TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KENTUCKY

June 1, 1789, Transylvania Seminary’s held their first session in Lexington after moving from Danville.
The Squire’ Sketches of Lexington by J. Winston Coleman, Jr.; pg: 16

June 1, 1789, Native Americans broke into the house of Edmond Stephenson in Madison County and wounded one person.  A number of horses had been stolen prior.

June 1, 1792, the Kentucky State Act admitting Kentucky into the Union took effect.  Under the Presidency of George Washington, Kentucky became the first state west of the Appalachian Mountains and the 15th state in the young Union.  It took eight years, ten statehood conventions, four Congressional enabling acts, and Virginia’s consent to make it happen.

Kentucky Trivia: The 15-star flag represented the original colonies plus Vermont and Kentucky and flew from 1777-1795.  It was the second of 27 flags that have defined the USA.  The 15-star flag inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner” after he saw it fly over Fort McHenry following a British bombardment during the War of 1812.  The following flag would be the 22-star flag.

June 1, 1800, Kentucky’s second constitution goes into operation and is unchanged for 50 years.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Boyle County native John Marshall Harlan, “The Great Dissenter,” born in 1833.

June 1, 1883, according to Lexington officials, 489 persons died from cholera during a period of about two months.  However, the bulk of the deaths in Lexington took place in the first few weeks of June, with the remaining approximately 108 deaths happening between June 22 through August 1.  A house near Short Street had ten persons die in it; this was reportedly a house of entertainment. 

June 1, 1899, Constable Jim Beltzer, Leslie County Constable’s Office, was shot and killed by a prisoner he was escorting to the county jail.

June 1, 1900, Garrard County native, Carry A. Nation, struck at her first saloon to fight the evils of liquor.  In 1880, Kansas residents voted for prohibition, but saloonkeepers primarily ignored the law.  Carry would change all that.  First, she prayed in front of the saloons, and then she used rocks, bricks, and other objects for attacks; she later turned to the hatchet.

June 1, 1912, Patrolman J. Coleman Dawson, Owensboro Police Department, was shot and killed and while attempting to arrest a suspected horse thief just across the Indiana state line.

June 1, 1916, Louisville native Louis Brandeis became the first Jewish justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, with a 47-22 Senate confirmation vote.  All Supreme Court nominees had been confirmed the same day as nominated, until Brandeis’s nomination by President Wilson.  Hoping to embarrass Brandeis, the senate held a public hearing on a Supreme Court nominee for the first time in history. Four months later, Brandeis was confirmed.  Known as the “Robin Hood of the Law,” Brandeis was one of the most influential figures ever to serve on the high court.

June 1, 1934, Patrolman George Carroll, Irvine Police Department was shot and killed during a shootout between a suspect and other officers.

June 1, 1934, UK dedicated a bronze statue of James Kennedy Patterson to commemorate the university’s first and longest serving president.  The 1,800-pound art piece depicts Patterson seated and holding a walking stick in one hand and a sheaf of papers in the other.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Henderson County native Sam Ball, born in 1944, a member of the Super Bowl Champion (V) Colts.

June 1, 1952, Army CPL Earnest L. Vinson from Lewis County died in the Korean War.

June 1, 1968, Army 1LT Thomas L. Butler from Monroe in Hart County died in the Vietnam War.

June 1, 1969, Army SGT Bertram A. Carr from Louisville died in the Vietnam War.

June 1, 1969, Sheriff James Madison Sizemore, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed while serving warrants in Ephram Creek. He was shot five times with a high powered rifle as he stepped out of his car.

June 1, 1970, Marine Corps SGT Roe Hopson, Jr. from Milo in Martin County died in the Vietnam War.

June 1, 1981, the first Corvette rolled off the assembly line in Bowling Green.

June 1, 1982, Kentucky started the tradition of Garden Week the first week of June created under Governor John Y. Brown Jr.

June 1, 1992, Kentuckians celebrate 200 years of statehood.

June 1, 1996, Woody Harrelson is arrested in Lee County after he symbolically planted four hemp seeds to challenge the state law which did not distinguish between industrial hemp and marijuana.

June 1, 2003, Kentucky removed the tolls from the Daniel Boone Parkway connecting Hazard and London.  Congressman Hal Rogers secured the federal funds to pay off the debt and as a reward they renamed the road after him at the bequest of Governor Patton.  The name changed caused quite a stir.

June 1, 2015, Viper native Jean Ruth Ritchie, folk singer, songwriter, and Appalachian dulcimer player, called by some the “Mother of Folk,” passed away in Berea at age 90.

June 1, 2017, Marion Miley is inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

June 1, 2020, Louisville fired their Police Chief when two officers failed to activate their body cameras during the shooting death of a store owner during the protest of police brutality.  It was not the first instance of failing to use body cameras.  Meanwhile, the state’s death toll from coronavirus rose to 439; the individuals ranged from 33 to 98.