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September 5, 1804, Christopher Greenup’s inauguration as Kentucky’s 3rd governor occurred under an elm tree on the south lawn of the Old Capitol. The first lawyer to be governor held the first inaugural ball, which took place at Weisinger’s Tavern in Frankfort on August 28.
On September 5, 1816, George Madison became the 6th governor of Kentucky and the first to die in office. Immediately after the election, Madison traveled to Blue Lick Springs for his health but was too weak to return to Frankfort for the inauguration. Instead, a Bourbon County justice of the peace administered the oath of office. Madison’s only official act of office was the appointment of Colonel Charles S. Todd as Secretary of State.
September 5, 1878, the mayor of Hickman telegraphed the state board of health, informing Frankfort that yellow fever had reached epidemic levels in the city and requesting that Governor Dr. Blackburn be sent to them as soon as possible. The governor arrived in two days to find that roughly 20% of the town’s population caught yellow fever. He organized cleanup crews to disinfect the town.
September 5, 1981, singer Chubby Checker performed at the Breeding-Season Auction Charity at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington. The breeding seasons of 14 stallions were auctioned off and proceeds went to the Ephraim McDowell Cancer Research Foundation.
On September 5, 1998, Kentucky beat Louisville 68-34 to christen the 42,000 half horseshoe Cardinal Stadium. Louisville’s Coach John L. Smith also lost his debut; however, he won the remainder of his home games for the season. The rivalry after this game stood at 9-2 in Kentucky’s favor.
Sunday, September 5, 2004, Lionel Gates ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns, and Louisville earned its 1st shutout in four years with a 28-0 victory over Kentucky. The Cardinals won the traditional opener for the 5th time in six years. Louisville enjoyed their most lopsided win over the Wildcats since a 56-28 victory in 1999. The record stood at 10-7, advantage Kentucky.
September 5, 2009, Rachel Alexandra ended her three-year-old season, 8 for 8, undefeated, by winning the Woodford (GI). For the first time all year a few boys came close, but she put them away to become the first female of any age to win the historic Woodford Stakes.
September 5, 2013, Richie Farmer, 44, pleaded guilty to charges that he misused state resources during his tenure as Agriculture Commissioner. Federal and state prosecutors ordered him to pay a $125,000 fine. Richie’s sister also received charges, but she resigned from state government.
Kentucky Trivia: The 42 ethics charges against the former basketball player are the most Kentucky has ever levied against one individual. They included misuse of state employees, misuse of state resources, improper use of grants, and misuse of Kentucky proud marketing funds.
September 5, 2020, for the first time in 146 years, the Kentucky Derby raced with no fans in the stands, and My Old Kentucky Home played with no lyrics, only by longtime bugler Steve Buttleman. The card included 14 races.