TODAY IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

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June 7, 1769, Daniel Boone sees the forests and valleys of present-day Kentucky for the first time.  Along with his company, they arrive in Estill County at Red Lick and make camp.  They named the creek Station Camp, as this was their operating headquarters for some time.  They had been on the trail some five weeks from their start in North Carolina.  For more than a century, the Kentucky Historical Society has celebrated June 7 as “Boone Day.”

June 7, 1796, James Garrard, a farmer, Baptist minister, and Democratic-Republican, became Kentucky’s second Governor.  Democratic-Republicans favored state rights and were the 2nd political party in the U.S., formed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison in opposition to America’s 1st political party, Hamilton’s Federalist Party.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Henderson County native Lucy Furman, born in 1869.

June 7, 1873, Springbok wins the 7th Belmont Stakes going the 1 5/8 mile in 3:01 ¾ on a fair track.  He beat nine others by four lengths to win $5,200.  None of the horses in the 1st Preakness ran, and the Kentucky Derby had not begun.

Tuesday, June 7, 1881, the favorite, Saunterer, wins the 15th Belmont Stakes by a neck.  The 1 ½ mile went in 2:47 to win $3,000.  Saunterer also won the Preakness but did not enter the Derby.

June 7, 1924, Mad Play wins the 56th Belmont Stakes over ten others going the one 1 3/8 mile in 2:18 4/5 on a good track to win $24,880.  Jockey Earl Sande wins his third of five Belmonts.  Mad Play finished third in the Preakness and tenth in the Derby.

June 7, 1924, the Jefferson Davis Memorial in Fairview, opened their doors to tourists.  Fairview is a small census-designated place on the boundary between Christian and Todd Counties in the Western Kentucky.

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Picture by B. Badgett

Kentucky Trivia:  The J.D. Memorial standing at 355 feet tall is the highest poured in place concrete obelisk in the world and is the fourth tallest monument in the U.S.

June 7, 1930, Gallant Fox wins the 62nd Belmont over four others to win the 2nd Triple Crown.  The rainy weather made for a good track and the 1 ½ mile went in 2:31 3/5 to win $66,040.  Owner: Belair Stud, Trainer: James Edward Fitzsimmons, Jockey: Earle Sande.  The Preakness ran before the Derby in 1930.

June 7, 1951, Army CPL James C. Caudill from Knox County died in the Korean War.

June 7, 1952, Army PVT Willie K. Wright from Clinton County died in the Korean War.

June 7, 1959, the commencement speaker told 543 graduating students from the University of Louisville that the world does not realize how close to extinction it may be, as they sat in 88-degree temperatures in a 2 ½ hour ceremony.

June 7, 1966, Army PVT Robert L. Emerson from Mayfield in Graves County died in the Vietnam War.

June 7, 1967, Marine Corps Buckner Crump, Jr. from Cadiz in Trigg County died in the Vietnam War.

June 7, 1969, Marine Corps LCPL Ronnie L. Clayburn from Franklin in Simpson County, Army SP4 Anthony Duty from Neon in Letcher County, Marine Corps CPL Dale E. Griffith from Tollesboro in Lewis County and Marine Corps LCPL John T. Paulin from Owensboro, all died in the Vietnam War.

June 7, 1972, Governor Wendell Ford’s Special Session began in Frankfort.  The legislators were to debate redistricting and a constitutional amendment for equal rights for women.

June 7, 1973, Henry Clay baseball coach Walter Hill was carried off the field on the shoulders of his players after they won the State High School Baseball championship, 5-4, over St. Xavier at the University of Kentucky’s Shively Field.

June 7, 1980, the 112th running of the Belmont Stakes ran on the “Big Sandy” dirt track.

June 7, 1995, Governor Paul Patton backed a law mandating a daily moment of silence in Kentucky’s public schools instead of his her stance of a school prayer.  His reason being that prayer was to controversial win legislative approval.

June 7, 2000, a federal judge ruled that Microsoft Corporation should be split into two separate companies to remedy antitrust violations and foster competition in the computer industry.  Bill Gates implied the fight had just begun.

June 7, 2008, Big Brown’s attempt to win the Triple Crown failed when he finished last in the 140th Belmont Stakes.

June 7, 2009, K9 Shiloh of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources drowned in Lake Cumberland while his handler investigated a boating accident involving a houseboat at the Jamestown Marina on Lake Cumberland.  Shiloh was recovered a week later by the Jamestown Fire Department Water Rescue Unit.

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June 7, 2011, two Iraqi citizens, living in Bowling Green, were indicted on terrorism charges.  This was the first time defendants from Iraq were ever charged for such violations in the U.S. despite nearly 1,000 terrorism prosecutions since September 11, 2001.

June 7, 2014, Tonalist wins the 146th Belmont Stakes by a head over Commissioner.  California Chrome’s attempt to win the Triple Crown failed when he finished fourth.  Christopher Clement conditioned the Kentucky bred, by Tapit, for the $1.5 million purse.

June 7, 2015, the 62nd annual WHAS Crusade for children raised $5,674,721 for children with special needs, exceeding last year’s total by $37,041.

June 7, 2016, Louisville’s mayor and a Muhammad Ali family spokesperson addressed the press and announced the that the world would be coming to Louisville to pay their last respects to “The Greatest.”  The press conference addressed plans and event details to honor the Kentucky native.

June 7, 2020, small towns such as Morehead, Corbin, Richmond and other towns held Black Lives Matter rallies to show their support for racial justice.