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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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.
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, 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, 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.