Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
On June 21, 1761, four men left Alexandria for Kentucky. They fought through the trackless western Virginian woods, across the deep stream, and over the mountainous crags to the rugged canyon of the Red River tributaries. For eight years, John Swift and his three friends mined, smelted, and left much of it behind for current-day treasure hunters. The Kentucky by Thomas D. Clark, pg: 33
June 21, 1781, Daniel Boone, represented the new Fayette County in Virginia’s General Assembly and presented a petition to Virginia’s House of Representatives for Lexington to become an established town. It would take another year, but Lexington finally became official.
On June 21, 1875, the U.S. Postal Service issued a postage stamp in honor of President Zachary Taylor, who had died nearly 25 years earlier. Taylor’s family moved to Kentucky in 1785 when he was eight months old, 1st living on Beargrass Creek and later living at the family plantation, “Springfield,” in Louisville. Zachary lived in Kentucky twice as long as Abe and four times as long as Jefferson Davis.
June 21, 1893, Aristides passed away after winning the 1st Kentucky Derby 18 years earlier. Hal Price McGrath bred the chestnut with a white star and two hind stockings, foaled in 1872. Aristides raced 21 times with nine wins, five places, and one show. In 1988, Churchill Downs inaugurated the Aristides Stakes. They also placed a life-sized bronze statue of Aristides, by Carl Regutti, at the Clubhouse Gardens entrance as a memorial, one of two horse statutes on the grounds.
June 21, 1912, a particular refrigeration car built for the Lexington & Interurban Railway to ship products from the Elmendorf Dairy went into service. In 1905, James Ben Ali Haggin of Elmendorf Farm began expanding his dairy cattle herd to replace his thoroughbreds. Eventually, Haggin, in collaboration with UK, developed one of the nation’s leading “model” dairies. This collaboration led to the development of the modern dairy industry.
On June 21, 1945, high authorities said at a supreme headquarters conference in Paris, France, that the Allies had “very good evidence” Hitler was dead. Meanwhile, in Kansas City, Dwight D. Eisenhower, General of the Army, and 53 members of his official party returned home from Europe in a grand affair.
June 21, 1949, the University of Kentucky accepted enrollment of African-American students. Among the 1st to register were Augustus Mack, center, vocational agriculture teacher at Douglass High School and to his left, Mrs. Arnetta Neal, Douglass elementary school principal. Both entered the UK graduate school for Masters Degrees in education.
June 21, 1964, Southgate’s Jim Bunning pitched MLB’s 7th perfect game as a Philadelphia Philly, defeating the Mets 6-0 in the 1st game of a doubleheader at Shea Stadium. A father of seven children at the time, Bunning pitched his perfect game on Father’s Day. It was the 1st regular-season perfect game since 1922 (a perfect game occurred in the 1956 World Series). He faced 27 batters, no one reached base, struck out ten, and threw only 89 pitches or fewer than ten an inning. As the perfect game developed, Bunning defied the baseball superstition that no one should talk about a no-hitter in progress, speaking to his teammates about the perfect game to keep himself relaxed and loosen up his teammates. Bunning had abided by the tradition during a near-no hitter a few weeks before, determining afterward that keeping quiet didn’t help. South Portsmouth native John Stephenson was Bunning’s last strikeout of the game. He was the only person to throw a perfect game and serve in the U.S. Senate.
In testimony before Congress on June 21, 1994, the FDA accused Brown & Williamson (B&W) of knowingly manipulating nicotine levels. B&W Chairman Thomas Sandefur rejected the claim, and accused the FDA of “grandstanding” for political purposes. Several members of Congress suggested that this proved that tobacco executives committed perjury when they denied knowing smoking was addictive in their April 1994 testimony before Congress.
June 21, 1999, Conservation Officer Bernard Dean Ratliff, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, suffered a fatal heart attack after participating in his agency’s physical fitness program.
Kentucky Trivia: The dulcimer 1st appeared in the early 19th century among Scotch-Irish immigrant communities in the Appalachians. Historians speculate that early settlers could not craft the more complex, dramatically curved violin due to a lack of tools and time. The dulcimer has acquired several nicknames, including “harmonium,” “hog fiddle,” “music box,” “harmony box,” and “mountain zither.”
June 21, 2013, federal prosecutors, at the direction of President B. Obama, unsealed a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Virginia on June 14, 2013, charging Edward Snowden with espionage and theft of government property.
June 21, 2019, disgraced Social Security disability attorney Eric Conn lost his prized replica of the Lincoln Memorial in his office parking lot, the center of the largest Social Security fraud investigation in U.S. history. A local businessman donated the statue to Floyd County and placed it in the Middle Creek National Battlefield, a civil war battlefield near Prestonsburg.
Kentucky Trivia: Floyd County Judge Executive Robbie Williams estimated the statue’s worth at about $200,000, plus $30,000 to move it. It is the 2nd largest seated Lincoln Statue in the World after the Memorial on the National Mall. However, the seated Lincoln statue in Boise, Idaho, is taller at 9 feet without a base.
June 21, 2021, the Teachers’ Retirement System of Kentucky approved a new set of assumptions about the future that added $3 billion in unfunded liability to its books and required as much as $200 million more annually from the state budget.