TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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November 30, 1822, Calloway County was created from Hickman County and was named in honor of Richard Callaway, pioneer.  Murray is the county seat.  Other cities and towns include: Hazel, Dexter, Almo, Backusburg, Blood, Boatwright, Coldwater, Crossland, Elm Grove, Faxon, Five Points, Harris Grove, Hico, Kirksey, Lynn Grove, Midway, New Concord, Penny, Protemus, Shiloh, Stella, Wadesboro and Wiswell.  Calloway County was the 72nd county created and covers approximately 411 square miles.

November 30, 1864, Andrew Jackson Smith was serving as a corporal in the Union Army.  On that day, his regiment and another participated in the Battle of Honey Hill in South Carolina.  The two units came under heavy fire while crossing a swamp in front of an elevated Confederate position.  When the 55th‘s color bearer was killed, Smith took up the battle flags and carried them through the remainder of the fight.  It was for this action that Smith was later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

November 30, 1906, 200 hooded men rode silently, in a column of twos, down Princeton’s Main Street, in the early morning.  Minutes before, several of these men had occupied the police station, disarmed the local police, seized the telegraph/telephone offices, captured the fire station and shut off the city water supply.  It was all done with admirable precision.  The target was the American Tobacco Company’s two large warehouses; the purpose was to win the Black Patch War.  They placed sticks of dynamite under the stored tobacco within and doused the buildings with kerosene.  They then threw torches into the structures and watched as 400,000 pounds of tobacco, worth upwards of $100,000, smoldered and burned.  Then, three long whistle blasts drew the men together and they sang “The fires shine bright on my old Kentucky home” – they slowly rode out of town.

November 30, 1908, Constable W. B. White, Metcalfe County Constable’s Office, was shot and killed in Edmonton by a subject whom he had encountered earlier in the day.  The man had been drinking and had an argument with Constable White’s brother.  Constable White spoke to the man in an attempt to diffuse the situation and the two parted amicably.  At approximately 5:00 pm the man encountered Constable White in front of the People’s Bank and immediately opened fire, shooting him.

November 30, 1911, Kentucky beats Louisville on the gridiron 12-0 in Lexington.  The series stood at 5-3-1 in favor of Kentucky and each of the nine times they played at least one team scored zero points.

November 30, 1916, at Waite Field in Knoxville, the Wildcats tied the Volunteers in one of college football’s major upsets.  The Vols going into the last game of the season, were unbeaten and had only given up 13 points in two games the entire season.  The series stood at 7-5-2 in Kentucky’s favor.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Cynthiana native Joe B. Hall, born in 1928.

November 30, 1930, Deputy Sheriff Thomas Lucas, Knott County Sheriff’s Office, succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained on November 22nd, 1930, while attempting to arrest a man in the Upper Caney area of Knott County.  The subject who shot him was later arrested.  Deputy Lucas was 32 and survived by his wife and son.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Columbia native Steven Absher Hamilton, born in 1934.  From 1958 to 1960 he was a power forward/center for the Minneapolis Lakers and was on the team that lost to the Boston Celtics during the 1959 NBA Finals.  Hamilton was mostly a relief pitcher during his 12 MLB seasons, including a stint as the New York Yankees closer during the 1968 season.  His one complete game shutout was against the Cleveland Indians.

November 30, 1948, Night Policeman Jesse Starks, Benton Police Department, was shot and killed with his own service weapon after responding to a disturbance at a local theater.  When he arrived at the scene he discovered that his son-in-law had been ejected from it for causing a disturbance.  The son-in-law and five relatives had then returned to the theater armed with weapons.  As Policeman Starks attempted to calm the situation his son-in-law pulled his service weapon from its holster and shot him.

November 30, 1950, the following died fighting in the Korean War: Marine Corps PVT Warren Bowling from Hiram in Harlan County, Army PFC Carl S. Curl from Meade County, Air Force A1C John W. Gahan from Louisville, Army PVT Clyde Hamilton from Floyd County, Army CPL Paul W. Hamilton from Pendleton County, Army PFC Howard T. Harper from Muhlenberg County, Army PFC Randolph Hayes from Floyd County, Army PFC John H. Maggard from Elliott County, Army PVT Gerald W. McLean from Harlan County, Army PVT Ronald Miniard from Leslie County, Army PFC Burl Mullins from Pike County, Army SGT Thomas F. Nunes from Christian County, Army SGT Watson F. Parrish from Cumberland County, Army PFC John W. Richardson from Montgomery County, Army PFC Cornelius L. Rickert from Campbell County, Army CPL James R. Robertson from Daviess County, Army CPL Herman Saylor from Harlan County, Army CPT Samuel R. Simpson from Boyd County, Army CPL Willie Smith from Clark County, Army CPL George W. Tharp from Boone County, Army CPL James L. Trent from Hardin County, Army PVT Charles H. Ward from Pike County, Army CPL Bennie M. Williamson from Pike County and Army SGT Robert B. Yonts from Letcher County.

November 30, 1952, Navy FA William E. Jones from Mt. Sterling died fighting in the Korean War.

November 30, 1967, Army 1LT Kenneth R. Shoemaker, Jr. from Owensboro died fighting in the Vietnam War.

November 30, 1968, Army PFCs James E. Glisson from Benton in Marshall County and Jerry W. Jefferson from Paris both died fighting in the Vietnam War.

November 30, 1970, Army PFC Douglas S. Bridges from Louisville and Army SFC Robert S. Geer from Elizabethtown and Army CPT John C. Stringer II from Hazard all died fighting in the Vietnam War.

November 30, 1970, the U.S. Census Bureau “found” some 86,000 more Kentuckians than its preliminary nose-count showed in mid-summer, insuring that the state will have seven congress persons for the next ten years.  The official population was 3,246,481.

November 30, 1970, Lt. Governor Wendell Ford issued a statement opposing the proposal to barge coal across the main body of Lake Cumberland.  Ford, a candidate for governor, commented on the long-standing fierce debate on whether or not to allow coal on the lake.

November 30, 1977, the Wildcat mascot greeted Art Still as the 6’7” defensive end took the field against Tennessee in his final college game at Commonwealth Stadium.  Kentucky won, 21-17.  Still was the second overall player taken in the 1978 NFL draft and played for the Kansas City Chiefs (1978–1987).

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Richmond native Robert Kirkman, born in 1978.  Robert is best known for co-creating The Walking Dead, Invincible, Tech Jacket, Outcast, Oblivion Song and Fire Power for Image Comics, in addition to writing Ultimate X-Men, Irredeemable Ant-Man and Marvel Zombies for Marvel Comics.

November 30, 1981, the Department of Energy ordered Ashland Oil to refund $25 million to its customers because it allegedly violated federal price controls.  Ashland Oil primarily distributed gasoline, home heating oil and aviation fuel.

November 30, 1981, President Reagan made his first visit to Kentucky as President when Air Force one landed in Boone County.  The trip was an all Ohio trip with no Kentucky officials greeting him when he arrived.

November 30, 1990, Orin E. Atkins, the former Chairman of Ashland Oil was sentenced to two years probation and 600 hours of community service for trying to sell confidential company information to Iran.  Atkins also paid $2 million in restitution.

November 30, 2006, 10,623 fans watched Trinity beat Ryle for the State High School 4A Championship football game.  This was the 48th edition of the tournament.

November 30, 2018, Kentuckian Wayne Estopinal, a founding father of Louisville’s Football Club (FC), died in a private plane crash 16 miles north of Louisville.

November 30, 2018, a white male was released from jail after he threatened to blow-up Trinity High School if Jeff Brohm did not accept Louisville’s head coaching job.  The 29-year-old was charged with second-degree terroristic threatening and released on $25,000 bond.

November 30, 2019, Kentucky celebrates their 45-13 win over Louisville in the 26th edition of the modern day Governor’s Cup in Lexington.