Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
On June 16, 1774, locals established Fort Harrod, Kentucky’s first white settlement. James Harrod led 30-37 men down the Ohio River and then up the Kentucky River to Landing Run Creek. They then traveled overland until they crossed the Salt River to a large spring in present-day Harrodsburg in Mercer County. They erected cabins and surveyed one acre in lots and 10 acres out lots that became their new town’s footprint. People also refer to Fort Harrod as Harrod’s Town or Oldtown.
On June 16, 1778, when Boone overheard Blackfish’s plans to attack Boonesborough with a large force, he eluded his captors and raced home, covering the 160 miles (260 km) to Boonesborough in five days.
June 16, 1841, Kentuckians celebrated the 66th anniversary of Harrodsburg’s settlement with 7-10,000 people attending, 1,500 ladies. Four hundred military men in ten regiments lined up in elegant uniforms. The Rev. Joseph Stiles gave the sermon, with Ben Hardin as quest speaker.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Lewis County native Alma Bridwell White, born in 1862. An interesting character, she became the first woman bishop in the U.S. and was a proponent of feminism. She also associated herself with the KKK and was involved in anti-Catholicism, antisemitism, anti-pentecostalism, racism, and hostility to immigrants. She had a strong following.
On June 16, 1906, J.C.W. Beckham, Kentucky’s 35th governor, laid the cornerstone of the current capitol building with an estimated 20,000 onlookers. The exact location of the cornerstone is unknown, although a plaque commemorating the event is on the northwest rotunda pier wall. The distinguished architect was Frank Mills Andrews, a native of Iowa who practiced throughout the Midwest. Kentucky opened its capital for business four years later.
June 16, 1917, Hourless won the 49th Belmont Stakes over three others, going the 1 3/8 miles in 2:17:4/3, setting a new track record. The winning connections earned $5,800. Bred at August Belmont, Jr.’s Haras de Villers in Foucarmont in Upper Normandy, France, his birth occurred at Leopold de Rothschild’s Southcourt Stud in Southcote, Bedfordshire. He came to the states with WWI raging in Europe.
Friday, June 16, 1922, Pillory won the 54th Belmont Stakes over three others going the 1 3/8 miles in 2:18 4/5. The connections picked up $38,700. Pillory won the Preakness but didn’t run in the Derby.
June 16, 1940, Hartley Gillum, Mayfield Police Department, died from a gunshot while attempting to serve a warrant on a suspected bootlegger. Three days later when he resisted arrest, six officers shot and killed him.
June 16, 1942, local children portrayed a scene in a pioneer log school during a celebration of the 168th anniversary of Fort Harrod’s founding, the first Anglo-Saxon settlement west of the Alleghenies.
June 16, 1945, Polynesian won the 70th Preakness Stakes going the 1 3/16 miles in 1:58 4/5, and earned $66,170. This was the only time the Preakness ran in June in Baltimore. It was held five times in June in New York. Polynesian beat Derby winner Hoop Jr.
June 16, 1956, D & H Stable’s Needles won the 88th Belmont Stakes by beating C.V. Whitney’s colt by a neck and Calumet’s entry by two lengths. Heath and Dudley, oil friends who lived in Florida, just missed the Triple Crown when they placed 2nd in Maryland. Needles was the 1st Florida bred to win the Derby. The winning time of 2:29 4/5 earned $83,600.
June 16, 1971, KFC announced they would merge with Connecticut-based Heublein Inc., a specialty food and alcoholic beverage corporation. The company, once too large for the Colonel to handle, grew too mammoth for John Y. Brown as well. Brown, at age 37, left the company with a personal net worth of $35 million. He would be two weeks shy of his 46th birthday when he became governor.
On June 16, 2013, opponents of Bluegrass Pipeline pointed out what they have been saying for years, “the Corvette Museum and Adair County gas explosion are due to the unstable karst topography of Central Kentucky.” The two incidents happened weeks apart, both due to geological instability.
On June 16, 2021, UK told the press they would begin a new clinical trial to test the safety and effectiveness of the Moderna vaccine in 200 children from 6 months to 11 years old. The University was one of 90 sites that participated in KidCOVE.