Kentucky Trivia

October 29, 1877, Patrolman Martin Roth, Louisville Police Department, succumbed to injuries sustained one week earlier when he was assaulted by a subject he was attempting to arrest for being drunk in public.

October 29, 1898, Kentucky State College (later known as UK) played the Louisville Athletic Club in Louisville.  Kentucky wins 17-0.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Mt. Victory native Vermont Garrison, born in 1915.  Vermont was one of only seven Americans to achieve ACE status during World War II.  Vermont participated in three wars and was consistently older than his peers; in World War II at the age of 28, in Korea at 37, and flying Rolling Thunder missions at 51 in Vietnam.  For this and his renowned gunnery expert, his nickname was “The Gray Eagle.”

October 29, 1921, Harvard Crimson hosted Centre’s Praying Colonels and lost 0-6 with 40,000 fans watching.  Centre fans were able to go to the Danville courthouse and be read each play as it happened.  There was also a blackboard on hand to graphically show each play.  The game was called the greatest upset in college football history by the New York Times.

October 29, 1927, Chief of Police John E. Miller, Jackson Police Department and Constable Henry Spencer, of the Breathitt County Constable’s Office, were shot and killed while raiding a home on the outskirts of town that was suspected of having illegal liquor.

October 29, 1929, the Great Depression starts.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Roark native Sonny Osborne, born in 1937 on Jack’s Creek in Leslie County.   He is a master of the style developed by Earl Scruggs, called the “Scruggs style” and is best known for his collaboration with his brother Bobby Osborne as the Osborne Brothers.  In the video below, Sonny is in the middle.

October 29, 1940, Turnkey Joe R. Tuggle, Whitley County Detention Center, was shot and killed by a prisoner in the Whitley County Jail as he brought the man out of his cell to talk to a visitor.  The prisoner suddenly grabbed Turnkey Tuggle’s pistol from its holster and shot him twice, killing him.

October 29, 1950, Army CPL Virgil Boggs from Harlan County and Army SFC Albert Knox Jr. from Campbell County died in the Korean War.

October 29, 1960, Muhammad Ali makes his professional debut in his hometown of Louisville.  He won a six-round unanimous decision over Tunney Hunsaker who was 15-9-1.  Tunney’s day job was Police Chief of Fayetteville, West Virginia.  Hunsaker’s eyes were swollen shut by the end of the fight, and afterward he said, “Clay was as fast as lightning.  I tried every trick I knew to throw at him off balance, but he was just too good.”  In his autobiography, Ali said Hunsaker dealt him one of the hardest body blows he ever took during his career.  Ali and Hunsaker became good friends and stayed in touch through the years.  Hunsaker said he did not agree with Ali’s decision to refuse military service, but he praised him as a great humanitarian and athlete.

October 29, 1966, Army PFC Phillip R. Coleman from Wayland in Floyd County and Army SP4 Raymond Doss from Totz in Harlan County, died fighting in the Vietnam War.

October 29, 1975, the Francis M. Stafford House located at 102 Broadway Street in Paintsville was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  The house was added not only for its architecture but for its family’s importance in the founding and development of Paintsville.  In 1843, John Stafford, the original owner of the house, helped establish Paintsville’s city.  In the 1930s, the Stafford family sold most of their 1,000 acres farm to the town, doubling it in size.

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October 29, 1981, less than a week before he planned on getting re-elected, former Judge-Executive Carroll Fugate was sentenced to years in federal prison for stealing $14,000 from Perry County.  Fugate’s lawyer requested federal prison over county jail on the grounds of “taste and dignity” than out of fear.

October 29, 1985, the remains of Hart County native Arthur Thomas Finney, an Air Force Colonel shot down over North Vietnam in 1966 and listed as missing in action, was returned to America.  Finney was one of 26 American servicemen whose remains were returned to the U.S. by Vietnam in August of 1985.  Finney’s final resting place is the Arlington National Cemetery.  His hometown of Canmer provided a memorial service in his honor.

October 29, 1992, Governor Brereton Jones announced his plans to restrict smoking in all state offices, to designated areas, by January 1.  This would be the first time a smoking policy has been implemented throughout state government.  Governor Jones grows tobacco on his Woodford County farm.

October 29, 1993, the jury of seven women and five men began deliberation in the federal bribery trial of State Senator David LeMaster.  LeMaster, 44, D-Paintsville, was charged with extortion, interstate travel in aid of racketeering, and lying to the FBI.  He was one of fourteen defendants charged in the FBI’s investigation of public corruption known as BOPTROT.  The thirteen prior defendants had been found guilty.

October 29, 1996, offshore apparel manufacturing took another bite out of Kentucky employment as OshKosh B’Gosh, Inc. announced it would close its children’s clothing plant in Columbia.  The 411 jobs lost are 5.5% of all the jobs in Adair County. The plant employed 800 a few years ago. The state has lost 4,000 apparel jobs in five years.

October 29, 1996, a Moore High School football player was arrested on a Fourth-degree assault charge after he allegedly hit an official during a Friday night game.  The referee of the Class AAA district game took out the warrant against the 18-year-old who was released on a $5,000 bond.

October 29, 2005, the 22nd Breeders’ Cup was held at Belmont Park for the fourth time.  Jockey Garrett Gomez won his first two career Breeders’ Cup races, in the Juvenile and the Mile.  Intercontinental dueled defending champion Ouija Board in the Filly & Mare Turf.  The first German horse to win a Breeders’ Cup race, won the Turf.  The winner of the Classic was later named Horse of the Year.  It was Bailey’s 15th and final Breeders’ Cup win, retiring the following year as the all-time leader in Breeders’ Cup victories.


October 29, 2006, Derek Cowden from Corbin caught a state record Northern Pike weighing 10.53 lbs. in the Laurel River Lake.

October 29, 2007, Chief of Police Randy Wells, Forest Hills Police Department, was killed when his patrol car was rear-ended by a box truck on the Snyder Freeyway, near La Grange Road.

October 29, 2019, Murray Energy Holdings Company, the largest underground coal mining corporation in the U.S. declared Chapter II bankruptcy, another sign of the industry’s continued economic decline.  There were three Murray subsidies in Kentucky; the Muhlenberg County Coal Company, the Western Kentucky Coal Company and the Western Kentucky Resources that employee 367 workers.  Murry Energy was $2.7 billion in debt.

October 29, 2020, only a zoom call away, coronavirus makes software a popular hit and roars to record profits.