TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Springfield native Charles Anderson Wickliffe, born in 1788.  Charles was Kentucky’s 11th Lt. Governor, our 14th Governor, America’s 11th Postmaster General and represented Kentuckians in the U.S. House in two different districts.

June 8, 1864, some of John H. Morgan boys captured two Union regiments at a camp in Mount Sterling, which netted nearly 300 prisoners and a large amount of supplies.  A surprise attack from federal forces the next morning, however, forced these rebels to retreat and rejoin Morgan, who was moving on to Lexington.

June 8, 1893, Barbourville’s Union College conferred their first A.B. degrees to James Perry Faulkner and John Elbert Thomas.

Tuesday, June 8, 1897, Paul Kauvar wins the 22nd running of the Preakness Stakes going the 1 1/16 mile in 1:51 ¼ on  a sloppy track to win $1,420.  The colt was owned and trained by P.T. Hayes.  Kentucky’s McGrathiana Stud bred the winner, who also bred the Derby’s first winner.  The Preakness was the third leg of this year’s Triple Crown.

June 8, 1901, Deputy Sheriff David Branham, Whitley County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed when he attempted to arrest a man who was terrorizing local citizens.

June 8, 1918, the first long-distance flight ever made where Kentucky was its destination occurred.  The flight originated from Wilbur Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio, with two Army Airmen.  The men took off at 1:10 p.m., flew to Madison for gas, stayed one hour and a half, and then arrived in Louisville at 5:10 p.m.  The distance was 175 miles.

Kentucky Trivia:  Kentucky has 152 commercial and general aviation facilities with 284 runways.  A total of 83 percent of the runways that are rated are classified in good or excellent condition.  Five of these airports offer year round commercial flights.

June 8, 1930, one day after the Belair Stud’s Gallant Fox wins the Belmont Stakes, Bryan Field’s New York Times story referred to the colt “completing his Triple Crown.”  It is believed to be one of the earliest references to the Derby-Preakness-Belmont Stakes winner.

June 8, 1931, Policeman William H. Wilhelm, Jr., Frankfort Police Department, was shot and killed at Catfish Alley intersection while attempting to arrest a man on a warrant.

June 8, 1935, Omaha wins the 67th Belmont Stakes to become the 3rd Triple Crown (TC) winner.  The win also gave Belair Stud their 2nd TC horse they owned and bred.   Omaha wins the Derby and Belmont by 1 ½ length and the Preakness by six.

June 8, 1942, the first-ever triple dead heat for first place took place at Whittier Park, in Washington, between Drums, Pagan Court and Saucy May.

June 8, 1951, Army PVT Luther O. Craig from Clinton County died in the Korean War.

June 8, 1954, Kentucky sold $38,500,000 worth of 40-year toll-turnpike revenue bonds to a securities syndicate. The lowest bid of the four received at $37,865,750 with an interest rate of 3.4%.  The money built a 40-mile turnpike between Louisville and Elizabethtown.

June 8, 1963, Aqueduct Racetrack hosted the 95th running of the Belmont Stakes.  Darby Dan Farm’s Chateaugay, the Derby winner, won $101,700 for finishing first.  R.C. Ellsworth, whose horse placed second, won $25,000, L.L. Haggin II won $12,500 for third, and C.V. Whitney won $6,250 for fourth.  Mr. Widener and Mr. Jacobs finished out of the money.

June 8, 1966, Army PFC Roger L. Conner from Dunnville in Casey County, Army PFC George R. Pendygraft from Lebanon in Marion County and Army PFC Avery G. Smith from Russell Springs, died in the Vietnam War.

June 8, 1970, Lexington Attorney John Bayne Breckinridge, 56, became the third Democrat to announce for Lt. Governor for 1971’s primary races.  Wendell Ford announced his governor candidacy a month earlier with no mention of a running mate; many speculated they would become a team.  Julian Carroll eventually beat Breckinridge in the primary and Jim Host in the general election for Lt. Governor.

Kentucky Trivia:  Before the 1992 amendment to Kentucky’s Constitution, the Lt. Governor became acting Governor when the Governor was outside of the commonwealth, not anymore.  The Amendment also abolished the Lt. Governor’s duties involving the Senate, no longer casting tie-breaking votes.  Third, the Amendment enabled the candidate for Governor to pick his or her running mate, eliminating the race for Lt. Governor.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Jackson native John Sturgill Simpson, born in 1978.  

June 8, 1984, Columbia Pictures released Ghost Busters where Franklin native Annie Potts starred as the receptionist Janie Melnitz.  She also played Mary Jo on Designing Women.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Paducah native Lacey Jane, born in 1991.  Lacey is a social media star known for her TheRealLaceyJ Instagram account.  She is also an actress and entrepreneur who appeared in numerous music videos for artists such as Rick Ross, Gucci Mane and more.

June 8, 2000, the Houston Rockets gave the city of Louisville a six day deadline to commit to new arena or the franchise would negotiate with other cities.

On June 8, 2016, five Covington teens, 15 to 17, allegedly known as the Fine$$e Gang, were arrested for: engaging in organized crime, three counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of first-degree burglary, five counts of third-degree burglary, three counts of theft of an automobile, trafficking in marijuana, trafficking in controlled substances, gun trafficking, receiving stolen property under $1,000, theft by unlawful taking over $1,000, thefts of firearms, assault and disorderly conduct.

June 8, 2017, Scottsville native Norris “Norro” Denton Wilson passed away.  Norro was a country music singer-songwriter, producer, and member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

June 8, 2020, after more than a week of protest against police brutality and racial injustice, Governor A. Beshear, pledged that all black Kentuckians would receive health care.