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Kentucky Trivia

December 4, 1787, Virginia established Danville as a “Town” on the land of Daniel Walker, the 1st white man to own the land.  Kentucky in Retrospect by Lila Jones Kington, pg: 23

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 1st 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.  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, 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 America. 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 ten times and was twice honored as the NCAA Division I-AA national coach of the year.  Kidd had a final 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 biological sciences student, he won the 1933 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discoveries on the chromosome’s role in heredity.

December 4, 1950, Marine Corps CPL Allan B. Hoagland from Louisville died fighting in the Vietnam War.

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 lunch.  As he tried 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 attempted to locate the car.  They finally came across an accident when the suspect’s vehicle struck another vehicle head-on.  The suspect and driver of the second vehicle died in the accident.  Deputy Davis collapsed as he and the patrol officer began to offer aid.

December 4, 1956, Louisville native Paul Hornung won the Heisman Trophy.

December 4, 1961, Williamstown native Stanley Atwood “Daddy” Boles died.  Daddy served as the UK’s athletic director from 1917 through 1933, was the head coach of the football and men’s basketball teams, and hired Coach Adolph Rupp.

December 4, 1966, Army SP4 Curtis J. Williams from Evarts in Harlan County died fighting in the Vietnam War.

December 4, 1967, Army SGT Donald W. Miller from Alexandria in Campbell County died fighting in the Vietnam War.

On December 4, 1971, Kentuckians voted in a special election to fill the 6th Congressional seat.  William P. Curlin, Jr., a donkey, won.  Second place belonged to the elephants.  The American Party represented by Dr. W.S. Kroghahi, a UK physics professor, came in 3rd.  A black man, Edgar A. Wallace, an insurance agent ran as an Independent.

December 4, 1980, the U.S. House passed a bill that provided $1.5 billion over four years to improve the roads carrying coal traffic.  Kentucky received the maximum allowed, $180 million.

December 4, 1989, Howard Schnellenberger’s Louisville Cardinals traveled to Tokyo for the Coca-Cola Classic Bowl and lost to Syracuse 13-24.

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 taught thousands of students environmental education and traditional arts and culture.  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.

December 4, 1999, St. Xavier defeated Bryan Station 34-31, in overtime, for the 4A Kentucky State High School Football Championship.

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, 2003, the National Register of Historic Places removed the Red Bird River Petroglyphs, also known as the Red Bird Petroglyphs in Clay County, from their list after adding it in 1989.  The rock, situated initially along the Red Bird River, was moved to a park in Manchester after it fell onto the roadway below in 1994.

December 4, 2004, St. Xavier defeated Scott County 49-9 in the 4A Kentucky State High School Football Championship.

December 4, 2006, Marine Lance CPL Thomas P. Echols, 20, of Shepherdsville, died in Iraq fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

December 4, 2010, Trinity shutout 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 pleaded 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, 2016, Trinity defeated Lafayette 56-21, in the Gridiron Bowl, for the 6A Kentucky State Football Championship.

December 4, 2017, the FBI apprehended Eric Conn while he ate dinner at a Pizza Hut in La Cieba, a tourist town on the Caribbean coast of Honduras.  Conn came without incident and returned with the FBI to Lexington.

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, announcing the 1st doses would be available within ten 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.”

Positives:  3,614 / 194,193
Deaths:  25 / 2,039 – 1st Death 3/16/20
50&over: 1,987 / 49-30: 49 / 29&under: 3

On December 4, 2022, Senator Rand Paul tweeted, “So how do the Big Spenders (from BOTH parties) in Congress respond to the Pentagon failing to track $2.1 trillion?  Increase the Pentagon budget!