TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

Kentucky Trivia

November 14, 1806, Casey County was created from Lincoln County and was named in honor of William Casey, Revolutionary War Colonel.  Liberty is the county seat.  Other cities and towns located in the county include: Bethelridge, Clementsville, Creston, Dunnville, Middleburg, Phil, Jacktown, Teddy, Upper Tygart, Walltown, Windsor and Yosemite.  Casey County was the 49th county created and covers 446 square miles.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Louisville native Joshua Fry Speed, born in 1814.  Mr. Speed is best known as a businessman and confidant of Abraham Lincoln.  He was educated first at a private school and then at St. Joseph’s Academy in Bardstown (1832-33) and left Louisville in 1835 for Springfield, Illinois, where he and Lincoln became friends.  During the Civil War, Speed served as President Lincoln‘s adviser on western affairs and, on several occasions, was offered the position of Secretary of the Treasury, but each time Speed declined.  In 1842 J.F. Speed returned to Louisville to marry Fannie Henning.

On November 14, 1914, Kentucky shutout Louisville 42-0 in Lexington, setting the Governor’s Cup record at Kentucky 3 and Louisville 0.

November 14, 1925, Sheriff Joe Morgan, of the Leslie County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed in Hyden by a local prominent citizen over an election dispute.  The suspect barricaded himself in the Citizens National Bank as fighting broke out among local citizens, some who wanted to lynch the suspect, and others who considered him a hero for killing the sheriff.  The governor called out the Kentucky National Guard who restored law and order and arrested the suspect.

November 14, 1950, Kentucky’s Department of Finance cracked down on an unidentified ring bootlegging Buicks.  The state purchased the vehicles but they soon ended up on the “black market.”  The rampant use of state vehicles for personal use was also addressed.  

November 14, 1955, Kentucky announces a $3 billion highway improvement plan while 740 Kentucky teachers demand a pay raise effective at once. 

November 14, 1966, Muhammad Ali (27-0) fights Cleveland “Big Cat” Williams (65-5-1) in the Houston Astrodome.  Williams, 33, once a formidable fighter, was worn out by this time.  He had been shot in the stomach by a police officer, attacked by a girlfriend with a meat cleaver and gone toe-to-toe twice with Liston, being KO’d early in both fights.  Ali became concerned that Williams might be badly hurt if the bout went on too long.  An indoor-record 35,460 saw Ali, in his own words, “the night I was at my best.”  Howard Cosell told boxing writer Thomas Hauser, “the greatest Ali ever was as a fighter was against Williams.  That night, he was the most devastating fighter who ever lived.”  He also did the “Ali Shuffle” for the first time as a pro before knocking out Williams in the third round.

November 14, 1967, Army SP5 Paul E. Johnson from Lookout in Pike County died fighting in the Vietnam War.

November 14, 1973, was not a good day for President Nixon.  The Board Chairman of Ashland Oil, Inc. told the Senate Watergate Committee that he had led his firm into making an illegal corporate contribution to Nixon’s reelection campaign.  Chairman Atkins pleaded no contest and fined $1,000 in federal court in Kentucky.  On the same day in Washington, DC, a federal court ruled that Nixon’s firing of the Watergate prosecutor was illegal.

November 14, 1976, the major phase of Jefferson County Swine Flu immunization campaign ended with 47% taking a vaccine.  Epidemiologist stated 60-70% of a community must be vaccinated to stop a pandemic, therefore it must be endemic.   

November 14, 1980, Governor John Y. Brown ordered the state to find new jobs for 28 long-time workers who lost their state jobs by his administration’s cuts in state employees.  Governor Brown laid off more than 900 workers in his first 11 months in office.

November 14, 1980, U.S. District Judge Bernard T. Moynahan Jr. ruled that Governor Carroll’s son must appear before a special federal grand jury.  The special grand jury was investigating alleged corruption in state government; apparently, the father and son had joint business ventures together.

November 14, 1980, Col. Harland Sanders, who rallied in his fight against leukemia, appeared to be losing a battle with pneumonia, according to locals.  He would pass one month and one day later.

November 14, 1984, The Courier-Journal ended a five report titled, “Up in Smoke.”  The articles spoke of the troubled tobacco industry and the changes ahead.  The farmers’ number one concern was the federal government would stop buying their product.

November 14, 1993, The Kentucky Cycle opened on Broadway.  The production explored the American West mythology through the intertwined histories of three fictional families struggling over a portion of land in the Cumberland Plateau. The play won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

November 14, 1994, an 11-year-old Breckinridge Elementary School student found a $40,000 diamond and turned it in.  The press hounded him for weeks so he called off the parade and shopping spree. 

November 14, 1997, George Edward Arcaro, known professionally as Eddie Arcaro, passed away.  The Hall of Fameer jockey at one time, won more American classic races than any other jockey in history.  He is the only rider to have won the U.S. Triple Crown twice; 1941 on Whirlaway and 1948 on Citation.  His other Kentucky Derby wins were Hoop Jr. (1945) and Hill Gail (1952).

November 14, 2000, Florida officials demand a written explanation of why late new vote totals should be accepted for the presidential election held on Tuesday, November 7thMeanwhile in Martin County, elementary students from Nicholasville visited the clean and healthy land where the infamous coal-sludge spill occurred. 

November 14, 2004, Adair County native Evelyn West a.k.a. Evelyn “$50,000 Treasure Chest” West, and “The Hubba-Hubba Girl,” was a vedette burlesque legend of the forties, fifties, and sixties.  A fixture at the Stardust on the old DeBaliviere Strip in St. Louis, Evelyn West was best known for her large (39½ inch) bustline and was reported to have insured her breasts for $50,000 through Lloyd’s of London in 1947.  Quite the comedian, she would often quip to her audience, “I know you’re looking at my shoes.”

November 14, 2008, a jury ordered a Kentucky KKK grand wizard Ron Edwards and two former lieutenants to pay 19-year-old Jordan Gruver $1.5 million for lost wages and medical expenses and Edwards to pay $1 million in punitive damages.  The Kentuckians beat him close to death at a county fair.

November 14, 2011, the controversial question of whether to ban anti-bleeding medication (lasix) on race day at Kentucky tracks came before the state horse racing commission, exposing the same split among regulators as in the racing industry itself.  Fast forward to 2020, and lasix use will be banned in Kentucky on race day for two-year-olds; also, beginning in 2021, Kentucky banned lasix on race day for graded stakes races.

November 14, 2011, two more Western Kentucky Amish men in Graves County were convicted in the local court for refusing to put slow-moving vehicle emblems on their buggies.  They were facing jail after refusing to pay fines and court costs.  The 26-year-old Amish man, who belonged to the strict old Swartzentruber Sect, refused to obey the court, stating the emblems are “loud, flashy color” and violates the community’s rules requiring the rules of using modest colors.

November 14, 2013, Senator M. McConnell jokes with the press about how bad HealthCare.gov operates under President Obama.  The funny part is that McConnell accepted $75k from the health insurance firm that will fix Obamacare’s technical issues. The $155 million contract was already in place.

November 14, 2019, Governor Matt Bevin conceded he lost reelection eleven days after Kentuckians voted and before officials completed the recanvas.

November 14, 2020, positive coronaviruses cases quadruple in Kentucky nursing homes, while the public hears about a 2015 no-knock warrant that went wrong in Lexington.