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June in Kentucky History

1 June –

1785 – Williamsburg, VA. Patrick Henry signs patent granting Isaac Shelby land at Falls of the Ohio. [Renau, p. 45]

1800 – Kentucky. Floyd County, created 13 December 1799, comes into being. [KE, p. 330-1]

1813 – Nelson County, KY. Catherine Spalding elected mother superior of the six-member group which will become the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. [KE, p. 824]

1815 – Louisville, KY. Work begins on Farmington, home of Joshua and Lucy Fry Speed. [Renau, p. ix]

1848 – Louisville, KY. Mayor William Rannell Vance conveys a tract of land on Cave Hill Farm, now owned by the city, to Cave Hill Cemetery Company. He will later be buried in this cemetery. [EL, p. 909]

1864 – Pound Gap, Letcher County, KY. John Hunt Morgan routes Union troops. [KE, p. 546-7]

1864 – Stanton, KY. Confederates ransack the town and burn the jail. The Powell County courthouse had already been burned in spring 1863, by Confederate guerillas. [KE, p. 848]

1910 – Frankfort, KY. New capitol building dedicated. [KE, p. 160-2]

1929 – Liberty, KY. Town first receives continuous electrical service. [KE, p. 553]

Births –

1825 – Huntsville, Alabama. John Hunt Morgan born. In 1831 the family will move to Lexington, KY. (See 4 September 1864.) [KE, p. 650-1]

1831 – Owingsville, KY. John Bell Hood born. (See 17 July 1864; 31 August 1879.) [KE, p. 438-9]

1838 – Louisville, KY. Charles Donald Jacob born. He will be one of Louisville’s most popular mayors, elected four times to the post. The first term, elected 1872 at age 32, he will also be the youngest person ever elected mayor. In 1889, he will purchase 313 acres known as Burnt Knob, which will subsequently become Jacob’s Park, which will subsequently become Iroquois Park. (See 1 July 1898; 25 December 1898.) [EL, p. 429-30]

1852 – Scottsville, KY. Gross Alexander born. He will be a noted theologian and author, a member of the commission that prepared the 1911 Authorized Version of the English Bible. [KE, p. 11]

1920 – Louisville, KY. Frank Welsh Burke born. He will be mayor 1969-73. [EL, p. 146]

Deaths –

1979 – Adair County, KY. Janice Holt Giles dies. She is buried in Caldwell Chapel Cemetery. (See 28 March 1905 entry.) [KE, p. 374]

2 June –

1863 – Jamestown, KY. A skirmish fought. [KE, p. 463]

Deaths –

1961 – Lexington, KY. Linda Neville dies. She is buried in Lexington Cemetery. (See 23 April 1873.) [KE, p. 677]

3 June –

1845 – Lexington, KY. Cassius M. Clay publishes the first edition of the True Americannewspaper. Other papers had stopped printing his anti-slavery pieces. [KE, p. 902]

1986 – Louisville, KY. KFC dedicates in Colonel Sanders Technical Center. The cornerstone contains test tubes of the Colonel’s secret blend of 11 herbs and spices, encase in acrylic. They are truly the foundation of the company. [EL, p. 482]

Births –

1808 – Davisburg (now Fairview), KY. Jefferson Davis born. [KE, p. 256]

Deaths –

1959 – Louisville, KY. Benjamin Franklin Ewing dies. He had been Jefferson County judge in the 1930s. He is buried in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery. [EL, p. 277-8]

4 June –

1792 – KY. Kentucky becomes the 15thstate, with 41-year-old Isaac Shelby sworn in as governor. Kentucky is the last state to have both a star and a stripe in the flag of the United States. [Renau, p. 46]

Births –

1884 – Louisville, KY. Fontaine Talbot Fox Jr. born. From 1915 to 1955 he will draw the comic strip, “The Toonerville Trolley that Meets All the Trains.” It is based on the Brook Street trolley which ran past his alma mater, Male High School. [KE, p. 350-1]

5 June –

1812 – Kentucky. John Allen commissioned a colonel in the 1stRifle Regiment of the Kentucky militia, the first military unit raised in Kentucky to fight in the War of 1812. (See also 30 December 1771, and 22 January 1813 entries.) [KE, p. 15]

1980 – Hindman, KY. Weekly newspaper Troublesome Creek Timesfounded. [KE, p. 901]

Births –

1930 – Clinton OK. Robert J. Shepherd born. In 1984 he will become professor of plant pathology at the University of Kentucky’s Tobacco and Health Institute. Elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1988, he will be the first member from Kentucky. [KE, p. 817]

Deaths –

1916 – Chicago, IL. Mildred J. Smith dies. She is buried in Louisville’s Cave Hill Cemetery. (See 27 March 1868; 27 Jun 1859; 25 May 1946.) [KE, p. 431]

1932 – Louisville, KY. J.M. Atherton dies. Businessman and civic leader (see 1 April 1841). [EL, p. 52]

6 June –

1776 – Harrodsburg, KY. Those attending a meeting elect George Rogers Clark and John Gabriel Jones as delegates from the western part of Fincastle County to petition the legislature of Virginia to make the area known as Kentucky a separate county. [KE, p. 495]

1829 – Shippingport (now Louisville), KY. Joseph L. Detiste opens Elm Tree Pavilion. As Elm Tree Garden it will be Louisville’s first amusement park, and will operate until the flood of 1832. Re-opening, it will survive until 1873. [EL, p. 270-1]

1853 – Louisville, KY. A.L. Shotwelldeclared the winner of race with Eclipse. Wagers were still not paid; no re-match was set; supporters of each boat remained unconvinced by the outcome. (See also 14 May 1853; 17 May 1853.) [EL, p. 262]

1908 – Louisville, KY. Louisville and Interurban Railroad Company establishes service to Fern Creek, KY. [EL, p. 418-20]

1945 – President Harry S. Truman commutes death sentence of Thomas Robinson Jr hours before his scheduled execution. He will die in August 1994; his victim Alice Speed Stoll surviving him. (See 10 October 1934; 16 October 1934.) [EL, p. 853]

Deaths –

1799 – Hanover County, VA. Patrick Henry dies. (See 29 May 1736.) [KE, p. 425]

1867 – Guerrytown, GA. Theodore O’Hara dies. He is buried at Columbus, GA. (See 11 February 1820; 15 September 1874.) [KE, p. 689]

7 June –

1817 – Louisville, KY. Richard Clough Anderson, Jr. notes in his diary: “The trial of [Armistead] Churchill for murdering J Frederick came on at Shepherdsville this week. The jury was divided on a case of the vilest murder I ever knew. The Court adjourned & left the Jury locked up who soon broke the door & went out.” [Lynn p. 110]

1862 – Atlanta, GA. James J. Andrews hanged. Arriving in Flemingsburg, KY, in the spring of 1859, Andrews was unable to find work as a teacher. However, he worked as a housepainter, and became engaged to Elizabeth Layton. With the Civil War, he enlisted in the Union Home Guard and eventually became a spy. In April 1862, his Andrews’ Raiders stole a Confederate locomotive which lead to a locomotive chase across northern Georgia. His execution takes place ten days before his planned wedding date. [KE, p. 325]

Births –

1812 – near Manchester, KY. Theophilus Toulmin Garrard born. He will be active in operating the Goose Creek salt works in Clay County; will serve in the state legislature; the Mexican War; and the Civil War, at Perryville, KY, and Vicksburg, MS. (See 21 October 1861, battle of Camp Wildcat.) [KE, p. 364]

8 June –

1819 – Louisville, KY. Anthony Philip Heinrich presents the city’s first concert at Samuel Drake’s Louisville Theatre. A violinist and composer, Heinrich is a guest of Judge John Speed at Farmington. In 1817, he had presented a concert in Lexington which included Beethoven’s first symphony. This was the first performance of a Beethoven symphony in the United States. He will later say that it was at Farmington “where I first drew in my musical inspiration.” [EL, p. 380] The “inspiration” had to be drawn in between giving music lessons to the eleven Speed children.

1830 – Maysville, KY. Maysville Eaglereports on efforts to secure federal funding for Maysville Road. The bill will pass Congress to be vetoed by President Andrew Jackson. [KE, p. 622]

Births –

1788 – near Springfield, KY. Charles Anderson Wickliffe born. He will be governor 1839-40. (See 31 October 1869.) [KE, p. 950-1]

Deaths –

1911 – Lebanon, KY. J. Proctor Knott dies. He is buried in Lebanon. (See 29 August 1830.) [KE, p. 522]

9 June –

1821 – Lexington, KY. Dr. Benjamin Winslow Dudley and Anna Maria Short marry. [KE, p. 271-2]

1911 – Leavenworth, KS. Carry Amelia Nation dies. She is buried in a family cemetery in Belton, MO. (See 25 November 1846.) [KE, p. 669-70]

1931 – Barry Bingham and Mary Caperton are married. [EL, p. ]

1945 – Louisville, KY. Obeying the 1945 government ban on racing, Matt Winn has taken Derby nominations, but the race is delayed until today – one month after V-E Day. The winner is Hoop Jr. [EL, p. 467-70]

Births –

1840 – Louisville, KY. Jennie Casseday born. An 1861 carriage accident will leave her an invalid and she will devote her life to philanthropy. She will organize help for indigent women throughout the community. Her birthday becomes Flower Mission Prison Day, after the Jennie Casseday Flower Mission begins to distribute flowers and scripture passages to prisons all across the country, and eventually far into the world. [EL, p. 163]

Deaths –

1916 – Pensacola, FA. Richard Caswell Saufley, crashes while attempting to set yet another record. He already holds several for altitude and endurance. He is buried in Buffalo Spring Cemetery, Lincoln County. Saufley Field at Pensacola Naval Air Station is named in his honor. (See 1 September 1885.) [KE, p. 797]

10 June –

1842 – Marion, KY. First session of court begins in Crittenden County’s first courthouse. Previous meetings were held in the home of Samuel Ashley. [KE, p. 608]

1864 – Frankfort, KY. John Hunt Morgan’s Confederate cavalry attacks. [KE, p. 352-4]

1904 – Frankfort, KY. Frank M. Andrews elected architect for new capitol building. [KE, p. 160-2]

Births –

1918 – Benton, KY. Joe Cross Creason born. He will become one of the foremost newspaper writers of the twentieth century. [KE, p. 239]

11 June –

1863 – Alexandria, TN. Hunt Morgan, and 2,460 troops, depart on “Morgan’s Raid,” to relieve pressure on Braxton Bragg’s army of east Tennessee. P. 171

1864 – Frankfort, KY. John Hunt Morgan’s forces repelled. [KE, p. 352-4]

1864 – Cynthiana, KY. Second Battle of Cynthiana. [KE, p. 169]

1940 – Washington, DC. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signs a law creating Cumberland Gap National Park. [KE, p. 247]

Deaths –

1941 – near Suffern, NY. Daniel Carter Beard dies. (See 21 June 1950 entry.) [KE, p. 61]

1968 – Louisville, KY. Archbishop John Floersh dies. He is buried in Calvary Cemetery. (See 6 October 1886.) [EL, p. 296]

12 June –

1864 – Cynthiana, KY. James Rudy Herr is with Hunt Morgan on the second raid at Cynthiana. [Renau, p. 179]

1948 – Elmont, NY. Eddie Arcaro becomes the only jockey in history to win the Triple Crown twice. He won it in 1941 aboard Whirlaway. He amasses five Derby wins, sharing this distinction only with Bill Hartack. 

Births –

1809 – Louisville, KY. Victor Gifford Audubon, first child of John James and Lucy (Bakewell) Audubon, born at the Indian Queen Hotel. [EL, p. 53]

1906 – Columbia, TN. Lyman Tefft Johnson born. An educator settling in Louisville, he will become a national civil rights leader. (See 3 October 1997.) [KE, p. 474-5]

Deaths –

1938 – Louisville, KY. Theodore Ahrens Jr. dies, having established the trade school which bore his name. [EL, p. 19]

13 June –

1907 – Jeffersontown, KY. First edition of weekly all-county newspaper, the Jeffersonian, printed. [EL, p. 441-2]

Births –

1784 – Bristol, RI. Benjamin Bosworth Smith born. He will be the first Episcopal bishop of Kentucky. (See 31 October 1832; 31 May 1884.) [KE, p. 829]

Deaths –

1934 – Enid Yandell dies. She is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery. (See 6 October 1869.) [KE, p. 971]

14 June –

1864 – Maysville, KY. Confederate cavalry occupies town. [KE, p. 621-2]

1963 – Washington DC. President John F. Kennedy announces that the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will develop the area between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley as a demonstration in resource development. This will be Land Between the Lakes, national recreation and environmental education area. (See 28 January 1964.) [KE, p. 534]

Deaths –

1914 – Chicago, IL. Adlai Stevenson dies. He is buried in Bloomington Cemetery. (See 23 October 1835.) [KE, p. 854]

1960 – Shelbyville, KY. Charles W. Anderson Jr. dies in a car-train accident. (See 26 May 1907 entry.) [KE, p. 20]

15 June –

1749 – Quebec, Canada. Governor-General Roland-Michel Barrin de la Balissoniere dispatches 213 troops, under Major Pierre-Joseph Celeron de Blainville. They will travel down the Ohio River to the Great Miami, burying lead plates along the way proclaiming France’s claim to the land and water. (See 10 November 1749 entry.) [KE, p. 358-9]

1970 - Mulloy v. United StatesSupreme Court hands down a landmark decision; declares that Draft Board 47 (Louisville, KY) wrongly denied Joe Mulloy a hearing on his plea for conscientious objector status. [EL, p. 636]

Births –

1789 – Charles County, MD. Josiah Henson born. In 1825, he will lead eighteen other enslaved people to Amos Riley’s farm, in Daviess County, KY. Despite loyal service, he narrowly avoided being sold; which prompted him to escape with his wife and four children to Canada. Some say that he is the inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom.” (See 5 May 1883.) [KE, p. 426]

1906 – Cuba, AL. Boman L. Shamburger born. He will be Jefferson County judge 2 January 1950 – 31 December 1953. (See 8 March 1975.) [EL, p. 806]

1949 – Lexington, KY. James Varney born. He will become famous as his comic character “Ernest.” (See 10 February 2000.) 

Deaths –

1935 – Frankfort, KY. Former governor Edwin Porch Morrow dies. He is buried in Frankfort Cemetery. (See 28 November 1877.) [KE, p. 654-5]

1991 – Versailles, KY. A.B. “Happy” Chandler dies. (See also 14 July 1898 and 1 November 1945 entries.) [KE, p. 179]

16 June –

1779 – Williamsburg, VA. Henry Hamilton, and fellow captives, arrive from Vincennes, IN, and are put in goal.

1792 – Fern Creek, KY. Cedar Creek Baptist Church, a conservative Southern Baptist fellowship, established. [EL, p. 167-8]

Births –

1914 – Louisville, KY. Preservationist Helen Abell born. [EL, p. 1]

17 June –

1796 – Louisville, KY. Records of tax collector show Herr family in Jefferson County, KY. [Renau, p.89]

1835 – Louisville, KY. Jefferson Davis and Sarah Knox Taylor, daughter of Zachary Taylor, marry. [KE, p. 256]

1865 – Culloden, GA. Private John Davis, of Carroll County, KY, earns the Congressional Medal of Honor. [KE, p. 222-224]

1865 – Culloden, GA. Private Aaron R. Hudson, of Madison County, KY, earns the Congressional Medal of Honor. [KE, p. 222-224]

1871 – London, England. Martin Van Buren Bates, 7’ 11 ” tall, marries Anna Hanen Swan, the “Giantess of Nova Scotia.” [KE, p. 59]

1946 – The Pacific. The U.S.S. Louisville, the “Lady Lou,” is decommissioned and placed in reserve. (See 1 September 1930; 15 January 1931; 7 December 1941; 25 October 1944; 14 September 1959; 8 November 1986.) [KE, p. 578]

Births –

1820 – Skillman Bottoms, Hancock County, KY. John W. Cannon born. He will be captain of the legendary Robert E. Leein her victory over the Natchez. [KE, p. 160]

1910 – near Berea, KY. Clyde Julian “Red” Foley born. His “Peace in the Valley” will be the first gospel record to sell a million copies; his “Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy” will be the first country record to reach No. 1 on the pop charts. His daughter Shirley will marry singer Pat Boone. [KE, p. 332]

1914 – Jackson County, KY. David “Stringbean” Akeman born. He will become a well-known comedian at the Grand Ole Opry and the television program “Hee-Haw.” [KE, p. 10]

18 June –

1781 – Severn’s Valley, Meade County, KY. First Baptist church meeting. [KE, p. 622-3]

1861 – Lexington, KY. Basil W. Duke and Henrietta Hunt Morgan marry. [KE, p. 273]

1973 – Douglass Hills, KY. The subdivision incorporated as a sixth-class city. [KE, p., 270]

Deaths –

1836 – near Paint Lick, KY. Thomas Kennedy dies. He is buried in the Paint Lick Cemetery. Local legend holds that the family was warned not to place a marker on his grave. Three headstones placed there have been struck by lightning. (See 11 September 1757.) [KE, p. 487]

1874 – Shelbyville, KY. Lucy Bakewell Audubon dies. [EL, p. 53]

18-19 June –

1910 – Louisville, KY. In the first demonstration of an airplane in Louisville, world famous aviator Glenn Curtiss is featured in an exhibition sponsored by The Louisville Times, and held at Churchill Downs. [EL p. 8] 

19 June –

1831 – Louisville, KY. Joseph Smith Jr., and other leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, pass through the city on their way to the Midwest. There is no record of services being conducted, or any missionary work undertaken. [EL, p. 184] 

1912 – Hartford, KY. Hartford High School building, which began as Hartford College (see 6 September 1880), destroyed by fire. It will be rebuilt in 1913. [KE, p. 416-7]

1919 – New York, NY. Belmont Park. Man O’ War wins his first race. (See 29 March 1917; 13 August 1919; 12 October 1920; 1 November 1947.)  [KE, p. 607-8]

Deaths –

1833 – near Danville, KY. Susannah Hart Shelby dies and is buried at Travelers Rest. (See 18 February 1764; 19 April 1783.) [KE, p. 816]

1880 – Louisville, KY. Gideon Shryock dies. He is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery. (See 15 November 1802.) [KE, p. 820-1]

1990 – Louisville, KY. Former mayor Charles P. Farnsley dies. He is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery. (See 28 March 1907 entry.) [KE, p. 309]

20 June –

1967 – Houston, TX. Muhammad Ali is found guilty of resisting the draft and sentenced to five years in prison and a ten-thousand-dollar fine. [EL, p. 23]

1984 – Somerset, KY. Brent Woods’ body is moved to Mill Springs Cemetery near Nancy, KY. (See 19 August 1881; 21 July 1894; 31 March 1906; 28 October 1984.) [KE, p. 222-224] [KE, p. 967]

Births –

1832 – Elkton, KY. Benjamin Helm Bristow born. In 1870, with a strong record of civil rights work, he will become the first solicitor general of the United States. Two years later, as secretary of the treasury, he will expose the Whiskey Ring, a scheme which defrauded the United States government of more than $300 million. [EL, p. 125-6] 

1904 – Louisville, KY. William Burke “Skeets” Miller born. (See 31 January 1925; 2 February 1925; 4 February 1925; 16 February 1925; 29 December 1983.) [EL, p. 622]

21 June –

1752 – Pickawillany, on the upper Great Miami River. Charles-Michel Langlade’s Indian irregulars destroy the English-Indian trading center. [KE, p. 358-9]

1780 – Louisville, KY. The Isaac Shelby land, presently in Windy Hills, belongs to all four of the Hancock Taylor heirs. [Renau, p. 50]

1899 – Louisville, KY. The Music Hall Convention convenes. This Democratic gathering is to nominate the gubernatorial candidate. The contenders are P. Wat Hardin, the favorite, and William J. Stone and William Goebel, who have made a pact to oust Hardin and gain the nomination for one of themselves. The first ballot creates a deadlock, throwing the decision to the committee on credentials. Outsiders enter the building to create disturbances; convention chairman requests police officers to maintain order. This is not an auspicious beginning. (See 23 June 1899; 24 June 1899; 26 June 1899; 27 June 1899.) [KE, p. 666-7]

1909 – Fort Mitchell, KY. City incorporated. [KE, p. 346-7]

Births –

1808 – Malmsheim, Wurtemberg, Germany. Philip Tomppert born. He will be mayor of Louisville 1 April 1865. (See 28 December 1865; 2 January 1866; 14 February 1867; 29 October 1873.) [EL, p. 887]

1850 – Cincinnati, OH. Daniel Carter Beard born; he will be raised in Kentucky. He will co-found the Boy Scouts of America, designing and creating the Scout hat, shirt, neckerchief, and many of the badges. [KE, p. 61]

Deaths –

1940 – John Taliaferro Thompson dies. He is buried at West Point. (See 31 December 1860.) [KE, p. 881]

22 June –

1886 – Louisville, KY. The vehicle traffic lanes of the K&I Bridge open. (See 1 April 1880; 16 October 1886; 1 January 1982). [EL, p. 460-1]

1887 – Morehead, KY. More than 1,500 shots are fired in the final all-out battle of the Martin-Tolliver Feud, also known as the Rowan County War. This four year vendetta claimed 20 dead and 16 wounded; the bloodiest of all Kentucky feuds. [KE, p. 784-6]

23 June –

1792 – Kentucky. Shelby County formed from Jefferson County. It is named in honor of Isaac Shelby. Seat is Shelbyville. [KE, p. 816]

1874 – Martin County, KY. The town of Arminta Ward’s Bottom, which was renamed Eden, a name already given to another Kentucky community, is named Inez, possibly in honor of the daughter of Leo Frank, the postmaster of Louisa, KY. [KE, p. 452]

1899 – Louisville, KY. Music Hall Convention. The committee on credentials report all but eliminates favorite P. Wat Hardin and divides between William J. Stone and William Goebel. (See 21 June 1899; 24 June 1899; 26 June 1899; 27 June 1899.) [KE, p. 666-7]

1927 – Louisville, KY. Ford Motor Company plant at 1400 South Western Parkway produces its last Model T. [KE, p. 342]

Births –

1876 – Paducah, KY. Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb born. [KE, p. 211-2]

Deaths –

1983 – Louisville, KY. Dorothy Clark dies. She is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery. (See 19 November 1895; 14 September 1899; 4 September 1973.) [KE, p. 599-600]

24 June –

1778 – Falls of the Ohio. George Rogers Clark, with fewer than 200 militiamen, shoots the Falls during a full solar eclipse. They are setting out to win the Northwest Territory for Virginia. [KE, p. 195-6]

1778 – Fort Massac, KY. George Rogers Clark and his men arrive at Fort Massac. [KE, p. 346]

1801 – Pulaski County, KY. County commissioners decide that the seat be named Somerset and be located on land donated for the purpose. [KE, p. 747-8]

1861 – Louisville, KY. The surveyor of the port orders that anyone wishing to do business with the South must obtain a permit from his office. [EL, p. 193-5]

1899 – Louisville, KY. Music Hall Convention. Favorite Hardin momentarily drops out of race, William Stone nominated. William Goebel was also nominated and the pact between them evaporated. Stone pulled ahead until Hardin supporters began to back Goebel in revenge for Hardin’s drubbing by the two conspirators. By evening, the convention is deadlocked. (See 21 June 1899; 23 June 1899; 26 June 1899; 27 June 1899.) [KE, p. 666-7]

1932 – Harrodsburg, KY. The 38thTank Company organized. They are a National Guard unit and will serve as security forces during coal strikes, at Frankfort and Louisville during the 1937 flood, and at the Kentucky Derby. (See 20 November 1940; 27 October 1941; 8 December 1941.) [KE, p. 415]

1946 – Washington, DC. President Harry Truman appoints Frederick Moore Vinson chief justice of the United States Supreme Court. (See 22 January 1890; 8 September 1953.) [KE, p. 921]

25 June –

1850 – Lexington, KY. Lexington Cemetery, chartered in 1848, dedicated. [KE, p. 551-2]

1876 – Little Big Horn, MT. Saddler Otto Voit, of Louisville, KY, earns the Congressional Medal of Honor. [KE, p. 222-224]

1918 – Washington, DC. Congress allocates $1.6 to purchase 40,000 acres for Camp Knox, near Radcliffe, KY. [KE, p, 345-6]

1929 – Falls of the Ohio. A new Big Four Railroad Bridge is opened. [EL, p. 89]

Births –

1887 – Louisville, KY. Bruce Hoblitzell Sr. born. He will be mayor 1 December 1967 – 1 December 1961, having already served as Jefferson County sheriff. During his term as mayor, he will be known for not spending money. He will transfer programs from city to state, but will devote funds for street lamps, street paving, renovating substandard housing and acquiring park lands. [EL, p. 393] 

Deaths -

1830 – Danville, KY. Dr. Ephaim McDowell dies. (See 11 November 1771; 29 December 1802; 25 December 1809.) [KE, p. 595-6]

1887 – Louisville, KY. James Speed dies. He is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery. (See 11 March 1812.) [KE, p. 840-1]

25-26 June –

1876 – Little Big Horn, MT. Private William M. Harris, of Madison County, KY, earns the Congressional Medal of Honor. [KE, p. 222-224]

1876 – Little Big Horn, MT. Private Georg D. Scott, of Lancaster, KY, earns the Congressional Medal of Honor. [KE, p. 222-224]

1876 – Little Big Horn, MT. Private Thomas W. Stevens, of Madison County, KY, earns the Congressional Medal of Honor. [KE, p. 222-224]

26 June –

1864 – Weldon RR, VA. Corporal Oliver Hughes, of Clinton County, KY, earns the Congressional Medal of Honor. [KE, p. 222-224]

1899 – Louisville, KY. Music Hall Convention. Monday – Hall filled with police to maintain order. Another faction requested their removal as being intimidating. The entire convention then degenerated into a day of screaming, yelling, standing on chairs, blowing horns and singing to disrupt proceedings. The L&N Railroad was accused of bankrolling and organizing the fracas. (See 21 June 1899; 23 June 1899; 24 June 1899; 27 June 1899.) [KE, p. 666-7]

27 June –

1882 – Frenchburg, KY. Beaver Creek floods the town. At least three buildings are swept away; six people are killed. [KE, p. 358]

1899 – Louisville, KY. Music Hall Convention. Calm prevails through 24 ballots. Thanks to his machinations, Goebel is now ahead by three votes. The next ballot includes a resolution to drop the third place candidate, William Stone. Finally, Goebel garners Union County’s sixteen votes, eclipsing P. Wat Hardin. William Goebel will be the Democratic nominee. (See 21 June 1899; 23 June 1899; 24 June 1899; 26 June 1899.) [KE, p. 666-7]

1954 – Louisville, KY. An explosion detonates just after midnight in the home of African American Andrew Wade IV. The home had been purchased by dedicated desegregationists Carl and Anne Braden, then turned over to the Wade family. It is the beginning of breaking Jim Crow. [EL, p. 916]

Births –

1859 – Anchorage, KY. Mildred J. Hill born. She and her sister Patty J. Hill will be early leaders of the kindergarten movement. Their most famous legacy, however, will be the song Happy Birthday to You. (See 27 March 1868; 5 June 1916; 25 May 1946.) [KE, p. 431]

28 June –

1792 – Frankfort, KY. General Assembly provides for the establishment of county courts, courts of quarter sessions, and court of oyer and terminer. [KE, p. 233]

1804 – Bourbon County, KY. After a camp meeting as part of the Great Awakening, Barton Warren Stone, and several other Presbyterians break away to form the Christian Church, or the Disciples of Christ. [EL, p. 180]

1812 – Washington City. Congress declares war on Great Britain. [Renau, p. 50]

1970 – Washington D.C. United States Supreme Court reverses Muhammad Ali’s draft resister conviction. Ali’s boxing license restored by New York Athletic Committee. [EL, p. 23]

Births –

1928 – Louisville, KY. Frank Elia Haddad Jr. born. He will be one of the most successful attorneys in the commonwealth, representing corrupt politicians, fellow lawyers, rock stars, and accused killers, as well as lesser lights hapless enough to require a trial lawyer. (See 7 April 1995.) [EL, p. 364]

29 June –

Births –

1830 – Hohenzollern, Prussia. Meyer Weil born. He will be mayor of Paducah, KY, 1871-81, and is credited with restoring fiscal stability in the wake of the Civil War. (See 13 April 1891.) [KE, p. 940]

1880 – Hendricks County, IN. Harry E. Tincher born. He will be Jefferson County (KY) judge 1 January 1922 – 31 December 1925. (See 16 October 1952.) [EL, p. 883]

1900 – Bowling Green, KY. Rodes Kirby Myers born. In 1941, while Governor Keen Johnson spends two days attending inauguration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, acting governor (Lt. Governor) Myers will pardon two men and commute the sentences of two others convicted for participating in the 1931 Battle of Evarts. (See 10 March 1960.) [KE, p. 668]

1934 – St. Louis, MO. Carol Jean Sutton born. She will be named managing editor of the Courier-Journal, in 1974, the first woman to achieve such a position at a major United States metropolitan newspaper. (See 19 February 1985.) [EL, p. 863-4]

Deaths –

1852 – Lexington, KY. Henry Clay dies. He is buried in the Lexington Cemetery. [KE, p. 200-2]

1941 – Lexington, KY. Laura Clay dies. She is buried in the Lexington Cemetery. [KE, p. 202-3]

2002 – Rosemary Clooney dies. She is buried in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Maysville, KY. (See 23 May 1928.) 

30 June –

1780 – Virginia General Assembly enacts a law creating Fayette, named in honor of General La Fayette [KE, p. 310-1], Jefferson, named for Thomas Jefferson, then Virginia governor [KE, p. 464-7] and Lincoln, named in honor of General Benjamin Lincoln, a Revolutionary War soldier held prisoner by the British at the time, counties out of the Kentucky County. The law will become effective 1 November 1780. [KE, p. 557-8]

1907 – Kentucky Court of Appeals declares all city and county of officials of Louisville and Jefferson County not elected, because of voting fraud in 1905 elections. Walter Pierce Lincoln is appointed Jefferson County judge until an election can be held 14 November 1907. (See 17 December 1957; 1 February 1939.) [EL, p. 517]

1941 – New York, NY. John Simms “Shipwreck” Kelly and Brenda Diana Duff Frazier marry. (See 10 July 1910; 17 August 1986.) [KE, p. 485]

1944 – Louisville, KY. Henry Pilcher’s Sons closes. The family had been making pipe organs for 122 years, first in England, then Chicago, USA, then Louisville. They built approximately 2,000 instruments for churches all across the country. Their largest pipe organ is in Louisville Memorial Auditorium; 5,288 pipe Pilcher Opus 1454, constructed and installed in 1929. [EL, p. 704-5]

1975 –Elizabethtown, KY. Tolls removed from Kentucky Turnpike. [EL, p. 480-1]

1966 – Republic of Vietnam. Sergeant Donald Russell Long, of Ashland, KY, earns the Congressional Medal of Honor. [KE, p. 222-224]

1989 – Louisville, KY. The steamboat Belle of Louisvilleis named a national historic landmark. [KE, p. 69]

Births –

1841 – Lexington, KY. John Breckinridge Castleman born. A gallant officer in the Confederacy, he will be captured at Sullivan, IN, October 1864, and held in solitary confinement for nine months, in the Indianapolis, IN, federal prison. (See also 23 May 1918 entry.) [EL, p. 163-4]

1841 – Castleton Farm, Lexington, KY. John Breckinridge Castleman born. He will be one of John Hunt Morgan’s Raiders; reprieved from execution by Abraham Lincoln; serve in the American Army in the Spanish American War; will be military governor of Puerto Rico; found the Louisville Park Department and help to found the American Saddlebred Horse Association. [KE, p. 169]

1861 – Louisville, KY. Matt Winn born. [KE, p. 961]

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