TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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March 7, 1777, “the Native Americans attempted to cut off from the Fort a small party of men – a skirmish ensued.  We had four men wounded and some cattle killed.  We killed and scalped one Indian and wounded several,” from George Rogers Clark’s diary.

March 7, 1789, was the last edition of the Kentucke Gazette.  The next edition on March 14 would be the Kentucky Gazette.  Also on this day, the second “e” in Kentucke got replaced with the letter “y” by the Virginia General Assembly.

March 7, 1807, Deputy Sheriff John A. Gooch, Livingston County Sheriff’s Department, was shot and killed by a drunk man.  The man who shot him fled the county and was never apprehended; however, the shooter’s brother was convicted of manslaughter.

March 7, 1825, Henry Clay became the 9th Secretary of State by President J.Q. Adams.  Clay entered his duties on the same day and served until March 3, 1829.  During his term as the “Great Pacificator,” he emphasized economic development in his diplomacy.

March 7, 1862, Woodford County native William Perkins Black fought bravely in the Civil War Battle of Pea Ridge in Arkansas.  For his actions on that day, he received the Medal of Honor in 1893.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Louisville native Nellie Crawford, born in 1873.  She is known better as Madame Sul-Te-Wan on stage, film, and television.

March 7, 1882, the Howard-Turner Feud began in Harlan County when Bob Turner, son of Democratic county chairman George B. Turner, was shot and killed by Wix Howard a day or so after a poker pot dispute where they accused each other of cheating.
They Say in Harlan County: An Oral History by Alessandro Portelli; pg: 59

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Bloomfield native Stith Thompson, born in 1885 in Nelson County.  He is the “Thompson” of the Aarne–Thompson classification system, which indexes certain folktales by their structure and assigns them AT numbers.

March 7, 1893, Kenton County native John Griffin Carlisle became the 41st Secretary of the Treasury.  President Cleveland appointed him in 1892, at the beginning of the President’s 2nd term.  The Panic of 1893 marred Carlisle’s tenure as Secretary and ended his political career.  The once-popular Carlisle became so disliked he had to leave the stage in the middle of a speech, in his hometown, due to a barrage of rotten eggs.  John moved to New York City and died there at 75.  He was laid to rest in Covington’s Linden Grove Cemetery.

March 7, 1908, State University, Lexington (UK) played Central University for the state championship.  Central crushes State 29-10 in the Danville Rink.  It was largest crowd to ever witness a basketball game in Danville.

March 7, 1923, Town Marshal Otis Garnett Thornton, Taylorsville Police Department, succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained two days earlier while escorting a prisoner to jail.  On their way, they passed the man’s home; he broke free from the officers and ran inside.  He emerged from his home with a shotgun and shot Marshal Thornton.

March 7, 1946, Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, Coach Adolph Rupp, and the Kentucky General Assembly members were honored at a dinner at the Lafayette Hotel given by Lexington attorney and former state Sen. Rodman W. Keenon.  Keenon urged the state legislature to assist UK’s new athletics program.

March 7, 1951, Army CPL James N. Ramey from Lyon County died in the Korean War.

March 7, 1952, Army PFC Herbert King from Perry County died in the Korean War.

Kentucky Trivia:  The first Hollywood movie filmed in Kentucky was The Kentuckian in 1954.  April Love, Raintree County (1957), and Some Come Running (1958) complete the movies filmed in the Commonwealth in the 1950s.

March 7, 1953, Army CPL Raymond L. Hatfield from Harlan County died in the Korean War.

March 7, 1965, the first of three non-violent marches from Selma to Montgomery began.  The day is also known as “Bloody Sunday.”

March 7, 1968, Marine Corps George E. Sweatt from Bowling Green in Warren County died in the Vietnam War.

March 7, 1973, the U.S. announced that only 8,000 GIs were in Vietnam.  The height of the war saw 500,000 Americans overseas.

March 7, 1971, although Kentucky law prohibited Sunday sales of alcohol, restaurants in Kenton and Campbell Counties did it openly and successfully.   Looks as though Kenton County officially allowed Sunday sales in 2008?

March 7, 1980, Coal Miner’s Daughter debuted in Nashville and soon became the No. 1 box office hit in the U.S.

March 7, 1992, after the last home game against Tennessee, Kentucky paid tribute to Cawood Ledford.  

March 7, 2000, Pee Wee King died in Louisville.

March 7, 2011, $3.46 per gallon, was the average price of Kentucky gasoline.

March 7, 2015, the Wildcats ended their regular season by beating Florida 67-50.  These Wildcats tied the 2012 Championship team for the most wins in men’s Division I history.  Calipari’s Cats ended the regular season 31-0, followed by their 28th SEC Tournament.  After that, the Wildcats would post a 38-0 record before losing in the semifinals to Wisconsin.

March 7, 2017, Kosair Charities and the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame announced the eight people inducted into the Class of 2017 Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame: Mike Battaglia, Howard Beth, Rodger Bird, Rob Bromley, Swag Hartel, Kenny Klein, Dennis Lampley, and Marion Miley.

March 7, 2020, a Kentucky bred, Keeneland graduate won the GIII $300,000 Gotham Stakes for three-year-olds.

March 7, 2020, Santa Anita hosted the GI $601,000 Santa Anita Handicap for four-year-olds and upward. A .50 cent Keeneland graduate trifecta paid $284.00.

March 7, 2020, with the only positive case in the state, Harrison County became the first county to announce they were closing schools due to coronavirus.   

March 7, 2020, the $750-per-ticket Speed Art Museum fundraiser had individuals attending with coronavirus.  Some guests included: Governor A. Beshear, Mayor Greg Fischer, Sen. Rand Paul, Rep. John Yarmuth, UofL President Neeli Bendapudi, and Christy Brown.

On March 7, 2021, President Biden marked Bloody Sunday with an executive order to advance civil rights.  UK looked into changing the name “Dead Week” as not to offend a particular group of people.  Prep Week, for finals, was an option.