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May 30, 1806, Andrew Jackson and Charles Dickinson, two Tennesseans, crossed the state border to settle their differences over a horse bet. They met at Harrison’s Mill on the Red River in Logan County for one of Kentucky’s most important duels. The men stood eight paces apart and then turned and fired.
Famous Kentucky Duels by J. Winston Coleman, Jr.; pg: 17
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Louisville native Countee Cullen (born Countee LeRoy Porter), in 1903. He was an American poet, novelist, children’s writer, and playwright, particularly well known during the Harlem Renaissance. Although Cullen claimed to be born in New York City, he also frequently referred to Louisville as his birthplace on legal applications.
Monday, May 30, 1910, Sweep wins the 44th running of the Belmont Stakes. It was a match race going 1 3/8 miles. The net value to the winner was $8,700. Neither of the two horses ran in the Derby or Preakness.
May 30, 1924, Chief of Police Porter White, Evarts Police Department, was shot and killed while questioning several men who had come into town. The men were waiting in line at a fortune-telling tent when Chief Porter asked where they were from.
May 30, 1941, Town Marshal Marvin “Jack” Triplett, Lackey Police Department, was shot and killed by the former town marshal who had held a grudge against him. The former marshal had also been charged with murdering Marshal Triplett’s stepfather.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Owensboro native Roger Lee Haydon born in 1983. Roger is a professional motorcycle racer and the younger brother to 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden and AMA Superbike Championship rider Tommy Hayden.
May 29, 1986, the Bingham Family announced the sale of WHAS-TV to a Rhode Island Firm for $85.75 million. The same year they sold WHAS-AM/WHAZ-FM to Clear Channel Communications and the Courier-Journal to Gannett.
Kentucky Trivia: Judge Robert Worth Bingham bought the Courier-Journal and Louisville Times newspapers in 1918 and founded the first Radio station in the state of Kentucky in 1922. WHAS Radio officially went on the air in 1922. He delivered a dedicatory message on the first program. Nearly 28 years later his son Barry Bingham Sr. read the dedicatory message after founding their family’s newest endeavor, WHAS-TV in 1950.
May 30, 1996, Holly Bull won the Met Mile by 5 ½ widening lengths in 1:33.98. Jimmy Croll made an inspired decision and diverted his colt from the Triple Crown trail and pointed for the Met Mile at Belmont. Holy Bull, as a three-year-old, would get a weight break and only have to carry 112 lbs. He would be running against older horses for the first time. It was no contest as he earned a stratospheric Beyer Speed Figure of 122. Holy Bull would be the 6th three-year-old to win the famous race.
May 30, 2014, Rev. James Schook, 66, a convicted child molester lost his final bid to stay out of prison. The dying catholic priest went from the court room to prison ending another sordid chapter in the Louisville archdiocese’s priest-abuse scandal.
May 30, 2020, demonstrators gathered in Lexington and Louisville for two nights in a row in solidarity with protestors around the country who called for an end to police violence. Governor A. Beshear called out the National Guard in Louisville to restore peace while the mayor issued a dawn-to-dusk curfew.