TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Dr. Frederick Ridgely, born in 1757.  Frederick became one of the most celebrated of the early physicians of the West.  In 1799 he moved back to Lexington to become the 2nd faculty member of the Medical Department of Transylvania University as professor of materia medica, midwifery, and practice of physic, delivering the first medical lectures in the West.  In 1794 he built the Ridgely House, the oldest house in Gratz Park.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Anniversary to Matthew Harris Jouett and Margaret (Peggy) Henderson Allen, who wed in 1812 in Fayette County.  They met when he was a student at Transylvania, when they accidentally came upon each other as she was riding a spirited Indian pony bareback and sideways.  He was looking for turkey nests.

May 25, 1895, the 20th Preakness was won by Belmar.  He traveled 1 1/16 miles in 1:50 1/2.

Thursday, May 25, 1899, Jean Beraud wins the 33rd Belmont Stakes with a new track record for the 1 3/8 mile in 2:23.  It was the 10th Belmont held at Morris Park Racecourse in New York.  Future U.S. Racing Hall of Fame trainer Sam Hildreth gets his first of seven Belmont wins.  The value to the winner was $9,680.  The Triple Crown races ran Derby, Belmont, and Preakness in 1899.

May 25, 1900, Deputy Sheriff Felix Davidson, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained one week earlier while attempting to arrest a man.

Wednesday, May 25, 1904, Morris Park hosted their last Belmont Stakes when Mr. Keene’s homebred, Delhi, takes the 38th Belmont Stakes and wins $13,685.  The field of eight went 1 ¼ mile in 2:05 3/5.  They were at the post for four minutes before the 4:00 p.m. start.

May 25, 1910, Milton Oliver, an enemy of the Knight Riders, was shot in the left hip while standing in his front yard.  Governor Willson sent Kentucky State Guards to keep watch over Oliver’s farm and protect the surrounding neighborhood, all part of the Black Patch Tobacco War.

On May 25, 1921, three prisoners, “hardened characters” by description, stole an automobile within the walls of the Frankfort state penitentiary and sped through the gates, during a rainstorm.  They almost ran down a trusty who had opened the gate for them.  All three had been working in a shirt factory within the prison.

May 25, 1926, Deputy Sheriff Louis Casebolt, Pike County Sheriff’s Office, succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained two days earlier by a man who was attempting to free a prisoner.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Olive Hill native Tom T. Hall, born in 1936.  He has written 12 No. 1 hit songs, with 26 more that reached the Top 10, including the No. 1 international pop crossover smash “Harper Valley PTA.”

Kentucky Trivia:  The Kentucky Travelers was Tom T. Hall’s first band name.  In 1963, DJ for a Day, sung by Jimmy C. Newman, was one of Tom’s first hits.  Also known as “The Story Teller,” his smash hit, The Year Clayton Delaney Died, was a ballad about his neighbor and childhood hero, named Easterly.

May 25, 1951, Army CPL Edward Hyatt from Laurel County died in the Korean War.

May 25, 1965, Muhammad Ali (21-0) fought Sonny Liston (35-2) in St. Dominic’s Hall, Lewiston, Maine.  Because of the way the first fight ended, boxing authorities order a rematch in remote Lewiston.  Only 2,434 fans were present, the lowest attendances ever for a heavyweight title fight.  The end of the battle remains one of the most controversial in boxing history.  Halfway through the first round, Liston fell to the canvas in what many have argued was not a legitimate knockdown.  Ali did not retreat to his corner but stood over Liston, yelling at him, “Get up and fight, sucker!”  The photo that captured that moment became one of the most famous in all sports. Referee Jersey Joe Walcott, a former heavyweight champion, appeared confused, and 20 seconds passed.  By then, Liston had gotten up and resumed boxing. But Nat Fleischer, publisher of The Ring, alerted Walcott that Liston had been down more than the requisite 10 seconds, and Walcott stopped the fight, giving Ali a first-round knockout.  Some claimed that Liston had bet against himself and took a dive because he owed money to the Mafia.  Liston said years later in an interview that he feared for his safety from Nation of Islam extremists who supported Ali.

May 25, 1967, Army PFC Robert G. Staton from Salt Lick in Bath County died in the Vietnam War.

May 25, 1968, Army PFC Kelly Fields from Pikeville died in the Vietnam War.

May 25, 1970, Army CPL Harold R. Burton and Army CPL Charles R. Stevenson both from Louisville died in the Vietnam War.

May 25, 1973, the Catlett House, also known as Beechmoor Place in Catlettsburg is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Murray native Molly Simms, born in 1973.  Molly was a frequent model in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in the early 2000s, and walked the runway for the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2001.

May 25, 1983, six hundred fifty-eight moviegoers attended a midnight showing of Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi at Southpark Cinemas in Lexington.

May 25, 1999, Edward Lee Harper, Jr. was electrocuted at the Kentucky State Penitentiary (KSP) in Eddyville under Patton’s administration.

May 25, 2005, Marine SGT David N. Wimberg, 24, of Louisville, was shot and died in Iraq fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

May 25, 2010, London native Darrell Scott who has collaborated with Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, John and many others released his own album, Crooked Road.

May 25, 2013, Police Officer Jason Scott Ellis, Bardstown Police Department, was shot and killed from ambush on an exit ramp off the Bluegrass Parkway shortly before 2:50 a.m.

May 25, 2019, Clarence Michel of Garrard County received five years, eleven months, and a $20 million fine for his role in a massive tax fraud conspiracy.  His Kentucky company provided industrial staffing and also helped prepare tax returns.  His lawyer cited his contributions to churches, and other charities deserved a lesser sentence.  The judge said the two Bentleys in his garage begs to differ.