TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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June 13, 1775, with the main fort nearly finished, Boone set out to Snody’s Station in Virginia to bring his family back to Boonesborough.  He was accompanied along the way by Richard Callaway, who was returning to the settlement for the same purpose.  Thomas Hart also was in attendance.

June 13, 1789, Robert Sanders, a Lexington distiller offered a reward for anyone that could return his 100 gallons of whiskey and his runaway slaves, as reported by the Kentucky Gazette.

Kentucky Trivia:  In 1810, Tennessee produced 801,245 gallons of distilled spirits, Pennsylvania 6,552,284, Virginia 2,367,589, Kentucky 2,220,773, North Carolina 1,386,691 gallons and Ohio 1,212,266.

June 13, 1874, Saxon wins the 8th Belmont Stakes by a neck over eight others.  The 1 1/2M went in 2:39 ½ to win $4,200.  Belmont Park made their first distance change from a 1 5/8; however, they would continue experimenting with other distances.  The first Derby would be the following year.

Tuesday, June 13, 1889, Eric beats two others and wins the 23rd Belmont Stakes going 1 ½ mile in 2:47 ¼ to win$4,960 at Jerome Park.  For 16 years, the distance was 1 ½, but it would change again in 1890.  This would be the last year Jerome Park would host the race.

Friday, June 13, 1913, Henry Payne Whitney’s Prince Eugene beat August Belmont’s Rock View and three other entries to win the 45th Belmont Stakes.  The distance was 1 3/8 miles and went in 2:18 to set a new track record.  Mr. Whitney received $2,825.  There was no legal gambling for this Belmont Stakes due to the Hart-Agnew Bill that banned all NY gambling.

June 13, 1926, Deputy Sheriff James Robert “Bob” Wright, Letcher County Sheriff Office, was shot and killed as he, a prohibition officer, and several other deputies served a search a warrant at a boarding house in Burdine.

June 13, 1931, Twenty Grand beats two others to win the 63rd Belmont Stakes.  The 1 ½ mile went in 2:29 1/3 to win $58,770.  Twenty Grand placed second in the Preakness which ran 34 days earlier and won the Derby a week after the Preakness.

June 13, 1968, the gray squirrel became the state wild animal game species.

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June 13, 1969, Marine Corps PFC Kenneth R. Harris from Grays Knob in Harlan County died in the Vietnam War.

June 13, 1970, A.E. Sellers of Louisville, set a state fishing record by catching a 7 lbs. 10 ozs. Kentucky Bass.  Also known as a Spotted Bass, it is our state fish.  In Kentucky, adult spotted bass are commonly 8 to 15 inches in length, weighing 2 lbs. and 8 ozs.  Mr. Sellers caught the bass in a farm pond.  It’s believed that the fish got trapped in the pond by receding floodwaters, where it grew to such enormous size.

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June 13, 1972, the Glen Willis home in Frankfort was added to the National Register of Historic Places.  Willis Atwell Lee, in the 1790s, constructed a double log cabin and bestowed the name “Glen Willis” to the structure.

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June 13, 1980, corporate nursing home executives attack Dr. Grady Stumbo, Department of Human Resources Secretary.  The Courier-Journal exposed neglect and abuse in several Kentucky nursing homes, and Dr. Stumbo made some changes to improve the lives of the residents.  However, the corporate nursing home executives claimed Kentucky acted illegally and attacked Stumbo personally.

June 13, 1995, a rate increase by Kentucky’s largest health insurer, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Kentucky, violated a promise they made a year earlier not raise rates.  “We have raised questions on two or three issues and none of them have been answered,” Insurance Commissioner Don Stephens stated.

June 13, 1995, UK approved a gift from alumnus and Muhlenberg County native C.M. Bill Gatton.  UK’s College of Business and Economics received what may have been the largest financial gift from a single donor in the university’s history.  The amount was not made public.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Lexington native DeVore Ledridge, born in 2001.  DeVore rose to fame as a teen starring as Amelia in the Disney television series Bizaardvark.  She created a popular YouTube channel, and 2.6 million fans follow her on TikTok.

June 13, 2003, the first reported case of Monkeypox was reported in Western Kentucky.  The women had been handling prairie dogs.

June 13, 2003, one miner working for the Cody Mining Company died in an underground explosion in McDowell, Floyd County.  After the investigation, federal authorities stated the company ran its #1 mine in an “appalling and egregiously unsafe manner.”  Cody Mining received 71 citations and fined $4.2 million.

June 13, 2007, Chief of Police Randy Lacy, Clay City Police Department, was shot and killed by a prisoner who was sitting in the back seat of his patrol car.  The chief was transporting a prisoner for driving under the influence of alcohol.  The prisoner was able to produce a gun and shot the chief in the back of the head.

June 13, 2015, Paducah native Mike Broadway made his MLB debut with the San Francisco Giants.

June 13, 2020, Kentuckian Jefferson Davis and his legacy departed Kentucky’s Capitol Rotunda when the state removed a 12-foot marble statue commemorating the lone president of the Confederate States of America. Workers assembled a rig that lifted the 5-ton marble sculpture off the pedestal where it stood for 84 years — just a few feet behind the bronze statue of fellow Kentuckian Abraham Lincoln.