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July 8, 1774, two men under James Harrod’s leadership at Oldtown were killed by a Shawnee attacked when a small group was surveying the Fontainbleau Spring area. The others escaped back to the Salt River camp, three miles away.
History of Kentucky by Lewis Collins and Richard H. Collins
July 8, 1911, shortly after midnight, James Buckner, an 18-year young black man, became the first person to die by electrocution in Kentucky. The prison doctor, Dr. R. H. Moss, nearly got electrocuted as he examined Buckner before the electricity was off. Buckner stabbed to death police officer Robey at Lebanon in Marion County. Robey had gone to investigate a disturbance and arrested Buckner and another lad, Jesse Smith. The two boys turned on Robey and stabbed him 16 times. They were quickly re-arrested, taken to jail in Louisville and kept safe from a spontaneous lynching.
July 8, 1938, President F. D. Roosevelt visits Covington’s Latonia Race Track for the senate primary. It was part of the cross country speaking tour where had spoken in Ohio earlier that day. He specifically came to throw his support behind Senator Alben W. Barkley, who was battling against Happy Chandler, in the primary. Chandler showed up at the airport to greet the President and somehow managed to arrive at the track with the President and the Barkley? Happy lost but was appointed Senator the next year.
July 8, 1960, Governor Combs told the press he will soon be launching the much anticipated program to clean up and beautify Kentucky. He said the program is statewide but the emphasis will be in Eastern Kentucky, where the problem is the largest.
July 8, 1965, Kentucky State Police Trooper Delano G. Powell was shot and killed when he responded to a complaint of a man shooting a shotgun at his residence in Breathitt County. The suspect, who was hiding in an outbuilding shot Trooper Powell twice in the chest as he got out of his car. Minutes later he shot and wounded another trooper as he arrived on the scene.
In Greenville, July 8, 1965, Governor Breathitt said that strip mining problems in Western Kentucky “could be licked” with new regulatory legislation and cooperation between coal operators and the TVA. The governor toured the state, inspecting different mines.
July 8, 1967, Army SSG James L. Cotton Jr. from Oak Grove died in the Vietnam War.
July 8, 1982, describing it as “probably the most difficult and unexpected decisions” of his political career, U.S. Senator Wendell Ford announced he would not seek the Democratic nominee for Governor in 1983.
July 8, 1986, the SEC charged Ashland Oil Inc. and its former chairman with bribing a foreign official to secure crude oil. The federal government agreed to drop the charges if Ashland Inc. promised not to bribe anyone anymore; Ashland made the promise.
July 8, 1991, the 42 indictment federal trial against Breathitt County Sheriff Dean Spencer started in London. This case had more twist and turns than the average bad cop story. Spencer’s trial included killer FBI agents, bribery, undercover detectives, pay-offs and of course drugs.
July 8, 2000, General Express set a world record when he went five furlongs on the turf in :54.60 in the Decathlon Stakes at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. General Express eclipsed the mark of :54.97 set by Klassy Briefcase in a Monmouth allowance race on June 8, 1991.
July 8, 2002, William Shatner drove Revival to victory in the Fine Harness Amateur, Gentleman to Drive class, on the opening night of the 66th annual Lexington Junior League Horse Show at the Red Mile in Lexington.