Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
May 26, 1865, the federal government arrested Albany native Champ Ferguson, a Civil War guerrilla. They charged him with 53 counts of murder. Most of his fellow guerillas received amnesty. The Kentucky Encyclopedia edited by John E. Kleber; pg 313
May 26, 1883, Jacobus won the 11th Preakness Stakes by four lengths, over Parnell. The match race went the 1 ½ mile in 2:42 ½ on a good track to win $1,685. Neither horse ran in the May 23 Derby or the June 9 Belmont.
Thursday, May 26, 1898, Bowling Brook won the 32nd Belmont Stakes, at Morris Park, over three rivals, including Hamburg, going the 1 3/8 miles in 2:32 on a heavy track. The winner received $7,810. Bowling Brook skipped the May 4 Derby and the June 11 Preakness.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Louisville native Charles W. Anderson Jr., born in 1907, Kentucky’s 1st African American legislator and 1st African American lawmaker in the South. He attended Kentucky State College, graduated from Wilberforce University in 1927 and received a law degree from Howard University, in 1931.
On May 26, 1963, Trooper William Everett Tevis, Kentucky State Police, died off-duty while riding with another trooper. The other trooper had just arrested a man and his wife. The wife slipped the man a handgun from her purse. He then shot and killed Trooper Tevis.
May 26, 1969, Moneta J. Sleet, Jr., a native of Owensboro, Kentucky, won the Pulitzer Prize for his photograph of Coretta Scott King at her husband’s funereal. He began taking pictures after his parents gave him an old box camera. After graduating cum laude from Kentucky State University, Sleet earned a Master’s Degree from New York University.
On May 26, 1987, businessman Wallace Wilkinson, riding a tide of support for a lottery, scored a stunning upset over businessman and former governor John Y. Brown, Jr., in the primary race for governor. The victory came less than two months after Wally trialed the eight contestants. In one of Kentucky’s greatest political upsets, the Casey County native defeated John by over 56,000 votes.
On May 26, 1989, Queen Elizabeth II arrived in Lexington for her 3rd Kentucky visit. Her hosts, Mr. & Mrs. William S. Farish III, and local dignitaries greeted her at the Lexington airport. In addition, the Farish family hosted President Bush the week before Queen Elizabeth’s visit, and Queen Elizabeth hosted President Bush the night before she visited Kentucky. The Queen ventured from the Farish’s 3,000-acre Land’s End Farm only to see her stallions around the Bluegrass.
On May 26, 1992, U.S. Rep. Carroll Hubbard and his wife Carol Brown Hubbard, lost their primary races. They had hoped to be Kentucky’s 1st husband-wife team in Congress. Hubbard, a nine-term incumbent, lost to Tom Barlow in Western Kentucky in the night’s biggest surprise.
On May 26, 2002, while in Lexington for a deposition, Wallace Wilkinson began to experience chest pains and entered St. Joseph’s Hospital. Soon afterward, doctors discovered another lymphatic mass, and he died less than two months later.
May 26, 2005, environmentalists challenged the U.S. Forest Service’s plan in court to cut trees and burn ground clutter near a pristine trout stream in the southernmost part of the Daniel Boone National Forest. The government wanted to cut 1,619 trees, build 6.9 miles of road, burn 7,560 acres, and spray 1,000 acres with herbicide.
May 26, 2012, Kentucky coal mining operators owed the federal government $29.9 million in delinquent fines, more than any other state in the nation. The penalties made up 40% of the nearly $73.6 million that coal companies owed. D&C Mining of Harlan owed $2.1 million at the time of the report’s release.
On May 26, 2016, crews began filming on Peacock Road in Paris, a reenactment of a real-life scene that occurred in Pike County. The drama, Above Suspicion, told the story of an FBI agent who killed his girlfriend/informant in Pikeville.
On May 26, 2017, a former Pulaski preacher pleaded guilty to three counts of murder in the 2013 shooting at a Danville pawn shop. Michael and Angela Hockensmith died by gunshot in the presence of their young son, who called the police after the shooting. The child turned 13 years old on the day of the plea agreement.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020, a defiant governor told the Commonwealth, “I will not be afraid, I will not be bullied and I will not back down,” in reference to Sunday’s effigy. As things try to get back to normal, the governor announced 387 positive cases over the long weekend and three deaths.
On May 26, 2022, former lawmaker and gubernatorial candidate Robert Goforth pled guilty to federal money laundering and fraud charges. Goforth’s Clay County Pharmacy billed insurance companies over $2.7 million in excess for prescriptions, that were later sold on the black market. Yet, he only received two years.