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June 23, 1792, Shelby County was created from Jefferson County. Shelby was named in honor of Isaac Shelby, first and fifth Governor of Kentucky. Shelbyville is the county seat. Other localities include: Bagdad, Chestnut Grove, Christianburg, Clark, Clay Village, Cropper, Finchville, Harrisonville, Hemp Ridge, Hooper, Mt. Eden, Mulberry, Olive Branch, Peytona, Pleasureville, Scotts Station, Simpsonville, Southville, Todds Point and Waddy. Shelby County today covers 386 square miles. Shelby County was the 12th county created.
June 23, 1857, John Clarke Young passed away in Danville. In 1830 he was named President of Centre College. During his twenty-seven-year presidency, enrollment increased from thirty-three to 225, the endowment grew to more than $100,000, and the college’s reputation for excellence spread. A slave owner, Young preached gradual emancipation rather than abolition – he twice freed families of his slaves – and authored a report to the Kentucky Synod on the subject. Mr. Young died while President of Centre and rest in Danville.
June 23, 1866, H. Howard Gratz revived the Kentucky Gazette after the Civil War had ended. The paper ran again until 1910.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Paducah native Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb, born in 1876. At one point he was the highest paid staff reporter in the United States.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Anniversary to Alben W. Barkey and Dorothy Brower, who wed in 1903. Unfortunately, Dorothy died in 1947, and Barkley remarried while he was V.P.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Anniversary to Keen Johnson and Eunice Nichols who wed in 1917. Keen was our 45th Governor and only journalist to hold the office.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Louisville native Helen Humes, born in 1913. Humes helped to shape and define the sound of vocal swing music.
June 23, 1919, Man o’ War, traveled to Aqueduct and won the 29th running of the 5F Hudson Handicap for two-year-olds in 1:01.60. He carried 130 lbs. which is unheard of these days in the juvenile ranks. Conceding 21 lbs., he stretched out easily and won unchallenged by 1 1/2 lengths. The value of the race was $3,500, with the winner receiving $2,825.
June 23, 1935, Deputy Sheriff Victor Green, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed by a suspect who was upset over a case he was working on. Deputy Green was survived by his wife.
June 23, 1945, Pavot, by Man o’ War, with Eddie Arcaro aboard, wins the 77th Belmont Stakes. Net Value to winner $52,675. This was Eddie’s third of six Belmont wins. All the Triple Crown races were moved further out due to the war.
June 23, 1951, Army SGT Louis O. Chinn from Fayette County died in the Korean War.
June 23, 1965, the Daniel Carter “Uncle Dan” Beard Boyhood Home became a National Historic Landmark. Daniel Carter Beard, a founder of the Boy Scouts of America, was their National Scout Commissioner from its 1910 founding to his death in 1941.
June 23, 1966, Army PFC John E. Hampton from Whitesburg died on the Vietnam War.
June 23, 1968, Army CPL Gary Wilkinson from Murray in Calloway County died in the Vietnam War.
June 23, 1971, Ashland Oil, Inc., was put on 180-day notice by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop polluting the Big Sandy River. The Ashland oil notice was only the 12th ever served by the EPA and the first in Kentucky.
June 23, 1986, Historic Locust Grove in Louisville became a U.S. National Historic Landmark.
June 23, 2005, Army SGT Joseph M. Tackett 22, of Whitehouse in Johnson County, died of a non-combat-related injury in Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
June 23, 2005, Army SGT 1st Class Christopher W. Phelps, 39, of Louisville, died from a bomb in Baghdad fighting in Operation Enduring Freedom.
June 23, 2010, Army SPC Russell E. Madden 29, of Dayton, died in Afghanistan, died rocket fire fighting in Operation Enduring Freedom.
June 23, 2015, Trooper Eric Keith Chrisman, Kentucky State Police, was killed in a vehicle crash on the US Route 62 near the Tennessee River Bridge in Livingston County at 5:48 pm.
June 23, 2017, Kentucky politicians acted with disdain when California announced a travel restriction to Kentucky because of what they felt were discriminatory laws toward gay and transgender people.
June 23, 2020, Fayette County voters stood in line for 90 minutes to cast their vote at UK’s Football Stadium due to the pandemic. The good news was voter turnout was higher than expected.