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June 22, 1777, John Barney Stagger was murdered by Native Americans above Fort Harrod’s big spring about a half a mile from the fort.  His head was cut off and placed on a pole.
Historical Sketches of Kentucky: History of Kentucky, Volume 2 by Lewis Collins

On June 22, 1780, Native Americans appeared before Ruddle’s Station (Harrison County) and Martin’s Stations (Bourbon County), and after a brief demonstration with their artillery, both stations surrendered.

June 22, 1792, Scott County and Washington County are the first counties created by the new Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Washington County was created from Nelson County and was named in honor of President George Washington.  Springfield is the county seat.  Other localities include: Bear Wall, Brush Grove, Fredericktown, Mackville, Manton, Pleasant Grove, Saint Catharine, Thompsonville and Willisburg.  Washington County covers 301 square miles and was the 10th county created.

Scott County was created from Woodford County and was named in honor of Charles Scott, Revolutionary War General and later Governor of Kentucky.  The County Seat is Georgetown.  Other localities include: Sadieville and Stamping Ground.  Scott County today covers 285 square miles and was the 11th county created.

June 22, 1887, the Rowan County War between the Martin and Tolliver families came to an end in downtown Morehead after a violent shootout.  The shootout began in the early morning as a posse, directed by the Martin Family, hunted down and chased the Tolliver family through the streets of Morehead and out of town.

June 22, 1889, the Louisville Colonels set ML baseball record with their 26th consecutive loss.

June 22, 1920, Man o’ War, back in Jamaica Park, wins the 1 mile Stuyvesant Stakes in 1:41.60.  His odds of 1 to 100 were believed to be the lowest ever offered in an American horse race.

June 22, 1923, Deputy Sheriff Bill Atkins, Bell County Sheriff’s Department, was shot and killed from ambush as he returned to his home, near Four Mile, following his shift guarding a local mine.

June 22, 1944, Louisville native James Goforth who played basketball for UK between 1934 and 1937, died by machine gun fire during the battle of Saipan during WWII. Decorations included the Bronze Star, the Presidential Citation, and the Silver Star.

Kentucky Trivia:  It is estimated that 6,802 Kentuckians lost their lives in World War II.

June 22, 1950, Gertrude, a 60-pound python, a master at card tricks, was stolen the night before the International Brotherhood of Magicians opened their 26th annual convention at the Kentucky Hotel in downtown Louisville.

June 22, 1967, Army 1LT Ervin L. Burns from Providence in Webster County died in the Vietnam War.

June 22, 1963, the USS Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) launched.  The James Madison-class ballistic missile submarine was sponsored by Mrs. James H. Wakelin, Jr., wife of Dr. James H. Wakelin Jr., Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research and Development.

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National Archives photograph. Catalog#: K-86925

June 22, 1971, the U.S. department of Health, Education and Welfare told six Kentucky school districts to further desegregate their schools by next fall to comply with the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The districts included: Jefferson, Fayette, Paducah, Christian County, Hopkinsville and Covington.

June 22, 1984, the government stated that Kentuckians had jobs last month than ever before, pushing the unemployment rate to its lowest point in more than 2 ½ years at 8.9%.  

June 22, 1990, despite thousands of players and a record-high $6 million record purse, no one picked all six lucky numbers in the Lotto Kentucky game.  Lottery President Jim Hosker told the public some has to win soon; the laws of probability say this can’t continue.

June 22, 2000, for only the third time in Kentucky history, a state judge, District Judge William R. Woods, was removed from his bench.

June 22, 2013, the president and chief executive of Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan purchased Colonel Harland Sanders’s trademark white suit for $21,510 — then promptly tried it on.

June 22, 2019, Kentucky’s Peerless Distilling Company sold their Bourbon for the first time in 102 years.

June 22, 2019, the Snow Chief Stakes at Santa Anita is won by a head.

June 22, 2020, Governor A. Beshear announced 90 new coronavirus cases and zero deaths. He stated that groups of 50 or more would be able to gather in the coming weeks.