November 28, 1785, the 1st official treaty between the U.S. and Cherokee Nation took place at Hopewell, South Carolina. The Hopewell Treaty included the cession of all land in Kentucky north of the Cumberland River and west of the Little South Fork. Although Cherokee Chief Corn Tassel, brother of Doublehead, signed the treaty, other clan chiefs did not. The Hopewell Treaty began a war between the European settlers and the Cherokee living in the Cumberland valley.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Somerset native Edwin Porch Morrow, Kentucky’s 40th governor, born in 1877. He and his twin brother, Charles, were the youngest of eight children. His father helped found the Kentucky Republican Party and was an unsuccessful candidate for governor in 1883. His mother was a sister to William O’Connell Bradley, the 1st Republican governor in 1895. Governor Morrow signed the bill ratifying the 19th Amendment, making Kentucky the 23rd state to do so.
November 28, 1939, Deputy Constable Floyd Hyatt, Rowan County Constable’s Office, succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained 13 days earlier, when he was shot by three moonshiners near the head of Dry Creek. He and two other officers were searching for poachers when they stumbled on a still in operation.
November 28, 1950, the following individuals died fighting in the Korean War: Army SFC Troulius Adams from Letcher County, Army PVT Murrel Garvin from Jefferson County, Army PVT Charles R. Hawes from Boyle County, Navy HN Edward Jones Jr. from Mt. Vernon, Army PVT Johnnie Joseph Jr. from Leslie County, Army 2LT Elster R. King from Anderson County, Marine Corps SGT Louis C. Kraus from Louisville, Army PFC Anthony Massey Jr. from Graves County, Army PFC Homer M. McDaniel from Daviess County, Army PVT Donald M. Smith from Kenton County, Army CPL Raymond G. Stephens from Whitley County, Marine Corps PFC Charles A. Taylor from Louisville, Army MSG Martin W. Warren from Bell County, Army CPL Richard T. West from Christian County, and Army PFC Carlton H. Young from Hardin County all died fighting in the Korean War.
November 28, 1951, UK announced that 4,000 students signed a pact not to promote gambling on sporting events, a month after the school’s scandal broke. The resolution condemned parlay cards and all other forms of wagering on college sports.
November 28, 1967, Stanford native Sophia Kindrick Alcorn passed away. Sophia was an educator best known for inventing the Tadoma Method of communication with deaf and blind people. She advocated for the rights of people with disabilities and upon retiring from her long career in teaching, she worked with the American Foundation for the Blind.
November 28, 1994, Secretary of State Bob Babbage told Kentuckians that their participation in the 1994 election was the lowest in the nation. Only 29% of Kentucky eligible voters did so. The national rate was 39% and the highest rate was 60% in South Dakota. The elections have been described as the “Republican Revolution” because the Republican Party captured unified control of Congress for the 1st time since 1952. Republicans also picked up a net of ten governorships and took control of many state legislative chambers.
November 28, 1996, Kentucky issued murder warrants for three teenagers from a self-described “Vampire Clan” after a murder in Florida. Two Murray teenagers and one from Mayfield claimed they enjoyed sucking blood from each other and small animals.
November 28, 2001, Captain Charles Brown “Chuck” Morgan, Jr. and Deputy Billy Walls of the Jessamine County Sheriff’s Department, died serving a warrant on an elderly man for making a terroristic threat. As the deputies entered the man’s 150-square-foot houseboat, the man opened fire with a .30 caliber M-1 rifle.
November 28, 2005, Louisville beat Syracuse and accepted a bowl bid to the Gator Bowl, their 1st New Year’s bowl since the historic 1991 Fiesta Bowl victory. The good news came with bad as QB and Louisville native, Brian Brohm, tore his ACL and would not go bowling.
November 28, 2006, President G. Bush dismissed suggestions that Iraq had descended into Civil War, blamed al-Qaida for the latest wave of violence, and vowed not to withdraw troops from Iraq. U.S. officials also stated that the violence might rise in the coming months, an understatement of epic proportions.
November 28, 2011, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission fired Chief Steward John Veitch without cause, meaning he could not appeal the decision by the state’s Personnel Board. Veitch’s dismissal came from a report based on hearings into the Life At Ten incident at the 2010 Breeders’ Cup. The firing started a four-year mission to clear his name.
November 28, 2015, Louisville players enthusiastically hoisted the Governor’s Cup in the steady drizzle after beating Kentucky 38-24 in Lexington. Lamar Jackson accounted for 316 yards and three touchdowns to secure their 5th straight win over the Cats.
November 28, 2018, Campbellsville native Joe Hubb’s TV show Kentucky Ayahuasca debuted on the Viceland Network. The 10-episode series follows Joe, a former serial bank robber, who befriended a Peruvian Shaman in prison.
November 28, 2020, Governor A. Beshear announced 2,437 new cases of coronavirus, 14 new deaths, and 1,722 individuals in the hospital. Meanwhile, Eric Clapton and Van Morrison announced they would release an upcoming track protesting government shutdowns.