TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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November 26, 1923, Deputy Sheriff Charles Willard McKinney, Letcher County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a drunken man who was causing a disturbance in Neon.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Hopkinsville native Edward “Ned” Thompson Breathitt, Jr., born in 1924.  Ned was the 47th individual to hold the office and 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, a redistricting of congressional districts, and greater regulation of political contributions and expenditures.

Localtonians wishes 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.  He serves as Executive Vice-President on the board for the Ned Beatty Hope for Children Classic Charity.  This charity benefits the Louisville Easter Seals, so Conrad promotes it all year with his fellow celebrities in Hollywood and returns home each year with various stars to raise more awareness.

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 wishes a Happy Birthday to Paducah native Marcy Walker, born in 1961.  She became known for portraying Liza Colby on All My Children and playing Eden Capwell on Santa Barbara.  A highlight of her career came in 1989 when she won a Daytime Emmy Award for her Santa Barbara role.

November 27, 1962, the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus performed at the State Fairgrounds, their first time back since 1950.

November 26, 1966, Sheriff Walter Emery Meek of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed while attempting to serve a lunacy warrant on a mentally deranged man along Route 23 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 in Letcher County hired Kentucky legend Henry Caudill to help fight against the gas and oil drilling and pumping operations damaging Eastern Kentucky farms.  The complaints include damaged walls to eroding drill sites, destroyed timber, sickened livestock, smoking oil pits entering streams, and arrogant indifference to broken promises.

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

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

November 26, 1980, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis were in Kentucky during the filming of Stripes at Fort Knox.  Kentucky first lady Phyllis George Brown and the Kentucky Film Commission helped lure the film to Kentucky.  The Kentucky Film Commission coordinated with the state employment office to give unemployed Kentuckians first preference for extra work on the film.  The film crew hired 1,700 Kentuckians just as extras.

Saturday, November 26, 1983, in the first regular-season meeting in 61 years, #2 Kentucky and #6 Louisville met on the basketball court.  The Wildcats rolled to a 62-44 victory.  Louisville won earlier in the year in 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 wins the 2nd race in his 16 win streak in the NYRA Mile (GI) at Aqueduct, beating Devil His Due.  The NYRA Mile was renamed 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, George W. Bush is certified the winner of Florida’s electoral votes, giving him enough electoral votes to defeat Democrat Al Gore Jr. for the US presidency, despite losing the popular vote.

November 26, 2005, Red Fox native Patty Amburgey toured the press around her Knott County farm showing the damage done by the gas and oil drilling boom in Eastern Kentucky.  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, Bob Baffert’s second mysterious death of a horse occurred after finishing second in a race at Hollywood Park.  Then CHRB official veterinarian contacted the CAHFS and specifically noted on the necropsy submission form that this was the second case for the same owner and trainer.

November 26, 2011, Coach Joker Phillips beats Tennessee for the first time 10-7 in Lexington.  It was his second 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.  The suit he filed against the state alleges he was fired in 2009 for refusing to issue illegal mining permits.  It was claimed that Beshear wanted a more efficient permit process for his political donors.

November 26, 2016, the 23rd Governor’s Cup and the 29th time the two teams played, was a close one.  Lamar Jackson’s storybook season ended on a low note in 2016, as the future Heisman Trophy winner 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 the No. 11-ranked Cardinals.

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

November 26, 2019, a Kentucky report revealed that Kentucky’s Medicaid program could save nearly $240 million on prescription drugs cost by eliminating industry middlemen known as pharmacy benefit managers and returning to its former “free-for-service” system of directly reimbursing pharmacist for each prescription.

November 26, 2020, a federal judge told Governor A. Beshear he could not close religious schools to help curb the coronavirus.