TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

Kentucky Trivia

November 16, 1798, Governor Garrard signed a bill making Kentucky the first state to nullify Congress’s Alien and Sedition Acts.  These acts outraged many in Kentucky and several counties adopted resolutions condemning them, including Fayette, Clark, Bourbon, Madison and Woodford.  A Madison County militia regiment issued an ominous resolution of its own, stating, “The Alien and Sedition Bills are an infringement of the Constitution and natural rights, and that we cannot approve or submit to them.”

November 16, 1840, Bracken County native Thomas Reynolds became the 7th governor of Missouri.  He is notable for being one of the few American politicians to die by suicide while in office.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Glasgow native Arthur Krock, born in 1886.  Arthur’s coverage of the New Deal won a Pulitzer Prize in 1935.  Three years later, he received a second Pulitzer for an interview with President Franklin D. Roosevelt and an interview with President Harry Truman produced the third Pulitzer in 1950.  Arthur was considered the outstanding conservative political commentator of his era for his column “In the Nation,” which ran in the New York Times for 33 years.  Krock attended Princeton University and received honorary degrees from the University of Louisville in 1939, Centre College in 1940, and the University of Kentucky in 1956.

November 16, 1902, The Washington Post published the “Teddy Bear” cartoon by Woodford County native Clifford Berryman.  Mississippi Governor A. H. Longino invited Theodore Roosevelt to a hunt, but after three days of hunting, the President was the only member of the hunting party who hadn’t gotten a bear.  This bear hunt led to the creation of the Teddy Bear.  The complete hunting story is at the end of the video.

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On November 16, 1902, Harlan Buckles, a black male, was lynched in Harlan County for alleged murder.  This was the 108th recorded Kentucky lynching out of 135 between 1882 and 1921.

November 16, 1912, in their 10th meeting Kentucky beat Tennessee, in Knoxville, 13-6.  The series record stood at 6-3-1, in Kentucky’s favor.

November 16, 1934, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt traveled to Harrodsburg to dedicate the George Rogers Clark Monument to honor the first permanent settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains.  Senator Barkley introduced the president as the “Great Pioneer of his Era,” with Governor Laffoon also in attendance.  Roosevelt’s message was that a pioneer spirit was needed no less in 1934 than when Clark and his brave band opened up the Great Northwest Territory to civilized homes.  The granite monument depicts Clark in the middle.  The left symbolizes frontier family life and the right represents youth and age, showing Boone and Harrod. The inscription reads: “The First Permanent Settlement of the West.”  An estimated 50,000 people were in attendance.  The visit took months to prepare, but the speech lasted eight minutes.  Roosevelt was quickly escorted back to his train that was waiting for a return to Washington.

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November 15, 1948, Levi Willison, left, Bellmount Farm and Earl Elliott, inspected burley tobacco on the floor at Clay Number 1 warehouse.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Ashland native Allison Anders, born in 1954.  Screenwriter, director, and producer most had known for her independent films, including 1992’s Gas, Food Lodging.  She was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2013 for directing the TV movie Ring of Fire about the love affair between Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.

November 16, 1967, Native Dancer passed away.  Nicknamed the “Grey Ghost,” he was one of the most celebrated and accomplished Thoroughbred racehorses in history and was the first horse made famous through the medium of television.  As a two-year-old, he was undefeated in his nine starts for earnings of $230,495, a record for a two-year-old.  During his three years of racing, he won 21 of 22 starts.  “When he lost the Kentucky Derby by a head, thousands turned from their TV screens in sorrow, a few in tears,” Time Magazine reported.  He died following the surgical removal of a tumor on the wall of the small intestine and was buried at Sagamore Farm in Maryland.

November 16, 1968, Army W01 Eddie W. Brown from Jamestown and Army SP4 Russell A. Hodge from Crab Orchard died fighting in the Vietnam War.

November 16, 1974, the Kentucky Wildcats beat the 9th ranked Florida Gators in Lexington.

November 16, 1982, Kentucky’s State Labor Commissioner announced that Prestonsburg would receive a clinic to examine Eastern Kentucky coal miners who claimed disability by black lung.  The clinic was needed to speed up decisions on black lung cases and help cut medical costs.

November 16, 1982, Casey County announced they would get a new Dough Boy.  The memorial statute is for the county’s 91 individuals who died fighting in American wars.  The city of Liberty erected the original statute in 1935.  On July 2, a truck snagged some low hanging wires and the Dough Boy got snagged and came tumbling down off the courthouse lawn.

November 16, 1985, Eddie Sutton’s reputation as a coach of big guards was a major factor in Rex Chapman signing a national basketball letter of intent with UK. 

November 16, 1990, after five months of searching, a special six member panel hired Thomas Boysen as Kentucky’s first Commissioner of Education.

November 16, 1994, Gatewood Galbraith asked the courts to overturn parts of the public campaign finance law that he says hampers his ability to raise money to run for governor.  He would make it a campaign issue in the 1995 race.

November 16, 2000, an Owensboro Police Officer shot and killed an unarmed black man after a traffic stop when the 22-year-old tried to run at 3:30 pm.  The Police Chief said the officer fired in self-defense, but two witnesses claimed otherwise.  Angry and frustrated crowds gathered at the scene the following evening.

November 16, 2004, Marine SGT Christopher T. Heflin, 26, of Paducah was killed by enemy action in Anbar province, Iraq, fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

November 16, 2010, the KFC Yum! Center, Louisville’s $238 million downtown arena, opened with an afternoon ribbon-cutting ceremony.  The event was marked in nearly 90-degree weather by a crowd of several hundred.  “Miracles do happen,” Governor S. Beshear told the gathering before rattling off a list of scheduled events.

November 16, 2017, the Bevin administration reopened the private prison in Beattyville.  Many called the controversial decision a short-term solution to Kentucky’s prison population; however, the reopening helped elevate pressure on the Kentucky State Reformatory in Oldham County.

November 16, 2018, Churchill Downs and Keeneland won the right to jointly build and run a new harness track and gambling parlor in Christian County.  It would be the first new racetrack in 25 years for Kentucky.

Saturday, November 16, 2019, “The Kentucky Book Fair” took place.  The iconic Kentucky event, was founded by Northern Kentucky native, the late Carl West, when he was editor of the Frankfort State Journal.  It is now run by Kentucky Humanities.  This year, it featured 200 regional and national authors.

November 16, 2020, Governor A. Beshear reported 139,097 positive cases, 1,664 deaths, and 2,421,595 Kentuckians tested.  The governor promised that further restrictions would be announced soon.  Meanwhile, the NCAA announced their basketball tournament would be held in one location.