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June 3, 1781, Captain John “Jack” Jouett, Jr., a Revolution War hero, rode 40 miles from Monticello to Charlottesville to warn Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and other legislators British approach. Jack rest in peace in Bath County.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Christian County native, now Todd County, Jefferson Finis Davis, born in 1808. From 1821-24 he returned to Kentucky from Mississippi, where he studied at Transylvania University in Lexington. In 1835 his first marriage took place in Louisville; however, his wife died three months later in Louisiana.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Paducah native Homer Louis “Boots” Randolph III, born in 1927. Boots is best known for his 1963 saxophone hit “Yakety Sax” (which became Benny Hill’s signature tune) and was a significant part of the “Nashville sound” for most of his professional career.
June 3, 1927, Louisville’s Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant rolled off their last Model T. By 1923, the success of the Model T had enabled the small plant to go from 53 employees to 600, and by 1925, continued success enabled Ford to build a second and much larger plant.
June 3, 1941, Police Officer Glenn Scalf, Corbin Police Department, was shot and killed when he arrived at a local business to investigate a domestic disturbance involving a man and his wife. As he walked inside the man shot him.
June 3, 1944, Bounding Home wins the 78th Belmont Stakes six others. Bounding Home was the first horse to win the Belmont after the same horse (Pensive) won the Derby and Preakness; all previous winners of the first two legs went on to win the third. The 1 1/2 mile went 2:32 1/5 to win $55,000.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Anniversary to Martha Layne Hall and Billy Louis Collins, who wed in 1959. Billy, a Hazard native and Georgetown College graduate, met Martha in her hometown of Bagdad at Cedarmore Baptist summer camp, where they both worked.
June 3, 1967, Damascus wins the 99th Belmont Stakes and pays $3.00 to win. Owner Edith Bancroft’s brother won the Belmont in 1955. William Shoemaker and Frank Y. Whitley complete the winning connections to earn $104,950. Damascus finishes the 2nd in the Derby and wins the second two legs.
June 3, 1976, a bomb exploded on a Jefferson County school bus in front of the driver’s home. The bombing happened at the end of the first year that courts ordered busing for desegregation. The violence put the city of Louisville on high alert.
June 3, 1981, three men in their 20s died, and two were injured in a mining accident at a Grays Knob Coal Company about four miles south of Harlan. Poisonous gas was the suspected cause of the tragic mishap.
June 3, 2012, the 59th WHAS Crusade for Children raised $5.2 million. As of 2012, the organization has raised more than $143 million since it began in 1954. 100% goes to special needs children in Kentucky and Indiana.
Kentucky Trivia: President Obama granted clemency to three Marion County men; all were either directly or indirectly connected to the Cornbread Mafia. He also granted a pardon to Les Berry, an original member of the alleged “Cornbread Mafia.”