TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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June 6, 1776, a meeting held in Fort Harrod elected George Rogers Clark and Gabriel John Jones to persuade the Virginia legislature to create a new county from Virginia’s extensive land holdings.

June 6, 1867, Danville native Theodore O’Hara died.  Theodore is best known for the poems “Bivouac of the Dead“, which is quoted in many cemeteries around the globe.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Mud River native William Anderson Alexander, born in 1889.  William was a college football legend.

June 6, 1896, Heavy Favorite, Margrave gives five pounds to his three competitors to win the 21st Preakness Stakes.  The 1 1/16 mile went in 1:51 to win $1,500.  Harry Griffin, from New York City, rode the winner.  The Belmont ran four days earlier and the Derby one month earlier.

June 6, 1919, Samuel D. Riddle’s Man o’ War made his racing debut at Belmont Park, going on a straight course of 5 furlongs against other two-year-olds.  Despite having jockey Johnny Loftus using much restraint throughout the race, Man o’ War won by a comfortable six lengths and made quite an impression in the papers.  Man o’ War won $500.00.  Just three days later he won his second race at odds of 7-10.

June 6, 1926, Deputy Constable Pete Miracle, Bell County Constable’s Office, was shot and killed as he attempted to arrest a man he suspected of transporting illegal liquor.

June 6, 1930, Deputy Sheriff Ebb Gibson, Letcher County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man in Mayking.  The man had stolen tools from a coal company.

June 6, 1931, Special Deputy Ed Stephens and Deputy Constable Posey Scott Floyd County Constable’s Office, were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect.  They encountered several members of the man’s family during the search and a shootout followed.

June 6, 1932, Sam Jennings publicly hanged in Hardinsburg after having been convicted of rape. Between 1920 and 1938, a Kentucky statute permitted a jury to impose public hanging for the crime of rape.  The hanging was the second last public execution in America, the last of which was that of Rainey Bethea, carried out four years later in Owensboro.

June 6, 1936, Granville wins the 68th Belmont Stakes by a nose over Mr. Bones going the 1 1/16 mile in 1:45 to win $29,800.  Thirty-five days earlier he finished last in the Derby and on May 16th he finished second in the Preakness.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Falmouth native Phillip Allen Sharp, born in 1944.  Dr. Sharp is a geneticist and molecular biologist who co-discovered RNA splicing.  He shared the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Richard J. Roberts.

June 6, 1951, Army PFC J.P. Melton from Wayne County, Army SFC Thomas P. Pettit from Grant County and Army PFC Marvin W. Smith from Lincoln County, died in the Korean War.

June 6, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated.

June 6, 1968, Army PFC Robert L. Smith from Smithland in Livingston County and Army MSG Clarence E. Hornbuckle, Jr., both died in the Vietnam War.

June 6, 1969, Army SP4 Ralph Honaker from Ivyton in Magoffin County and Army SGT James L. Todtenbier in Covington, died in the Vietnam War.

June 6, 1970, the 102nd Belmont Stakes.

June 6, 1980, after denying knowledge of payments twice while Governor, ex-Governor Julian Carroll, refreshed his memory in a courtroom and did remember discussing with two state officials, while Governor, a controversial payment.  The payment was made by a Paducah car dealer while receiving a state truck contact.  Carroll was testifying in the car dealer’s theft by deception trial that happened during his administration.

June 6, 1992, a Keeneland Graduate wins the 124th Belmont Stakes and takes home $458,880.

June 6, 1996, Governor Martha Layne Collins accepted a new job with the University of Kentucky as Director of International Business and Management Center.  She left her job as president of St. Catherine College after six years.

June 6, 1998, Victory Gallop wins the 130th Belmont Stakes in 2:29.16 to win $600,000.  Gary Stevens wins his second of three Belmonts on the Canadian bred.  Trainer Elliott Walden placed second in the Derby and Preakness behind Real Quiet.

June 6, 2001, Kentucky coal industry officials, frustrated by what they said were 1,000 mine jobs they couldn’t fill, began to recruit from Ukraine. Twenty men accepted terms to come to Kentucky.

June 6, 2003, a 4.5 magnitude earthquake hit 2 km north of Bardwell, Carlisle County,  at 12:29 in the afternoon.

June 6, 2006, Lexington Legends starting pitcher Roger Clemens was joined by the Legends mascots and 8-year-old Jonah Dixon, a member of the Southwest Lexington Reds, for the National Anthem before he pitched.

June 6, 2015, the 147th Belmont Stakes ran in Elmont, New York at the Belmont Park. 

June 6, 2020, Stuart Chaifetz, a Showing Animals Respect & Kindness (SHARK) investigator, placed a call to the Kentucky State Police informing them of a cockfight in progress in a barn behind Honest Abe’s bar at 303 Low Gap Road in Pine Knot.  A SHARK camera captured two State Police cars arriving at the cockfight scene––and then backing aside to allow 33 vehicles, primarily new-looking pickup trucks, to leave.

Kentucky Trivia:  Dogfighting is a felony under Kentucky law.  However, cockfighting Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in jail under the definition of second-degree cruelty to animals, “causing an animal to fight for pleasure or profit.”  Cockfighting is a felony in Virginia and most other states, so cockfighters come to Kentucky because of the lesser charge.