TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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Sunday, May 28, 1775, Boonesborough hosted the first recorded public worship service in Kentucky.  The Reverend John Lyth, an Episcopalian clergyman, conducted the Anglican Church service.  The service closed the 1st legislative session west of the Alleghany Mountains: “The Transylvania Convention.”

On May 28, 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act.  The act relocated all tribes to “Indian Territory” west of the Mississippi River; however, the Native Americans could stay in their homes if they gave up all tribal claims and became U.S citizens.

May 28, 1861, under direction from President Lincoln and after Kentucky declared neutrality, the federal government set up the Military Department of Kentucky.  Located just north of Louisville, it encompassed an area within 100 miles of the Ohio River.  A native Kentuckian, Major Robert Anderson, of Fort Sumter fame, commanded the troops.

Friday, May 28, 1875, Tom Ochiltree won the 3rd Preakness Stakes.  Owner J.F. Chamberlin earned $1,900.  L. Hughes guides the winner home over a slow track going 1 ½ miles.  Tom Ochiltree finished 7th in the Belmont.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Newport native Andy Kirk, born in 1898.  The jazz artist played the saxophone and tuba and led the Twelve Clouds of Joy, a popular band during the swing era.

May 28, 1927, The Courier-Journal announced they obtained an exclusive piece of Captain Charles A. Lindbergh’s personal narrative of his visit to Europe, the voyage home, and his reception in New York upon his return to America.  The newspaper printed excerpts over 10 days.

May 28, 1933, Deputy Sheriff Morgan Pelfrey, Breathitt County Sheriff’s Office, died by a gunshot while removing a drunk man from a large memorial service at a cemetery in War Creek.

May 28, 1937, less than one month before her 18th birthday, Anna Mac Clarke received a diploma from Lawrenceburg High School, which at the time was referred to as the “Colored High School.”

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to the “King of Honkytonk” Jenkins native Gary Stewart, born in 1944 in Letcher County.

May 28, 1949, the Louisville Colonels fired their manager Fred Walters and replaced him with Mike Ryba.  Walters remained in the Red Sox organization as a scout.  Ed Doherty, the new President, made it clear he harbored no ill will, he liked Fred.

May 28, 1951, Army PFC Walter Toler from Rowan County died in the Korean War.

May 28, 1952, Marine Corps SSGT Rollins M. Bryant from Manse in Garrard County died in the Korean War.

May 28, 1964, Kentucky State Police Officers, Trooper Elmer Mobley and Trooper Cecil Uzzle died when their patrol car crashed into several large rocks that had fallen into the roadway in heavy fog.

May 28, 1966, City Marshal James Strong, Jr., Corydon Police Department, died from a gunshot as he arrived at the scene of a domestic disturbance call that resulted in a shoot-out.

May 28, 1968, Army SFC George N. Walker from Adolphus in Allen County and Marine Corps LCPL Charles E. Ward from Pineville in Bell County died in the Vietnam War.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Harrodsburg native Sicily Yoder, born in 1969.  Sicily was an Indie author who published close to 100 Amish romance novels and cookbooks from 2004 – 2014.

May 28, 1970, Army CPL Robert R. Berning from Highland Heights in Campbell County died in the Vietnam War.

May 28, 1970, the submarine USS Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) just before noon, collided with the M/V Philippine President Quezon during a high-speed run off near Cape Henry, Va.   She immediately returned to the shipyard and remained there for approximately four months.

On May 28, 1977, the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire occurred the night John Davidson was to perform.  The club sold out of tickets and possibly more showed up.  One hundred and sixty-five people died and an estimated 2,600 people escaped.  Still, this tragedy topped any disaster in Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati history, man-made or natural.  The fire is a key reason why U.S. fire standard codes nationwide are stringent.

May 28, 1980, the federal government notified Governor John Y. Brown Jr. that they would cut off $140 million in federal aid to four Kentucky counties unless they set up mandatory auto-exhaust inspection programs.  The counties include Jefferson, Boone, Campbell, and Kenton.

May 28, 1991, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 9-0 in favor of Illinois over Kentucky, regarding a dispute between their Ohio River boundaries.  The court reaffirmed the original boundary set in 1792.  Historically, Kentucky has asserted ownership of the entire river up to the Illinois bank.  Illinois argued they owned 100 feet into the river from their shore.  The win was significant for riverboat gambling and emergency services taxes on buildings that jut into the river from the Illinois side.  Illinois fishermen started the dispute by refusing to buy Kentucky fishing licenses.

May 28, 2001, the federal government reported Paducah’s uranium plant and their sister facility in Ohio were, by far, the U.S.’s largest industrial emitters of chemicals (CFC 114) that eat through the Earth’s ozone layer.

May 28, 2007, the Creation Museum, located in Petersburg, opened.  The museum promotes a Young Earth Creationist (YEC) explanation of the origin of the universe based on a literal interpretation of the book Genesis.

May 28, 2019, Louisville native Will Smith made his MLB debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

May 28, 2020, Lexington high school graduates drove through the Kentucky Horse Park in an unprecedented commencement event.  Meanwhile, Governor A. Beshear announced two weeks of declining coronavirus cases and deaths, with totals of 9,184 and 409, respectively.

May 28, 2021, a front-page article in The Washington Post stated, “The White House projected the economy will be growing rapidly ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, possibly bolstering Democrat’s shot at maintaining control of congress despite tough odds.” Another article from the same paper stated that the current rising inflation is only temporary.  Meanwhile, CEOs of America’s largest companies rose again even during the pandemic and horrible economy.  The average pay for a Standard S&P CEO was $12.7 million.