TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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April 29, 1814, Henry Clay loans famed Kentucky artist Joseph H. Bush $50.00 and months later $150.00. 
Jouett-Bush-Frazer Early Kentucky Artist by William Barrow Floyd

April 29, 1821, the steamboat Post Boy, commanded by R. De Hart, arrives at Shippingport from New Orleans in 17 days.  Shippingport is at the foot of the Falls of the Ohio.

April 29, 1872, the James-Younger Gang, including five riders, robbed the Bank of Columbia, killing cashier R.A.C. Martin in the process.  The gang made off with $6,000.

April 29, 1896, the world’s first recorded set of same sex quintuplets was born in Mayfield, Graves County.  The five baby boys born to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Demarcus Lyon were considered such a wonder that people from all over West Kentucky and beyond flocked into the home to view the babies.

Kentucky Trivia:  The babies were named Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Paul, and all died within two weeks due to starvation.  A wet nurse was acquired, but it still was not enough.  Bottle feeding was extremely frowned upon, and Mrs. Lyon said they would not let her do it even though the stores sent milk to the house and bottles.  She never said who “they” were.

Monday, April 29, 1901, His Eminence won the 27th running of the Kentucky Derby in 2:07.75 with James Winkfield aboard.  Trained and owned by F. B. Van Meter, the 1st place prize money was $4,850.  Second place received $700 and third $300.  The 1901 Derby was the only April Derby.

April 29, 1904, the Kentucky Court of Appeals abolished Beckham County.  With the growth of Western Carter County’s population and some Rowan County and Elliott County citizens, they all broke away to form Beckham County, named for then-Governor John C.W. Beckham, who signed the legislative act.  Eight days after a County Judge was appointed and Olive Hill established as the county seat, the court abolished the new county saying it failed to meet constitutional standards of size and population. Beckham County is the only county in Kentucky created and stricken.

April 29, 1924, Chief of Police Josiah “Joe” Asher, Pineville Police Department, was shot and killed by the police department’s assistant chief during a dispute over a recent arrest.

April 29, 1935, Patrolman John Wesley Carpenter, Louisville Police Department, died as the result of an injury and infection to his hand sustained during a struggle with a prisoner two weeks earlier.  His hand received a cut when he struck the prisoner in the teeth.

April 29, 1948, Chief of Police Rufus Barrow, Adairville Police Department, was shot and killed with his own service weapon when he responded to a disturbance call involving a mentally ill man refusing to be taken back to a mental hospital.

April 29, 1951, Army PVT Wendell E. Smith from Campbell County and Army PVT Aaron W. Damron from Lawrence County, died in the Korean War.

April 29, 1952, Air Force Captain Richard E. Hines from Woodbury in Butler County died in the Korean War.

April 29, 1953, Judy Garland headlined a Kentucky Derby week appearance in Lexington for the Bluegrass Festival Show where she sang “My Old Kentucky Home,” accompanied by a single violin.

April 29, 1954, comedian Bob Hope performed for the Blue Grass Festival Show at Memorial Coliseum.  It was the festival’s final pre-Derby program and also included Jerry Gray and his orchestra.

April 29, 1965, Air Force COL Charles E. Shelton from Owensboro in Daviess County died in the Vietnam War.

April 29, 1966, Army SGT James R. Mollette from Whitehouse in Johnson County died in the Vietnam War.

April 29, 1967, Army PFC Roger D. Caudill from Whitesburg in Letcher County died in the Vietnam War.

April 29, 1970, Army SP4 Ancel J. Terry from Watergap in Floyd County died in the Vietnam War.

April 29, 1971, Army SSG Patrick O. Orr from Ft. Thomas in Campbell County died in the Vietnam War.

April 29, 1985, Greg Page made his first title defense against Tony Tubbs in Buffalo, NY.  Page had beaten Tubbs six out of seven times in the amateurs and was the favorite to win, but Tubbs upset him in a fifteen-round unanimous decision.  To make matters worse, a thief burglarized Page’s hotel room taking his championship belt, a $13,000 watch, and a $10,000 mink coat.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Louisville native Justin Thomas, born in 1993.

April 29, 2000, the United States Dog Agility Association held their fifth competition, this year at the Kentucky Horse Park, while the park was hosting Rolex Three-Day Event.  Over 400 dogs of many breeds leaped over bars, climbed through tunnels, and stepped on A-Frames, for owners and spectators alike.  The competition was intense.

April 29, 2000, the Mountain Mushroom Festival began in Irvine showcasing the Morel Mushroom.  The elusive mushroom brings prices from $15 to $75 a pound, depending on the buyers’ desperation.   This festival was the first the largest mushroom received $100 cash prize, which was over a foot long.

April 29, 2010, Police Officer Bryan Joseph Durman, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Police Department, was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver.

April 29, 2017, Golden Gate host the GIII $100,225 San Francisco Mile for three-year-olds and upward.  A Keeneland graduate takes home $60,000 for first place.

April 29, 2020, in Kentucky, 23,797 small businesses received $4.1 billion in relief funds.  Ramaco Coal Company remained open and still received $8.4 million in funds, while many small businesses that closed received nothing.  Luther Andal, CEO of Able Engineering, blamed big banks for focusing on their larger customers and neglecting small companies.