Kentucky Trivia ● Kentucky Tweets
July 6, 1802, Edward West, a Lexington inventor and silversmith, received a patent for his steamboat invention. Robert Fulton’s better known vessel on a larger scale received a patented the following year.
July 6, 1859, two surveyors representing Kentucky and Tennessee wandered off course from a marked Beech Tree on the bank of Drakes Creek in current Simpson County. They turned their compasses ¾’s of a mile north from a Black Jack Oak creating a 100 acre indentation. Today this error is known as Black Jack Corner or the Middleton Offset.
The Kentucky Encyclopedia edited by John E. Kleber; pg: 635
July 6, 1887, Mary E. Britton spoke to the 9th Annual Kentucky Negro Education Association (KNEA) Convention in Danville on behalf of women suffrage. She argued: “that women, like men, had a right to define their own fate within the laws of the land, and that laws should be equally applied to both women and men.” Her remarks were later published as “Woman’s Suffrage: A Potent Agency in Public Reform,”
July 6, 1893, Henry Whitestone passed away in Louisville, one of Kentucky’s most famous architects. He introduced the Italianate style to Louisville and is best known for his 1869 design of the second Galt House and the 1877 offices of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad (now CSX Transportation). He also designed James C. Ford’s residence (1858-59) and the Ronald-Brennan house (1870). The Ronald-Brennan house is one of his many works listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
July 6, 1928, Deputy Sheriff John Hensley and Sheriff Floyd Ball, Harlan County Sheriff’s Office, died from gunshots when they attempted to arrest three men who had just crashed their car through a barricade onto a newly-constructed highway 12 miles west of Harlan.
July 6, 1977, in the second of their ten meetings, Alydar defeated Affirmed to win the Great American Stakes at Belmont Park. This was the first of Alydar’s three victories over Affirmed and it was the second time they met in this race.