Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
June 27, 1778, George Rogers Clark’s army of about 200 faithful followers landed on nearby Owen’s Island at Falls of Ohio. A small hunting party appeared soon afterwards, giving valuable information about the Kaskaskia. Clark recruited them and proceeded under severe hardship to defeat the British and save Illinois Country for the U.S.
June 27, 1860, the inaugural Queen’s Plate ran at the Carleton Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. The colt Don Juan earned 50 guineas with Queen Victoria’s blessing. It is the oldest continuously run race in North America.
June 27, 1906, the Louisa – Fort Gay Bridge officially opened at 4 p.m., connecting two rivers (Levisa and Tug), two states (Kentucky and West Virginia), two counties (Lawrence County, KY and Wayne County, WV), and two towns (Louisa, KY and Fort Gay, WV).
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Blackford native Robert Allen Baker Jr., born in 1921. Robert was a psychologist, professor of psychology emeritus at UK, skeptic, author, and investigator of ghosts, UFO abductions, lake monsters, and other paranormal phenomena.
June 27, 1940, the Republicans started to ballot for the presidential nod as ten candidates made the nomination process. Convention Hall in Philadelphia hosted the convention, which promoted peace. F.D.R. would win again and the war ended five years later. Meanwhile, in Kentucky, 150 took the Bar Exam, Mammoth Cave held a fish fry, and tobacco firms raised cigarette prices by 30 cents a thousand making the packs cost 10 to 25 cents depending where you lived.
June 27, 1961, safety and medical leaders launched a campaign to put seat belts in every car. Studies showed you had a 7 out of 10 chance of being in one traffic accident in the next five years. In 1968, the federal government began to require lap and shoulder seat belts of all new passenger cars sold in the U.S. Kentucky got serious on July 15, 1988.
June 27, 1968, a truck overturned off U.S. 421 in Leslie County and spilled 5,000 pounds of fatty acid into Beech Fork Creek. The highly toxic acid killed all wildlife living in the water for an eight-mile stretch down the river. As a result, the state threatened to implement a 1966 law for the 1st time to recoup the cost of stocking/cleaning the pond from the truck company that caused the damage if they didn’t offer to make good.
June 27, 1972, Muhammad Ali (37-1) fought Jerry Quarry (43-5-4) in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Ali had little trouble in his second go-around with Quarry. By round 5, he told the ringside media and the crowd, “This is an easy way to make a living.” In Round 6, Ali decided to try to close him out, but Quarry remained on his feet. The fight ended early in round 7 after Ali, seeing that Quarry had nothing left, asked the referee to stop the fight.
June 27, 1980, the suspense ended when Commissioner Boyd McWhorter announced Kyle Macy as the SEC Athlete of the Year in Lexington. Eight-year-old Stephen Dawahare handed Macy a t-shirt as the All-American walked to the dais; the young man was a veteran of Kyle’s basketball camp. Florida’s football player Cris Collinsworth, whose dad played for the Basketball Cats, didn’t mind driving to the banquet and losing out to Macy.
June 27, 2005, in McCreary County, KY v. ACLU, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the Ten Commandments could not be displayed in court buildings or on government property. The court claimed it violated the 1st Amendment’s Establishment Clause, which prohibits the government from endorsing or supporting one religion above others. Ten Commandments displays at the McCreary County courthouse in Whitley City and at the Pulaski County courthouses instigated the national ruling.
On June 27, 2019, the Kentucky hemp industry lost a true visionary and pioneer, Dr. David Williams. Dr. Williams was an essential and influential leader in the hemp revival — from his research efforts to his role as an avid spokesperson.
June 27, 2019, many new Kentucky laws took effect, and helping the state’s foster care system received a priority. Starting on this day, Kentuckians did not need a background check, earn a permit, or attend a safety class to carry a gun. Home-birth midwives became legal, bestially became illegal, no more vaping on public schools K-12 grounds, doctors had to log all prescriptions for controlled substances, and many more.
June 27, 2020, since Kentucky began to reopen last month, the government claimed the coronavirus preyed on Kentucky’s Hispanic community at an alarmingly high rate. The claim offered no number of deaths, just positive cases. Meanwhile, the LBGTQ community joined forces with Black Lives Matter to protest police brutality and systemic racism throughout Kentucky towns.
June 27, 2021, a study showed the economic impact of rock climbers visiting the Red River Gorge increased significantly in recent years. They estimated climbers spent $8.7 million annually in a five-county area around the gorge. That spending supported 104 jobs and $2.6 million in local wages. A similar report released in 2016 estimated annual spending in the region by climbers at $3.6 million.
Sunday, June 27, 2021, Kentucky’s Year of the Woman kept getting better when Sydney McLaughlin, 21, set a 400-meter hurdle world record at the U.S. Olympic trial final; becoming the 1st woman in history to run under 52 seconds with 51.90. The one and done UK track star won gold months later with a new world record performance, 51.46. Former UK star Keni Harrison won the 100-meter hurdles.
June 27, 2022, Fayette County announced a new project that would digitize county slave records through property records. The collaborative Digital Access Project provides data to the public with records starting in the late 1700s.