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June 19, 1865, Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War had ended and then enforced the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth is the national commemoration of the end of slavery in the U.S.
Thursday, June 19, 1867, the Belmont Stakes debuted at Jerome Park Racetrack in Fordham, NY. In a four-horse field, the only filly, Ruthless, won the inaugural event by a head over 2ndplace DeCourcey. She covered the 1 5/8 miles race in 3.05.00 for Francis Morris and earned $1,850 and an English riding saddle. Tanya (1905) and Rags to Riches (2007) also won the 4th oldest stakes race in North America, following Keeneland’s Phoenix Stakes (1831), the Queen’s Plate in Canada (1860), and Saratoga’s Travers (1864). The Belmont Stakes originally ran clockwise until 1921.
Saturday, June 19, 1880, the Sheepshead Bay Race Track opened for their 1st day of racing. President Leonard Jerome and William K. Vanderbilt built the racetrack in the New York City area after they created the Coney Island Jockey Club in 1879. Sheepshead Bay was probably the most prominent of the Brooklyn tracks and originated the Futurity and the Suburban. It also was unique in that it had the 1st turf course. When turf racing ended at Sheepshead Bay, it virtually stopped in America until Hialeah built one in the 1930s.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Paducah native, Robert Karnes, born in 1917. Robert had roles in in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950), and From Here to Eternity (1953).
June 19, 1919, Louisville held the 1st International Optimist Convention. Eleven independent Optimist Clubs across the U.S. met at the former Tyler Hotel. That afternoon, the 69 delegates in attendance adopted a constitution, and Optimist International, known as “The Friend of Youth,” was officially born.
June 19, 1950, Sergeant Ezra Sutherland, Jefferson County Police Department, died when his patrol car struck a vehicle traveling the wrong direction. They charged the driver with manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid.
June 19, 1969, Army 1SG Luther M. Chappel from Bedford in Trimble County, Army SP4 David B. Collins from Bardstown, Army SP4 Joseph R. McIlvoy from Willisburg in Washington County, and Army SP4 Ronald E. Simpson in Bardstown, died in the Vietnam War.
June 19, 1973, Dillinger debuted in Dallas staring Depoy native, Warren Mercer Oates. Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune gave it 2.5 stars out of four and wrote that it “repeatedly copies the spirit, and a few scenes, of Bonnie and Clyde. But it is distinguished by its acting.” Depoy is a tiny community in Muhlenberg County.
June 19, 1986, Murray P. Haydon, a retired autoworker who became the third person to undergo a permanent artificial heart implant, died in Louisville. He lived for one year, four months, and two days on the mechanical pump. Haydon, who died nine days before his 60th birthday, was never well enough to leave Humana except for brief outings.
Kentucky Trivia: Up until 1820, Fort Boonesborough became a travel stop for westward-bound settlers and became involved as a transit point for the flourishing tobacco trade. Around 1820 the settlement ceased to be of significant importance and was eventually abandoned. The area did not undergo intensive archaeological investigation until the 1980s. The modern-day re-constructed Fort opened in 1974.
June 19, 2005, Governor Ernie Fletcher proclaimed June 19 of each year as “Juneteenth National Freedom Day.” He encouraged all Kentuckians to honor and reflect on the significant contributions African-Americans made in America’s history.
June 19, 2019, Kelly Craft told lawmakers at her U.N. Ambassador confirmation hearing she would “be an advocate for all countries to do their part in addressing climate change.” Earlier in the month, President Trump said climate change “goes both ways” and blamed other nations for worsening air and water quality. In 2017, he pulled the U.S. out of the landmark Paris climate agreement, saying the deal was disadvantageous to U.S. workers.
On June 19, 2021, surveyors released a report which stated Kentucky nursing homes reported a 44% vaccination rate for employees. That was one of the ten lowest rates in the country for such facilities and was significantly less than the 58% vaccination rate for Kentucky adults at the time.
On June 19, 2021, Rep. Thomas Massie responded to a reporter who asked if he was vaccinated. “Well, first of all, it’s none of your business, but I’m going to tell you, I’m not vaccinated and will not be until some data shows that it will improve upon my immunity conferred to me due to a natural infection.”