Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
June 15, 1778, the Shawnee returned from an unsuccessful raid against Donelly’s Fort on the Greenbrier River in today’s WVA. Smarting for revenge, they decided on an immediate surprise attack and capture of Fort Boonesborough.
June 15, 1881, the dedication of Mill Springs National Cemetery for Union soldiers took place in Pulaski County at Nancy. At the end of 1862, Congress established 12 national cemeteries, including Mill Springs. However, it wasn’t until 1867 that Congress passed comprehensive legislation to create formal burial sites. That same year William Logan, donated the land. Locals say Union and Confederates rest in peace in the cemetery.
June 15, 1918, Johren beat three others in the 50th Belmont Stakes going 1 3/6 miles in 2:20 2/5 to win $8,700. Henry Payne Whitney owned and bred the colt. War Cloud became the first to compete in all three Triple Crown races. He placed 2nd in the Belmont, Preakness, and 4th in the Derby.
June 15, 1924, Pebworth native, Hall of Famer and rookie New York Yankee Earle Combs broke an ankle sliding into home plate at Cleveland’s League Park. The Yankees had just won a bidding war for his services.
June 15, 1935, Somerset native Edwin P. Morrow, 57, our 40thgovernor, passed away unexpectedly in Frankfort. His father and uncle were also governors, and founding fathers of Kentucky’s Republican Party.
June 15, 1957, Gallant Man won the 89th Belmont Stakes going 1 ½ miles in 2:26 3/5 to win $78,350. William Shoemaker won his 1st of five Belmonts, and Hall of Fame trainer John Nerud won his only Triple Crown race. Gallant man placed 2nd in the Derby and skipped the Preakness.
On June 15, 1980, sixty-seven dogs, 400 sheep, and 1,000 spectators gathered for the 21st annual event Bluegrass Open Sheep Dog Trials at Walnut Hall Farm. Today, the competition is known as the Bluegrass Classic Sheep Dog Trial and is held every May at Masterson Station Park in Lexington, free of charge. It is considered one of the longest-running and most prestigious competitions in the country.
June 15, 1991, Governor Albert Benjamin (“Happy”) Chandler Sr. passed away at his home in Versailles. The “Boy Governor” was Kentucky’s governor twice (35-39, 55-59). Chandler’s first administration produced one of the most productive Frankfort had seen. Through his reorganization, reform, frugality, and higher taxes, he dominated the legislature. Chandler resigned as governor in 1939 to be a U.S. Senator. In 1945 he resigned from the senate to become the baseball commissioner. In 1955 he became governor again. He rest in Pisgah Presbyterian Church near Versailles.
On June 15, 2003, W. Longest, R. Dozer, B. Decker, and R. Moore built a rideable chopper-style motorcycle with 15 feet-long forks. William rode it on a public road near Georgetown. It set a world record for the largest chopper-style bike according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
June 15, 2019, Kentucky Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton’s fired aide told a conservative audience that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was behind booting her boss. The senator said he never discussed the matter.
On June 15, 2020, in a 6-3 count, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a landmark civil rights law protects gay, lesbian, and transgender people from discrimination in employment, a resounding victory for LBGT rights from a conservative court.
June 15, 2021, the U.S. death toll attributed to the coronavirus reached 600,000. The death toll world-wide topped 3.8 million. Simultaneously the last state governments lifted restrictions and citizens lined up for vaccination. Today, Google says 591 million doses have been administered and 222 million (67.3%) Americans are fully vaccinated.