TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

Kentucky Trivia

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to President Zachary Taylor, born in 1784.  In 1785 his family moved to a plantation in Louisville called Springfield.  Taylor maintained Kentucky as his official residence during most of his adult life.  He owned stock in two Kentucky banks and purchased warehouses and town lots in Louisville.  In 1849, during his last visit to Kentucky on the way to his inauguration in Washington, Taylor visited Frankfort and was honored there by the local population.

November 24, 1830, the Louisville Daily Journal made its debut.  Henry Clay created the newspaper to promote his candidacy for presidency.  It was financed and published by A.J. Buxton, with Clay’s biographer, George D. Prentice, as the editor.  It was one of the most widely circulated newspapers west of the Appalachian Mountains, primarily because of Prentice’s writing.  Following the Whig party’s demise with Lincoln’s 1860 election, the Louisville Daily Journal endorsed the Native American (or Know-Nothing) party.  The Louisville Daily Journal merged with The Louisville Daily Courier, Louisville’s Democratic newspaper, becoming the Louisville Courier-Journal.
History of Kentucky by Lewis Collins; pg: 390

November 24, 1845, Constable John Holton, Augusta Police Department, was stabbed several times while he was attempting to serve a warrant.  The warrant was still in Holton’s pocket when his body was found.  The suspect was arrested.  Constable Holton was survived by his wife and child.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Lowes native Alben William Barkley, born in 1877 in Graves County.  Alben was the 35th V.P. of the U.S., and at 71 years old, he was the oldest to hold the office.

November 24, 1894, the articles of incorporation for the new Louisville Jockey Club were filed in the County Clerk’s office.  The incorporators were Messrs. Emile Bourlier, Henry Wehmhoff and W.E. Applegate, each of whom held twenty shares valued at $100 per share, W.F. Schulte and C.J. Bollinger, fifteen shares, and M.S. Simonton, ten shares.  The capital stock was fixed at 110,000.

November 24, 1912, Deputy Sheriff George M. Hart, Clark County Sheriff’s Department, was shot to death by a railroad worker while he was investigating a shooting at a railroad camp at the corner of Main and Broadway Sunday night, a few minutes after 6 o’clock.  The murderer was convicted in January 1913 and executed in the state’s electric chair at Eddyville in February.

November 24, 1929, Chief of Police John H. Ashby, Madisonville Police Department, was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two brothers who had attempted to rob a group of children on South Scott Street.  One of them was shot and killed by a posse.  The other was apprehended a short time later.  He was convicted of Chief Ashby’s murder and executed in the electric chair on April 29, 1932.

November 24, 1948, Thanksgiving Eve, Kentucky’s first television station, WAVE-TV, went on air, from its studios at Preston and Broadway in Louisville.

November 24, 1950, Army CPL Benjamin J. Gossman from Campbell County died fighting in the Korean War.

November 24, 1951, Army PFC Kenneth R. Flowers from Jefferson County and Army PVT William T. Jackson from Jefferson County and Army PVT Arnold Watts from Perry County all died fighting in the Korean War.

November 24, 1962, the Kentucky football team beats Tennessee 12-10 to bring home the beer barrel.

November 24, 1964, a 13-mile stretch of combined interstate I-64 & 75 in Northern Fayette County opened with fanfare.  The brief ceremony was at the Newtown Pike interchange.  The $16 million project connected I-75 with I-64 to the east and I-75 to the south at the Athens-Boonesboro interchange.  Governor Edward T. Breathitt was in attendance.

November 24, 1966, Army SGT Ronnie C. Anderson from Russell County, Marine Corps 2LT Arthur Brumagen from Richmond and Army SP4 Donald R. Duncan from Morning View in Kenton County all died fighting in the Vietnam War.

November 24, 1968, Army SSG Larry J. Mason, Jr. from Louisville died fighting in the Vietnam War.

November 24, 1969, Army SGT Joseph R. Harris from Versailles died fighting in the Vietnam War.

November 24, 1970, Kentucky closed 139 dirty meat processing plants throughout the state under the federal “Wholesome Meat Act.”  Dr. R.J. Henshaw, Director of meat inspection for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture offered no apologies and stated the processors will not reopen till facilities are properly cleaned.

November 24, 1991, STS-44, a Space Shuttle mission, launched at night.  He was a Mission Specialist and the primary objective was the successful deployment of a Defense Support Program (DSP) satellite.  Story Musgrave considers Lexington his hometown.

Kentucky Trivia: Story Musgrave is the only astronaut to fly aboard all five Space Shuttles.

November 24, 1995, Trooper Johnny Gordon Adkins, Kentucky State Police, suffered a fatal heart attack while responding to a domestic disturbance call.  While attempting to arrest one of the suspects he began to suffer severe chest pains.  He was taken to a local hospital and received a checkup from a doctor, who informed him he could return to work.  Despite the clean bill of health, Trooper Adkins’ health continued to decline and he suffered a second, fatal heart attack three days later.

November 24, 1999, Fayette County attorney dropped obscenity charges against The Kentucky Theatre in downtown Lexington acknowledging they would not be able to prove their obscenity case.

November 24, 2000, Eminence Middle School language teacher, Stephanie Sorrell, transferred the daily lesson electronically to her students.  The class was paperless, so each 7th and 8th grader in the Henry County School received a paper-size “personal digital tablet assistant” for the year.  The classroom was the only one of its kind in Kentucky at the time.

November 24, 2000, the city of Benham dedicated a six foot eight inch bronze statue for families who lost their loved ones in coal mining accidents.  One hundred individuals came together in Harlan County for the unveiling ceremony.   The statue base reads: In Loving Memory and Tribute To All Those Who Have Labored In The Coal Mining Industry.

November 24, 2012, Joker Phillips coached his last game for Kentucky football in a losing effort against the Volunteers 37-13.

November 24, 2016, with another drive-by shooting and another death of a young black man, Louisville marked the 112th homicide, the highest one year total since 1960, since the city began keeping such records.  Two homicides happened earlier in the day at the traditional Juice Bowl in Shawnee Park, where people gathered to smoke meats and have motorcycle races.  Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer was in attendance and standing 20 feet away when the shootings occurred.

November 24, 2018, the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes was run for $200,000 guaranteed and valuable Derby points.

November 24, 2018, Kentucky clinched its first nine-win regular season since 1977, routing Louisville 56-10 to return the Governor’s Cup to Lexington.  The Wildcats’ 46-point margin of victory was the largest in the rivalry since Kentucky won 73-0 in 1922.  UK’s 56 points were the third-most scored by Kentucky in the series’ 31 games.  The Cardinals finished the season 2-10, and it was Coach Bobby Petrino’s last game as Louisville’s head coach.

November 24, 2019, State Representative Charles Booker considers running for the U.S. Senate.  “I think it’s welcomed,” said Jonathon Miller, a former Democratic Chairman who went on to say that, “Kentucky Democrats have done a really poor job of promoting or encouraging candidates of color to run for office.”  From the “Hood to the Holler” is still on track?

November 24, 2019, Louisville native Norma Lewis, the oldest working sign language interpreter in the U.S. and a pioneer in the field passed away.