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June 28, 1792, Logan County is created from Lincoln County by Kentucky Legislators. Logan was named in honor of Benjamin Logan, Revolutionary War General. Russellville is the county seat. Other localities include: Adairville, Auburn, Lewisburg and Olmstead. Logan County today covers 557 square miles and was the 13th county created.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Elizabethtown native John Young Brown, Kentucky’s 31st Governor, born 1835. As governor, Brown signed two major pieces of legislation that progressed the women’s suffrage movement.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Hartford native James Earp, born in 1841 in Ohio County. James was lesser known older brother of Old West lawman Virgil Earp and lawman/gambler Wyatt Earp. Unlike his brothers, he was a saloon-keeper and was not present at the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
June 28, 1879, Brighton Beach Race Course opened at Brighton Beach on Coney Island, NY., by the Brighton Beach Racing Association. Headed by real estate developer William A. Engeman, the 1 mile race track was located in back of his Brighton Beach Hotel.
Saturday, June 28, 1884, Washington Park held its inaugural day of racing. Forty thousand fans packed the chicago roads leading to the new track with four-in-hands, jog carts, tallyhos, sulkies, etc. Ten gaily attired buglers sounded “Boots and Saddles” in unison before each race. The third race that day featured an event that would quickly become one of the country’s biggest, The American Derby. The American Derby rivaled the Travers Stakes as the premier event in America for three-year-olds. Both races at the time were far more prestigious than the Kentucky Derby.
June 28, 1935, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt ordered the “Treasury to Build a Gold Vault at an Army Post in Kentucky” and “Orders Rush Construction in Centre of Fort Knox in Line With Policy of Moving Mounting Bullion Stores From Coast Cities Vulnerable to Enemy Attack.” In 1936, the U.S. Treasury Department began construction of the United States Bullion Depository. The first gold shipments were from January to July 1937.
Kentucky Trivia: Guarding Fort Knox and its gold reserves are members of the United States Mint Police. Established in 1792, the Mint Police organization is one of the country’s oldest federal law enforcement agencies. During World War II, the United States government feared that Washington DC may be bombed, therefore, the original copies of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence were secretly moved to the gold vault at Fort Knox for safekeeping. In 1944, these historical documents were returned to Washington.
June 28, 1971, Muhammad Ali (29) was cleared by the Supreme Court (6-0) of the charges for refusing induction into the Army. The decision came four years after a jury in Houston sentenced him to five years and stripped him of his belt. The court ruled he was improperly drafted in the first place.
June 28, 2000, Fuchasi Pegaus, winner of the 2000 Kentucky Derby, sold for $72 million. 60% of the horse would be owned by Coolmore and 40% by Japan’s Shadai Farm. Unlike most owners, Mr. Sekiguchi gave it all up, wanting nothing of the horse’s future.
June 28, 2005, Thomas Dionysius Clark died. In 1990, when the Kentucky General Assembly honored Clark by declaring him Kentucky’s Historian Laureate for life, Governor Brereton Jones described Clark as “Kentucky’s greatest treasure.”
June 28, 2012, the Wildcats set an NBA Draft record with six players picked in the 2012 NBA Draft. Anthony Davis becomes the second UK player to be picked No. 1 overall and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist goes No. 2 overall, becoming the first teammates in NBA Draft history to go 1-2 in the same draft.