Kentucky Trivia

November 2, 1820, the city of Franklin was incorporated.  Throughout the 1820’s, famous duels took place at Lincompinch, near Franklin which is situated on the KY/TN boarder in Simpson County.  Lincompinch is an ancient dueling ground within the disputed triangle between Kentucky and Tennessee (Black Jack Corner).  Today, Franklin is home to Kentucky Downs, one of five horse racing tracks in Kentucky.  The population of the fourth-class city was 6,553 in 1970, 7,738 in 1980, 7,607 in 1990, 8,006 in 2000, 8,452 in 2010 and 8,969 in 2018.

November 2, 1820, Perry County was created from Clay County and Floyd County and was named in honor of Oliver Hazard Perry, Admiral in the War of 1812.  Hazard is the county seat.  Other cities and towns include: Buckhorn, Vicco, Combs, Diablock, Jeff, Allais, Allock, Ary, Avawam, Beehive, Blue Diamond, Boat, Bonnyman, Bulan, Busy, Butterfly, Chavies, Christopher, Clemons, Combs, Cornettsville, Curly Fork, Daisy, Darfork, Defiance, Delphia, Dice, Doorway, Dow, Dunraven, Dwarf, Eversole, Farler, Fourseam, Fusonia, Gays Creek, Glomawr, Grigsby, Happy, Happy Valley, Hardburly, Harveyton, Hilton, Hiner, Hurricane, Johnson, Jones, Kodak, Krypton, Lamont, Leatherwood, Lead Branch, Little Beech, Lothair, Middle Fork, Miller, Mudlick, Napfor, Olivers, Otter Creek, Red Hill, Rock Fork, Saul, Scuddy, Sixteen, Slemp, Stacy, Tenmile, Tilford, Tribbey, Typo, Upper Pidgeonroost, Vicco, Viper, Wentz, Whitaker, Whitsett, Woodland Park and Yerkes.  Perry County was the 68th county created in Kentucky and covers 343 square miles.

November 2, 1824, Isaac Bledsoe Desha, the son of sitting Kentucky governor Joseph Desha, brutally murdered 31-year old Francis Baker, the editor of The Mississippian, the newspaper of Natchez.  Francis was on his way to his native New Jersey to be married.  Desha was found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging.  Isaac was granted a second trial but his father pardoned his son.  Desha committed two murders, the second one taking place in Texas after he was run out of Kentucky.

November 2, 1831, after obtaining permission from the Mexican government to mount an expedition into Native American territory to search a legendary silver mine, Logan County native James Bowie, his brother Rezin and ten others set out for San Saba.  Six miles from their goal, the group stopped to negotiate with a large raiding party of 160 Native Americans.  For the next 13 hours Bowie and his group fought for their lives. When the Native Americans finally retreated, Bowie reportedly had lost only one man.  The enemy lost while more than 40 men and 30 were wounded.

November 2, 1861, John C. Breckinridge was commissioned as a brigadier general in the Confederate Army.  A year earlier he ran for President of the United States.

November 2, 1895, Belmar won the 29th Belmont Stakes.  The race was run so late in the year because the New York Jockey Club had closed operations.  The race ran under the jurisdiction of the Westchester Racing Association.  The distance was 1 ¼ miles and the winner took home $2,700.

November 2, 1897, Deputy Tes Deakins, of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a politician who had ambushed a rival politician earlier in the day.

November 2, 1918, the Kentucky Wildcats played their second game of the season losing to Vandy in Tennessee, 0-33.  The Kentucky football season was limited to three games due to WWI but the Wildcats did finish the season with a winning record.

November 2, 1968, Dr. Fager made his final start in the Vosburgh Stakes, which he was assigned 139 pounds.  This was the highest weight ever assigned by track handicapper, Tommy Trotter, in a regular stakes event.  He completed the seven furlongs in 1:20 1⁄5, a new track record by a full second and just one-fifth of a second off the world record.

November 2, 1971, Kentuckians had four candidates to choose for Governor:  Democrat Lieutenant Governor Wendell H. Ford, Republican Thomas Emberton, former Governor A. B. “Happy” Chandler, running as an Independent, and American Party candidate William Smith.  They were running to replace Governor Louie B. Nunn who was ineligible for a second term due to term limits, a rule that was later repealed in 1992.

November 2, 1976, Kentucky’s nine electoral votes were won by President elect Jimmy Carter. 

November 2, 1985, New York played host to the 2nd Breeders’ Cup and the Juvenile got the day off to a rousing start when Tasso hooked up with Storm Cat.  Over the next 20 years, Lexington native William T. Young’s Storm Cat, would become one of the world’s most influential sires of thoroughbreds.


November 2, 1991, the 8th Breeders’ Cup and the second to be held in Kentucky/Churchill Downs featured some brilliant performances by European horses, beginning with the opening race, the Sprint, when Sheikh Albadou became the first foreign horse to win a Breeders’ Cup dirt race.  The Classic winner became Horse of the Year.


November 2, 1997, Hank’s Best is the last thoroughbred to win a race at Bluegrass Downs in Paducah.

November 2, 2006, the 5th ranked Louisville Cardinals hosted the 3rd ranked West Virginia Mountaineers winning 44-34.  The Cardinals go on to win the Orange Bowl over Wake Forest.

November 2, 2008, 14-year-old Sarah Terry of Mt. Sterling caught the state record Muskie at 54 inches long, 26.5 inches in girth and weighed 47 pounds, besting the previous record by nearly three pounds.

November 2, 2009, John Calipari talks to guard Eric Bledsoe during his first game as the head coach of the Wildcats, a 74-38 exhibition win over Campbellsville.  The setting for his first game as Kentucky coach warmed Calipari’s heart. “You know, it was neat to walk into an exhibition game and look up in the rafters, and it’s packed,” he said afterward. “I was, like, stunned.”

November 2, 2010, Rand Paul was swept into the U.S. Senate by a conservative political tsunami.  Voters, exhibiting disdain for business as usual in Washington, backed the tea party favorite against Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway.

Friday, November 2, 2012, Santa Anita hosted the 29th Breeders’ Cup.  The two day event began with the Juvenile Sprint, giving the most successful Breeders’ Cup trainer of all time, D. Wayne Lukas, his 18th Breeders’ Cup triumph.  Lukas would win to more in his life.  Another record-breaker came in the next race when the 9-year-old Calidoscopio won the 1 ¾ mile Marathon to become the oldest horse, and the first one from Argentina, to win a Breeders’ Cup race.  Jockey Mike Smith became the leading Breeders’ Cup jockey of all time with 16 wins by winning the Distaff.  There were six races on this day and nine races Saturday.

Juvenile Sprint
Filly and Mare Turf
Ladies Classic

Saturday, November 2, 2013, the second day of the 30th Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita saw increased attendance and wagering over last year, with two-day total attendance up five percent at 94,628, and two-day wagering on the 14 Breeders’ Cup races totaling $136,539,014, up 7% compared to wagering on last year’s 15 Breeders’ Cup races.  The Juvenile Sprint is no longer run.  The Classic was won by a nose and Wise Dan makes a return to the Mile.


November 2, 2014, the Louisville Zoo received a $500,000 donation from the Goldring Family Foundation and their liquor distilling business.  The gift brought the campaign donations to $6.6 million with hopes of raising $10.4 million by the end of 2015.  The money will help renovate the elephant exhibit and pay for a new penguin exhibit.  The Zoo has adopted a new master plan to be executed over the next decade.

Friday, November 2, 2018, Churchill Downs host the 35th Breeders’ Cup, historic for its revamped two-day format.  For the first time, all of the Juvenile races were run on the opening day of the Championships, and the program was themed under the banner of “Future Stars Friday.”

Juvenile Turf
Juvenile Fillies
Juvenile Stakes

November 2, 2018, Katina Powell, the self-proclaimed escort queen at the center of a scandal involving the University of Louisville basketball recruits, was ordered to pay restitution and serve two years of diversion, pleading guilty to theft and forgery charges unrelated to the University scandal.

November 2, 2018, Katina Powell, the self-proclaimed escort queen at the center of a scandal involving the University of Louisville basketball recruits, was ordered to pay restitution and serve two years of diversion, pleading guilty to theft and forgery charges unrelated to the University scandal.

Saturday, November 2, 2019, Santa Anita took several actions to increase the safety of horses and jockeys for the 36th Breeders’ Cup.  This included closing the downhill turf course after several horses had been injured while crossing over the main track.  This also meant that the turf sprint race was run at 5 furlongs instead of the normal ​6 1⁄2 furlongs.  They also increased the number of veterinarians in attendance, which resulted in several scratches before racing began.  Despite the precautions, Mongolian Groom was seriously injured during the running of the Classic and had to be euthanized.


November 2, 2019, The Lion King roars into the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.  The production was acclaimed for stunning costumes and vibrant choreography.