TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

Kentucky Trivia

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to George Rogers Clark, born in 1752 in Albemarle County, VA.  At 20, George made his first trip into Kentucky via the Ohio River from Pittsburgh.  He spent the next two years surveying land and learning about the area’s natural history and customs of Native Americans.  Then, after serving four years in the military, he helps establish Louisville at age 26.

November 19, 1804, John Caldwell, the second lieutenant governor, was the first and only Kentucky lieutenant governor to die while in office.  He served under Governor Christopher Greenup, Kentucky’s 3rd governor.  John Caldwell is the namesake of Caldwell County.

November 19, 1806, Democratic-Republican Henry Clay was elected to finish Senator Adair’s term, despite being younger than the constitutional age minimum.  Adair resigned due to the Burr Conspiracy.  It would be Clay’s first of three times serving in Class III.  He also served in a term in Class II.

November 19, 1863, Gettysburg Address is given.

November 19, 1881, the first Battle on Broadway took place in Lexington on the gridiron when Kentucky State College (UK) met Kentucky University (TU).  Transy won 2-1.  The football rivalry would last 30 years.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Winchester native John Allen Tate, born in 1899.  Mr. Tate was Poet Laureate from 1943 to 1944.  During a summer visit with 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, he visited with T. S. Eliot, whose poetry and criticism he greatly admired.  In 1928, Tate published his first 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, was shot and killed while investigating the sounds of gunfire near 19th Street and Baird Street.  He was off duty and in the area when he heard the shots and went to investigate.

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 107 years after it began 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, Republican William A. Stanfill was appointed to finish Democrat Happy Chandler’s term as Kentucky’s Class II senator.  Chandler resigned to become the MLB Commissioner.

November 19, 1948, mule-drawn wagons hauled 21,000 pounds of tobacco into the Geary-Wright Tobacco Warehouse at 1086 South Broadway in Lexington.  The crop was grown by R. E. Tipton on Belmont Farm.

November 19, 1951, the UK Wildcats accepted an invitation to play in the Cotton Bowl, its third straight major post season football game.  

November 19, 1952, Army CPL Lawrence A. Unsell from Campbell County died fighting in the Korean War.

November 19, 1953, the first three African American attorneys became members of the Louisville Bar Association.

November 19, 1955, Blanton Collier’s Kentucky Wildcats closed their season by beating the 17th ranked Tennessee Volunteers 23-0 in Lexington.  In the stands was Tennessee’s mascot Smokey who was stolen by UK students days earlier in Knoxville.  

November 19, 1966, Army PFC Marion Watkins from War Creek in Breathitt County died fighting in the Vietnam War.

November 19, 1967, Marine Corps SSGT Arthur J. Sanders from Ashland died fighting in the Vietnam War.

November 19, 1977, UK beat Tennessee to win their ninth 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 for recruiting violations.  Since the days of Babe Parilli and Bob Gain, the best Wildcat football team was ineligible for post season play.

November 19, 1980, Stripes starring Bill Murray and Harold Ramis film at Fort Knox.

November 19, 1983, the Kentucky Center for the Arts held their grand opening in Louisville.  The legislature established the Center as “the Commonwealth’s official performing arts center.”  Following ten years of planning and development, the Kentucky Center is the largest state-built arts facility in the country and was built and funded through a unique partnership of the state, county, city, and private funds.  Kentucky Center is one of only four performing arts centers in the United States with a fully staffed, comprehensive education program.

November 19, 1988, Coach Claiborne’s Cats lost to Tennessee 24-28 in Knoxville.  A week before the game, tragedy hit as two of Kentucky’s players were involved in a fatal alcohol-related car crash.  Charles Martin Newton, Kentucky Athletic Director at the time decided that the traditional beer barrel awarded to the winner was not appropriate considering the circumstances.  The trophy ceremony was cancelled, and both schools later agreed to end the 72-year tradition permanently.

November 19, 1993, two teen-agers fired several shots from a .380 semi-automatic outside a downtown apartment.  It was one of seven shootings in one week in Lexington.

November 19, 1996, Space Shuttle Columbia STS-80 lifted off with Franklin Story Musgrave on board, Franklin considers Lexington his hometown.

November 19, 2000, Owensboro native Darrell Waltrip drove in his last race at the NAPA 500 in the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

November 19, 2010, a coal company owner donated $1 million toward Harlan County High School’s football stadium and the county’s first track and field stadium.  The $3.2 million project made Harlan County’s facility one of the nicest in the state at the time.

November 19, 2013, Kentucky Space’s KySat-2, fulfilled the original mission of KySat-1 and successfully launched and activated. 

November 2016, Coach Stoops, after four years, wins game number six to become bowl eligible, enabling Kentucky to go to their first bowl since 2010.  Kentucky would lose in Jacksonville, Florida, to Georgia Tech in the TaxSlayer Bowl 33-18.

November 19, 2018, Hadeel Abdallah became the first female Rhodes Scholar from UK.  She was the 10th UK student picked overall, the last being selected in 1955.  Abdallah was one of 32 American women and men selected in the U.S.

November 19, 2020, Governor A. Beshear announced a record 3,825 new coronavirus cases in Kentucky bringing the total to 152,206.  He also announced 20 new deaths bringing that total to 1,762.  Meanwhile Kentucky’s Chief Justice told all courts to tighten restrictions on covid-19 protocols in all Kentucky courts.