TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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June 5, 1869, Fenian won the 3rd Belmont Stakes over seven others in a 1 5/8 miles test in 3:04 ¼, and earned $3,350.  Fenian never raced again due to “bad legs.  The Derby and Preakness had not run yet.

June 5, 1869, Lexington finally accepts Standard Time over Solar Time at 12:40 p.m.
Madame Bell by MaryJean Wall pg: 108

June 5, 1887, Andrew Cowan wrote a 2,500-word essay titled “Public Parks: A Plan to Promote the Pleasure, Happiness, and Prosperity of the People.”  Mr. Cowan outlined a proposal for Louisville’s public parks system, including a large park in each of the city’s “Ends,” connected by grand boulevards, lined with expensive homes.  This proposal would become Cherokee, Iroquois, and Shawnee Parks and the parkways that connect them.

On June 5, 1892, an excursion train was pulling a baggage car, and three coaches filled mainly with African American vacationers and some white passengers.  An hour after leaving the Owensboro station, the train ran head-on into a north-bound passenger train of the Owensboro & Nashville Railroad.  The collision occurred near South Carrollton.  Four people died, and more than 25 got injured.

June 5, 1899, Garrard County Carrie Nation believed she received a vision from God, telling her to smash saloons in Kiowa, Kansas.

June 5, 1910, Patrolman William C. Sube of the Louisville Police Department, died after contracting tetanus while on patrol.

June 5, 1939, the log house of Col. Robert Patterson, founder of Lexington and Cincinnati, returned to Transylvania Campus after being removed from Kentucky in 1901.  The one room cabin is thought to be one of the first to be erected in Lexington.
The Squire’ Sketches of Lexington by J. Winston Coleman, Jr.; pg: 17

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Lexington native Mark F. Jarmon, born in 1952.

June 5, 1953, Mount Victory native Vermont Garrison earned the Medal of Honor while fighting in the Korean War.

June 5, 1955, Dean Martin sang Kentucky Babe on the Colgate Comedy Hour.

June 5, 1960, Rudell Stitch, a professional boxer from Louisville, died trying to save his friend’s life in the Ohio River.  He died the day before he was to sign for a rematch with Luis Manuel Rodriguez.  The fight would have taken place on July 24, 1960.

June 5, 1966, Air Force A1C Jerry D. Olds from Elizabethtown in Hardin County died in the Vietnam War.

June 5, 1967, Army PFC James W. Ramage from Burna in Livingston County died in the Vietnam War.

June 5, 1968, Army SP4 Dennis O. Akers from Louisville, Army SGT Larry D. Maggard from Isom in Letcher County, and Marine Corps LCPL Michael W. Simon from Owensboro died in the Vietnam War.

June 5, 1969, Marine Corps PFC Hank Sally from Covington died in the Vietnam War.

June 5, 1971, Pass Catcher at 34-1 won the 103rd Belmont Stakes in 2:30 3/5 and earned $97,710.  The race drew a record crowd of over 80,000, swelled by thousands from the New York City Latino community.  They came to cheer for Canonero II, the Venezuelan colt, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

June 5, 1980, the Troublesome Creek Times newspaper began.  The colorful weekly paper is published in Hindman and serves Knott County and beyond.  By 1990, the Times‘s aggressive and investigative reporting had won 220 state and national press awards for excellence.  The National Newspaper Foundation named it a national blue ribbon newspaper.  Noted for its sense of humor, the Times publishes an annual April Fool news edition on its front page.

June 5, 1982, watch the 109th Belmont Stakes where Stanton native Woodford Cefis Stephens won his 1st of five Belmonts in a row.

June 5, 1985, Steve Cauthen won the Epsom Derby aboard Slip Anchor and became the only American jockey to win both the English Derby and Kentucky Derby.  Cauthen rode Affirmed in the 1978 Run for Roses.  An American jockey had not won the race since 1920.

On June 5, 1991, a train derailed just north of Cave City, causing the evacuation of 300 people because two carloads of chemicals spilled and the possible leak of 34,000 gallons of propane.

On June 5, 1991, the 11th launch of Space Shuttle Columbia occurred.  They dedicated this journey solely to biology, including the first spaceflight with three women crew members.

June 5, 1993, Colonial Affair won the Belmont Stakes in 2:29.97 over 12 others.  Sea Hero, the Derby winner, finished 7th and Prairie Bayou, the Preakness winner, finished last.  The Virginia bred paid $29.80 to win.  Keeneland graduates finished 2nd and 3rd.

June 5, 1999, Lemon Drop Kid, a Keeneland graduate, won the 99th Belmont Stakes in 2:27.88 to win $600,000.  The longshot, which paid $61.50, ended Charismatic’s bid for the Triple Crown.

June 5, 2000, a man shot and killed a Kentucky prosecutor at his home in Cumberland County.  The murder took place hours before the man was to appear before the prosecutor for child molestation charges.  Prosecuting Attorney Fred Capps killed his assailant in his home before he died of his injuries while protecting his family.

June 5, 2004, Birdstone won the Belmont Stakes to end the Smarty Jones Triple Crown run.  Marylou Whitney owned and bred the colt in Kentucky.  Over half the field were Keeneland graduates.

June 5, 2007, Army PFC Timothy R. Vimoto, 19, of Fort Campbell, died in Afghanistan, fighting in Operation Enduring Freedom.

On June 5, 2009, Louisville native Dan Uggla reached 100 career home runs in his 502nd game, faster than any other second baseman in MLB history.

June 5, 2010, watch the 142nd Belmont Stakes.  Keeneland graduates finished 1st and 2nd.

June 5, 2015, a Louisville businessman described by federal prosecutors as a “serial fraudster” received a 12-year sentence for a massive scheme that a federal judge described as “truly staggering” and “eye-popping.”  Anthony Huff got his start in 1996 when he illegally provided cars to Cardinal basketball player Samaki Walker.

June 5, 2020, UK President Eli Capilouto announced the removal of Ann Rice O’Hanlon’s mural, which troubled Black students for its depiction of slavery.  The reaction was swift.  Wendell Berry accused Capilouto of “overcooked political correctness.”  He suggested that to depict slavery in a painting in 1934 had to have taken some courage.  “Ann was a liberal; I never heard her utter one racist word,” he wrote.  The decision came on the heels of the police killing Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.

Kentucky Trivia: UK has employed 12 Presidents: Patterson, Barker, McVey, Donovan, Dickey, Oswald, Kirwan, Singletary, Roselle, Wethington, Todd, and Capilouto.  James Patterson served the longest with 41 years.  The shortest tenure was Coach Kirwan’s one year.  It was an interim role, but the school retroactively named him the 7th President by the Board of Trustees.  All served less than 20 years except Patterson and McVey.

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June 5, 2021, Godolphin’s Essential Quality won the GI $1,500,000 Belmont Stakes, 153rd edition.  Belmont has hosted the race 110 times.  On May 17, NYRA banned Bob Baffert from racing in New York.  The ban had not been lifted by June 5, so Medina Spirit or Concert Tour from running.  June 2nd Churchill confirmed the split sample and banned him from their tracks for two years and disqualified Medina Spirit.  The Preakness winner finished 3rd.