TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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August 3, 1863, Saratoga opened for the 1st time on the grounds still used today.  “Mr. Morrissey deserves great credit for the excellent manner in which the whole detail of his attractive entertainment is managed.”  So wrote an approving reporter on August 4, 1863, edition of the Daily Saratogian.  John Morrissey, a gambler, casino owner, ex-boxing champion, and future congressman, opened his track a month after the Battle of Gettysburg.

August 3, 1866, the Gallatin County Race Riot took place between whites and blacks in Northern Kentucky, where the black population was relatively small.  According to historians Lowell H. Harrison and James C. Klotter, “A band of five hundred whites in Gallatin County forced hundreds of blacks to flee across the Ohio River.”

On August 3, 1872, Bowling Green native Franklin M. McDonald escorted a mail coach from Jacksboro, Texas, to Fort Griffin.  Fifteen miles from Fort Belknap, it was attacked by a band of eight to ten Kiowa Native Americans.  For his bravery he received the Medal of Honor.  On December of 1873, McDonald deserted the Army and was never heard from again.

August 3, 1878, the Golden Crown Steamboat landed at the public wharf in Fulton County.  Days later, Charlie Hendricks and his sister Louisa were the first reported yellow fever cases in Hickman.  By the end of August, 42 new cases of yellow fever developed.  Unfortunately, tracking accurate numbers of deaths proved difficult.  Additionally, all of the resident physicians, save for one, died.  In the end, 32.2% of the 1,500 Hickman residents would die from yellow fever.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Stanford native Sophia Kindrick Alcorn, born in 1883.  Sophia is best known for inventing the Tadoma method of communicating with the deaf and blind.  She advocated for the rights of people with disabilities as a profession.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Paducah native John Scoops, born in 1900.  John taught in Dayton, TN, when he was charged with violating Tennessee’s Butler Act, which prohibited the teaching of human evolution in Tennessee schools.

August 3, 1907, Special Officer Marcus M. Martin, Gracey Police Department, died from a gunshot while patrolling a section of town by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad tracks in Christian County.

August 3, 1920, Patrolman John G. Tyler, Louisville Police Department, died when he struck a milk truck that had no lights and was parked in the street.

August 3, 1936, Sheriff Fred B. Mason, Laurel County Sheriff’s Department, died from a gunshot by a former prisoner as he and a deputy attempted to break up a disturbance at a church meeting.  Sheriff Mason and his deputy returned fire killing the suspect.  The suspect had recently been paroled after serving a sentence for a murder he committed in 1921.

August 3, 1937, Officer Frederick F. Barton of the Louisville Police Department died after accidentally getting shot by another officer who was attempting to clear his jammed firearm.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Louisville native George M. Whitesides, born in 1939.  George is a chemist and professor of chemistry at Harvard University.  He is best known for his work in the areas of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, organometallic chemistry, microfluidics, and nanotechnology.  A prolific author and patent holder he received the highest Hirsch index rating of all living chemists in 2011.

August 3, 1951, Deputy Sheriff Dave Coleman, Jr., Pike County Sheriff’s Office, died from a gunshot in Phelps, while investigating a disturbance.

August 3, 1953, the 91st Shelby County Fair and Horse Show opened with a parade and band concert by the 260-piece Kosair Shriners Band of Louisville.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Louisville native Johnny Graham, born in 1953.  Johnny played Lead/rhythm guitar, trumpet, and percussionist in the funk band, Earth, Wind & Fire from 1973-1983.

August 3, 1966, Marine Corps SSGT Edwar T. Crooks from Mt. Sterling died in the Vietnam War.

August 3, 1967, Army PFC Freddie D. Lawson from Siler in Whitley County died in the Vietnam War.

Thursday, August 3, 1972, the American Party Convention began.  At the state fairgrounds, Freedom Hall hosted over 2,000 delegates and alternates as they chose their presidential nominee.

Saturday, August 3, 1974, Governor W. Ford and incumbent Senator Marlow Cook went head to head at Fancy Farm for the senate seat.  Ford called Marlow “a man who doesn’t have time to for Kentuckians and who stays in D.C. making deals with big business.  Marlow said Ford’s administration dispenses contracts and other favors to his political cronies.  Marlow lost the election and resigned before his term was up.

Kentucky Trivia:  Former Governor Chandler believes he played an important role in making the Fancy Farm Picnic the important statewide political event it is today.  “I guess I was one of the first candidates for statewide office to ever go to Fancy Farm.”  Chandler said in a recent telephone interview.  “I ended my 1931 campaign for lieutenant governor down there.  I won that election and thought Fancy Farm was good luck, so I kept going back.”

August 3, 1995, an Indiana Congressman, while investigating the raid on Branch Davidian compound in Waco, TX, insulted Kentucky.  The attention-grabbing politician said the only law David Koresh broke was having sex with minors.  “Do you send tanks and government troops into large sections of Kentucky and other places where this occurs?”

August 3, 1996, a Kentucky bred Keeneland graduate exacta won the GI $600,000 Whitney Handicap Stakes.  It is never over till it’s over.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to the Lexington Legends, born in 2000.  The team mascot, Big L, was a muscular ball player with a massive mustache.  The Legends owner, Alan Stein, stated that any resemblance between him and the mascot was purely coincidental.

On August 3, 2010, UK announced they wanted more money for basketball tickets even after record revenue from the SEC.  The tickets themselves raised $7.  However, the mandatory donation to the K-Fund seemed extreme, from $1,350 to $5,000 annually for lower arena.

Friday, August 3, 2018, incoming NRA President Oliver North spoke at the annual “night before Fancy Farm event” in Calloway County.  He addressed the January Marshall County School shooting.

August 3, 2019, a Kentucky bred and Keeneland graduate won Saratoga’s GI $1,000,000 Whitney Handicap Stakes for three-year-olds and upward.

Saturday, August 3, 2019, the Fancy Farm Line-up

Welcome: Fancy Farm Political Chairman Mark Wilson
Invocation: Owensboro Diocese Bishop William Medley
National Anthem: Stephanie Hayden
My Old Kentucky Home: Emily Portman Drake
Emcee: Bill Goodman
State Sen. Stan Humphries, Republican
State Rep. Richard Heath, Republican
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican
U.S. Rep. James Comer, Republican
Gov. Matt Bevin, Republican
Attorney General and governor candidate Andy Beshear, Democrat
Lt. Gov. candidate Ralph Alvarado, Republican (Bevin’s running mate)
Lt. Gov. candidate Jacqueline Coleman, Democrat (Beshear’s running mate)
Agriculture Commissioner candidate Robert Conway, Democrat
Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, Republican
Secretary of State candidate Mike Adams, Republican
Secretary of State candidate Heather French Henry, Democrat
Attorney General candidate Daniel Cameron, Republican
Attorney General candidate Greg Stumbo, Democrat
Treasurer Allison Ball, Republican
Treasurer candidate Michael Bowman, Democrat
Auditor candidate Sheri Donahue, Democrat
Auditor Mike Harmon, Republican
Kentucky State Supreme Court candidate Shea Nickell
Kentucky State Supreme Court candidate Whitney Westerfield

August 3, 2020, calling it a positive day, the governor announced, from the rotunda, only 323 new cases and two deaths, ages 75 and 99 from the coronavirus.  This came after daily numbers in the 500s and 600s.  Approximately 31,508 Kentuckians had caught the virus and 744 had died.

August 3, 2021, Fayette County school officials told students/staff/visitors to wear mask for the 2021-22 school year.  From Frankfort, the governor’s office issued a correction; masks inside state offices are not mandated but instead “strongly encouraged.”  The Delta variant alarmed the alarmist.  New York began to ask for vaccination cards.

On August 3, 2021, UK track star Sydney McLaughlin won her 1st Olympic gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles, obliterating her world-record time.  This Tokyo Olympic performance somehow managed to exceed her massive expectations.  McLaughlin completed the race in 51.46 seconds, shaving nearly a half-second off the world record that she set just six weeks earlier.