TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Louisville native Jennie Casseday, born in 1840.  At 21, Jennie became paralyzed in a carriage accident and from that point on; she dedicated her life to helping others.  Ms. Casseday was one of Kentucky’s greatest humanitarians.     

June 9, 1865, Confederate and Munfordville native Simon Bolivar Buckner received parole from New Orleans which prevented his return to Kentucky for three years.  He stayed in town worked for a newspaper and when he returned became editor of the Louisville Courier.  He later became our 30th Governor in 1887.

June 9, 1883, the Dwyer Brothers win the 17th running of the Belmont Stakes with George Kinney.  The field of four went the 1 ½ mile in 2:42 1/2.  None of the four horses raced in the Preakness or Derby.

On Thursday, June 9, 1887, Hanover won the 21st Belmont Stakes match race against Oneko to win $2,900.  The 1 ½ mile went in 2:43 ½ on a heavy track.  Neither of the two ran in the Derby or Preakness.

Thursday, June 9, 1892, Patron beats Shellbark in a match race for the 26th Belmont Stakes to win $6,610.  The 1 ¼ went in 2:12 on a muddy track.  There was no Preakness and neither horse ran in the Derby.

June 9, 1901, Chief of Police Silas Wilder, Corbin Police Department was shot and killed when they attempted to arrest a man who was terrorizing local citizens.

June 9, 1910, Kentucky Congressman A. O. Stanley sponsored a resolution requesting President Taft to provide information on U.S. Steel’s violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act.  They were the number one investor of eastern Kentucky coal.

June 9, 1919, Man o’ War, trained by Louis Feustel, stepped up to stakes company and dusted five others in the 7th running of the 5.5F Keene Memorial Stakes at Belmont in 1:05.60.  Johnny Loftus up, to earn the winning connections $4,200.

June 9, 1945, Hoop Jr. wins the 71st Kentucky Derby in 2:07 on a muddy track.  Eddie Arcaro wins his third Derby out of five.  Trainer Ivan Parke and U.S. Racing Hall of Fame owner Fred Hoop get their only Derby win. It was the first horse Fred ever owned.  The Preakness and Belmont Stakes followed on June 16 and June 23, respectively.

Kentucky Trivia:  The Derby has run outside of May three times: April 29, 1901, June 9, 1945 and September and September 5, 2020.

June 9, 1946, Jenkins native George Burpo made his MLB debut with the Cincinnati Reds.

June 9, 1951, Navy HA Robert F. Brooks from Owensboro died in the Korean War.

June 9, 1952, Army 1LT Douglass K. Bland from Henderson County died in the Korean War.

June 9, 1955, Deputy Sheriff Chester Summa, Breathitt County Sheriff’s Office, succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained one week earlier when he encountered a man whose car blocked the roadway.  He was shot when he asked the man to move his car.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Owensboro native John Christopher Depp II, born in 1963.

On June 9, 1969, Thomas Robert Payne, a California high-school All-American signed with Kentucky.  He was the tallest player Kentucky ever had at the time and the first African-American player Adolph Rupp coached.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Pulaski County native Jack Daws, born in 1970.  His artwork is in the permanent collections of the Seattle Art Museum, the University of Washington’s Henry Art Gallery and Tacoma Art Museum.

June 9, 1970, Army SGT Lowell E. Moon from Anchorage in Jefferson County died in the Vietnam War.

June 9, 1973, Secretariat wins the 105th Belmont Stakes to win the 9th Triple Crown.  His winning time of 2 minutes and 24 seconds still stands as the American record for a mile and a half on dirt.

June 9, 1980, three witnesses from Kentucky told the Senate Judicial Committee that Harlan County Commonwealth Attorney Green Wix Unthank, 56, was intemperate, rude and unqualified to be a Federal district judge.  President Carter’s pick sailed through when Senator Dole had no questions for Unthank.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Danville native Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman, born in 1982.  Jacqueline is Kentucky’s 58th Lt. Governor and the first one to give birth while in office.

June 9, 1990, Go and Go received the blanket of carnations after winning the 122nd Belmont Stakes by eight lengths.  Kentucky Derby winner Unbridled raced fourth.

June 9, 2000, Pritam Sabharwal, his wife and several other family members pleaded not guilty in Lexington’s U.S. District Court to charges of defrauding the federal government of $150 million in environmental cleanup funds.  Pritam was a former UK professor and founder of the environmental cleanup company at the heart of the investigation.

June 9, 2000, descendants of the McCoy’s of Kentucky the Hatfield’s of West Virginia gathered for a joint family reunion in Pikeville.  Governor Paul Patton and WVA Governor Cecil Underwood attended some of the weekend activities.

June 9, 2001, Sergeant William J. Collins, Jr., Hardin County Sheriff’s Department, and his wife, a civilian employee of the department, were shot and killed by a mentally deranged man who had stalked and ambushed them.

June 9, 2018, Justify captures the Triple Crown by winning the 150th Belmont Stakes.

June 9, 2019, six Kentucky hospitals were given D’s or F’s in a nonprofit group’s biannual safety rankings. According to HospitalSafetyGrade.org, patients are more at risk of dying during their stay with hospitals that receive D’s and F’s than hospitals with passing grades.  The D’s included: UofL Hospital, Taylor Regional in Campbellsville, Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Highlands in Prestonburg and Hazard.  Kentucky’s only failing hospital was Methodist in Henderson.