TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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May 27, 1775, the Transylvania convention at Boonesborough finished in good order.
History of Kentucky by Zachariah Frederick Smith

May 27, 1778, Corn Island in the Ohio River is where the small band of pioneers established Louisville.  During the following summer, George Rogers Clark trained recruits for his Illinois campaign on the Island, and the settlers planted corn and camped there until the fort on shore, Fort Nelson, was built in 1781.  Thomas Hutchins mapped it in 1766, encompassing about seventy acres.  “Great sycamores, cottonwoods, and giant cane” covered the Island during the late 1700s.

May 27, 1830, President Andrew Jackson vetoed a bill that would allow the federal government to purchase stock in the Maysville, Washington, Paris, and Lexington Turnpike Road Company.  He declared that such bills violated the principle that the federal government should not be involved in local economic affairs.  Jackson also pointed out that funding for these kinds of projects interfered with paying off the national debt.

May 27, 1862, Brigadier General Jeremiah Tilford Boyle, a native of Mercer County, was assigned command of what was later called the District of Kentucky. One of his goals was to halt guerrilla activity and to suppress Confederate support.
The Civil War in Kentucky by Lowell H. Harrison

May 27, 1874, the first public notice of establishment for the track that would become Churchill Downs was reported in the Courier-Journal.  The announcement was met with objections because Falls City Racing Association already proposed a track east of downtown Louisville.

Friday, May 27, 1881, the 9th running of the Preakness Stakes was the first race on the card at a distance of 1 ½ miles.  Saunterer wins the $2,000 purse. The Derby ran ten days earlier and the Belmont eleven days later.

May 27, 1891, Deputy Jailer Joel C. Park, Madison County Detention Center, was shot and killed while serving a warrant on a man for stealing a suit from another man.

May 27, 1891, Kentucky erected a monument over the 28th Governor’s grave, Dr. Luke P. Blackburn, three years after his death.

May 27 Luke P. Blackburns gravestone
By Sydney and Russell Poore

Tuesday, May 27, 1902, Old England won the 27th running of the Preakness Stakes.  It was the fourth race on the card run at 1 mile 70 yards.  Kentuckian J.B. Haggin bred the winner.

May 27, 1917, at 4:00 p.m., a deadly Kentucky’s tornado began in Tennessee’s northwest corner and quickly moved into the Commonwealth.  Forty-two people lost their lives in Fulton County, half of which were in the Bondurant area along KY 1282.  The southeast side of Clinton County was also hard hit, with 17 more fatalities there.  In Graves County, another five people died near Dublin.  Sixty-four lives were lost and 345 people were injured in this F4 tornado, which traveled 50 miles.

May 27, 1922, Chief of Police James Sexton, Ravenna Police Department, was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for assaulting his wife.  As he placed the man in custody, the man pulled out a handgun and shot him three times.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Florence native Kenny Price, born in 1931.  Known as the “Round Mound of Sound,” his highest-peaking singles, “Walking on New Grass” and “Happy Tracks,” both reached No. 7 on that chart.

May 27, 1938, one of Kentucky’s greatest political scandals started when Brady Stewart, Happy Chandler’s campaign manager, published a letter claiming in the Courier-Journal that “every federal relief agency in Kentucky is frankly and brazenly operating on a political basis.”  Chandler was trying to become Governor again.

May 27, 1951, Army PFC A.C. Anderson from Letcher County, Army PFC Clifford L. Carr from Bracken County and Army PFC Bobby G. Walker from Harlan County, all died in the Korean War.

May 27, 1953, Army PVT Cecil G. Martin from Grant County died in the Korean War.

May 27, 1968, Army 1LT Sylvain L. White from Grove in Hardin County and Marine Corps PFC Bradley Bowling from De Mossville in Pendleton County, died in the Vietnam War.

May 27, 1969, Army SGT, Petersburg native Charles Clinton “Chalkie” Fleek gave his life to protect others in an ambush operation to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor fighting in Vietnam.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Owensboro native Jeremy Mayfield, born in 1969.

May 27, 1971, Army CPT Paul D. Carter from Louisville died in the Vietnam War.

May 27, 1984, former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali took part in the 1984 Olympic Torch Relay through downtown Louisville.

May 27, 1992, Rep. Carroll Hubbard, D-1st District, took up to $260,000 in leftover campaign money with him when he left Congress the following year, all legal cash.

May 27, 2001, for the first time, state wildlife officials enforced laws prohibiting houseboat owners from dumping raw sewage into Kentucky lakes and rivers.  Although illegal for years, the Kentucky officials had no authority to board or inspect boats for proper equipment.

May 27, 2009, Commanders at Fort Campbell who have dealt with at least 11 suicides this year, the most at any Army base, set aside routine duties for three days to help soldiers at risk of killing themselves, as they struggle with the stress of war.

May 27, 2016, Governor Bevin’s administration joined eleven other states in their lawsuit against the federal government over its transgender bathroom guidelines.  Bevin stated the government had no authority over local school districts’ locker room policies.

May 27, 2020, although cases and deaths decline, the state reached 400 deaths.  The first coronavirus death in Kentucky came on March 16 an average of 5.5 deaths a day.  The U.S. passed the 100,000 death mark and stood 100,271.