Kentucky Trivia

November 7, 1825, around two o’clock in the morning, Jereboam Orville Beauchamp, a young southern Kentucky lawyer, knocked on Colonel Solomon P. Sharp’s door in downtown Frankfort and plunged a dagger deep into Sharp’s chest.  This would become known as the “Kentucky Tragedy” or “Beauchamp-Sharp Tragedy.”  The central figure was Anna Cooke Beauchamp.  Anna had been an admirer of Sharp until Sharp denied being the father of her stillborn child.  Later, Anna began a relationship with Cooke and agreed to marry him on the condition that he kill Sharp to avenge her honor.  Anna and Jereboam married in June 1824, and 17 months later, the tragedy occurred.  Sharpe was a prominent figure in Kentucky politics as a Representative, Congressman and Attorney General.  On the morning of the scheduled execution, Anna and Jereboam attempted suicide in his cell with a knife.  Anna survived and Jereboam was loaded on a cart to be taken to the gallows and hanged before he could bleed to death.

November 7, 1852, Madison County native Joshua H. Bean passed away.  Bean served with Zachary Taylor in the Mexican–American War and went to California in 1849 and San Diego in 1850, where he was a trader and saloon owner.  The California state legislature incorporated San Diego in 1850 and Bean was the first mayor until 1851.  As mayor, he illegally “sold” City Hall and city pueblo lands to himself and a friend.  Bean later died in an ambush just outside Mission San Gabriel in 1852 during an argument over a woman.

November 7, 1986, the Kentucky State College (UK) played Central University (EKU) and won 62-0.

November 7, 1899, the most hotly contested gubernatorial election, possibly in the U.S., was held: William S. Taylor (R) vs. William Goebel (D).  Governor William O. Bradley (R) was unable to run due to term limits.

November 7, 1912, Deputy Sheriff Edward Neece, Bell County Sheriff’s Department, was shot and killed at Brownet’s Creek near Pineville on a Sunday morning while attempting to serve a warrant.  The 40-year-old suspect was wanted for selling illegal liquor.

November 7, 1928, Constable Samuel Newton Fannin, Boyd County Constable’s Office, was shot and killed on 15th Street in Ashland while attempting to quell an argument on election night.  Two men from different political parties were arguing about the day’s election and Constable Fannin was called to intervene.

November 7, 1928, Chief of Police Fred E. Stanley, Floyd County Police Department, was shot and killed by the father of a boy he had arrested.  When the Chief refused to return the boy’s gun to the father the man shot him.

November 7, 1929, Patrolman Poley Lloyd Faulkner, Winchester Police Department, died when he and two officers attempted to arrest a man for drunk and disorderly conduct.  The officers had received reports that the man was causing a disturbance and that he was driving recklessly after leaving the saloon.

November 7, 1932, Deputy Constable Booker Van Buren Wright, Letcher County Constable’s Office, died when he went to a house to arrest a suspect on a warrant.  When Deputy Constable Wright arrived at the suspect’s home, near Haymond, the suspect opened fire.

November 7, 1949, Lexington native Vertner Woodson Tandy passed away in Manhattan, New York City.  Vertner was one of the seven founders (commonly referred to as “The Seven Jewels”) of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at Cornell University in 1906.  Tandy served as the first treasurer of the Alpha Chapter and the designer of the fraternity pin.  The fraternity became incorporated under his auspices.  He is also known as the first African American registered architect in New York State.

November 7, 1950, Marine Corps James D. Welsh from Owensboro in Daviess County died fighting in the Korean War.

November 7, 1951, Army SGT Henry C. McKinney from Rowan County died fighting in the Korean War.

November 7, 1956, John Sherman Cooper began his last term as U.S. Senator, Class II.

Kentucky Trivia:  Senator Cooper served three terms all in Class II.  Each time two senators served in between his terms. From his first term to the present:  Cooper, Chapman, Underwood, Cooper, Barkley, Humphreys, Cooper, Huddleston, McConnell.

November 7, 1968, Deputy Sheriff Oscar Burkhart, Harlan County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed while attempting to transport a prisoner to the county jail.  The prisoner’s parents opened fire on Deputy Burkhart’s patrol car, firing over 50 rounds into it and fatally wounding him.  All of the suspects fled the scene after the shooting but were captured a short time later.

November 7, 1970, two addictive drugs in the barbiturate family were stricken from the approved drug list of Kentucky’s Medicaid program and no longer prescribed.  The two drugs were Pentobarbital or “yellow jackets,” and secobarbital, also called “red devils.”  Today Big Pharma tells the government what to do.

November 7, 1970, Governor Nunn announced a proposal to have 35 east-central counties in Kentucky proclaimed a national recreation area.  He told the Natural Bridge Association at Natural Bridge State Park that it would be helpful in getting federal grants.  Nunn also announced a $1 million building program at the park that will include a convention building to hold 400 persons.

November 7, 1979, Trooper Edward Ray Harris, Kentucky State Police, was shot and killed while attempting to make an arrest in LaRue County.  The suspect was later shot and killed by other officers.

November 7, 1985, a truck crossed the one-lane bridge on KY 2014 over the Cumberland River near Fourmile in Bell County.  At that time, the state Transportation Department was preparing to offer the structure for sale to build a new bridge.  It was built in 1873 by the Louisville Bridge and Iron Co. and was replaced in 1993.

November 7, 1995, Paul Patton and Stephen Henry received 500,605 votes, Larry Forgy and Tom Handy received 479,227 votes and Gatewood Galbraith and Jerry Hammond received 3,965 votes.  Patton became the 59th governor.  A new law gave him the opportunity to succeed himself.

November 7, 1998, Breeders’ Cup single day record crowd of 80,452 witnessed two memorable performances, starting with the 6-year-old gelding Da Hoss, who had not raced for nearly two years.  He came into the Mile with one prep race just a month before.  Breeders’ Cup announcer Tom Durkin called Da Hoss’s feat “the greatest comeback since Lazarus.”  The day’s second spectacular moment took place in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, which featured one of the best fields ever assembled: the 1997 Derby winner Silver Charm, the last two Belmont Stakes winners Touch Gold and Victory Gallop and defending Classic winner Skip Away.  This was the 15th edition.


November 7, 2000, a Fulton County school board election ended in a tie, it was decided by a coin toss.

November 7, 2004, Marine Lance CPL Sean M. Langley, 20, of Lexington was killed by enemy action in Anbar province, Iraq during, Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Saturday, November 7, 2009, Zenyatta became the first female to win the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Classic.  She carried 124 lbs. and won by one length over Gio Ponti, earning $2,700,000 of the $5,000,000 purse.  She also became the first horse to win two different Breeders’ Cup races winning the Ladies Classic in 2008.  Zenyatta won 19 consecutive races in a 20-race career.  This was the 26th edition of the World Championship races.

Dirt Mile

Sunday, November 7, 2010, Awesome Feather who won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies two days earlier went through the one-day Lexington Fasig-Tipton November sales and brought $2.3 million.  Race track owner Frank Stronach was the new owner.  Dubai Majesty who won the Filly & Mare Sprint also sold for $1.1 million.  Gabby’s Golden Gal, the 10th place finisher in the Filly & Mare Sprint sold for $1.2 million.

November 7, 2014, a federal appeals court upheld gay marriage bans in Kentucky and three other states.

2:00 p.m., November 7, 2016, the Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown Warehouse I caught fire.  The traditional whiskey warehouse made of old wooden timbers quietly aging approximately 20,000 thousand, 53 gallon white oak barrels filled with Whiskey. The alcohol was 100 and 125 proof making it extremely flammable.  15 minutes after the first report of a fire, the entire warehouse was engulfed in flames.

November 7, 2018, a few Kentucky lawmakers requested a judge to keep sealed sexual harassment allegations from the public.  They claimed the sworn testimony of a former female staffer who accused them of sexual harassment was to graphic and highly embarrassing.

November 7, 2019, a fire caused significant damage to a GenCanna hemp processing facility in Winchester.  Several employees were inside the facility when it caught on fire at 8:15 PM, with no injuries reported.  GenCanna Global USA Inc., a large Kentucky producer of cannabidiols, filed bankruptcy three months later.

Saturday, November 7, 2020, day two of Breeders Cup occurred at Keeneland.  A maximum of 14 horses (12 in the Dirt Mile) are allowed to start in each race. Keeneland also hosted in 2015.