TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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April 6, 1842, Charles Dickens arrives in Louisville on the steamboat Pike and spends the night in the Galt House as part of his travels through the Midwest.

April 6, 1862, Washington native Albert Sidney Johnston died in the Battle of Shiloh.  Johnston was the highest-ranking officer, Union or Confederate, killed during the entire war.  President Davis believed the loss of General Johnston “was the turning point of our fate.”

April 6, 1865, Louisville native John Hughey, while serving as a Corporal at the Battle of Sayler’s Creek in Virginia, captured the Confederate States Army’s 38th Virginia Infantry’s battle flag, for this received the Medal of Honor.

April 6, 1908, the Carnegie Corporation of New York granted Lawrenceburg $5,800 to build a new public library.  Today it is the Anderson County History Museum.

Kentucky Trivia:  The Carnegie Corporation of New York gave 27 grants for Kentucky libraries.  Twenty-three were public and four were academic libraries totaling $101,500.   

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Burkesville native William Marrion Branham, born in 1909.

April 6, 1917, America entered into World War I.

April 6, 1919, Deputy Sheriff Richard Johnson, Harlan County Sheriff’s Office, was killed after responding to reports of a domestic disturbance in the Wisconsin Steel Company camp at Benham.

April 6, 1938, Mr. Peter Bruner passed away.  In 1845, he was born a slave in Winchester, and at 19, he successfully escaped from his master/father after many attempts.  He traveled 41 miles to join the Union Army at Camp Nelson, making him a free man.  His escape to freedom, his life as a slave and soldier, are detailed in his memoirs written with the assistance of his daughter, “A Slave’s Adventures Toward Freedom; Not Fiction, but the True Story of a Struggle.”

April 6, 1953, Marine Corps PFC Kenneth L. Beasley from Fordsville in Ohio County died in the Korean War.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Florida bred Dr. Fager, born in 1964.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Danville native Josh Teater born in 1979.  The Morehead graduate is a professional golfer.

April 6, 1989, Pikeville native John Paul Riddle died.  John was a pilot and aviation pioneer, best known for training Allied air crews in WW2 and co-founding Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU).

April 6, 1993, Shelbyville native Lee Owen Tinsley made his MLB debut with the Seattle Mariners.

April 6, 1999, two volunteer firefighters, Kenneth Nickell (28) and Kevin Smith (30), were killed while battling a blaze at the Daniel Boone National Forest in Rowen County.

April 6, 2007, Billy Gillispie is named Kentucky’s new head basketball coach and was later introduced to a crowd of more than 4,000 fans at a pep rally announcing his hiring.  Gillispie replaced Tubby Smith, who left after ten seasons to become the head coach at Minnesota.

April 6, 2007, Navy Chief Explosive Diver Gregory J. Billiter, 36, of Villa Hills, died while fighting in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

April 6, 2015, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced Kentucky coach John Calipari and Louie Dampier as members of the 2015 class

April 6, 2015, Powderly native Jewel Franklin Guy died.  Jewel was better known as Roscoe Tanner on the Dukes of Hazzard.  Powderly is located in Muhlenberg County.

April 6, 2016, Stopover native Donald Leon Blankenship received one year in federal prison for his role in the deadliest U.S. mine explosion in four decades.  At sentencing the judge told the coal executive he was part of a “deadly conspiracy.”  Stopover is in Pike County.

April 6, 2019, a Keeneland graduate and Kentucky bred wins the GII $1,000,000 Bluegrass Stakes.

April 6, 2019, eleven go to post in Aqueduct’s GII $750,000 Wood Memorial and a Kentucky bred takes home $400,000 for first place.

April 6, 2019, Santa Anita Park holds the GI $1,000,351 Santa Anita Derby with a Keeneland graduate exacta.

April 6, 2019, Paintsville native John Leslie Pelphrey was named Tennessee Tech’s 13th basketball coach.

April 6, 2020, the streets, downtowns, highways, and airways remain silent as Kentucky announces 54 new cases and 14 new “covid related deaths.”  One hundred sixty-three people beat the virus, and about 70 are currently hospitalized, with 19,955 Kentuckians tested.