TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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July 2, 1819, President James Monroe, accompanied by General Andrew Jackson, arrived in Lexington while touring the country.  During a four day stay he spoke at Transylvania, given a large banquet at Mrs. Keen’s Postlethwait’s Tavern and was entertained by Governor Isaac Shelby among other dignitaries.
Lost by Lexington, Kentucky by Peter Brackney

July 2, 1853, William F. Talbott placed an advertisement around Lexington offering to buy slaves to take to the New Orleans market.  Talbott was offering $1,200 for “No. 1 Young Men” and “$900 for No. 1 Young Women.”  His office was located on Broadway.

July 2, 1863, CSA Morgan’s Raiders entered into Kentucky and battled with the Union forces in Burkesville.

July 3, 1863, Oliver P. Rood from Frankfort, captured the Confederate States of America flag from the 21st North Carolina Infantry on the 3rd day of the Battle of Gettysburg.  For this he received the Congressional Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism.

July 2, 1874, Constable Joseph Mefford, Scott County Constable’s Office, was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a drunk man causing a disturbance at a community picnic six miles north of Stamping Ground, near the Owen County line.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Lexington native Sweet Evening Breeze, born in 1892.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Millersburg native Blanton Long Collier, born in 1906.  He attended Paris High School, and after graduating from Georgetown College, he returned to his old high school to teach and coach sports for 16 years.  After the war, Paul Brown, a Navy friend, hired Collier as an assistant coach for the Browns, a team under formation in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC).  After seven years as Brown’s top aide, a span over which the Cleveland team won five league championships, Collier took a job as head football coach at Kentucky in 1954.  His Kentucky Wildcats teams amassed a 41–36–3 win-loss-tie record over eight seasons. His coaching staff at Kentucky featured future coaching legends Chuck Knox, Howard Schnellenberger, and Don Shula.

July 2, 1921, Governor Morrow ordered the Kentucky National Guard to Sandy Hook, Elliott County to guard the court house during the trials of a number of bootlegging and moonshining cases to take place in the circuit court.

July 2, 1921, Democratic voters in Boyd County proudly nominated their candidate for the Kentucky legislature for the 89th district.  The candidate Mrs. Mary Elliott was believed to be the first woman in Kentucky to be a candidate for a state office.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Lexington native Thomas Pearce Bell, born in 1922.  Bell played football under John Heber at Henry Clay High School and A.D. Kirwan at UK.  Coach Bear Bryant encouraged Bell to officiate SEC games in 1952.  After ten years in the SEC, Bell moved to the NFL where he became one of the most celebrated and respected of NFL referees.  He led the referee crews in five NFC championship games, two AFC championship games, and two Super Bowls III and VII.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Somerset native Jack I. Gregory, born in 1931.  Jack was a former general in the United States Air Force and the former commander in chief of the Pacific Air Forces.

July 2, 1934, Deputy Sheriff Clark Smith, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a drunk man in Artemus.

July 2, 1951, Air Force 1stLT Eugene L. Ruiz from Louisville died from in the Korean War.

July 2, 1952, Army PVT Granville Johnson from Whitley County died in the Korean War.

July 2, 1952, this link shows a picture of the first class of the Appalachian School of Practical Nursing graduates at Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington.

July 2, 1967, Army CPL Frank W. Sawyer, Jr. from Louisville, Army PFC Denton R. Slack from Fordsville in Ohio County and Marine Corps PFC William L. Stevenson from Leitchfield in Grayson County, died in the Vietnam War.

July 2, 1969, Army SGT Jim Allen Wray from Coxs Creek in Nelson County died in the Vietnam War.

July 2, 1972, Air Force 1STLT John M. Cole from Williamsburg in Whitley County died in the Vietnam War.

July 2, 1976, Chuck Berry performed at the Gram Parsons Memorial Country Rock Festival at the University of Kentucky’s Memorial Coliseum.  Berry went on at 1 a.m., and after a lengthy set, he refused to leave the stage.  Promoters finally turned the power off at 2:30 a.m.

July 2, 1978, President Richard Nixon made his first formal speech since resigning from the Presidency when he attended the opening of the new Richard M. Nixon Recreation Center in Hyden.

July 2, 1989, jockey Steve Cauthen became the first rider in history to sweep the world’s four major derbies after winning the Irish Derby with Old Vic.  He had previously won the Kentucky Derby with Affirmed (1978), the Epsom Derby twice with Slip Anchor (1985), Reference Point (1987) and the French Derby with Old Vic (1989).

July 2, 1992, a white Corvette Convertible rolled off the assembly line in Bowling Green and into the history books.  It became the one-millionth Corvette to be built.

July 2, 2006, Louisville native Dan Uggla was named to the 2006 Major League Baseball All-Star Game as a reserve.  He was the first player in baseball history to be selected for the All-Star Game in the same season in which he had been a Rule 5 pick.

July 2, 2019, a Jim Beam warehouse in Woodford County went up in flames.

Kentucky Trivia:  Jim Beam is the No. 1 seller of bourbon overall by volume in the world.