Thank You For Visiting
July 3, 1863, Mrs. Lincoln was thrown from her carriage near Mount Pleasant Hospital, hit her head and was seriously injured. Doctors from the hospital responded and returned her to the White House, where she recovered from a serious gash to her head.
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 3, 1886, the Mammoth Cave Railroad Company began their construction on a rail line from the Cave to Glasgow Junction. By November, the first passengers had paid their $2 fare and visitors were steaming to Mammoth Cave. An old Mammoth Cave estate ledger and hotel register records W.F. Richardson as the “1st Passenger on Mammoth Cave Railroad.” Indeed, The Mammoth Cave railroad would operate successfully for 50 years, under lease to the L&N Railroad.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Mayfield native Herschel Harper “Herky” Green, born in 1920. Herky was a World War II flying ace in the United States Army Air Forces. Green was the leading ace of the Fifteenth Air Force, shooting down 18 enemy aircraft and destroying 10 more on the ground.
July 3, 1982, D. Wayne Lukas-trained Landaluce, ridden by Laffit Pincay Jr., won the first of her five consecutive victories at Hollywood Park. The daughter of Seattle Slew, owned by Barry Beal and Lloyd French, died of a viral infection in November of that year, but was posthumously voted champion two-year-old filly of 1982.
July 3, 1989, Susan Sloane of Lexington, achieved a career high ranking of World #19 on the Women’s Tennis Association circuit. Susan is one of the best professional tennis players born in the Commonwealth, if not the best.