TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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June 20, 1778, Daniel Boone arrived back at Fort Boonesborough after being held captive for approximately five months by the Shawnee.  He made the brave escape from his capture when he became aware of their plan to attack Fort Boonesborough, and his arrival was critical in preparing for the violence.  Boone had abandoned his horse after a few miles and made the rest of the way on foot.  He covered over 160 miles in four days, eating only one meal and a bit of jerked venison en-route.  For ten days, the fort was a beehive of activity.  The main gates and stockades were strengthened, and post between the outer cabins ware completed or repaired.  No attack came, but it did lead directly to the Great Siege of Fort Boonesborough in September.
A History of the Daniel Boone National Forest, 1770-1970 by Robert F. Collins; pg: 101

June 20, 1892, Del Mar Race Track in St. Louis, Missouri, became the first to conduct a meeting under electric lights.

June 20, 1914, Luke McLuke beats two others to win the 46th Belmont Stakes, going 1 3/8 mile in 2:20 to win $3,025 and a $250 plate.  Jockey Merritt Buxton carries 126 lbs. to win his only Triple Crown race.  James R. Keene bred the colt at Castleton Stud.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Lawrenceburg native Anna Mac Clarke, born in 1919.

January 20, 1950, Audubon Country Club, Owl Creek Country Club, Pastime Boat Club, Big Spring Golf Club and other private Louisville clubs removed their slot machines overnight, at least temporarily, due to a feud between the Sherriff and County Judge.  Many were not concerned and let their patrons continue to gamble without fearing any repercussions.

June 20, 1966, Army SSG Bobby Senters from Ashland died in the Vietnam War.

June 20, 1970, Army SGT Melvin N. Rutherford from Nicholasville and Army SP4 Billy R. Sargent from Williamsburg in Whitley County, died in the Vietnam War.

June 20, 1975, seventy-seven women arrived at Fort Knox to begin coed training, a first for the U.S. Army base.

June 20, 1980, the Federal Election Commission’s quarterly report stated that 60 Kentuckians had already given the maximum $1,000 donation to their favorite presidential candidate in the 1981 race.

June 20, 1984, Pat Day set a track record when he won seven races on the Churchill Downs card.

June 20, 1991, eight hundred coal companies that allegedly tampered with coal dust samples intended to protect miners were fined a record $6.5 million. Kentucky mines were fined $1.4 million, second most behind WVA.

June 20, 2005, The Kentucky Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ located in Lexington is the official theatre pipe organ of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

June 20, 2005, Milk is named and designated as the official state drink of Kentucky.

Kentucky Trivia: In 2018, Kentucky’s 53,000 milk cows produced 126 million gallons of milk, 6.9 gallons of milk each day.  This meant each Kentucky dairy cow was producing enough milk to make 2.8 pounds of butter of 5.9 pounds of cheese!  Kentucky milk is also processed locally; Kentucky has 6 commercial milk processing plants, 3 commercial cheese processing plants, a specialty ice-cream plant, 1 on-farm milk bottling plant, and 6 on-farm cheese makers.  The top dairy cattle counties in the state: Logan, Barren, Adair, Christian and Warren.

June 20, 2010, Governor S. Beshear sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education seeking to become the first state to police themselves in regard to education standards.

June 20, 2014 it was announced that Larry Seiple would be inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame.

June 20, 2020, the 152nd Belmont Stakes is run first in the Triple Crown Series due to coronavirus.  The New York-bred winner was the first since Forester in 1882.