TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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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, 1867, Henderson County native Lazarus W. Powell, Kentucky’s 19th Governor and a U.S. Senator died in his hometown.

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.

July 3, 1901, the Carnegie Corporation of New York gave $25,000 to Henderson for a new city library.

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July 3, 1905, Louisville native Marvin Hart aka “The Louisville Plumber” became the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion.

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, 1937, the Del Mar Turf Club opened for racing.  Bing Crosby was president and actor Pat O’Brien a club officer.

July 3, 1951, Marine Corps CAPT Calvin K. Currens from Versailles died in the Korean War.

July 3, 1952, Sheriff James B. Jasper, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two bootleggers.  He was shot twice as he approached their car.

July 3, 1952, Army CPL George Huddleston from Hopkins County died in the Korean War.

July 3, 1953, Army SFC Clifford J. Clemons from Grayson County died in the Korean War.

July 3, 1959, Vice President Richard M. Nixon arrived in Middlesboro as special guest to be part of the dedication of the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park the next day.

July 3, 1967, Army SP4 Timothy M. Flammer from Elsmere in Kenton County died in the Vietnam War. 

July 3, 1971, Army SGT Richard Sallee Jr from Hopkinsville in Christian County died in the Vietnam War.  

July 3, 1977, Seattle Slew’s nine-race winning streak came to an end in the Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park, when he finished fourth, beaten 16 lengths by J.O. Tobin.

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.  

July 3, 1994, Thunder Ridge Harness and Stock Car Track opened in Prestonsburg.

July 3, 2005, Army SPC Ryan J. Montgomery, 22, of Greensburg, died when a bomb exploded near his Humvee in Baghdad, while fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

July 3, 2019, Covington native Jared Raymond Lorenzen passed away.