Thank You For Visiting
June 5, 1869, Lexington finally accepts Standard Time over Solar Time at 12:40 p.m.
Madame Bell by MaryJean Wall pg: 108
June 5, 1887, Andrew Cowan wrote a 2,500-word essay titled “Public Parks: A Plan to Promote the Pleasure, Happiness, and Prosperity of the People.” Mr. Cowan outlined a proposal for a system of public parks in Louisville, including a large park in each of the city’s “Ends,” connected by grand boulevards, lined with expensive homes. This proposal would become Cherokee, Iroquois, and Shawnee Parks and the parkways that connect them.
June 5, 1939, the log house of Col. Robert Patterson, founder of Lexington and Cincinnati, was returned to Transylvania Campus after being removed from Kentucky in 1901. The one room cabin is thought to be one of the first to be erected in Lexington.
The Squire’ Sketches of Lexington by J. Winston Coleman, Jr.; pg: 17
June 5, 1960, Rudell Stitch, a professional boxer from Louisville, died trying to save his friend’s life in the Ohio River. He died the day before he was to sign for a rematch with Luis Manuel Rodriguez. The fight would have taken place on July 24, 1960.
June 5, 1971, Pass Catcher at 34-1 wins the 103rd Belmont Stakes in 2:30 3/5 to win $97,710. The race drew a record crowd of over 80,000, swelled by thousands from the New York City Latino community. They came to cheer for Canonero II, the Venezuelan colt, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
June 5, 1980, the Troublesome Creek Times newspaper began. The colorful weekly paper is published in Hindman and serves Knott County and beyond. By 1990, the Times’s aggressive and investigative reporting had won 220 state and national press awards for excellence. The National Newspaper Foundation named it a national blue ribbon newspaper. Noted for its sense of humor, the Times publishes an annual April Fool news edition on its front page.
June 5, 2000, a man shot and killed a Kentucky prosecutor at his home in Cumberland County. The murder took place hours before the man was to appear before the prosecutor for child molestation charges. Prosecuting Attorney Fred Capps killed his assailant in his home before he died of his injuries while protecting his family.
June 5, 2015, a Louisville businessman described by federal prosecutors as a “serial fraudster” received a 12-year sentence for a massive scheme that a federal judge described as “truly staggering” and “eye-popping.” Anthony Huff got his start in crime when in 1996, he illegally provided cars to Cardinal basketball player Samaki Walker.
June 5, 2020, UK President Eli Capilouto announced the removal of Ann Rice O’Hanlon’s mural, which troubled Black students for its depiction of slavery. The reaction was swift. Wendell Berry accused Capilouto of “overcooked political correctness.” He suggested that to depict slavery in a painting in 1934 had to have taken some courage. “Ann was a liberal; I never heard her utter one racist word,” he wrote. The decision came on the heels of Breonna Taylor’s and George Floyd’s death by police.
Kentucky Trivia: UK has employed 12 Presidents: Patterson, Barker, McVey, Donovan, Dickey, Oswald, Kirwan, Singletary, Roselle, Wethington, Todd, and Capilouto. James Patterson served the longest with 41 years. The shortest tenure was Coach Kirwan’s one year. It was an interim role, but the school retroactively named him the seventh President by the Board of Trustees. All served less than 20 years except Patterson and McVey.