Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
July 3, 1863, Oliver P. Rood from Frankfort, captured the Confederate States of America flag from the 21st North Carolina Infantry on the 3rd day of the Battle of Gettysburg. For this he received the Congressional Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism.
July 3, 1863, Mrs. Lincoln’s carriage threw her and she hit her head. Doctors from the nearby Mount Pleasant Hospital responded and returned her to the White House, where she recovered from a serious head gash.
July 3, 1886, the Mammoth Cave Railroad Company began construction on a rail line from the Cave to Glasgow Junction. By November, the first passengers had paid their $2 fare, and visitors were steaming to Mammoth Cave. An old Mammoth Cave estate ledger and hotel register recorded W.F. Richardson as the “1st Passenger on Mammoth Cave Railroad.” Indeed, The Mammoth Cave Railroad would operate successfully for 50 years under lease to the L&N Railroad.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Mayfield native Herschel Harper “Herky” Green, born in 1920. A World War II flying ace in the U.S. Army’s Fifteenth Air Force, he shot down 18 enemy aircraft and destroyed ten more on the ground.
On July 3, 1940, the U.S. Census released its long-anticipated population results for Fayette County. With 78,882 people, the population increased by 10,340 from the 1930 results. Since the county went over 75,000, Lexington lost nearly $25,000 in federal money. Institutional figures; Eastern State Hospital for the Insane 2,000, Kentucky House of Reform 654, the U.S. Public Health Hospital 983, U.S. Veterans’ Hospital 612, and Fayette County Infirmary 74.
July 3, 1961, one of Kentucky’s most notorious gangsters robbed a Nashville bank of $15,554 days after his release from Kentucky’s State Penitentiary in Eddyville. Nashville authorities arrested him 10 minutes after the robbery. Benjamin F. “Benny Denny” Rayburn led a gang of machine-gun bandits in three sensational Lexington holdups in 1946.
July 3, 1982, D. Wayne Lukas-trained Landaluce, ridden by Laffit Pincay Jr., won the first of her five consecutive victories at Hollywood Park. The daughter of Seattle Slew, owned by Barry Beal and Lloyd French, died of a viral infection in November of that year, but was posthumously voted champion two-year-old filly of 1982.
July 3, 1989, Susan Sloane of Lexington, achieved a career high ranking of World #19 on the Women’s Tennis Association circuit. Susan is one of the best professional tennis players born in the Commonwealth.
July 3, 2008, after 52 hours of deliberation over eight days in Covington, a federal jury deadlocked in deciding whether attorneys William Gallion and Shirley Cunningham, Jr. defrauded clients of $65 million in Kentucky’s 2001 fen-phen settlement. They were found guilty the following year and received a 300-month sentence. Meanwhile further east, Ellis Park remained closed over a revenue sharing dispute.
July 3, 2015, Aetna and Humana Inc. announced an agreement for Aetna to acquire Humana for $37 billion or approximately $230 per Humana share based on the closing price of Aetna common shares on July 2, 2015. It fell through two years later after the federal government said no. Aetna paid Humana $1 billion as a result of the termination of the merger agreement.
Kentucky Trivia: In 2020, Fidelity Investments cut its stake in Humana by 49.5%, leaving New York City-based BlackRock Inc. as Humana’s newest largest shareholder. Some people say Blackrock is evil. If accurate, it makes sense they own a majority of a company that profits off sick people.