Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
May 27, 1778, a small band of pioneers established Louisville on Corn Island in the Ohio River. During the following summer, George Rogers Clark trained recruits for his Illinois campaign , settlers planted corn and they island camped until Fort Nelson, was built in 1781. Thomas Hutchins mapped it in 1766, encompassing about seventy acres. “Great sycamores, cottonwoods, and giant cane” covered the island during the late 1700s.
May 27, 1830, President Andrew Jackson vetoed a bill that would allow the federal government to purchase stock in the Maysville, Washington, Paris, and Lexington Turnpike Road Company. He declared that such bills violated the principle that the federal government should not be involved in local economic affairs. Jackson also pointed out that funding for these kinds of projects interfered with paying off the national debt.
May 27, 1862, Brigadier General Jeremiah Tilford Boyle, a native of Mercer County, took command of the District of Kentucky. Halting guerrilla activity and suppressing Confederate support were two of his goals. The Civil War in Kentucky by Lowell H. Harrison
May 27, 1874, the 1st public notice to establish the track that would become Churchill Downs, appeared in the Courier-Journal. Some people objected because Falls City Racing Association already proposed a track east of downtown Louisville.
Friday, May 27, 1881, Saunterer won the 9th Preakness Stakes, the 1st race on the card and they went one mile and half for a $2,000 purse. The Derby ran ten days earlier and the Belmont eleven days later.
Tuesday, May 27, 1902, Old England won the 27th running of the Preakness Stakes. The 4th race was one mile and 70 yards. Kentuckian J.B. Haggin bred the winner. Old England skipped the May 3 Derby and the Belmont five days earlier.
May 27, 1917, at 4:00 p.m., a deadly Kentucky tornado began in Tennessee’s northwest corner and quickly moved into the Commonwealth. Forty-two people lost their lives in Fulton County, half of which were in the Bondurant area along KY 1282. The southeast side of Clinton County was also hit hard, with 17 more fatalities there. In Graves County, another five people died near Dublin. The F4 tornado took sixty-four lives, and 345 people received injuries in a 50-mile path.
May 27, 1922, Chief of Police James Sexton, Ravenna Police Department, died while attempting to arrest a man for assaulting his wife. As he placed the man in custody, the man pulled out a handgun and shot him three times.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Florence native Kenny Price, born in 1931. Known as the “Round Mound of Sound,” his highest-peaking singles, “Walking on New Grass” and “Happy Tracks,” both reached No. 7 on that chart.
May 27, 1938, one of Kentucky’s greatest political scandals started when Brady Stewart, Happy Chandler’s campaign manager, published a letter in the Courier-Journal claiming that “every federal relief agency in Kentucky is frankly and brazenly operating on a political basis.” Chandler wanted to be the governor again.
May 27, 1969, Army SGT and Petersburg native Charles Clinton “Chalkie” Fleek earned the Congressional Medal of Honor when he sacrificed his life for others in an ambush while fighting in the Vietnam War.
Wednesday, May 27, 1987, religious and political leaders stated that Wallace Wilkinson’s resounding victory in the primary, the day before, wasn’t necessarily a mandate for a state lottery. They vowed to continue to work with the General Assembly and help kill any lottery bill as they had done since 1974.
May 27, 1991, Louisville native Ted Schulz won the Foster Brooks Pro-Celebrity Golf Tournament held at Hurstbourne Country Club. Seven years earlier, as a 24-year-old, he won the Kentucky Open Championship at the same club but on a refurbished course.
On May 27, 2001, for the 1st time, state wildlife officials enforced laws prohibiting houseboat owners from dumping raw sewage in Kentucky lakes and rivers. Although illegal for years, Kentucky officials had no authority to board or inspect the boats for the proper equipment.
Kentucky Trivia: The Lake Cumberland area is the Houseboat Capital of the World with good reason. The region hosts the greatest concentration of houseboat manufacturers in the world. In September 2014, Governor S. Beshear joined state officials and community leaders to make an official declaration at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park in Jamestown.
May 27, 2009, commanders at Fort Campbell set aside routine duties for the 1st of three days to help soldiers deal with the stress of war. The Kentucky base endured at least 11 suicides for the year, the most of any U.S. military base.
On May 27, 2010, Kentucky’s Senate adopted Senator Neal’s resolution reaffirming the principles of equality preserved in the U. S. Constitution, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Kentucky Civil Rights Act of 1966.
On May 27, 2014, UK launched its industrial hemp pilot program when they planted hemp seeds at Spindletop Farm, marking another milestone in the drive to restore industrial hemp production to the Commonwealth. Hemp became legal again in 2018.
Kentucky Trivia: Kentucky led the nation in producing hemp through much of the 19th century, but production waned beginning in the latter part of the century, and Congress made it illegal to grow hemp in the 1930s. However, they restored it again in the early 1940s to support America’s armed forces during World War II.
On May 27, 2016, Governor M. Bevin’s administration joined eleven other states in a lawsuit against the federal government over its transgender bathroom guidelines. Bevin stated the government had no authority over local school districts’ locker room policies.
On May 27, 2020, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard dropped her defamation lawsuit against Hillary Clinton. The case started when Clinton claimed a siting Congress member and national guard soldier was a Russian asset. Clinton claimed Gabbard, then a 2020 presidential candidate, was being groomed by Russia to run as a 3rd party candidate because the Hawaii representative was one of their favorite assets. Hillary took this strategy to a new level in the general election with Russiagate.
On May 27, 2021, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosions (ATF) released a report showing that gun shops in Kentucky and nationwide faced many inspections to ensure compliance with federal regulations. However, they rarely faced severe sanctions. For example, 62 Kentucky gun dealers received a warning letter or worse from the ATF last year. During that year, the ATF sent letters to two gun dealers revoking their licenses. However, the Feds downgraded the recommendations days later, and the shops kept selling.
May 27, 2022, at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel said his company was “in the process of throwing 30 million doses in the garbage because nobody wants them.”