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Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Lexington native Gideon Shryock, born in 1802. At 25, Gideon’s 1st design was the Old State Capitol in Frankfort, built from 1827-30, and is now a National Historic Landmark (NHL).
Kentucky Trivia: Other Shryock works are the Old State House in Little Rock, built from 1833-42, (NHL) Old Morrison on the Transylvania Campus built from 1831-34, (NHL) two local courthouses, Franklin County, built from 1832-35 and Jefferson County from 1837-60. The Orlando Bloom House in Frankfort is the only known residence Gideon designed. In 1832, Gideon’s father, Matthias, designed the family home of Mary Todd Lincoln.
November 15, 1843, the Campbell-Rice Debate took place in Lexington. This healthy community discussion centered around the differences between the Christian and Presbyterian religious views. Participants included Alexander Campbell, president of Bethany College in West Virginia, who represented the Christian Church, and Reverend Nathan Rice of Paris speaking for the Presbyterian Church. Henry Clay, in between terms in the U.S. Senate, agreed to be a moderator. J.M. Sandusky, a prominent Missouri lawyer formerly of Lexington, commented at one point, “I should have thought Clay could have made a much better judge of a horse race or good whiskey than a religious debate.”
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Covington native Harry Bartow Hawes, born in 1869. A lawyer, conservationist, and politician who served in the U.S. House and Senate from Missouri. He is best known for the Hare–Hawes–Cutting Act, the 1st U.S. law, granting independence to the Philippines, and for earlier work assisting the Republic of Hawaii to become a U.S. territory.
November 15, 1907, Patrolman Theodore C. Bossung, Louisville Police Department, died after contracting tetanus due to being dragged by a horse ten days earlier. He was the driver of a patrol wagon and was answering a call at Clay and Oak Streets when the harness became tangled.
November 15, 1911, Special Patrolman Francis M. Blair, Whitesburg Police Department, died as he and a deputy sheriff attempted to arrest a man wanted for shooting a policeman in Wise County, Virginia, several days earlier. As the two officers approached the house the suspect opened fire.
November 15, 1926, City Marshal Charlie Wright, Burnside Police Department, died from a gunshot while arresting a man for public drunkenness. Police arrested, convicted, and sentenced the man to life in prison. Acting Governor A. B. Chandler pardoned him on March 4, 1933.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Louisville native David Russell “Gus” Bell, Jr., born in 1928. Bell played MLB from 1950 through 1964 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets, and Milwaukee Braves. He batted left-handed and threw right-handed; in a 15-year career, he hit .281 with 206 home runs, and 942 RBIs in 1,741 games. He played nine of his 15 seasons with Cincinnati and was the oldest member of a rare three-generation major league family. His son, Buddy, was a 3rd baseman, coach, and manager, and his grandsons, David and Mike, were both infielders.
November 15, 1956, a Kentucky circuit court jury awarded $175,000 in damages to Charles Mann, 7, after a free-rolling railway car cut-off his right arm and right leg in 1952. The award was the largest settlement ever returned in a Jefferson Circuit Court.
November 15, 1962, Muhammad Ali (16-0) fought Archie Moore (184-22-11) in Los Angeles Arena. Moore was among the greatest light heavyweights and prolific fighters of all time (219 professional fights). But he was 45 when he fought Clay, and in the 4th round, Clay knocked him down three times and won with a TKO. Moore’s next fight was his last, against wrestler Mike DiBiase in Phoenix. Moore beat up DiBiase and won by TKO in the 3rd round, ending his 27-year career with a victory.
November 15, 1970, former Governor B. Combs told a conservation group that the Kentucky General Assembly’s next session should enact a severance tax on coal. The gubernatorial candidate predicted the coal industry would go along with such a levy if allowed to plan.
On November 15, 1980, bolstered by a tight economy, Kentucky’s colleges and universities registered their largest enrollment increase since 1975. Figures showed 135,265 full and part-time students enrolled, a 4.7% increase over the previous year.
On November 15, 1986, Senior Day, Kentucky beat Florida 10-3 in Commonwealth Stadium, and Marc Logan got a ride off the field on the shoulders of running backs coach Greg Nord. The win snapped a six-game losing streak against the Gators. Logan played for ten years in the NFL, winning a Super Bowl with San Francisco in 1995.
November 15, 1990, Pineville dedicated a fortress dam against the Cumberland River. Over one-hundred residents from Pineville and Wallsend, many of who had been victims of past floods, gathered together for the big day. The new dam is supposed to guard against the 100-year flood. The Federal Government paid 74% of the $76 million price tag, and Kentucky paid the remainder. Rep. Hal Rogers secured funding for three similar projects in Kentucky, Pineville being the first.
November 15, 1991, former UK basketball coach Joe B. Hall laughed with ex-UCLA basketball coach John Wooden in Lexington. Wooden was in town for dinner held by the UK’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Foundation.
November 15, 2001, displaying toughness and single-minded determination, Western Kentucky stunned #4 Kentucky 64-52 in Rupp Arena. The unranked Hilltoppers held the Wildcats to 33% shooting from the field, forcing 20 turnovers, and winning the battle of the boards 40-38.
On November 15, 2004, tobacco farmers, buyers, agriculture officials, and warehouse men gathered in Lexington to open the last traditional burley auction. President Bush’s $10.14 billion buyout ended the federal government providing guaranteed pricing.
November 15, 2017, Secretary of State A. Grimes and Rep. J. Sims of Flemingsburg held a press conference to urge Kentuckians to legalize medical marijuana and announced their task force would help the endeavor. Grimes stated, “The research is done. The studies have been conducted. It works and it’s time we end our idling and start having conversations to bring medical marijuana to the Commonwealth.”
Sunday, November 15, 2020, the state again broke the weekly record for positive coronavirus reported. The governor reported three new deaths, ages 93, 85, and 84. Public Health Commissioner, Dr. Steven Stack, “Unless Kentuckians come together, we will continue on this dangerous trajectory with disastrous consequences.”