Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
March 22, 1871, Governor John W. Stevenson, to protect African-American voting rights, received a bill he requested that offered rewards for “the apprehension of perpetrators of election-related violence.” Stevenson also recommended that carrying concealed weapons on Election Day be outlawed.
March 22, 1930, the Corinth boys from Grant County and the Hazard girls from Perry County won the 12th State Basketball Championship. Corinth made three baskets in the last minute to defeat Kavanaugh 22-20.
Sweet 16 Trivia: Besides winning the handsome silver trophy, Corinth won the Best Sportsmanship Team, part of the annual awards given by the Y.M.C.A. Harry Hardin of the Tolu team won the individual Best Sportsmanship Award, and Teddy Hornback won a silver regulation-size basketball for coaching the boys’ state champs.
March 22, 1954, Frankfort passed a joint resolution honoring the many contributions of Matthew Lyon (1749-1822). He founded the town of Eddyville, which he made into a commercial center, mainly through his enterprises. Matthew Lyon was the 2nd U.S. Congress member to represent two different states in the House, Vermont then Kentucky.
Saturday, March 22, 1958, St. Xavier won its 3rd title when they defeated Daviess County 60-49 for the Boys’ State Basketball Championship in Memorial Coliseum. The title returned to Louisville after a 13-year hiatus. Clark County defeated Monticello for 3rd place. Four Black players, all from Hazard, were the 1st members of their race to make the “all-tournament team,” aka “the mythical best 10.”
March 22, 1958, Kentucky’s Fiddling Five basketball team won the school’s 4th NCAA Tournament beating Seattle 84-72 for Coach Rupp’s last NCAA championship. Temple and Kansas St. completed the final four in Freedom Hall. The win gave Rupp his most coveted title, which he vowed to win after the NCAA suspended UK’s 1953 season. This NCAA tournament involved 24 schools.
March 22, 1962, Lexington native Hal Price Headley, owner of Beaumont Farm, passed away at the Keeneland Race Course. He died of a heart attack while returning from the track to Barn Q with his horses and daughter. Headley was considered the guiding force in Keeneland’s foundation. The Alcibiades Stakes, named for Headley’s foundation broodmare, was won by his “Rash Statement” in 1959. He bred 88 stakes winners in all.
March 22, 1967, Muhammad Ali (29-0) fought Zora Folley (74-7-4) in Madison Square Garden. Just before the fight, Ali lost his appeal against his 1-A classification for the draft and was ordered to appear in Louisville on April 11 for induction into the U.S. Army. In the 1st heavyweight title fight in the Garden in 15 years, Ali dropped Folley in the 4th round, then knocked out the 35-year-old in the 7th round with a quick right. This would be Ali’s last fight for three-and-a-half years.
March 22, 1971, celebrating their 2nd KHSAA Boys’ State Basketball Championship, the Louisville Male High School retired the players’ numbers for both championship years. Before he let the entire student body out early for the day, Principal Sanders also spoke of the school’s Brook and Breck newspaper which won national recognition.
March 22, 1986, Monticello native Harriette Simpson Arnow died. She attended Berea College, the University of Louisville, and then worked two years as a rural Pulaski County teacher before moving to Cincinnati. In 1935 she published her 1st works in Esquire, two short stories, “A Mess of Pork” and “Marigolds and Mules,” under the pen name H. L. Simpson, sending a photo of her brother-in-law to disguise her gender.
March 22, 2008, Elizabeth Whitcomb Lampton died on her farm, Elmendorf, at age 74, from a carriage accident. Her husband, who bought the Fayette County farm in 1997, died six months later, also on the property.
March 22, 2015, Mitch reiterated the Senate would not consider President Obama’s nominations to the U.S. Supreme Court and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. President Obama made little pushback because his party thought this issue would get people to the polls to vote “blue.” Instead, Americans picked a game show host, not the veteran politician in Hillary.
In a March 22, 2017, interview with Chuck Todd on MSNBC, Rep. A. Schiff claimed there was “more than circumstantial evidence now” that Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russia. Todd followed up by asking if he had seen direct evidence of collusion and Schiff responded that there was “evidence that is not circumstantial and is very much worthy of investigation.” Rep. Schiff pushed Trump’s collusion with Russia more than any other congress person.
March 22, 2019, U.S. Attorney General William Barr wrote a letter to the Judiciary Committee stating that Special Counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, concluded his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and related matters and would send a final report to Congress in two days.
March 22, 2020, Senator Rand Paul became the 1st sitting member of the U.S. Senate to test positive for coronavirus. He did attend the Speed Art Museum fundraiser. The governor, without a mask, reported 16 new cases, totaling 103 positive cases and three deaths, in a state Capitol news conference. America reported just over 400 deaths. Governor A. Beshear told non-essential retail business to close by 8:00 p.m.
On March 22, 2021, the Kentucky coronavirus positivity rate continued to drop for the 10th week. After a controlled start, Frankfort began to let any 18-year-old or older sign up for the vaccine months ahead of the original date scheduled. The reason, not enough customers were lining up for the shot.
March 22, 2022, eight high-profile bills advanced in Frankfort’s last week of legislation. They included medical marijuana, reducing unemployment benefits, cutting the state income tax, the budget, charter schools, more restrictions on public assistance, ending coronavirus emergency orders, and a $1.5 billion tax rebate that would benefit high-wage earners hit hard by the shutdowns.