TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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My 26, 1865, Albany native Champ Ferguson, a Civil War guerrilla was arrested and charged with 53 counts of murder.  Most of his fellow guerillas were granted amnesty.
The Kentucky Encyclopedia edited by John E. Kleber; pg 313

Tuesday, May 26, 1874, Culpepper wins the 2nd Preakness and wins $1,900.  Culpepper went the 1 ½ mile in 2:56.5.  The first Derby would run the following year.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Bowling Green native Duncan Hines, born in 1880.

May 26, 1883, the 11th running of the Preakness Stakes was a match race.  Jacobus won by four lengths over Parnell going the 1 ½ mile in 2:42 ½ on a good track to win $1,685.  Neither horse ran in the Derby.

May 26, 1890, Campbell County native John Griffin Carlisle became Kentucky’s 20th Grade II U.S. Senator.

Thursday, May 26, 1898, Bowling Brook wins the 32nd Belmont Stakes over three rivals, including Hamburg, going the 1 3/8 miles in 2:32 on a heavy track.  The value to the winner was $7,810.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Louisville native Charles W. Anderson Jr., born in 1907.  Charles was Kentucky’s first African American legislator and the first African American lawmaker in the South.  He attended Kentucky State College, graduated from Wilberforce University in 1927 and received a law degree from Howard University, in 1931.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Kentucky Fallsburg native and Kentucky’s 59th Governor, Paul Patton, born in 1937.

May 26, 1942, Louisville native Lionel Leo Hampton recorded the best known version, the big band version of Flying Home for the Decca label.

May 26, 1953, Army PFC Lloyd K. Miller from Casey County and Army PFC Crawford Mills from Knox County, died in the Korean War.

May 26, 1957, an Ashland girl, Claudia Blankenship, a ninth-grader on a school outing to a Cincinnati amusement park, fell off a roller coaster and suffered a fractured neck and paralysis.

May 26, 1963, Trooper William Everett Tevis, Kentucky State Police, was shot and killed while off-duty and riding with another trooper. The other trooper had just arrested a man and and his wife. The wife was able to slip the man a handgun from her purse. He then shot and killed Trooper Tevis.

May 26, 1967, Army SP4 Donald E. Mesarosh from Louisville died in the Vietnam War.

May 26, 1969, Army CPL George H. Noe from Cawood in Harlan County died in the Vietnam War.

May 26, 1970, Army SGT William E. Hawkins from Madisonville in Hopkins County died in the Vietnam War.

May 26, 1985, Louisville native Danny Sullivan wins the 69th Indianapolis 500 in one of the most dramatic moments in Indy history due to the electrifying “Spin and Win.”

May 26, 1988, the first Toyota Camry produced at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky Inc. plant in Georgetown was completed.  The car is on permanent display at the plant.

May 26, 1989, H.M. Queen Elizabeth II arrived in Lexington for her third visit to Kentucky.  Her hosts, Mr. & Mrs. William S. Farish III, the British Ambassador Anthony Acland and local dignitaries, greeted her at the Lexington airport.  The Farish’s hosted President Bush the week before Queen Elizabeth’s visit and Queen Elizabeth hosted President Bush the night before she visited Kentucky.  The visit was strictly private.  The only time the Queen ventured from the Farish’s 3,000-acre farm was to see her stallions, located around the Bluegrass.

May 26, 1992, U.S. Rep. Carroll Hubbard and his wife Carol Brown Hubbard, who had hoped to be Kentucky’s first husband-wife team in Congress, instead, lost their primary races.  In the night’s biggest surprise, Hubbard, a nine-term incumbent, lost to Tom Barlow in Western Kentucky.

May 26, 2002, while in Lexington for a deposition Wallace Wilkinson began to experience chest pains and was admitted to St. Joseph’s Hospital and soon afterwards discovered another lymphatic mass.  He died less than two months later.

May 26, 2005, environmentalists challenged the U.S. Forest Service’s plan in court to cut trees and burn ground clutter near a pristine trout stream in the Southernmost part of the Daniel Boone National Forest.  The government wanted to cut 1,619 trees, build 6.9 miles of road, burn 7,560 acres and spray 1,000 acres with herbicide.

May 26, 2012, Kentucky coal mining operators owed the federal government $29.9 million in delinquent fines, more than any other state in the nation.  The penalties make up 40% of the nearly $73.6 million that coal companies owed.  D&C Mining of Harlan owed $2.1 million at the time of the report’s release.

May 26, 2015, Yum! Brands of Louisville announces that Taco Bell will stop using some artificial flavoring and colors, and Pizza Hut will stop using flavoring and colors by 2016.

May 26, 2017, a former Pulaski preacher pleaded guilty to three counts of murder in the 2013 shooting at a Danville pawn shop.  Michael and Angela Hockensmith died by gunshot in the presence of their young son, who called the police after the shooting.  The child turned 13 years old on the day of the plea agreement.

May 26, 2020, Kentucky barber shops and beauty salons reopen in Kentucky.  Meanwhile, Governor A. Beshear announced three new deaths in three days but stating, “we are on the decline, but things are still fragile.”