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I take with me Kentucky, embedded in my brain and heart, in my flesh and bone and blood. Since I am Kentucky, and Kentucky is part of me.  Jesse Stuart

On September 6, 1807, William Clark arrived in Boone County with his famous older brother, General George Rogers Clark.  The two came together so William could keep an eye on George.  George was an alcoholic, and William was so devoted to him that he wanted to ensure George’s health and safety.

September 6, 1814, locals held a public dinner for George Madison’s honor when he returned as a POW in the War of 1812.  Kentuckians elected him governor less than two years later.

September 6, 1845, Dr. J. D. Taylor of Harrodsburg dueled John M. Harrison of Danville in Garrard County with pistols at 30 feet.  A ball went through Harrison at first fire and he died several days later.  The duelist were bothers-in-law and the cause of the affair was a separation between Taylor and his wife, attributed to Harrison.
Famous Kentucky Duels by J. Winston Coleman, Jr.; pg: 143

September 6, 1848, John J. Crittenden became the 17th governor of Kentucky.  One of Crittenden’s sons, George B. Crittenden, became a general in the Confederate Army.  Another son, Thomas Leonidas Crittenden, became a general in the Union Army.

September 6, 1861, the General Assembly passed a resolution calling for Confederate troops to leave Kentucky; soon after, Kentucky declared their allegiance to the Union ending their status of neutrality.

September 6, 1893, Officer R. H. West of the Hopkinsville Police Department, died from a gunshot by a fellow officer whom he had reported for drinking on duty.

September 6, 1912, St. Charles native Bobby Veach made his MLB debut for the Detroit Tigers.

September 6, 1912, Patrolman Edward J. Stephens, Louisville Police Department, died after suffering heatstroke while walking his beat in excessive temperatures.

Saturday, September 6, 1947, state fair officials clamped down on gambling on the midway.  The fair invited the press and state officials the day before the fair opened and sanctioned many workers on the midway for gambling.

September 6, 1950, Army PFC James M. Harrison from Floyd County, Army CPL David L. Rankin from Casey County, Army PFC Billy J. Roper from McCracken County, Army PFC Raymond T. Ross from Estill County, and Army PVT Kenneth R. Shaw from Jefferson County, all died in the Korean War.

September 6, 1951, Army PVT Carl D. Logan from Perry County died in the Korean War.

September 6, 1952, Army MSG James V. Boggs from Lawrence County died in the Korean War.

September 6, 1958, the Blues rolled over the Whites 28-8 for UK’s annual Blue White game in Lexington.  Coach Blanton Collier had the helm.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Owensboro native Jeff Green, born in 1962.

September 6, 1963, locals crowned Miss Peggy Sullivan, a 17-year-old Horse Cave beauty, the “Kentucky Tobacco Princess” at the State Fairgrounds.  As a result, the Caverna High School senior represented Kentucky in the Queen of Tobacco Land Pageant in Richmond, VA.

September 6, 1969, Air Force SGT Arnold N. Jaco from Benton in Marshall County died in the Vietnam War.

September 6, 1974, Governor W. Ford said that he hoped the state’s $120,500 purchase of Six Mile Island would block the development of an Indiana Riverport.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Ashland native Jillian Hall, born in 1980.

September 6, 1988, President Reagan gave his remarks at the American Legion Convention in Louisville.

September 6, 1990, Senator Mitch McConnell beat Harvey Sloane in their first televised debate.

Kentucky Trivia:  At one point in his too long career, Mitch’s #1 campaign contributor was the Blackstone Group, #2 was Kindred Healthcare, #3 was NorPAc, and 4th Humana, Inc.

On September 6, 1992, President George W. Bush arrived at the Redbirds game with Stan Curtis.  The President came to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Kentucky Harvest, a charity that provided food to the poor.  Stan Curtis, the founder of Kentucky Harvest, went to prison for stealing from the charity years later.

September 6, 1995, Cal Ripkin broke Lou Gehrig’s unbreakable record when he played in his 2,131st consecutive major league baseball game.

On September 6, 1996, in a resounding victory for federal prosecutors, a jury convicted a Henderson executive of the Big Rivers Electric Corp for fraud, racketeering, and income tax evasion.  He also had to pay back the $700,000 he took in bribes.  Meanwhile, UofL requested the NCAA to drop the most crucial charge against their basketball team.

On September 6, 2001, the Bush Administration decided not to break up Microsoft.  The AG, who ran the antitrust division, claimed they would not back down from the corporate giant.  However, that is precisely what they did.

September 6, 2008, the GIII $100,000 Turfway Park Fall Championship Stakes ran at 1 ½ miles on the all surface track for three-year-olds and upward.

September 6, 2014, nine high school bands across Kentucky joined the 300 member UK band on the field at halftime of UK’s football game to revive a long-dormant tradition: Band Day.

September 6, 2014, a Kentucky bred and Keeneland graduate won the $200,000 GII Pocahontas Stakes going 1 1/16 miles at Churchill Downs.

On September 6, 2019, two groups of states targeted Facebook and Google in separate antitrust probes widening the scope of Big Tech and how they dominate their industry.  The federal government does not break monopolies anymore; they are afraid.

September 6, 2020, Kamala Harris stated “I think that’s going to be an issue” when asked if she would get an approved coronavirus vaccine.

Sunday, September 6, 2020, Kentucky reported 313 new cases of coronavirus and three new deaths.  It was the 2nd consecutive week of setting new records for positive cases.  Meanwhile, Lexington and Louisville schools offered internet hotspots to those families who had difficulty with internet access.

Positives:  313 / 52,774
Deaths:  3 / 996 – 1st death March 16, 2020
50&over:  968 / 49-30: 27 / 29&under: 1