Localtonians wish George Rogers Clark a Happy Birthday, born in 1752 in Albemarle County, VA. At age 20, George made his 1st trip to Kentucky via the Ohio River at Pittsburgh. He spent the next two years surveying land and learning about the area’s natural history and Native American customs. At 22, Clark’s military career began as a captain. During the American Revolutionary War, he was the highest-ranking American Military Officer on the Northwestern Frontier. In 1778, Clark traveled down the Ohio River and stopped at the Falls of the Ohio. He brought with him many soldiers and families who wanted protection from the Natives. He named their starting point Corn Island. Clark set up camp there, marking Louisville’s 1st settlement, earning one of his many nicknames, “Father of Louisville.”
November 19, 1804, John Caldwell, the 2nd Lt. Gov. of Kentucky, died in office, the 1st and only Kentucky Lt. Gov. to do so. He served under Governor C. Greenup, the 3rd governor. John Caldwell is the namesake of Caldwell County.
November 19, 1806, Henry Clay, a Democratic-Republican, became a U.S. Senator for the 1st time, despite being younger than the constitutional age minimum. The Kentucky legislature elected him to the Class III seat to replace John Adair’s term after the Burr Conspiracy. Clay served four Senate terms, one in Class II and three in Class III, for a total of 16.5 years.
November 19, 1806, the Kentucky legislators elected Henry Clay, a Democratic-Republican, to his 1st U.S. Senator term despite being younger than the constitutional age minimum. He took the Class III Kentucky seat a month later to replace John Adair’s term after the Burr Conspiracy. Clay served four Senate terms, one in Class II and three in Class III, for a total of 16.5 years. His 3rd term lasted 11 years as a Whig, 20 years before the Civil War.
November 19, 1850, Richard M. Johnson, the 9th U.S. V.P. passed away in Frankfort. Born in Beargrass, VA, now Louisville, he was also Kentucky’s 9th Class II U.S. Senator for a decade. His wife, Jemima Suggett, “came from a wealthy and politically connected family.”
Tuesday, November 19, 1889, the 2nd Battle on Broadway occurred, seven days after the inaugural event. Agricultural & Mechanical College of Kentucky/Kentucky State/(UK) defeated Kentucky University (Transy), 7-1, to tie the football series.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Winchester native John Allen Tate, born in 1899 and the Commonwealth’s Poet Laureate from 1943 to 1944. During a summer visit with the poet Robert Penn Warren in Kentucky, he began a relationship with writer Caroline Gordon, whom he married years later. In 1928, along with other New York City friends, he went to Europe. In London, Tate visited with T. S. Eliot, whose poetry and criticism he greatly admired. In 1928, Tate published his 1st book of poetry, Mr. Pope and Other Poems, which contained his most famous poem, “Ode to the Confederate Dead.” That same year, Tate also published a biography, Stonewall Jackson: The Good Soldier.
November 19, 1909, Patrolman William Murphy, of the Louisville Police Department, died while investigating gunshots near 19th Street and Baird Street while off duty. When he arrived at the scene he located a shooting victim and was told that the shooter, the victim’s neighbor, had just went back to his house. When Patrolman Murphy went to the suspect’s door and identified himself, the man shot and killed him. The suspect was apprehended but had his case dismissed on the technicality that Patrolman Murphy had no right to enter his home.
In November 1933, the Kentucky Association disbanded, sold the track’s grandstand, clubhouse, and demolished the stables. Due to financial difficulties, the 65 acre Lexington club disbanded after 107 years to construct a federal low-cost housing project. Keeneland’s front gatehouses with initials K.A. are among the few known markers left over from the historic track. Horse Racing in Central Kentucky and Jefferson County; Marjorie Rieser University of Louisville
November 19, 1945, Governor S. Willis appointed William A. Stanfill to fill Senator Happy Chandler’s Class II seat in Washington after Happy left to become the Baseball Commissioner. Stanfill served less than a year.
November 19, 1955, Blanton Collier’s Kentucky Wildcats ended their season by beating #17 Tennessee Volunteers 23-0. Earlier in the season, they tied #14 Auburn Tigers. The Wildcats finished the year with a 6-3-1 record.
November 19, 1977, UK beat Tennessee to win their 9th game in a row to go 10-1 for Fran Curci. The Cats finished 6th in the final AP Poll; however, they were placed on NCAA probation in December 1976, for recruiting violations. Since the days of Babe Parilli and Bob Gain, the best Wildcat football team was ineligible for either the league championship or a bowl trip.
November 19, 1983, the Kentucky Center for the Arts held its grand opening in Louisville. The legislature established the Center as “the Commonwealth’s official performing arts center.” The Kentucky Center is the largest state-built arts facility in the country and built through a unique partnership of state, county, city, and private funds. Kentucky Center is one of only four performing arts centers in the U.S. with a fully staffed, comprehensive education program.
November 19, 1993, Floyd County’s private prison, Otter Creek Correctional Facility, held its grand opening with Governor B. Jones in attendance. Inmates had been arriving, 25 a week, since late October. Today, the lockup is named the Southeast State Correctional Complex. This became the 4th private prison in the Commonwealth.
November 19, 2013, the KySat-2, a re-designed by Kentucky Space, successfully launched and activated aboard a Minotaur. A Minotaur is an expendable launch system derived from the Minuteman II missile. The U.S. government uses Minotaurs to launch small satellites into orbit.
Kentucky Trivia: Kentucky Space is a non-profit consortium of private and public universities, companies, and other organizations with the goal of designing and leading innovative space missions within realistic budgets and objectives.
On November 19, 2016, Coach Stoops, after four years of coaching Kentucky, won his 6th game in a season and became bowl-eligible by defeating Austin Peay. The Cats were able to go bowling for 1st time since 2010. Kentucky lost to Georgia Tech the TaxSlayer Bowl 33-18. Meanwhile, Governor M. Bevin flew in the state’s private plane to Adventureland Park in Iowa with four bottles of Maker’s Mark, one of 67 out-of-town trips he made in two years.
November 19, 2018, Dunbar Grad and UK student Hadeel Abdallah became a Rhode Scholar, the 1st female and the 10th UK student, the last one selected in 1955. On the same day, a Central Kentucky farmer pleaded guilty to stealing $2.6 million through insurance fraud.
November 19, 2020, the coronavirus pandemic continued to dominate the news as the governor announced 30 deaths. Meanwhile, the other Frankfort political party denounced the state’s mounting restrictions. Unfortunately, the virus had turned political.
November 19, 2021, a jury cleared Kyle Rittenhouse after he shot three white men; two died. The jury agreed he killed in self-defense in riots over a white cop who killed a black man. The legacy press used the young man’s story to further divide the country after twisting the story’s facts. The trial helped explain the details.
November 19, 2022, Governor A. Beshear tweeted, Studies have found a 64% reduction in opioid use among chronic pain patients who use medical cannabis. Here in Kentucky, we know the dangers of opioids all too well. Our people deserve better options. The executive order I signed will allow Kentuckians suffering from 21 severe medical conditions to possess and use medical cannabis starting Jan. 1, 2023 – ultimately providing them a chance for a better quality of life. It’s simply the right thing to do.