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June 23, 1792, Shelby County was created from Jefferson County. Shelby was named in honor of Isaac Shelby, first and fifth Governor of Kentucky. Shelbyville is the county seat. Other localities include: Bagdad, Chestnut Grove, Christianburg, Clark, Clay Village, Cropper, Finchville, Harrisonville, Hemp Ridge, Hooper, Mt. Eden, Mulberry, Olive Branch, Peytona, Pleasureville, Scotts Station, Simpsonville, Southville, Todds Point and Waddy. Shelby County today covers 386 square miles. Shelby County was the 12th county created.
June 23, 1857, John Clarke Young passed away in Danville. In 1830 he was named President of Centre College. During his twenty-seven-year presidency, enrollment increased from thirty-three to 225, the endowment grew to more than $100,000, and the college’s reputation for excellence spread. A slave owner, Young preached gradual emancipation rather than abolition – he twice freed families of his slaves – and authored a report to the Kentucky Synod on the subject. Mr. Young died while President of Centre and rest in Danville.
June 23, 1919, Man o’ War, traveled to Aqueduct and won the 29th running of the 5F Hudson Handicap for two-year-olds in 1:01.60. He carried 130 lbs. which is unheard of these days in the juvenile ranks. Conceding 21 lbs., he stretched out easily and won unchallenged by 1 1/2 lengths. The value of the race was $3,500, with the winner receiving $2,825.
June 23, 1945, Pavot, by Man o’ War, with Eddie Arcaro aboard, wins the 77th Belmont Stakes. Net Value to winner $52,675. This was Eddie’s third of six Belmont wins. All the Triple Crown races were moved further out due to the war.
June 23, 1965, the Daniel Carter “Uncle Dan” Beard Boyhood Home became a National Historic Landmark. Daniel Carter Beard, a founder of the Boy Scouts of America, was their National Scout Commissioner from its 1910 founding to his death in 1941.
June 23, 1971, Ashland Oil, Inc., was put on 180-day notice by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop polluting the Big Sandy River. The Ashland oil notice was only the 12th ever served by the EPA and the first in Kentucky.