TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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June 11, 1864, near Montgomery, Owen County, a severe skirmish between bushwhackers and Union forces occurred.   Two Union men died, but they captured 20 bushwhackers and took them to Louisville.

June 11, 1864, General Morgan approached Cynthiana with 1,200 men at dawn.  The Rebels set fire to the town, destroying many buildings and caused great havoc.  The next day the Union Army received reinforcement troops and captured the Rebels, but Morgan escaped.  It would be his last great raid.  Estimated Casualties: 2,092 total (US 1,092; CS 1,000)

Saturday, June 11, 1898, Sly Fox wins the 23rd Preakness Stakes going 1 1/16 miles in 1:49 ¾ to win $1,150 on a good track.  Jockey Willie Simms, with this win, became the only African American jockey to have won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont.  The Belmont ran 16 days earlier.

Wednesday, June 11, 1919, Sir Barton wins the 51st Belmont Stakes.  He becomes the first horse to win the Derby, Preakness and Belmont in the same year.  Johnny Loftus was the first jockey to win the same three races in one year.  J.K.L. Ross was the proud owner and H. Guy Bedwell was the conditioner.  The term “Triple Crown” had not been coined yet.

June 11, 1921, Grey Lag wins the 53rd Belmont Stakes, run counterclockwise for the first time.  Four went to post for the 1 3/8 test that went in 2:16 4/5 to win $8,400 for first place.  John Madden bred the winner.

June 11, 1926, Deputy Sheriff John Henry Binion, Elliott County Sheriff’s Department, was shot and killed from ambush while walking near his farm.  He was waiting to meet another deputy before leaving for the federal courthouse in Cattletsburg, to obtain a warrant against several moonshining suspects.

June 11, 1927, Chance Shot wins the 59th Belmont Stakes was run at 1 ½ miles and will continue to do so from this year forward.   Jockey Earl Harold Sande wins his fourth of five Belmonts.  The net to winner was $60,910.

June 11, 1940, with the signing of H.R. 9394, the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park was formally established.  The park was contingent on acquiring sufficient land and features (outlined in the legislation) by Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee.  A 1943 amendment to the bill empowered the three states to enter into a compact to purchase the requisite land.

Kentucky Trivia:  Cumberland Gap National Historical Park’s borders lie in Bell and Harlan Counties, Claiborne County in TN, and Lee County in VA and covers 20,508 acres.  It took 15 years to complete the land purchases as outlined in the 1940 legislation.  The 1943 amendment gave the park purchasing power for the land and eventually was finalized in 1955.  Some of the delays were attributable to World War II, but most postponements centered on state funding levels and the resistance of landowners to sell.  Cumberland Gap is one of three natural breaks in the rugged Appalachian Mountain range.

June 11, 1951, Marine Corps CPL George H. Cline from Whitesburg in Letcher County died in the Korean War.

June 11, 1953, Army CPL Virgil K. Baker from Campbell County, Army CPL Leslie J. Fitts from McLean County, Army PVT Willis G. King from McLean County and Army PFC Leon S. Stewart from Clark County, died in the Korean War.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Danville native Frank X Walker, born in 1961, the Poet Laureate of Kentucky from 2013-2015.

June 11, 1961, the dedication of Kingdom Come State Park in Harlan County atop Pine Mountain near the city of Cumberland took place.  It was named after the 1903 best-selling novel The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come by native Kentuckian John Fox, Jr.

June 11, 1965, Air Force SSGT Merle E. Estes from Winchester, died in the Vietnam War.

June 11, 1966, Army PFC David W. Stewart from Fountain Run in Monroe County died in the Vietnam War.

June 11, 1969, Army SGT David O. Biggs from Columbia in Adair County, Army SSG Harold M. Brown from Mt. Washington in Bullitt County and Army CPT Ivan H. Munro from Lexington, died in the Vietnam War.

June 11, 1971, Roscoe Tarleton Goose died.  The Golden Goose stunned the world when he won the 1913 Derby paying his backers $184.90 for a $2.00 bet.  He was the first hometown jockey to win the roses and was in the inaugural the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame’s class.

June 11, 1977, watch the 109th Belmont Stakes and Seattle Slew capture the 10th Triple Crown.

June 11, 1987, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled 4–3 that the Toyota incentive package provided to build the Georgetown plant served a public purpose and were therefore constitutional.  The Court and the Governor continue to be proven correct to this day.

June 11, 1990, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled,5-4, that the new federal law making it a crime to burn or deface the American flag violates the free-speech guarantee of the first amendment.

June 11, 2000, Dr. Rodolfo Santos in Greenup County was arrested and his physician license suspended after seven of his patients died within a year, allegedly from drug overdoses.  Law enforcement stated the drug provider saw 40 to 60 patients a day, all of drug addicts, who paid in cash.  He also had federal charges pending.

June 11, 2011, Loretta Lynn performed at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

June 11, 2017, Paducah native Phil Maton made his MLB debut with the San Diego Padres.

June 11, 2020, Lexington police express regret over an incident on how they allegedly assaulted two teens trying to cash their bonds in a Lexington bank.  The police department stated, “We regret any fear, anxiety and injuries this incident caused.”