TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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September 23, 1913, Lexington’s grand premier of the Ben Ali Theater featured a vaudeville actThe Passing of 1912,” staring Trixie Friganza and Dixie Quinan.  The stage was said to be one of the finest in the south with a $1,500 velvet curtain.  The audience was dressed in black tie and exquisite gowns.

September 23, 1918, mail motor service began in Kentucky.  The service was between Lexington, Louisville and Cincinnati.  It was under the direction of the Post Master General.

September 23, 1921, Deputy Sheriff Walter Nathaniel Campbell, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed by a suspect and his two sons, who were angry after his property had been raided as part of a moonshining investigation.

September 23, 1933, Kentucky opens the season at home against Maryville with a 46-2 rout.  Coach Harry Gamage took his team to a 5-5 record for the season.

September 23, 1934, Sheriff John C. “Johnnie” Morris, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, was shot and killed as he and his deputy attempted to arrest three men for creating a disturbance.

Localtonians wishes 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.  He taught himself the piano and developed an interest in jazz during his time in San Francisco with the U.S. military.  His 1973 Live at Montreux and Layers were critically acclaimed.

September 23, 1946, see a picture of Adolph Rupp and his son Herky taking a ride in their new car, which the Junior Chamber of Commerce presented to the coach at the Lafayette Hotel.  Herky died in 2016.

September 23, 1950, Marine Corp SGT Roy Wilbur Wood, from Walton in Boone County, died fighting in the Korean War.

September 23, 1951, Army CPL Willard C. Pullen from Hardin County died while fighting in the Korean War.

September 23, 1964, Indian Knoll was added 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.

September 23, 1966, Army PVC Larry Lee Reynolds from Kings Mountain died in the Vietnam War.  Larry was 21-years-old.

September 23, 1967, Marine CPL Paul Lee Price from Owensboro died in the Vietnam War.  Paul was 20-years-old.

On September 23, 1968, Kentucky Educational Television (KET) aired for the first time.  In Ashland, Bowling Green, Lexington, Madisonville, Morehead, Owenton, Somerset, and Elizabethtown, citizens viewed the programming.  KET was founded by O. Leonard Press and funded by Paul G. Blazer.  KET is the largest PBS state network in the U.S.  Its 16 stations’ broadcast signals cover almost all of the state and seven bordering states.

September 23, 1969, 20-year-old Army PVT John Edward Cottingham from Newport and 21-year-old Army PFC Marvin Gene Stephens from Burlington, died fighting in the Vietnam War.

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.  It remains a gold-letter day for those who made it to the “A” list and attended, and a bitter day for those who were not allowed in.  The next visitors to the vault occurred in 2017.

Localtonians wishes 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 “Kentucky Mountain Boy” recorded over two hundred songs and published thirteen songbooks during his lifetime.  He joined the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971.

September 23, 2006, Army CPL Windell J. Simmons, 20, of Hopkinsville, died from a bomb in Iraq while fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

September 23, 2014, UK harvested hemp they at been growing at their Spindletop Research Farm.  A federal farm bill allowed them to grow hemp on trial bias, otherwise the crop was still illegal to grow in 2014.  The harvesting grew a large crowd of spectators.