Here's a partial list of things that happened in 1876:
It was, of course, the nation's 100th birthday. George Armstrong Custer met his fate at the Battle of Little Bighorn. Alexander Graham Bell made the first phone call. A giant squid, 18 feet long, washed up on a beach in Newfoundland.
And James Boyle's great-great-grandmother grew a very special cucumber in her Illinois garden. She put the sprouting vine in an old medicine bottle, so the cucumber grew inside it.
Massive clashes that drew in Christians angry over a recent church attack, Muslims, and Egyptian security forces raged over a large section of downtown Cairo Sunday night, leaving at least 19 people dead and more than 150 injured, Health Ministry officials said. It was the worst violence since the 18-day uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in February.
And not just any dessert ... the oldest dessert in New York City. No, not those rock-hard doughnuts from the corner coffee cart. We're talking about the kinds of sweets people would have been eating 500, 1,000, even 2,000 years ago.
Two teams from Danville High School spent weeks crafting the perfect privy to race in the Penn’s Store Great Outhouse Blowout Saturday. But an hour before the first heat, coordinators deemed both vehicles unfit for action due because their front wheels were not properly fixed. Never fear — turtle team to the rescue.
“He’s my hero,” Frank Farmer said of fellow World War II veteran Ernest Snowden. Thanks to the Bluegrass Chapter of Honor Flight, Snowden and Farmer, along with 17 other central Kentucky veterans, were honored for their service to their country. Any interested veteran was provided the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., Thursday to visit the World War II Memorial, and other war monuments, free of charge.
A financial scam involving online dating sites led to the discovery of electronics, clothing, jewelry and other goods Friday at a home on Sextons Creek in Clay County, according to Kentucky State Police. The New York State Police called the Kentucky State Police to ask for help investigating a credit card fraud case. Kentucky state Trooper Nick Metcalf went to the home allegedly receiving the fraudulently obtained goods and discovered that they were being reshipped from there to Africa, police said in a statement.
One year ago, Lexington was wrapping up perhaps the biggest equine-related shindig the state has ever thrown: the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Although the European visitors and the horses, Princess Haya and Muhammad Ali, the volunteers and the crowds have long gone home, the landscape of the city has been reshaped in ways that might be felt for years to come.
Daytime lane closures are planned on each of the U.S. 41 Twin Bridges for approximately one week starting Monday, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Lane closures will begin at approximately 8 a.m. each day and end around 3 p.m. State highway maintenance crews will be undertaking the annual fall cleaning and maintenance of the bridge structure.