TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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June 2, 1865, the Civil War officially ended.

Thursday, June 2, 1887, Hanover beats Oneko by 30 lengths in the 4th Belmont Stakes going the 1 1.2 mile on a heavy track in 2:43 ½ to win $2,900.  Born on Runnymeade Farm in Paris, he was the last stallion to be the leading sire in North America for four consecutive years until Bold Ruler achieved the feat in 1965.

Tuesday, June 2, 1896, Hastings, with Harry Griffin up, wins the 30th Belmont Stakes over three others by a neck.  August Belmont won a purse of $3,025.  The 1 3/8 mile went in 2:24 1/5 on a good track.

Wednesday, June 2, 1909, Joe Mad’n wins the 43rd Belmont Stakes over four others to win $23,550.  The 1 3/8 mile went in 2:21 3/5.

June 2, 1910, the dedication for Kentucky’s fourth permanent and current capitol building took place in a grand ceremony led by Kentucky’s 36th Governor: Augustus Willson starting at 12 noon.  The Capitol is home to the House, Senate and Kentucky’s Supreme Court.  The final cost was $1.82 million some of which was provided by the federal government for damages due to the Civil War and 1898 Spanish American War.  No plans were made for parking; popular opinion said automobiles were a fad.

June 2, 1919, Patrolman Thomas Martin Giltner, Louisville Police Department, was shot and killed trying to arrest two men at 2 o’clock in the morning in front of a garage.

June 2, 1921, Deputy Sheriff William Marion Stewart, Harlan County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed arresting a miner who was bringing a rifle onto a train to the McCombs mines in Lenarue.

June 2, 1933, Burkesville native William Marrion Branham reported 14 converts.  His followers believed miraculous signs accompanied his ministry.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Louisville native Wes Unseld, born in 1946.

June 2, 1948, Deputy Sheriff Montgomery Givens Christian, Union County Sheriff’s Office, was killed when he fell from the running board of a vehicle, attempting to arrest the driver for being intoxicated.

June 2, 1951, Army CPL Virgil Grant from Madison County died in the Korean War.

June 2, 1968, Army SP4 Robert G. Galloway from Berea died in the Vietnam War.

June 2, 1969, Army SGT Francis R. McGowan from Columbia in Adair County died in the Vietnam War.

June 2, 1970, Marine Corps LCPL Thomas J. Berning from Newport died in the Vietnam War.

June 2, 1974, the popularity of Bluegrass Music was evident on the Louisville’s Riverfront Plaza as a large crowd gathered for the second annual Bluegrass Music Festival of the United States. 

June 2, 1975, the Kentucky State Racing Commission refused summer racing dates to the Commonwealth Race Course in Louisville for the first time since they opened in 1956.  The dates were spit between Churchill Downs and Ellis Park.

June 2, 1983, Air Canada Flight 797, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9, catches fire during flight over Kentucky; 23 of 46 passengers die from smoke inhalation even after the crew successfully lands the aircraft at the Cincinnati airport in Northern Kentucky.

June 2, 1989, Rick Pitino is named UK’s head basketball coach.

June 2, 1992, the feds indicted the Houdini of credit card fraud, one of Kentucky’s finest scam artists, Louisville’s Douglas Phillips, for conning Proctor & Gamble’s CEO out of $11,400 while in a Kansas prison.  Mr. Arztz, P&G’s CEO, earned $1.4 million in 1991. In 2020 the CEO earned $22.9 million.

June 2, 1997, the Supreme Court cleared the way for Kentucky’s first execution in 35 years by rejecting the final round of appeals for murderer Harold McQueen.  On the same day, Attorney Ben Chandler sent a letter to Governor Paul Patton asking him to sign the death warrant.  McQueen died less than a month later.

Kentucky Trivia:  Since the U.S. reinstated capital punishment in 1976, Kentucky has executed three people, all for murder, and all occurred at the Kentucky State Penitentiary (KSP) in Eddyville.  In 1997 they used the electric chair, in 1999 and 2008, a needle.   The first person legally executed by Kentucky was Jereboam O. Beauchamp, who hung in 1826 for the murder of Solomon P. Sharp.

June 2, 2005, Deputy Sheriff Roger Dale Lynch, Livingston County Sheriff’s Department, was shot and killed after responding to a domestic violence call.

June 2, 2016, for the 53rd time, the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame honored Kentucky athletes.  The 2016 Class included: Darel Carrier, Kyra Elzy, Lakeside Swim Club, Philip Haywood, Scott Davenport, Shaun Alexander and Joel Utley.

June 2, 2020, on the fourth night of Kentuckians protesting police brutality in Lexington and Louisville, Lexington Police officers march with protestors.  In Louisville, police released a video showing that a restaurant owner, protecting his property, fired a gun outside his restaurant right before being shot by police.