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May 22, 1825, The Marquis de Lafayette, the namesake of Fayette County, left the Commonwealth after a 12 day visit in the region.  Kentucky in Retrospect by Lila Jones Kington pg; 59

On May 22, 1830, in one of the most controversial acts of its time, the Maysville Road Act passed, which authorized the purchase of 50,000 worth of stock in the Maysville, Washington, Paris, and Lexington Turnpike Company.  The four-mile macadamized road connected Maysville and Washington and was a significant advancement in road construction technology.  Motorists passed in virtually any weather conditions; it also significantly reduced freight costs by allowing for heavier loads.

May 22, 1863, Covington native Charles W. Rundle and Newport native William Steinmetz, while fighting in the Battle of Vicksburg, earned the Medal of Honor for taking part in the “volunteer storming party.”  Around 150 unmarried volunteers charged a heavily fortified Confederate position; Rundle and Steinmetz answered the call.

Friday, May 22, 1885, Tecumseh won the 13th Preakness Stakes going 1 1/2 miles in 2:49 on a heavy track over three others and earned $2,160.  Jockey Jim McLaughlin won his only Preakness.

May 22, 1897, Health Officer John J. Sullivan, Lexington Police Department, accidentally died when another officer nearby stood from his chair, knocking his gun to the floor, making it discharge, and striking Officer Sullivan.

May 22, 1905, Deputy Sheriff William C. Brown, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, died by a gunshot by a suspect who had shot and wounded the Lewisport town marshal and several other men the previous day.

Tuesday, May 22, 1906, Whimsical won the 31st Preakness Stakes going one mile and seventy yards in 1:45 to win $2,355.  Whimsical did not enter the Derby ran on May 2.

May 22, 1909, Patrolman H. Clarence Conner, Jefferson County Police Department, died after responding to a fight at a tavern.  During an arrest the suspect was able to gain control of Patrolman Conner’s service weapon and shot him in the head.

May 22, 1917, Policeman Shade H. Hunley, Hazard Police Department, died from a gunshot while attempting to arrest several men along the spur line near the Louisville & Nashville Railroad Depot.

May 22, 1932, Baxter in Harlan County erected The Coal Monument honoring Kentucky coal miners and the coal industry.  Rather than traditional stone, the obelisk is made of coal blocks.  It is literally in the road where U.S. Highway 421 and Highway 119 intersect.

May 22, 1954, Hasty Road won the 54th Preakness Stakes going one mile and three-sixteenths in 1:57 2/5 to win $91,600.  Hasty Road placed 2nd in the Derby ran on May 1.

May 22, 1965, Army SSG Murrel D. Thomas from Glasgow in Barren County died in the Vietnam War.

May 22, 1967, astronaut John H. Glenn Jr. visited Lexington as William T. Young’s house guest.  Lucy Young and Rex Potter are also shown in the photograph.

May 22, 1968, Marine Corps CAPT Robert E. Harris from Russell in Greenup County, Army PFC Anthony D. Hatcher from Cave City in Barren County, Army PFC Sammy L. Scott from Peytonsburg from Cumberland County, and Marine Corps SSGT William B. Hughes from Vanceburg in Lewis County, died in the Vietnam War.

May 22, 1969, Army PFC Charles A. Hilbert from Parksville in Boyle County died in the Vietnam War.

May 22, 1971, Army SP4 Gary A. Dore from Mt. Sterling in Montgomery County died in the Vietnam War.

May 22, 1974, Ruffian ran her 1st race in a 5.5F maiden special at Belmont Park; Jacinto Vasquez received the mount.  Frank Y. Whiteley, Jr., kept her talent a secret, and she went off at 9-2.  She quickly went to the front, easily extended her lead to 15 lengths, and tied the track record of 1:03, something no other two-year-old had ever done while breaking their maiden race.  Ruffian’s impressive debut was later called the “greatest race ever run by a 1st-time starter.”

May 22, 1975, the Kentucky Colonels won the American Basketball Association (ABA) championship, bringing the Commonwealth’s 1st and only major pro sports title.

May 22, 1986, H.M. Queen Elizabeth II landed in Lexington to begin a private, five-day visit to Kentucky.  She came to inspect thoroughbred farms and several mares she kept in the area.  H.M.’s 1st visit occurred in October 1984; this was her second.

May 22, 1991, Louisville-based National Guard’s 23rd Military Police Company returned to Kentucky from Iraq and greeted family and friends after serving in Operation Desert Storm.

May 22, 2000, Kentucky’s birthrate among teenagers dropped substantially in the last few years, although it remained above the national average, according to the State Cabinet of Human Resources.

May 22, 2005, Kenny Perry won the Bank of America Colonial by seven strokes over Billy Mayfair to pocket $1,008,000 for his 9th PGA victory.

On May 22, 2006, the U.S. Attorney General (AG) under President George Bush hinted in a Washington Post interview that journalists might be charged for any disclosure of classified national security information.  At the time, many journalists faced the threat, including a New York Times reporter, Judith Miller, who was in jail for refusing to reveal a source for her story.

On May 22, 2011, Louisville volunteers planted the American Chestnut Tree.  The tree is integral to Kentucky’s history, culture, and heritage, and no other tree could replace its niche.

On May 22, 2013, KYforKY asked their friends on Facebook if they’d like a free Kentucky Kicks Ass tattoo using only Abe Lincolns.  They had many takers who got some amazing Kentucky Kicks Ass tattoos.

On May 22, 2015, Gilbert “Toby” Curtsinger, the alleged ringleader of a bourbon theft and steroid trafficking ring, requested his trial move out of Frankfort.  Curtsinger and five others allegedly used their jobs at Buffalo Trace Distillery to sell Pappy Van Winkle and Wild Turkey.

May 22, 2018, locals went to the polls and had some unique names to grab the voters’ attention with unique names.  “Booger” Jude ran for Jailer in Martin County.  “Duck” Moore ran for Jackson County Clerk.  “Tobo” Bryant ran for mayor of Irvine.  “Pear Hair” Webb ran for Carlisle jailer.  

May 22, 2020, V.P. Kamala Harris, a U.S. Senator and Rep. Lucy McBath of Georgia asked the U.S. Department of Justice to immediately investigate the shooting of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, which happened on March 13.

On May 22, 2021, for the 1st time in 11 months, the daily average of new coronavirus infections in the U.S. fell below 30,000, confirming that the pandemic had lessened and had reached the endemic stage.  Meanwhile, President Biden told corporations to pay people more money if they wanted to find employees.

After a dramatic Sunday playoff on May 22, 2022 Justin Thomas won the PGA Championship.  The 29-year-old finished his final round a shot behind then-leader Mito Pereira.  However, the Chilean hit his 18th hole drive into the water for a double bogey, and the major went to a playoff between the two compatriots.  As a result, Thomas lifted his 2nd Wannamaker trophy for his 2nd major win.