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November 20, 1822, the National Course of D.C. hosted a famous battle between the North and South. James Harrison of Brunswick, VA, wagered $5,000 that his horse, Sir Charles, could beat New Yorker Cornelius Van Ranst’s American Eclipse, in a series of four-mile heats. National Course of D.C. hosted the event and put the track on the map. Out of the ten-odd racetracks that graced the Washington area from as early as the late 1700s, the National was the best known. The National Course drew various crowds, from “the U.S. President to the beggar in his rags.” Virginian Sir Charles embodied the Southern ideal of elegance and speed. American Eclipse, a New York mare through and through, had the power and stamina. Before the race started, Sir Charles injured himself in a trial run. Harrison agreed to pay the forfeit and decided to put Sir Charles through at least one heat with American Eclipse. Sir Charles lost badly.
November 20, 1861, George W. Johnson became the 1st Kentucky governor for the Confederate States of America. Johnson served less than a year when he died at the 1862 Battle of Shiloh. The rebel government had two governors and disbanded shortly after the war.
November 20, 1919, Maj. August Belmont, Jr., announced that Fair Play would stay in Kentucky at his Nursery Stud after selling him for $100,000 to G.A. Cochran of New York. August also received the right to breed ten mares to him. Fair Play lead the sire rankings in North America in 1920, 1924, and 1927, and the leading broodmare sire in 1931, 1934, and 1938. Members inducted him into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1956. Fair Play is best known for siring Man o’ War.
November 20, 1922, in the early morning hours, the 3rd Eclipse Park burned to the ground.
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November 20, 1925, Deputy Sheriff Will Pace, Harlan County Sheriff’s Office, died arresting a known bootlegger at Wilson-Berger. The man had brought a load of moonshine into the town and boasted that he was going to bring another load in that night.
On the Philippines Thanksgiving Day, November 20, 1941, the Harrodsburg Tankers landed in the Philippines. On December 7, 1941, hours after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Japan attacked the Philippines. The Harrodsburg Tankers and the allied forces fought the Japanese bravely without reinforcements or resupply until 66 Tankers surrendered in April 1942 in the infamous “Bataan Death March.” Only 37 of the original 66 Harrodsburg, Kentucky Guard Members survived Japanese captivity.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Danville native Craig Yeast, born in 1976 and the Kentucky Wesleyan coach since 2018. A Bengal and a Jet, Craig played for UK from 1995 to 1998. When he graduated, Yeast was the all-time leader in career receptions in SEC history with 208 and 2nd in career receiving yards with 2,899.
November 20, 1982, EKU Colonels went undefeated, 10-0, for the 1st time since 1940, after shutting out Morehead. The win extended their winning streak to 29 and 18 in the OVC. In 1940, they won eight games.
November 20, 2000, Jake Graves, 75, a prominent Fayette County farmer, handed out bumper stickers in Midway with his friend ex-Governor L. Nunn. The bumper stickers read Industrial Hemp for Farmers, Fibers and Food. Hemp started to become mainstream again.
November 20, 2013, Missouri lethally injected the man who shot Lakeville native Larry Flint. The man shot him as he left a Georgia courthouse involving obscenity charges in 1978. The shooter, many years later, claimed the Hustler’s interracial photo shoot outraged him. Flynt expressed his opposition to the death penalty and did not favor the execution.
November 20, 2018, UK announced that by the end of 2018-19 school years, they will have brought 37,000 pounds of beef, 20,000 pounds of pork, and 24,000 pounds of produce from farms all within 80 miles of Lexington.
On November 20, 2019, a study found PFAS chemicals at half the water plants tested in Kentucky but at levels below the federal health advisory limit. Locals, however, wanted the federal limit lowered.
On November 20, 2020, months after new restrictions, the state announced a record-breaking 3,825 new cases. Kentucky’s Chief Justice told his courts to go virtual to slow the coronavirus after many judges held regular court session in “red zone” counties. Meanwhile, Amazon announced a 2nd fulfillment center in Lexington.
On November 20, 2021, while locals worried about not enough coronavirus test kits on box store shelves, police opened fire on Rotterdam citizens who violently protested the virus restrictions. The Dutch city’s mayor called it an “orgy of violence.”