Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
December 4, 1810, Henry Skaggs, one of the 1st white men in Kentucky, died in Green County. An American Longhunter, he undertook lengthy hunting expeditions into the Trans-Allegheny wilderness. Skaggs led a pursuit that failed to apprehend America’s first known serial killers, the Harpe Brothers, in 1799.
December 4, 1861, the U.S. Senate voted 36 to 0 to expel Kentucky Senator John C. Breckinridge for joining the Confederate Army, “Therefore—Resolved, that said John C. Breckinridge, the traitor, be, and he hereby is, expelled from the Senate.”
December 4, 1862, Asa Lewis got word his father died, and he immediately left for his Barren County, Kentucky home. His mother and sisters had no males on their farm after the Union raids. Upon hearing the news of his father’s death, Lewis requested permission to visit his family, but the Army refused. General Braxton Bragg of the Confederate Army executed him the day after Christmas for desertion.
December 4, 1868, two passenger steamers, the America and the United States, collided on the Ohio River near Warsaw in Gallatin County. The United States carried kerosene, which caught fire. The flames soon spread to the America, and many passengers perished. Officially, 162 individuals died, making it one of the most deadly steamboat accidents in American history.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Corbin native Roy Kidd, born in 1931. All told, Kidd led the Colonels to 16 Ohio Valley Conference titles and a national record 17 NCAA Division I-AA playoff appearances. He won the OVC coach of the year honor 10 times and was twice honored as the NCAA Division I-AA national coach of the year. Over the course of his career, Kidd had a record of 314–124–8, a .713 winning percentage.
December 4, 1932, Deputy Sheriff James Bowlin, Whitley County Sheriff’s Office, died while serving an assault warrant on a 23-year-old man for kicking a man in a pool hall. The subject who shot him was arrested and charged with murder, but there is no record of the case.
December 4, 1945, Lexington native Dr. Thomas Hunt Morgan passed away. A student of the biological sciences, he won the 1933 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discoveries on the chromosome’s role in heredity.
December 4, 1952, Deputy Sheriff Leonard T. Davis, Rockcastle County Sheriff’s Office, suffered a fatal heart attack pursuing a bank robbery suspect while driving. The suspect attempted to rob a bank in Mount Vernon as two tellers returned from their lunch. As he attempted to force them to open the safe a third employee entered and interrupted the robbery. After a short struggle with the employee the suspect ran from the bank and fled in his vehicle, with a citizen in pursuit. Deputy Davis and a highway patrol officer were notified and immediately attempted to locate the vehicle. Minutes later they came across an accident which occurred when the suspect’s vehicle struck another vehicle head-on. The suspect and driver of the second vehicle were killed in the accident. Deputy Davis collapsed as he and the patrol officer began to offer aid.
December 4, 1961, Williamstown native Stanley Atwood “Daddy” Boles died. Daddy served as UK’s athletic director from 1917 through 1933, the head coach of the football and men’s basketball teams and hired Coach Adolph Rupp.
On December 4, 1971, Kentuckians voted to fill the 6th Congressional seat. William P. Curlin, Jr., a donkey, won. Second place belonged to the elephants. Dr. W.S. Kroghahi, a UK physics professor, came in 3rd and 4th place belonged to Edgar A. Wallace, a black insurance agent running as an Independent.
December 4, 1979, Paducah native Robert A. Karnes died. Robert was a prolific actor whose credits included: The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950), and From Here to Eternity (1953), The Lawless Years, The Untouchables and the Alfred Hitchcock Program.
December 4, 1991, Pine Mountain Settlement School became a National Historic Landmark. Established in 1913 and located in Harlan County; Pine Mountain served as a boarding school for mountain children in elementary and middle school to 1930. In 1930, the school evolved into a boarding school for high school students and back to an elementary school in 1949. In 1972 Pine Mountain began to focus its educational mission on environmental education. For more than 30 years, Pine Mountain Settlement School has provided instruction in environmental education and traditional arts and culture to thousands of students. In addition, more than 3,000 students visit the campus annually to participate in events on the school’s 800 acres.
December 4, 1992, President G.H.W. Bush released his long-awaited healthcare plan that called for $100 billion in vouchers and tax breaks for $95 million for poor and middle-class citizens to buy health insurance.
On December 4, 2001, Muhammad Ali lighted the Olympic torch from a massive cauldron and passed it to Peggy Fleming in Atlanta. The ceremony began a 46 state, two-month journey to open the Salt Lake City Winter Games.
December 4, 2010, Trinity shutouts Male 38-0, in the Gridiron Bowl, for the 6A Kentucky State High School Football Championship. North Carolina also edged Kentucky 75-73 in a matchup of two of college basketball’s winningest programs.
December 4, 2011, the congregation and pastor at a Pike County Church welcomed all believers. This change of heart came after a firestorm of criticism from locals when they voted to ban mix-raced couples. The ban stayed in effect for seven days.
December 4, 2012, an Elizabethtown cardiologist and his former wife plead guilty to harboring their maid, a Bolivian undocumented worker, for 12 years as a virtual prisoner and using her for their financial gain.
December 4, 2013, according to the Guinness World Records, Lexington Catholic High School and area middle schools in Lexington achieved the largest game of Secret Santa, consisting of 1,463 participants.
December 4, 2019, a Kentucky state panel claimed a Kentucky judge engaged in sexual activities with staff members in the courthouse, coerced attorneys to back her election and retaliated against a lawyer for not giving her the maximum campaign donation.
Friday, December 4, 2020, Governor A. Beshear started to prep the public for vaccines by announcing the 1st doses would be available within 10 days. He then made an unscientific and inaccurate claim, “That means every loss of life and every extra infection that happens between now and then is entirely avoidable.”
December 4, 2021, American cities prepared to spend 100s of millions of dollars from the U.S. Government to repair the financial damages the lockdowns created. For example, in 2021, Lexington planned to receive $168 million through the American Rescue Plan Act and $120 million in “other” coronavirus relief money.