TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Murray native Nathan Beverly Stubblefield, born in 1860.  Nathan was the inventor of the acoustic telephone, so wire could carry sound vibrations directly between two sound boxes.  He is one of America’s most unrecognized inventors.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Fayette County native Sarah Gibson Blanding, born in 1898.  Born on a tobacco farm, she received her B.A. from UK and while there she coached then played under Coach “Happy” Chandler on the women’s basketball team.  Upon graduation, Blanding was appointed UK’s acting dean of women, becoming the youngest dean in the country, at 24.  Blanding obtained her Master’s Degree in P.S. at Columbia University in 1926.  In 1941 she was selected as the first female dean for Cornell University.  In 1946 she became the first President of Vassar College.  She was appointed by NY’s Governor Dewey as Director of Human Nutrition for NY.  She enjoyed the distinction of becoming one of the first women to serve in important U.S. government administrative posts during World War II and was decorated by the U. S. War Department for exceptional civilian service.  President Roosevelt appointed her to the Committee on Welfare and Recreation and to the Board of Economic Cooperation Commission.  President Truman picked her for the Commission on Higher Education.  She sat on the First Board of Foreign Scholarships administering Fulbright Scholarships, and the National Committee that chose the first Marshall Fellowships.  She has been the recipient of 18 honorary degrees from various colleges and universities.  The Blanding Tower on UK’s campus was named in her honor, which no longer stands.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Murray native Felix Holt, born in 1898.  His first novel, The Gabriel Horn (1951), which critics credited as one of the year’s significant works, depicts Kentucky frontier life in the Jackson Purchase area during the Nineteenth century westward migration.  It eventually sold over one million copies and in 1954 became a major motion picture, The Kentuckian, starring Burt Lancaster.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Paris native Allan W. “Doc” Lavin, born in 1911 and a graduate of Athens High School in Lexington.  Mr. Lavin was the racing secretary at Churchill Downs from 1974 till his death in 1956.  He was also racing secretary at Oaklawn Park for over 16 years.

November 22, 1913, Kentucky and Louisville met for their second game , this time in Louisville’s Eclipse Park.  The Wildcats won in a shutout 20-0.

November 22, 1928, Constable Will Thornsberry, Knott County Constable and his cousin, Justice of the Peace AJ Thornsberry, were shot and killed from ambush while on their way to destroy a moonshine still near Prestonsburg.  The murderer served two years.

November 22, 1943, Governor Keen Johnson dedicated the Irvin S. Cobb Bridge in Paducah.  The bridge connects Paducah and Brookport, Illinois and is also known as the Brookport Bridge, Blue Hummer Bridge, or the Pudacah-Ohio River Bridge.  Named after the most famous Paducah citizen, Mr. Cobb, this was one of many entities bearing his name.  Others included a hotel, a flower, a towboat, a burgoo, a cigar, to name a few.  The Irvin S. Cobb Bridge, however, was likely the last thing called for Paducah’s favorite son; he died about four months later.  He was so ill at the time of the dedication that he was unable to attend.

November 22, 1951, Army SGT J.P. Hatcher from Bullitt County and Army PVT Roy Lucas, Jr. from Grayson County both died fighting in the Korean War.

November 22, 1955, Andrew Cap Tilles, the “A” in CATS, passed away in his hometown of St. Louis.  CATS, an investment syndicate, became known in the media as the “Big Three” after its three principal partners: Louis A. Cella, Samuel W. Adler and A.C. Tilles.  By WWI, the Big Three had acquired almost every major non-coastal horse race track in the country, except Hawthorne and Churchill Downs.  As CATS President, Tilles revolutionized the horse racing industry by introducing electricity to the game, developing the modern system of licensing bookmakers, and holding the first-ever recorded night racing.

November 22, 1963, President Kennedy was assassinated and President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as the 36th U.S. President.

November 22, 1965, Muhammad Ali (22-0) fought Floyd Patterson (43-4) in the Las Vegas convention center.  Patterson, on the comeback trail after two losses to Liston, said in a pre-fight interview, “This fight is a crusade to reclaim the title from the Black Muslims.  As a Catholic, I am fighting Clay (he persisted in calling Ali by his birth name) as a patriotic duty.  I am going to return the crown to America.”  Ali toyed with Patterson throughout the fight before winning on a 12th-round TKO.

November 22, 1966, Marine Corps LCPL Jay C. Tipton from Newport died fighting in the Vietnam War.

November 22, 1967, Army CPL James L. Travis, Jr. from Shelbyville and Army WO1 Robert W. Watts from Owensboro died fighting in the Vietnam War.

November 22, 1968, Marine Corps PFC Willie C. Hamilton from Louisville died fighting in the Vietnam War.

November 22, 1969, Army CPL Keith Colwell from Austin in Barren County died fighting in the Vietnam War.

November 22, 1970, Army CPL Robert D. Kavich from Jefferson County died fighting in the Vietnam War.

November 22, 1985, Eddie Sutton coached his first regular reason basketball game as UK’s head coach beating Northwestern State 77-58.

November 22, 1986, Mike Fields, 9, of Elkhorn City returned with an armful of gifts and a smile as the Santa Train headed for Virginia after making its last Kentucky stop at Elkhorn City.

November 22, 1989, UK graduate Story Musgrave served aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery STS-33 flight, which launched at night from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.  This classified mission operated payloads for the military.

November 22, 1990, authorities found two hands in Marion County at the junction of KY412 and US68, three miles south of Lebanon, a foot was found the day before, foul play was suspected.

November 22, 1990, Pat Day becomes the 12th jockey to win 5,000 races when he won the Grade III Falls City Handicapped at Churchill Downs.  The victory was his 3rd for the day and extended his own Downs record to 75 stakes victories.

November 22, 1997, Tim Couch and Peyton Manning shake hands after the Volunteers’ 59-31 win over the Cats at Commonwealth Stadium.  The much-hyped game featured the two Heisman aspirations — combining to throw for 1 yard short of 1,000 yards.

November 22, 2000, the Florida Supreme Court reinstated a $750,000 judgement against Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation, when they ruled that an appeals court erred when it reversed a 1996 jury verdict in a lung cancer case.  The 1996 landmark litigation started industry executives down the road to the general settlement agreement in 1998.

November 22, 2000, Rick Pitino tells his Boston Celtics he will not return if they do not start playing better.  He did not return.

November 22, 2005, Kentucky ordered Anthem to refund $23.7 million to more than 80,000 people; the health insurer allegedly overcharged their customers.

November 22, 2012, the Kentucky Horse Commission changed their procedures following at least four errors since state veterinarians took over injecting racehorses with Lasix in October 2012.

November 22, 2019, proponents of Kentucky’s red flag law spoke to Kentucky legislators.  The law allows emergency orders that temporarily remove guns from Kentuckians deemed an immediate threat to themselves and others.

November 22, 2019, GalaxyCon opened their two day show in the Kentucky International Convention Center, 25,000 individuals were expected to attend.