TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

Kentucky Trivia

November 28, 1785, the first 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 wishes 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 was one of the founders of the Republican Party in Kentucky and an unsuccessful candidate for governor in 1883.  His mother was a sister to William O’Connell Bradley, who was elected the first Republican governor in 1895.  Governor Morrow signed the bill ratifying the Nineteenth Amendment, making Kentucky the 23rd state to do so.

November 28, 1922, Chief of Police James C. Pope, Harlan Police Department, was shot and killed as he and an officer attempted to arrest two men who were creating a disturbance at a home on Cumberland Avenue.

November 28, 1935, Coach Wynne’s Kentucky Wildcats shutout the Tennessee Volunteers 27-0 to close out the season 5-4.

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. The resolution condemned parlay cards and all other forms of wagering on college sports.

Kentucky Trivia:  In November of 1951, there were approximately 4,300 students attending classes on UK’s campus.

November 28, 1960, an average of $66.29 a hundred pounds, the highest opening day average ever, was paid on the first day of sales of Kentucky’s 1960 burley-tobacco crop.

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 was a strong advocate 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, 1971, Army PFC Willie J. Oaks from Beattyville in Lee County and Army SP4 Oscar Paulley Jr. from Louisville both died fighting in the Vietnam War.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Louisville native to Robert Thomas Conway Jr., born in 1974.

November 28, 1980, Campbellsville native, Clem “The Gem” Haskins, once the team’s hero, made his coaching debut at Western Kentucky when they hosted South Carolina in Bowling Green.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Lexington native Ben Sollee, born in 1983.  Ben is an American cellist, singer-songwriter, and composer who is recognized for his innovative style.

November 28, 1987, Boone County beat Shelby County for the High School Football State Championship 17-14 in Louisville Fairgrounds with 6,800 spectators.

November 28, 1989, the long-awaited debut of Coach Rick Pitino and the Wildcats occurred as Reggie Hanson scored 24 points and UK held off the Cincinnati Bobcats.

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 first time since 1952.  Republicans also picked up a net of ten governorships and took control of many state legislative chambers.

November 28, 1996, murder warrants were issued for three Kentucky teenagers from a self-described “Vampire Clan” after a murder in Florida.  Two Murray teenagers and one from Mayfield were wanted by law enforcement, who claimed that 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, were shot and killed by an elderly man as they and a third deputy were serving a warrant 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 first 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 George Bush dismissed suggestions that Iraq had descended into Civil War, blamed al-Qaida for the latest wave of violence and vowed not to withdrawal troops from Iraq.  U.S. officials also stated that the violence may rise in the coming months.

November 28, 2006, the ceremonial groundbreaking for KFC’S Yum! Center took place.

November 28, 2011, Kentucky Chief Steward John Veitch was let go as chief steward for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission without cause, meaning he cannot appeal the decision by the state’s Personnel Board.  Veitch’s dismissal comes 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.

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November 28, 2013, Henry Earl, 64, the world’s most arrested man with more than 1,500, spent another Thanksgiving in the Fayette County Detention Center after his arrest last month for public intoxication.

November 28, 2014, a Keeneland grad and Kentucky bred takes the Grade I $551,000 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs.

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 fifth 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 suffering from the flu strain.  The new totals now stood at 174,182 cases and 1,885 deaths.