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On September 23, 1913, Lexington’s grand premier of the Ben Ali Theater featured a vaudeville act, The Passing Show of 1912. The stage was said to be one of the finest in the south with a $1,500 velvet curtain. Guests dressed in black tie and exquisite gowns for the occasion.
September 23, 1921, Deputy Sheriff Walter Nathaniel Campbell, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, died by a gunshot by a suspect and his two sons, who were angry after their property had been raided as part of a moonshining investigation.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Lexington native Les McCann, born in 1935. Les is a Jazz artist who recorded the top-selling Swiss Movement and its platinum hit, Compared to What. He also dabbled in R&B and soul. His 1973 Live at Montreux and Layers was critically acclaimed.
September 23, 1964, Indian Knoll received admission to the List of National Historic Landmarks. Located along the Green River in Ohio County, the site holds a special place in the history of North American archaeology.
On September 23, 1968, Kentucky Educational Television (KET) aired for the 1st time. In Ashland, Bowling Green, Lexington, Madisonville, Morehead, Owenton, Somerset, and Elizabethtown, citizens viewed the programming. O. Leonard Press and Paul G. Blazer made it happen.
Kentucky Trivia: KET is the largest PBS state network in the United States; the broadcast signals of its sixteen stations cover almost all of the state, as well as parts of Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
September 23, 1971, William Gilbert Barron from Louisville passed away. He was an American comedian, actor, writer and film director known for his comic sneeze routines. He appeared in over 200 feature films, short subjects and television shows starting in 1929.
September 23, 1972, the Colonels hosted the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks for an exhibition game in Frankfort. Julius Erving played for the Hawks, posting 28 points and 18 rebounds in 42 minutes. The Hawks prevailed, 112–99.
September 23, 1974, a 120 press contingent, a dozen members of Congress, and representatives of the Mint and Treasury Departments toured Fort Knox’s gold vault. The next visitors were allowed in the vault in 2017.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Brian Joseph Brohm, born in Louisville in 1985. Brohm led the Trinity Shamrocks to the 4-A state title in 2001, 2002 and 2003. He was the MVP of all three title games, the most exciting of which was a 59–56 victory over Louisville Male High School and 2002 Mr. Football, Michael Bush.
September 23, 1989, folk singer Bradley Kincaid passed away. “The Mountain Boy with His Houn’ Dog Guitar and Old Mountain Songs” recorded over two hundred songs and published thirteen songbooks during his lifetime. He joined the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971.
On September 23, 2009, the U.S. Capitol hung a refurbished Henry Clay in the U.S. Senate, an 11×7 foot portrait of Henry Clay, near the opulent Brumidi Corridor. Completed over 150 years ago by Phineas Staunton (1817-67), the painting had been all but forgotten and left to molder in a basement in upstate New York. Clay deserves this recognition because he is eternally and deservedly associated with the art of legislative compromise,” says Richard Allan Baker, former historian of the U.S. Senate.
On September 23, 2014, UK harvested the hemp they grew at their Spindletop Research Farm. A federal farm bill allowed them to grow hemp on a trial bias; otherwise, the crop was still illegal to grow in 2014. The actual harvesting grew a large crowd of spectators.
September 23, 2020, after months of waiting, heir apparent, AG Daniel Cameron released the findings from a Jefferson County grand jury in the police shooting death of Breonna Taylor. The state indicted one officer in the March shooting. Governor A. Beshear publicly appealed to the AG to release all information on the case.