TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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My 26, 1865, the federal government arrested Albany native Champ Ferguson, a Civil War guerrilla.  They charged him with 53 counts of murder.  Most of his fellow guerillas received amnesty.
The Kentucky Encyclopedia edited by John E. Kleber; pg 313

Tuesday, May 26, 1874, Culpepper won the 2nd Preakness and took home $1,900.  Culpepper went the 1 ½ mile in 2:56.5.  The first Derby ran the following year.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Bowling Green native Duncan Hines, born in 1880.

May 26, 1883, Jacobus won the 11th Preakness Stakes by four lengths, over Parnell.  The match race went the 1 ½ mile, in 2:42 ½ on a good track to win $1,685.  Neither horse ran in the Derby.

May 26, 1890, Campbell County native John Griffin Carlisle became Kentucky’s 20th Grade II U.S. Senator.

Thursday, May 26, 1898, Bowling Brook won the 32nd Belmont Stakes over three rivals, including Hamburg, going the 1 3/8 miles in 2:32 on a heavy track.  The winner received $7,810.  Morris Park Race Course hosted.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Louisville native Charles W. Anderson Jr., born in 1907, Kentucky’s first African American legislator and first African American lawmaker in the South.  He attended Kentucky State College, graduated from Wilberforce University in 1927 and received a law degree from Howard University, in 1931.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Fallsburg native Paul Patton, Kentucky’s 59th governor, born in 1937.

May 26, 1942, Louisville native Lionel Leo Hampton recorded the best known version, the big band version, of Flying Home.

May 26, 1953, Army PFC Lloyd K. Miller from Casey County and Army PFC Crawford Mills from Knox County, died in the Korean War.

May 26, 1963, Trooper William Everett Tevis, Kentucky State Police, died off-duty while riding with another trooper.  The other trooper had just arrested a man and his wife.  The wife slipped the man a handgun from her purse.  He then shot and killed Trooper Tevis.

May 26, 1967, Army SP4 Donald E. Mesarosh from Louisville died in the Vietnam War.

May 26, 1969, Army CPL George H. Noe from Cawood in Harlan County died in the Vietnam War.

May 26, 1970, Army SGT William E. Hawkins from Madisonville in Hopkins County died in the Vietnam War.

May 26, 1975, H.S. White from Cadiz caught a state record Rock Bass weighing 1 lb. and 10 ozs. in Casey Creek in Trigg County.

May 26, 1985, Louisville native Danny Sullivan won the 69th Indianapolis 500 in one of the most dramatic moments in Indy history due to the electrifying “Spin and Win.”

May 26, 1988, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky Inc. produced their 1st car in Georgetown.  The car is on permanent display at the plant.

May 26, 1989, Queen Elizabeth II arrived in Lexington for her 3rd visit to Kentucky.  Her hosts, Mr. & Mrs. William S. Farish III, and local dignitaries, greeted her at the Lexington airport.  The Farish family hosted President Bush the week before Queen Elizabeth’s visit and Queen Elizabeth hosted President Bush the night before she visited Kentucky.  The visit was strictly private.  The Queen ventured from the Farish’s 3,000-acre Land’s End Farm only to see her stallions, located around the Bluegrass.

On May 26, 1992, U.S. Rep. Carroll Hubbard and his wife Carol Brown Hubbard, lost their primary races.  They had hoped to be Kentucky’s first husband-wife team in Congress.  Hubbard, a nine-term incumbent, lost to Tom Barlow in Western Kentucky in the night’s biggest surprise.

May 26, 2002, while in Lexington for a deposition, Wallace Wilkinson began to experience chest pains and entered St. Joseph’s Hospital.   Soon afterwards doctors discovered another lymphatic mass.  He died less than two months later.

May 26, 2004, Kyle Estep from Ohio caught a state record Channel Catfish weighing 32 pounds in the Ohio River in Boyd County.

May 26, 2005, environmentalists challenged the U.S. Forest Service’s plan in court to cut trees and burn ground clutter near a pristine trout stream in the southernmost part of the Daniel Boone National Forest.  The government wanted to cut 1,619 trees, build 6.9 miles of road, burn 7,560 acres, and spray 1,000 acres with herbicide.

May 26, 2012, Kentucky coal mining operators owed the federal government $29.9 million in delinquent fines, more than any other state in the nation.  D&C Mining of Harlan owed $2.1 million at the time of the report’s release.

May 26, 2015, Yum! Brands of Louisville announced Taco Bell would stop using some artificial flavoring and colors, and Pizza Hut would do the same by 2016.

Kentucky Trivia:  Yum! Brands owns 53,000 restaurants in 155 countries and territories including:  KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and The Habit Burger Grill.  The largest restaurant company in the world employees 1.5 million people.

May 26, 2016, crews began filming in Paris on Peacock Road for a scene that took place in Pike County in real life.  The movie told the story of an FBI agent who killed his girlfriend/informant in Pikeville.

On May 26, 2017, a former Pulaski preacher pleaded guilty to three counts of murder in the 2013 shooting at a Danville pawn shop.  Michael and Angela Hockensmith died by gunshot in the presence of their young son, who called the police after the shooting.  The child turned 13 years old on the day of the plea agreement.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020, a defiant governor told the Commonwealth, “I will not be afraid, I will not be bullied and I will not back down,” in reference to Sunday’s effigy.  As things try to get back to normal, the governor announced 387 positive cases over the long weekend and three deaths.

May 26, 2021, President Biden, after receiving pressure from different sides, asked the U.S. Intelligence Agency to look into the possibility that the coronavirus came from a lab in China.