal Meredith “Merdie” Wolford, Phelps Police Department, succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained two days earlier while attempting to arrest a county constable.  The constable had become upset because Marshal Meredith had arrested one of his friends the previous night.

October 27, 1952, Marine Corps PFC Melvin E. Goldsmith from Louisville, Marine Corps PVT James C. Massie from Lexington and Marine Corps PFC from Brooksville in Bracken County, all died fighting in the Korean War.

October 27, 1952, according to the Wall Street Journal, Appliance Park’s annual payroll reached a total of $70 million.  By contrast, Louisville’s present payroll was about $515 million annually.  AP was  an American success story.

October 27, 1961, nineteen-year-old sophomore Betty Gail Brown was found murdered in her car, parked in front of Morrison Hall, at Transylvania University.  The case is still cold.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Mary Terstegge Meagher Plant, born in 1964.  In 1981 she bettered her own existing world records in the 100-meter butterfly (57.93) and 200-meter butterfly (2:05.96).  These times would stand as the respective world records for 18 and 19 years, and are considered to be among the greatest sports performances ever.

October 27, 1965, Marine Corps CPL Gary L. Dowell from Louisville died fighting in the Vietnam War.

October 27, 1968, Army MAJ Larry D. Delano from Murray died fighting in the Vietnam War.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Fort Thomas native Jeffrey Jacob Walz, born in 1971.  Walz is the head coach of the women’s basketball team for UofL.  In his second year he guided the Cardinals to a national championship appearance at the 2009 NCAA Tournament and led the Cardinals to a second championship game appearance in 2013.  He attended Highlands High School in Fort Thomas.

October 27, 1973, Fran Curci’s Wildcats take down the Georgia Bulldogs 12-7 in Athens.  It would be the first of three straight wins, next was #14 Tulane and then Vanderbilt.  Kentucky would finish the season 5-6.

October 27, 1981, Mammoth Cave, located in Edmonson, Hart and Barren Counties is named a World Heritage Site.

October 27, 1987, Henry S. Vance Jr., takes the stand in his defense and vigorously denied having anything to do with the murder of a Florida prosecutor.  It was to no avail.  Two days later, a federal jury deliberated for 80 minutes after a two-week trial to convict Vance.  When sentenced to 15 years in federal prison, some say, this put an end to the Bluegrass Conspiracy saga.

October 27, 1990, the 7th Breeders’ Cup was held at Belmont Park for the first time, the day was marked by tragedy and triumph.  In the Distaff, the champion filly Go for Wand fell in the stretch against defending Distaff winner Bayakoa, and could not be saved.  In the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Kentucky Derby winner Unbridled broke from the outside post in a 14 horse field.  It was the third career Classic win for jockey Pat Day.


October 27, 1990, the Kentucky Wildcats under first-year Head Coach Bill Curry beat the Georgia Bulldogs in Lexington 26-24.  The Wildcats would finish the season with a 4-7 record.

October 27, 1993, Lieutenant Floyd Cheeks, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, died from a gunshot while serving an emergency protective order sought by a woman against her half-brother. 

Localtonians wishes a Happy Anniversary to Heather Renee French and then Lt. Governor Steve Henry, who wed in 2000.  The wedding led to controversy over state resources being used to plan the ceremony.  The Henrys repaid the state $3,200.  The couple has two daughters, Harper Renee (born 2001) and Taylor Augusta (born 2003).

On October 27, 2001, Belmont Park hosted the 18th Breeders’ Cup Championship with military-style police standing guard throughout the facility, including the roof where Ground Zero was visible.  Horse racing fans watched arguably the greatest Classic ever.


October 27, 2003, Reynolds Tobacco Holdings Inc. bought Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation, taking Kentucky’s headquarters and 450 jobs to North Carolina.  B&W had been in Louisville since 1927; their 2002 net sales were $3.57 billion selling popular brands Kool, Pall Mall and Lucky Strike.  The company’s economic impact was $500 million annually.  The federal government had to approve the merger of the number two and three tobacco companies.

Saturday, October 27, 2007, in the first year of the two-day format, the second day of Breeders’ Cup included eight races.  The 24th Breeders’ Cup was also the first year at Monmouth Park.

Dirt Mile

October 27, 2017, Ford Motor Company invited local press and local dignitaries to witness the first of two redesigned SUVs roll off the Kentucky Truck Plant; the new aluminum body for the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator.  This was the first redesign for both in nearly twenty years and included a $2 billion investment.