Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
May 16, 1799, John Bradford, the Kentucky Gazette proprietor, announced that he would take payment for subscriptions: “corn, wheat, country made linen, linsey, sugar, whiskey, ash flooring and cured hams.” The Squire’s Sketches of Lexington by J. Winston Coleman, Jr.; pg: 24
On May 16, 1825, during the construction of the Grand Masonic Hall, General Lafayette, the last surviving major-general of the Revolutionary War, visited Lexington. Lafayette, the namesake of Fayette County and a member of the Order, was royally entertained with supper and ball in the partially-completed building on West Main Street. He stayed the night in Major John Keene’s mansion to complete his brief stay.
Tuesday, May 16, 1882, Apollo won the 8th Kentucky Derby over 13 other starters, the largest field to date. An unnamed colt ran in the Derby, so he ran with his sire’s name, Pat Malloy. Green B. Morris trained, and B. Hurd guided Apollo home in 2:40 1/4 over a good track. The winning owners, Green B. Morris and James D. Patton received $4,560 for winning the 1 ½ mile test.
Friday, May 16, 1884, Buchanan won the 10th Kentucky Derby. Nine went to post on a “good” track, finishing the mile and half in 2:40 1/4, including Bob Miles, who beat the flag and jumped into a two-length lead at the start. Isaac Burns Murphy won his 1st of three Derbies on his 4th try. Owners Samuel S. Brown and William Cottrill hired trainer William Bird to complete the winning connections who earned $3,990.
Kentucky Trivia: Samuel S. Brown owned Senorita Stock Farm near Lexington. Named for his favorite mare, the breeding farm’s land is today occupied by the Kentucky Horse Park. He also invested in the Kentucky Association horse racetrack in Lexington. From a wealthy family, he inherited coal mining operations founded by his father. He would grow and expand the business, operating six coal mines supported by a fleet of barges and a controlling interest in a railroad.
May 16, 1925, Flying Ebony won the 51st Kentucky Derby in 2:07 3/5, over a sloppy track in the 1st live broadcast by WHAS and also WGN in Chicago. Jockey Earl Sande won his 2nd of three Derbies. Owner Gifford A. Cochran and trainer William B. Duke won their only one. The duo also won their only Preakness, which ran two weeks earlier, with another horse, Coventry.
May 16, 1929, Policeman Alonzo “Lon” Robinson, Pikeville Police Department, died by gunshot as he and a U.S. Deputy Marshal attempted to serve a search warrant on a man for possessing liquor at his home in the Happy Hollow area.
May 16, 1931, Chief of Police Thomas D. Martin, Stanford Police Department, died by a gunshot while he assisted the Lincoln County Sheriff while serving an arrest warrant in Logantown. The man named on the warrant was charged with stealing chickens from a farmer in Garrard County.
May 16, 1956, MGM announced that Clifford Montgomery’s car wreck would delay the filming of Raintree County in Danville by weeks. The actor who stared with Elizabeth Taylor received injuries from a car wreck that took place in Hollywood.
May 16, 1975, Muhammad Ali (47-2) fought Ron Lyle (30-2-1) in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Lyle was a powerful opponent who had learned to box in prison. Ali fell behind early but finished strongly, nailing Lyle with a straight right in the 11th round, dazing the big challenger. Ali then punished Lyle until the referee stopped the fight.
On May 16, 1987, Alysheba won the 112th Preakness Stakes for his father Alydar to complete two-thirds of the Triple Crown; however, Ferdinand won HOY. The breeders attended the race, including Preston, Anita, and Patrick.
On May 16, 2015, UK’s Spindletop Farm planted hemp for the 2nd year as part of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Program. Last year’s test plots involved varieties used for fiber production. This year, UK agronomists tried out types of fiber, grains, and cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol, used for food and dietary supplements.
On May 16, 2018, UK officials tried to fire a tenured professor because he made students buy his book, kept all the proceeds, and neglected to tell the administration. The move against the journalism professor, sanctioned in 2016 for inappropriate behavior, is nearly unprecedented in the last 50 years. In 2019, he stopped teaching and sued the University and a student.
On May 16, 2019, Secretary of State Allison Grimes stated that only 12.5% of Kentucky’s 3.4 million registered voters would vote for their party nominees for governor and other state constitutional offices. However, it turned out that 20% of Kentuckians voted, a surprisingly high number.
On May 16, 2020, Governor A. Beshear announced two new deaths in Kentucky, bringing the state’s total to 334. At the time, 58% of the deaths in Kentucky were residents of long-term facilities. The governor also announced the Kentucky State Park Systems would reopen on June 1, including Nationals Parks.
May 16, 2021, Fayette County held all their proms outdoors with masks “highly recommended” but not required. UK’s commencement ceremony included graduates for 2020 and 2021. Meanwhile, the CDC announced that any vaccine mandates would come from local jurisdictions.
On May 16, 2022, Chief Deputy Sheriff Jody Wayne Cash, Calloway County Sheriff’s Office, died from a gunshot in front of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office at 52 Judicial Drive in Benton. The prisoner asked for a smoke break, and the deputies escorted him outside with a 3rd deputy. While smoking, the prisoner pulled out a concealed handgun.