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Kentucky Trivia

November 27, 1869, Samuel Smith Nicholas, the University of Louisville’s 1st president, died.  President from 1846-47, the new university consisted of the recently merged Louisville College and the Louisville Medical Institute.  He established the new law school, which met in the Jefferson County Courthouse, and granted degrees to the 1st graduating class.  In 1849 he became a member of the Kentucky constitutional convention.  Nicholas, a slave owner, argued for gradual emancipation, and as the Civil War grew inevitable, he authored several books on constitutional law and later turned down a nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.  He rests in the Cave Hill Cemetery.

November 27, 1896, Kentucky State College (UK) lost to the Louisville YMCA football team, 4-30, to close out a losing season.

November 27, 1906, the Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded the city of Hickman in Fulton County $10,000 to build a new library.

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November 27, 1919, Coach Andrew Gill’s Kentucky Wildcats shutout the Tennessee Volunteers 13-0 in their last game of the season to go 3-4-1.

November 27, 1924, Coach Fred Murphy’s Wildcats defeated the Volunteers 27-6 in their next to last game of the season and ended up with a 4-5 record.

On November 27, 1941, ten days before Pearl Harbor, Admiral Kimmel received a Navy Department dispatch and it began:  “This dispatch is to be considered a war warning.”

November 27, 1943, Deputy Charlie Ramsey, Rockcastle County Sherriff’s office, succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained ten days earlier while investigating a disturbance in Mt. Vernon.  A man walked up, pulled out a .32 caliber revolver and shot a soldier, and Deputy Ramsey.

November 27, 1950, the following Kentuckians died in the Korean War: Army PFC Clayton Overbee from Perry County, Army CPL Ralph K. Caudill from Lincoln County, Army PFC Ellis H. Copeland Jr. from Jefferson County, Marine Corps PFC Ray Palmer Fairchild from Salyersville in Magoffin County, Army PFC Royce C. Gibson from McCreary County, Army PVT Robert E. Smalley from Fleming County and Army PFC Lloyd D. Stidham from Breathitt County, Army PVT Asher B. Sublett from Warren County, Army SGT Jack O. Tye from Harlan County, Army CPL Charles A. Williams from Nicholas County, Army PFC Richard H. Woodford from Menifee County and Army CPL Alfred B. Adams from Laurel County.  Lloyd D. Stidham’s remains were identified on April 3, 2009 and he was buried in Nicholasville on April 13, 2009.

Kentucky Trivia:  Because three of Wetherby’s close family members had been killed in automobile accidents on the state’s roadways, improving roads was a high priority.  Wetherby authorized the building, re-building, or re-surfacing of nearly 6,000 miles of roads during his administration.  He won reelection the following year (1951) to remain the 48th governor.

November 27, 1951, buyers bought Kentucky burley tobacco at an all-time high state-wide average of $54.09 a hundred pounds on the opening day of the 1951 crop.  The previous high was $51.90 in January 1948.

November 27, 1960, the 1961 Burley-tobacco season opened strong at Louisville’s three warehouses when buyers paid an average of $66.89 a hundred pounds, 80 cents above last year.  Tobacco companies declared the crop one of the finest in a while.

On November 27, 1962, the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus performed at the State Fairgrounds, for the 1st time since 1950.

November 27, 1970, the Kentucky Court of Appeals made two rulings.  First, a journalist must reveal the identity of persons they see committing a crime but reaffirmed an existing law granting reporters the right to refuse disclosure of sources who may confidently give them information.  The second ruling stated women would not be awarded alimony if they were the faulty party in a divorce.

November 27, 1985, oil and gas production began along a protected section of the Rockcastle River.

November 27, 1993, Kentucky had little trouble in subduing Louisville for the 4th straight year, defeating the Cards 78-70 in Rupp Arena.  Tony Delk and Clifford Rozier were high scorers.

November 27, 1995, the state released the final vote tally for the governor’s race, and it was closer than first thought.  Patton received 500,787 votes to Forgy’s 479,227, and Galbraith had to pay a fee to know his vote tally of 3,965.  This became the 3rd closest race behind the 1943 (Willis) and 1963 (Breathitt) races.

November 27, 2005, twenty-nine Kentucky State Police Officers left for Mississippi to perform law-enforcement duties along the ravaged Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.

November 27, 2009, Coach Kragthorpe coached his last game for the Louisville Cardinals in a losing effort against Rutgers 34-13.  His three years with the Cardinals resulted in a 15-21 record.

November 27, 2010, a small comic shop in Bullitt County held a Pokemon Card contest.  More than 30 children, teens, and adults gathered to compete and test their strategies.

November 27, 2018, the Bevin administration moved ahead with overhauling Kentucky’s Medicaid program, adding work requirements and other changes before citizens could receive medical attention.

November 27, 2020, President D. Trump still would not admit he lost the presidential election but did admit that he would leave the White House if the Electoral College (EC) affirmed the win.  He stated a lot could happen before the EC met on December 14.

Positives:  1,747 / 171,755
Deaths:  4 / 1,871 – 1st Death 3/16/20
50&over: 1,824 / 49-30: 44 / 29&under: 3

November 27, 2021, counterculture icon and Brooksville native Ed McClanahan died in his Lexington home at age 89.  He was known as “Captain Kentucky” and would frequently wear costumes. One of Kentucky’s literary Fab Five, the others include W. Berry, J. Hall, B.A. Mason, and G. Norman.

November 27, 2022, Rand Paul tweeted, “Didn’t someone try to legislatively mandate a special inspector general to scrutinize Ukrainian spending?  Oh, that’s right, it was my amendment and most Democrats AND Republicans opposed any semblance of oversight.”