Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
February 8, 1837, the U.S. Senate elected Louisville native Richard Mentor Johnson the 9th U.S. Vice President. His selection marked the 1st and only time the Senate exercised its prerogative under the U.S. Constitution’s 12th Amendment, which provides, “if no person has a majority, then from the two highest numbers on the list, the Senate shall choose the Vice-President.”
February 8, 1839, Kentucky created Breathitt County from Clay County, Estill County, and Perry County and named it in honor of John Breathitt, Kentucky’s 11th governor. Jackson is the county seat. Other localities include: Altro, Bays, Caney, Canoe, Chenowee, Clayhole, Cockrell Fork, (on a line between Breathitt and Perry Counties) Crockettsville, Elkatawa, Evanston, Fishtrap, Flintville, Frozen/Frozen Creek, Fugates Fork, Gauge, Haddix, Hardshell Caney, Hayes Branch, Leatherwood, Lost Creek, Morris Fork, Ned, Nix Branch, Noble, Noctor, Oakdale, Portsmouth, Quicksand, River Caney, Riverside, Rose Branch, Rousseau, Rowdy, Saldee, Sebastians Branch, Shoulder Blade/Shoulderblade, Smith Branch, South Fork, Stevenson, Troublesome Creek, Turners Creek, Vancleve, War Creek, Watts, Whick, Wilstacy, and Wolf Coal. The 89th county created, Breathitt County covers 495 square miles.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Millersburg native Mae Street Kidd. In 1904, she was born to a black mother and a white father, who refused to acknowledge her existence. Nevertheless, from a segregated education, she became a pioneer in business, politics, and civil rights, who broke ground for Kentucky women and African Americans. After her successful life insurance career, she served the Red Cross, and then opened her cosmetics line. In addition, she helped create the Louisville Urban League Guild and joined Kentucky’s House of Representatives.
February 8, 1908, State University, Lexington (UK) hosted and defeated the Louisville Coliseum Club, 29-28, in the State College Gymnasium. The Lexington Herald provided two different names for UK, depending on the article; they were “State College Cadets” and “Kentucky State College.”
February 8, 1915, Constable W. W. Tartt, Graves County Constable’s Office, died at Melber by a man that he and another constable arrested for breaking into a house. Three nights later, a mob of more than 50 men seized the suspect from the county jail at Maysville, hanged him from a tree on the courthouse lawn, and riddled his body with bullets.
February 8, 1930, James Grayson received a life sentence by a Warren County jury. He murdered Mr. Kirby, a Smiths Grove banker, who died while pursuing the three bandits that robbed the Bank of Oakland for $1,753.
February 8, 1946, Patrolman Cleophus John “Clay” Eifert, Covington Police Department, died from a gunshot to the chest, climbing a staircase while responding to a domestic disturbance at a downtown rooming house. Before collapsing, the officer fired six shots, striking the gunman in the leg.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Louisville native John Richard Gott III, born in 1947. The professor of astrophysical sciences at Princeton University is known for his work on time travel and the Doomsday argument.
February 8, 1950, in a resounding triumph for Governor E. Clements, the House killed a proposal to allow $12,200,000 a year more to education after a 6.5-hour session. The Kentucky Education Association suffered one of its worst defeats in recent years.
February 8, 1968, Army SP4 Larry J. McCubbins from Fairdale in Jefferson County, Marine Corps PFC Ronald L. Pembleton in Nicholasville in Jessamine County and Army PFC Joseph B. Robinson from Ashland in Boyd County died in the Vietnam War.
On February 8, 1992, Humana Inc. propped up Dr. Rich with a thriving Kentucky practice after Kansas took his medical license. During his brief Commonwealth tenure, patients sued him for malpractice and police charged him twice for shoplifting.
February 8, 2011, Kindred Healthcare of Louisville announced they bought St. Louis based RehabCare for $940 million. With this deal, Kindred become the nation’s largest provider of rehabilitation and long-term hospital care. In 2017, Humana bought Kindred for $4 billion and Kindred is no longer a publicly-traded company.
February 8, 2021, while Governor A. Beshear reported the fewest new virus cases since December, a State Senator requested Alice Dunnigan’s statute be placed in the Capitols of Frankfort and Washington, D.C.
February 8, 2022, Rep. Hal Rogers told an individual to kiss his ass after she told him to put on a mask. The incident reflected the division and tension face coverings had become. Corporate media in cable and print successfully politicized the new flu strain. In doing so, they continued to divide the public while their corporate advertisers conquered its goals.