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May 9, 1798, the Lexington census, as reported by the town trustees, consisted of; males above 12: 462, Females: 307, Whites under 12: 346, Negros: 360.
The Squire’ Sketches of Lexington by J. Winston Coleman, Jr.; pg: 24
On May 9, 1888, Tony “Icebox” Chamberlin became the first and only switch-pitcher to win a game in professional baseball using both hands. The Louisville Colonel’s beat Kansas City 18-6.
Baseball In Louisville by Anne Jewell
Thursday, May 9, 1889, Spokane won the 15th Kentucky Derby for Noah Armstrong, trainer John Rodegap, and jockey Thomas Kiley. The mile and half in 2:34.50 earned $4,880. Spokane is the only horse foaled and trained in Montana to ever win the Derby, doing it the same year Montana became a state.
May 9, 1896, U.S. Secretary of Treasury John G. Carlisle of Kenton County gave his infamous hometown speech. The once remarkably popular political figure became so disliked due to the financial panic of 1893 that he left the stage due to a barrage of abuse and rotten eggs thrown at him. Feeling rejected, he retired from public life, sold his house in Covington, and remained in New York until his death.
On May 9, 1911, the Black Patch Tobacco War finally ended when the Supreme Court ruled in the “U.S. v. American Tobacco Co.” case that Duke Trust was indeed a monopoly and violated the Sherman Anti-Trust Act of 1890. The Duke Trust was the only buyer of coveted black patch tobacco, which caused extreme troubles to Western Kentuckians, including death and destruction. The violence had long ended by the time the court decided.
Monday, May 9, 1914, the favorite Old Rosebud won the 40th Kentucky Derby. Trainer Frank Weir placed John McCabe in the irons, going 2:03 3/5, to set a new track record. Seven horses started, and owner H.C. Applegate received $9,125. J. E. Madden bred the colt in Kentucky. After an almost three-year layoff due to being crippled, Old Rosebud returned to the races as a six-year-old. Nicknamed “The Courageous Cripple,” he won 15 of his 21 starts that season and was considered the undisputed Horse of all Ages. It was widely considered the most remarkable comeback by a thoroughbred in North American history.
May 9, 1915, the day after Regret won the Derby, the Daily Racing Form quoted Harry Payne Whitney as saying, “I do not care if Regret never wins another race, nor if she never starts in another race, she has won the greatest race in America and I am satisfied.” Suddenly, the Kentucky Derby was on the rise again.
May 9, 1931, the 56th Preakness Stakes took place on a Saturday. From this day forward, the Preakness is always run on Saturdays. The race has been run every day except Sunday. Mate won the 5th race and earned $48,225. For the 2nd year in a row, the Derby ran after the Preakness.
May 9, 1961, George W. Ratterman, ex NFL player and soon to be sheriff, was given a roofie in a meeting with the “mob” to talk about moving casino operations out of Campbell County. He regained consciousness in a nightclub dancer’s company in a hotel bedroom, where the local police arrested him for prostitution and disturbing the peace. In Newport’s sensational police court trial, it became apparent that the gambling interests were working with law enforcement officials to discredit Ratterman and the reform movement. After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, six persons, among them police officers and an attorney, were brought to trial for violating Ratterman’s civil rights. In November 1961, Ratterman and the other reform ticket candidates swept into office. The operators of the casinos and nightclubs left town.
May 9, 1970, Army CPT Rhonald L. Durham from Somerset, Army SGT Chester G. Hall from Robinson in Harrison County, and Army SGT Richard A. Wells from West Van Lear in Johnson County, all died in the Vietnam War.
May 9, 2000, a fire destroyed 17,000 barrels of whiskey in a seven-story aging warehouse at the Wild Turkey Distillery in Anderson County. Burning whiskey flowed from the warehouse, setting the woods on fire, causing limestone deposits to explode with an estimated 20% that flowed into the Kentucky River. The alcohol spill depleted the oxygen in the river, killing an estimated 228,000 fish along a 66-mile stretch. The company paid $256,000 to the state to restore the river’s fish population.
Kentucky Trivia: In 1980, Wild Turkey’s original owner Austin Nichols & Company, sold the distillery to French spirits conglomerate Pernod Ricard for a reported $100 million. In 2009, it sold again to Italy’s Gruppo Campari for $575 million.
On May 9, 2020, the Justice Collective Organization organized a protest that urged Governor A. Beshear to cancel rent and mortgage payments as citizens grappled with the pandemic. U.S. unemployment hit 14.7%, the worst rate since the Great Depression. With 20.5 million people out of work, the hospitality, leisure, and healthcare industries took the greatest hits. It affected low-income and minority workers the most.