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TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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November 26, 1923, Deputy Sheriff Charles Willard McKinney, Letcher County Sheriff’s Office, died from a gunshot arresting a drunken man in Neon.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Hopkinsville native Edward “Ned” Thompson Breathitt, Jr., born in 1924.  The 47th individual to be governor, his was the 51st administration.  In 1966, Breathitt secured a major civil rights bill to prohibit discrimination in employment and public accommodations, a tough strip-mining act, a compulsory automobile inspection act, an agency to regulate the use of natural resources, and greater regulation of political contributions and expenditures.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Louisville native Conrad Bachmann, born in 1932.  Mr. Bachmann began his acting career with his appearance in the Dobie Gillis series.  Although living in California since 1957, his heart belongs to Kentucky.  Conrad has been an avid worker for such charities as the Ned Beatty Hope for Children Classic Charity and the Louisville Easter Seals.

November 26, 1950, Army PVT David F. Bradshaw from Jessamine County, Army PFC Robert A. Faulkner from Marion County, Army PFC Joseph W. Grause Jr. from Breckinridge County, Army PVT William C. Jeffrey from Bath County, and Army SFC Howard R. Jeffrey from Bell County all died fighting in the Korean War.

November 26, 1951, Army PFC Dan O. Alfred from Kenton County died fighting in the Korean War.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Paducah native Marcy Walker, born in 1961.  Marcy won a Daytime Emmy Award for her Santa Barbara role as Eden Capwell.  She also played Liza Colby on All My Children.

November 26, 1966, Sheriff Walter Emery Meek of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, died while serving a lunacy warrant on a mentally deranged man behind the Paul B. Hall Medical Center.  The subject committed suicide after murdering Sheriff Meek.

November 26, 1970, the federal government began a training program to turn Spanish-speaking migrant workers, Cuban refugees, and American Indians into coal miners.  Simultaneously, officials sought out unemployed Appalachian migrants in Northern cities to entice them back to their home areas with the prospect of coal mining jobs.

November 26, 1970, thirty families in the Blackey community of Letcher County hired Kentucky legend Henry Caudill to fight against the gas and oil drilling industry damaging Eastern Kentucky farms.  The complaints included damaged walls to eroding drill sites, destroyed timber, sickened livestock, smoking oil pits entering streams, and arrogant indifference to broken promises.

On November 26, 1973, the largest earth-moving venture America took on began in Pikeville.  The Pikeville Cut-Through Project also known as the “Eight Wonder of the World” was completed in 1987.

November 26, 1974, a Jefferson County grand jury indicted five Louisville companies and six individuals of making illegal donations to the Democratic Party.  The contributions came from a battery distribution firm, a printing company, and an equipment company, to name a few.

On November 26, 1974, a Louisville postman appeared in court to answer questions about the 12 tons of mail, mostly junk mail, officials found at his home.

November 26, 1980, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis filmed Stripes at Fort Knox.  Kentucky 1st lady Phyllis George Brown and the Kentucky Film Commission lured the film to Kentucky.  The Kentucky Film Commission coordinated with the state employment office to give unemployed Kentuckians 1st preference to be hired as extras.  The film crew hired 1,700 Kentuckians.

Saturday, November 26, 1983, in the 1st regular-season meeting in 61 years, #2 Kentucky and #6 Louisville met on the basketball court.  The Wildcats rolled to a 65-44 victory.  Louisville won earlier in the calendar year, at the NCAA Mideast Regional Finals in Knoxville, 80-68 in overtime.

November 26, 1984, former Auburn University President H. Hanly Funderburk became EKU’s 8th president.  He would serve until 1998.

November 26, 1984, Robert Dean Hawkins resigned as U.S. District Judge of Henry, Oldham, and Trimble Counties following his conviction of jury tampering.

November 26, 1991, Tom Tewes posed with a few of his turkeys at Tewes Turkey Farm in Erlanger.

November 26, 1994, Cigar won the 2nd race in his 16-win streak by capturing the GI NYRA Mile at Aqueduct, beating Devil His Due.  N.Y. racing renamed the NYRA Mile to the Cigar Mile after his retirement.

November 26, 1994, Howard Schnellenberger coached his final game as head coach of the Louisville Cardinals beating Tulsa 34-27.  He compiled a 52-47-2 record over nine years.

November 26, 2000, Florida certified George W. Bush the winner of their electoral votes, to officially defeat Al Gore Jr. for the U.S. presidency, despite losing the popular vote.

November 26, 2005, Red Fox native Patty Amburgey toured the press around her Knott County farm to show the damage by Eastern Kentucky’s gas and oil drilling boom.  The state issued 1,700 drilling permits in 2005, 400 more than in 2004, making close to 50,000 active wells in the state.

November 26, 2011, a 2nd mysterious death occurred to a horse under Bob Baffert’s care after finishing a race at Hollywood Park.  The CHRB official veterinarian contacted the CAHFS and expressly noted on the necropsy submission form, it was the 2nd case for the same owner and trainer.

November 26, 2011, Coach Joker Phillips beat Tennessee for the 1st time 10-7 in Lexington.  It was his 2nd game against the Volunteers.

November 26, 2012, Governor S. Beshear’s administration settled a lawsuit with Ron Mills, the head of the cabinet’s Division of Mine Permits, a politically-appointed position.  Mills alleged the state fired him in 2009 for refusing to issue illegal mining permits.  Mills’s Lawyers claimed that Beshear wanted a more efficient permit process for his political donors.

November 26, 2016, UofL and KY met for the 23rd Governor’s Cup and the 29th time.  The Cats won 41-38.  Future Heisman winner Lamar Jackson’s storybook season ended on a low note when he fumbled in the red zone with minutes left in the game.  Kentucky recovered, drove down the field, and Austin MacGinnis connected on a 47-yard field goal with 12 seconds to go to give the Wildcats, massive underdogs at Cardinal Stadium, a win over #11 Louisville.

On November 26, 2018, AG A. Beshear wrote Kentucky legislatures asking them to legalize casinos and sports betting to raise money to save Kentucky’s ailing public pension system.

On November 26, 2019, Kentucky’s Medicaid program revealed it could save nearly $240 million on prescription drugs cost by eliminating middlemen known as Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) and returning to its former “free-for-service” system of directly reimbursing pharmacists for each prescription.

November 26, 2020, a federal judge told Governor A. Beshear he could not close religious schools to help curb the coronavirus.  Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court told N.Y. they could not stop citizens from worshiping together.  For the 2nd day in a row, the number of new cases and deaths the governor announced differed from the official tally given later.  The governor reported 3,408* new cases and 26** deaths.

Positives:  3,870* / 170,009
Deaths:  32** / 1,867 – 1st Death 3/16/20
50&over: 1,820 / 49-30: 44 / 29&under: 3

On November 26, 2021, the national media, at the behest of the American government, in partnership with large pharmaceutical companies, began a new scare campaign when the World Health Organization (WHO) classified a new variant, B.1.1.529, as a “Variant of Concern” and they named it Omicron.