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June 3, 1781, Captain John “Jack” Jouett, Jr., a Revolution War hero, rode 40 miles from Monticello to Charlottesville to warn Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and other legislators of the British approach. Jack rests in peace in Bath County.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Christian County native, now Todd County, Jefferson Finis Davis, born in 1808. From 1821-24 he returned to Kentucky from Mississippi, where he studied at Transylvania University. In 1835 his first marriage took place in Louisville; however, his wife died three months later in Louisiana.
June 3, 1927, Louisville’s Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant rolled off their last Model T. By 1923, the success of the Model T had enabled the small plant to go from 53 employees to 600, and by 1925, the continued success enabled Ford to build a 2nd larger plant.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Paducah native Homer Louis “Boots” Randolph III, born in 1927. Boots is best known for his 1963 saxophone hit Yakety Sax, which became Benny Hill’s signature tune. Boots played a significant role in the “Nashville sound” for most of his professional career.
June 3, 1941, Police Officer Glenn Scalf, Corbin Police Department, died when he arrived at a local business to investigate a domestic disturbance involving a man and his wife. As he walked inside, the man shot him.
June 3, 1944, Bounding Home won the 78th Belmont Stakes over six others. Bounding Home became the 1st horse to win the Belmont after the same horse (Pensive) won the Derby and Preakness; all previous winners of the first two legs went on to win the third. The 1 ½ miles went 2:32 1/5 and earned $55,000.
Localtonians wish a Happy Anniversary to Martha Layne Hall and Billy Louis Collins, who wed in 1959. Billy, a Hazard native and Georgetown College graduate, met Martha in her hometown of Bagdad at Cedarmore Baptist summer camp, where they both worked.
June 3, 1961, Sherluck, at 65-1 odds won the 95th Belmont Stakes over eight others going the 1 ½ miles in 2:29 1/5 to win $104,900. Carry Bach had won the first two legs only to finish 7th in New York.
June 3, 1967, Damascus won the 99th Belmont Stakes and paid $3.00 to win. Owner Edith Bancroft’s brother won the Belmont in 1955. William Shoemaker and Frank Y. Whitley complete the winning connections and earned $104,950. Damascus finishes 2nd in the Derby and won the Preakness.
On June 3, 1976, a bomb exploded on a Jefferson County school bus in front of the driver’s home at the end of the first year; courts ordered busing for desegregation. The violence put the city of Louisville on high alert.
On June 3, 1981, three men in their 20s died, and two were injured in a mining accident at a Grays Knob Coal Company about four miles south of Harlan. Investigators pointed to poisonous gas that caused the tragic mishap.
June 3, 1997, Humana bought a Miami-based health insurer in a $400 million deal which made the Louisville based organization the 3rd largest publicly traded managed-care company behind Aetna and United Health Care. Corporate America strikes again.
June 3, 2012, the 59th WHAS Crusade for Children raised $5.2 million. As of 2012, the organization has raised more than $143 million since it began in 1954. One-hundred percent of the money went to special needs children in Kentucky and Indiana.
On June 2, 2017, Eric Conn, the flamboyant lawyer who pleaded guilty in March to a $550 million social security fraud scheme, went on the run. They finally caught him seven months later in a Pizza Hut in Honduras. Conn launched his law office in Stanville in 1993 but now works in a WVA prison.
June 2, 2018, the national E3 College Competition selected the “Appalachian Mining Town” game, developed by EKU students, as one of five finalists for event. “It’s an incredible honor and I know all of us were surprised,” said Nick Tiemeyer, one of 15 students who developed the game.‘
June 3, 2019, Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton demanded answers from Governor M. Bevin’s administration after they fired one of her employees without her consent. “In the future, you are not to execute any personnel action involving my staff unless you have my express, written permission.” Governor M. Bevin made several questionable strategic decisions leading to his defeat in 2020.
Kentucky Trivia: President Obama granted clemency to three Marion County men; all were either directly or indirectly connected to the Cornbread Mafia. He also granted a pardon to Les Berry, an original member of the alleged “Cornbread Mafia.”
On June 3, 2021, through the Freedom of Information Act, the government released Dr. Fauci’s emails he sent during the pandemic’s beginnings. Dr. R. Paul tweeted out the emails vindicated his accusations about Fauci and again asked that he be fired.