Whitesburg KY

Moments in Time



• On Nov. 26, 1872, the Great Diamond Hoax, one of the most notorious mining swindles of the time, is exposed. Two Kentucky cousins had salted a mine with a few diamonds, and bank financiers rushed to invest. Some of the supposed raw diamonds actually had jewelers’ cut marks.

• On Nov. 28, 1914, the New York Stock Exchange reopens for bond trading after being closed nearly four months because of the outbreak of World War I. Stock trading didn’t resume until Dec. 12.

• On Dec. 1, 1939, golfing great Lee Trevino is born in Texas. Trevino was known as a prankster. While waiting to start an 18-hole playoff against Jack Nicklaus in the 1971 U.S. Open, Trevino threw a rubber snake at his opponent and then won by three strokes.

• On Nov. 27, 1942, guitar legend Jimi Hendrix is born in Seattle. He grew up playing guitar, imitating blues greats like Muddy Waters. Hendrix died in London in 1970, following a drug overdose. He was 27.

• On Nov. 29, 1963, one week after President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot while riding in a motorcade, President Lyndon Johnson establishes a special commission to investigate the assassination. After 10 months, the Warren Commission concluded that alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.

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