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April 30, 1861, Senator Crittenden wrote his son: “Kentucky has not seceded, and I believe never will. She loves the Union and will cling to it as long as possible. And so, I hope, will you….God knows what is it to be the end.”
The Civil War in Kentucky by Lowell H. Harrison
April 30, 1895, Fulton Gordon murdered Arch Dixon Brown, the eldest son of Kentucky’s sitting Governor John Y. Brown, and Fulton then shot his wife dead in Louisville. Mr. Brown, recently divorced from his wife, was caught at the resort of Lucy Smith, a woman of color who provided accommodations for the illicit lovers. The coroner’s inquest ruled a justifiable homicide as the Governor arrives in Louisville from Frankfort.
April 30, 1900, Governor Taylor presented his case to the U. S. Supreme Court to keep the Governorship.
That Kentucky Campaign: Or, The Law, the Ballot and the People in the Goebel-Taylor Contest by R.E. Hughes, F.W. Schaefer and E.L. Williams
April 30, 1956, Alben Barkley’s sudden death remains a legendary moment in American politics. Barkley was telling 1,000 students at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA: “I’m glad to be a junior [senator], I’m glad to sit on the back row; for I would rather be a servant in the House of the Lord than to sit in the seats of the mighty.” Barkley then had a heart attack and tumbled into a microphone stand. To add to the drama, Mrs. Barkley was in the audience and watched helplessly as her husband died. Barkley was returned by a special ten-car train home to Paducah, near his hometown, where he was born in a log cabin.
April 30, 1963, the steamboats Belle of Louisville and Delta Queen squared off against each other for the first time in their 12-mile race. The Delta Queen won. It was the beginning of an unparalleled river tradition every year on the Wednesday before the Derby. In 2008, the Delta Queen was retired from service, and the Belle of Cincinnati took her place. In 2102 the Great Steamboat Race added the American Queen.
April 30, 1975, Ruffian’s 6th race was the 7F Comely Stakes (GIII) in Aqueduct, Jacinto Vasquez up. Ruffian set a stakes record and achieved something that not even Secretariat, Kelso, or Citation had accomplished; she created a minus win pool, both at the track and at off-track betting. Such universal confidence in a favorite was almost unheard of; occasionally, a top horse would create a minus pool to show, but Ruffian’s fans had bet enough money on the filly to win that a minus pool resulted. The track paid out more money than it had received.
April 30, 1976, Muhammad Ali (51-2) fought Jimmy Young (17-4-2) in Capital Centre, Landover, MD. Ali was the heaviest he’d ever been and produced what many thought was the worst performance of his career, but Young only wanted to survive. The fight went 15 rounds, and Ali won by unanimous decision.
April 30, 1993, a nearly three-year federal investigation of public corruption in Kentucky reached a climax with the extortion and racketeering convictions of former Kentucky House Speaker Don Blandford. During the 1992 legislative session, the FBI conducted an inquiry and sting operations known as Operation BOPTROT. The sting resulted in 21 convictions of sitting legislators, former legislators or lobbyists.
April 30, 2009, Governor S. Beshear announced a Warren County woman was in a Georgia hospital with Swine Flu or H1N1, Kentucky’s first confirmed case. The woman had recently returned from a trip to Mexico to Kentucky and a couple of days later traveled to Georgia, where she fell ill.