November 3, 1794, the Kentucky legislatures occupied their first permanent capitol building. It was located in Frankfort. It was the third building used as the state capitol, the first being in Lexington and the second being the Wilkinson House in Frankfort. The first floor contained the offices of state auditor, treasurer, registrar and the public printer. The second floor held the House of Representatives, committee rooms and courtrooms. The third floor housed the Kentucky Senate and offices of the Secretary of State. This building would last 19 years before it was destroyed by fire in November 1813. The next permanent capitol building would also burn. Kentucky has had eight different capitol buildings. All have been in Frankfort except the first temporary log cabin used in Lexington.
The Kentucky Encyclopedia edited by John E. Kleber; pg: 161
November 3, 1885, Nathan Stubblefield received his first U.S. patent, #329,864. The invention was a tool for lighting coal oil lamps without having to remove the glass chimney. Nathan was the inventor of the wireless telephone, and he rests in peace in Calloway County.
November 3, 1892, Harrodsburg native Frances Wisebart Jacobs passed away. Over 4,000 people attended her funeral at the Temple Emanuel in Denver. A week later, a memorial service was held at the First Congregational Church. Speakers included prominent Denver citizens, such as the city’s mayor, and the Governor of Colorado. Among the philanthropy organizations she founded, she is best remembered as a founder of the United Way and the Denver’s Jewish Hospital Association.
In the early morning hours of November 3, 1917, McLean County native James Bethel Gresham became the first American casualty of World War I when he, along with PVT Thomas F. Enright and PVT Merle D. Hay, were killed by German raiders. Along with their deaths, the Germans wounded three other American soldiers and captured eleven as prisoners.
November 3, 1936, Constable Brock Sizemore, Knox County Constable’s Office, was shot and killed while attempting to arrest an intoxicated man at a polling place during an election. As Constable Sizemore placed him under arrest, the man pulled out a pistol and fatally shot him.
November 3, 1975, Louisville police used tear gas to disperse 5,000 antibusing demonstrators that blocked traffic and a major road after a pre-election protest march. The gas was deployed after officers were struck with bricks and bottles.
November 3, 1981, Kentuckians exercised their right to vote. One measure was the proposed succession amendment. Governor John Y. Brown Jr. said that this amendment would be a referendum on his administration. The voters overwhelmingly defeated the proposal in almost all sections of the state.
November 3, 1992, Kentucky gave a very narrow victory to Bill Clinton over President Bush. Senator W. Ford wins a fourth term and Hal Rogers, Jim Bunning, William Natcher and Scotty Baesler win seats in in the House.
November 3, 2000, votes to allow alcohol sales in large restaurants will proceed in Georgetown and ten other communities when Franklin Circuit Judge Roger Crittenden ruled that registered voters could indeed vote on such a measure. Kentucky legislatures created a new law that enabled dry cities and counties to let voters decide if restaurants that seat 100 people would be able to sell alcohol in those restaurants. Citizens who filed the suit opposed the new law and alcohol.
November 3, 2017, Rand Paul’s neighbor tackled the Republican legislator in Paul’s backyard in Bowling Green. Paul suffered broken ribs, sued and won $580,000 in a civil lawsuit. It is alleged the neighbor disagreed with the Senator’s landscaping methods.
Friday, November 3, 2017, Del Mar racetrack, hosted their first Breeders’ Cup World Championships, the 34th edition. Racing fans responded as the two-day wagering totals for the event was the strongest in several years. The highlight of Friday’s card is the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) for older fillies and mares going 1 1/8M on the main track. Elate, Stellar Wind and Forever Unbridled were all Grade I winners. 23-1 Champagne Room set the pace.
Saturday, November 3, 2018, the 35th Breeders’ Cup continued in Louisville. An incredible training feat was turned in by Peter Miller, who became the first trainer to have the same two runners repeat as Breeders’ Cup champions. The California-based Miller first sent Rockingham Ranch and David Bernsen’s 6-year-old gelding Stormy Liberal to successfully defend his title in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. Three races later, Miller saddled the 6-year-old gelding Roy H to his second straight Twin Spires Breeders’ Cup Sprint victory, taking the 6-furlong race by 3 ¼ lengths.
November 3, 2020, U.S. Rep. Harold Rogers defeated challenger Matthew Ryan Best, to win his 21st term of southeastern Kentucky. Rogers is Kentucky’s longest-serving politician in Congress, having represented the state’s 5th district since 1981. He currently serves as the dean of the Kentucky’s congressional delegation, which includes five Republicans and one Democrat.