Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
Friday, June 26, 1925, a community sing-along with 300 strong occurred at the Lincoln School playground in Lexington. Eleanor Knox, my great-grand mother played the piano. Old-time and popular music played and as the audience gave rousing renditions of many of the numbers.
June 26, 1959, the first performance of the “Stephen Foster Story” by Paul Green, about the life of the composer of “My Old Kentucky Home,” opened in the J. Dan Talbott Amphitheater. A prior parade down Bardstown’s main street included a tractor-pulled float carrying singing performers from the show and speeches in front of the Nelson County Court House. The 1st season of the production was a great success, with over 70,000 people in attendance.
June 26, 1961, Muhammad Ali (7-0) fought Kolo “Duke” Sabedong (15-11-1) in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Clay, fighting for the first time in Las Vegas, the new mecca of boxing, won a 10-round unanimous decision against Sabedong, a strapping 6-6 Hawaiian. Sabedong, 31, started out fighting dirty and hit Clay below the belt to try to provoke an upset. But he lacked the speed and skill to bother Clay, who blamed his sluggish showing on trainer Angelo Dundee’s decision to fly them to Las Vegas rather than take the train. Sabedong died in 2008 at the age of 78.
June 26, 1971, Shirley Jean Ford married William Riley Dexter in the 1st wedding in the Old Governor’s Mansion in over 100 years and the 2nd known to historians. Lt. Gov. Wendell Ford gave his daughter away in the formal room of his residence.
June 26, 1981, Hollywood released Stripes. The plot: within a few hours, Louisville, cab driver John Winger lost his job, his apartment, his car, and his girlfriend Anita, who has grown tired of his immaturity. Realizing his limited prospects, he decides to join the Army. Much of the filming took place in the Commonwealth.
June 26, 1994, Jockey Chris McCarron rode his 6,000th career winner, Andestine, in the Milady Handicap at Hollywood Park. He was the 11th rider to reach 6,000 and the third-youngest, behind Bill Shoemaker and Laffit Pincay Jr.
June 26, 1996, Deputy Sheriff Eric Shane Stafford, Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office, died and another deputy received injuries after their patrol car was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer on I-65, at the Barren County line.
June 26, 2015, a jury convicted former state Rep. W. Keith Hall, D-Phelps, of bribing a state coal mine inspector to win favorable treatment for surface mines he owned in Pike County. Kentucky jailed him for seven years.
On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court held in a 5–4 decision that the 14th Amendment required all states to grant same-sex marriages. Therefore, Kentucky altered their marriage license and stopped asking the sex of each individual. This made genealogists unhappy; they often rely on licenses for research.
June 26, 2020, Kentucky announced 256 new cases of coronaviruses and seven new deaths, bringing the totals to 14,859 and 553 respectively. All new deaths were individuals over 85, except for a 47-year-old man from Monroe County.
On June 26, 2021, Georgetown-based Country Boy Brewing partnered with Grammy-nominated rap quartet and Bowling Green-based Nappy Roots to release Backroads Blackberry Berliner at the Kentucky Craft Bash in Louisville. All proceeds went to the Kentucky Institute for Music Industry Development, a non-profit group founded by Nappy Roots.