Bud Dunn (1918–2001) was a horse trainer who specialized in training
and showing Tennessee Walking Horses. Born in 1918 on a farm in Scott
County, Kentucky, he later moved to Florence, Alabama, where he owned
and operated Bud Stables, a show horse training stable that produced
twenty World Championships. He additionally trained and rode two horses
who won the World Grand Championship at the Tennessee Walking Horse
National Celebration, a national-level horse show held annually in or
near Shelbyville, Tennessee. Dunn’s first World Grand Championship came
in 1992 with the bay stallion Dark Spirit’s Rebel, and the second in
1999 with a son of that stallion, RPM. At the time of RPM’s win, Dunn
was 81 years old, making him the oldest winning rider on record. For his
contributions, he was twice named Trainer of the Year, and was inducted
into the Tennessee Walking Horse Hall of Fame and the Lauderdale County
Sports Hall of Fame. Dunn’s son Steve also became a successful horse
trainer, winning two World Grand Championships.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
The Byzantine army proclaimed chief minister John VI
Kantakouzenos emperor, triggering a civil war between his supporters and
those of John V Palaiologos, the heir to the throne.
Twelve Korean ships commanded by Admiral Yi Sun-sin defeated a
large Japanese invasion fleet of at least 120 at the Battle of
Myeongnyang in the Myeongnyang Strait.
The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, one of the most famous
gunfights in the history of the American Old West, took place in
Tombstone, Arizona, between Ike Clanton’s gang and lawmen led by Wyatt
World War II: In one of the largest naval battles in modern
history, Allied forces defeated the Imperial Japanese Navy at the Battle
of Leyte Gulf in the seas surrounding the Philippine island of Leyte.
Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty settling relations
between the two countries and pledging that neither would allow its
territory to become a staging ground for military strikes by a third
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
1. (chiefly philosophy) An imagined superior type of human being
representing a new stage of human development; an übermensch, an
2. A person of extraordinary or seemingly superhuman powers.
3. (plural supermans) A motorcycling stunt in which the rider releases both
hands from the handlebars in mid-air.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
O, I believe fate smiled and destiny laughed as she came to my
cradle know this child will be able laughed as she came to my mother
know this child will not suffer laughed as my body she lifted know this
child will be gifted with love, with patience and with faith she’ll make
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