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June 26, 1959, the first performance of the “Stephen Foster Story” by Paul Green, about the life of the composer of “My Old Kentucky Home,” opened in the J. Dan Talbott Amphitheater. A prior parade down Bardstown’s main street included a tractor-pulled float carrying singing performers from the show and speeches in front of the Nelson County Court House. The first season of the production was a great success, with over 70,000 people in attendance.
June 26, 1961, Muhammad Ali (7-0) fought Kolo “Duke” Sabedong (15-11-1) in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Clay, fighting for the first time in Las Vegas, the new mecca of boxing, won a 10-round unanimous decision against Sabedong, a strapping 6-6 Hawaiian. Sabedong, 31, started out fighting dirty and hit Clay below the belt to try to provoke an upset. But he lacked the speed and skill to bother Clay, who blamed his sluggish showing on trainer Angelo Dundee’s decision to fly them to Las Vegas rather than take the train. Sabedong died in 2008 at the age of 78.
June 26, 1994, Jockey Chris McCarron rode his 6,000th career winner, Andestine, in the Milady Handicap at Hollywood Park. He was the 11th rider to reach 6,000 and the third-youngest, behind Bill Shoemaker and Laffit Pincay Jr.
June 26, 1996, Deputy Sheriff Eric Shane Stafford, Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office, was killed and another deputy was injured after their patrol car was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer on I-65, at the Barren County line.
June 26, 2015, a jury convicted former state Rep. W. Keith Hall, D-Phelps, of bribing a state coal mine inspector to win favorable treatment for surface mines he owned in Pike County. He was jailed for seven years.
June 26, 2020, Kentucky announced 256 new cases of coronaviruses and seven new deaths, bringing the totals to 14,859 and 553 respectively. All new deaths were age over 85, except for a 47-year-old man from Monroe County.