TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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June 27, 1778, George Rogers Clark’s army of about 200 faithful followers landed on nearby Owen’s Island at Falls of Ohio.  A small hunting party appeared soon afterwards, giving valuable information about the Kaskaskia.  Clark recruited them and proceeded under severe hardship to defeat the British and save Illinois Country for the U.S.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Louisville native Mildred Jane Hill, born in 1859.  Mildred composed the melody for “Good Morning to All”, later used as the melody for “Happy Birthday to You.”

June 27, 1860, the Queen’s Plate’s inaugural running took place at the Carleton Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario.  The prize of 50 guineas was awarded to Don Juan by Queen Victoria’s blessing.  It is the oldest continuously run race in North America.

June 27, 1899, Henry Stewart, a black male, was lynched in Fulton County for an alleged robbery and assault.

June 27, 1906, the Louisa – Fort Gay Bridge officially opened at 4 p.m., connecting two rivers (Levisa and Tug), two states (Kentucky and West Virginia), two counties (Lawrence County, KY and Wayne County, WV), two towns (Louisa, KY and Fort Gay, WV).

June 27, 1932, Calumet Farm recorded its first victory in a Thoroughbred race with the two-year-old Warren Jr., who won by a nose at Arlington Park.  He earned $850.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Kentucky’s 58th Governor, Brereton Chandler Jones, born in 1939.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Lexington native and horse trainer John Veitch, born in 1945.  John won the Breeders’ Cup Classic with Proud Truth in 1985.

June 27, 1951, Army 2LT Jason R. King from Fayette County and Army PFC George W. Willett from Carroll County, died in the Korean War.

June 27, 1953, Army CPL Raymond F. Ringo from Menifee County died in the Korean War.

June 27, 1959, Chief of Police William Page Mason, Ravenna Police Department, was shot and killed while attempting to make an arrest.  The suspect was also shot and killed in the incident.

June 27, 1967, Marine Corps LCPL Kenneth R. Wright from Paducah died in the Vietnam War.

June 27, 1969, Army CPL Ronnie Lawson from Siler in Whitley County died in the Vietnam War.

June 27, 1970, Army SP4 Charles D. Pedigo from Lexington died in the Vietnam War.

June 27, 1972, Muhammad Ali (37-1) fought Jerry Quarry (43-5-4) in the Las Vegas Convention Center.  Ali had little trouble in his second go-around with Quarry.  By the fifth round he was entertaining the crowd, telling the ringside media, “this is an easy way to make a living.”  In Round 6, Ali decided to try to close him out, but Quarry remained on his feet.  The fight ended early in the seventh round after Ali, seeing that Quarry had nothing left, asked the referee to stop the fight.

June 27, 1975, Louisville native Bobby Nichols (head), Jerry Heard (leg), and Lee Trevino (back) were struck by lightning and burned at the Western Open.

June 27, 1975, the Buckhorn Presbyterian Church and the Greer Gymnasium were placed on U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the only facility or entity to be on the list in Perry County.

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June 27, 1986, jockey Kent Desormeaux rode in his first race ever, finishing third aboard a $2,500 claimer named Ducknest Coal Mine, at odds of 35-1, in the second race at Evangeline Downs.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Louisville native Dominique Hawkins, born in 1994, Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball in 2013.

June 27, 1999, Police Officer Joey Tremayne Vincent, Greenville Police Department, was shot and killed after being ambushed by a suspect to whom he served a mental health warrant on a week earlier.

June 27, 2005, in McCreary County, KY v. ACLU, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the Ten Commandments could not be displayed in court buildings or on government property.  The court claimed it violated the Establishment clause of the First Amendment, which prohibits the government from endorsing or supporting one religion above others.  A Ten Commandments display at the McCreary County courthouse in Whitley City and at the Pulaski County courthouses instigated the national ruling.

June 27, 2005, a 7-year-old boy killed his mother’s boyfriend in Paducah.  He was the youngest child to be charged with murder in Kentucky in 35 years.

June 27, 2009, Rachel Alexandra, won her third Grade I of the year, the Mother Goose.  She set the record for fastest time and margin of victory, topping the legend Ruffian’s record. 

June 27, 2017, Louisville native Chris Smith made his MLB debut for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Effective June 27, 2019, the Kentucky Springseat Saddle (Minihan) was named and designated the official saddle of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

On June 27, 2019, the Kentucky hemp industry lost a true visionary and pioneer, Dr. David Williams.  Dr. Williams was an essential and influential leader in the hemp revival — from his research efforts to his role as an avid spokesperson.