THIS DAY IN HISTORY - June 1, 1792 - KENTUCKY BECAME THE 15th STATE TO BE ADMITTED TO THE UNION:
After Virginia beyond the Appalachian Mountains became known as Kentucky County. Eventually the residents of Kentucky County petitioned for separation from Virginia. Ten constitutional conventions were held in the Constitution Square Courthouse in Danville between 1784 and 1792 In 1790, Kentucky's delegates accepted Virginia's terms of separation, and a state constitution was drafted at the final convention in April 1792. On June 1, 1792, Kentucky became the 15th state to be admitted to the union. Isaac Shelby, a military veteran from Virginia, was elected the first Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.