Kala Dunn

Operations Assistant and Board Operator

Kala Dunn is a native of Princeton, Ky. She’s a 2006 graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy with a concentration in flute performance and a 2010 graduate of Murray State University with a B.M. in piano performance. She is employed by Physical Medicine Services. Her hobbies include yoga, kayaking, reading, running, and listening to music. She lives in Hamlin, Ky.

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1:20 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Datebook: June 19 - Juneteenth

Emancipation Day celebration in Richmond, VA, 1905
VCU Libraries

Juneteenth, aka Emancipation Day, honors African American heritage by commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865. Today, it is recognized as a state holiday or observance in 42 states, including Kentucky, Tennessee, and Illinois. 

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11:56 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Datebook: Congress Declares War on UK 200 Years Ago

The Bombardment of Fort Henry, inspiring "The Star Spangled Banner"
US Library of Congress

The War of 1812 began on this day in... what was that year again? Several reasons prompted this war, including trade restrictions brought about by Britain's ongoing war with France, the seizing of American merchant sailors into the Royal Navy, British support of American Indian tribes against American expansion, outrage over insults to national honor after humiliations on the high seas, and possible American desire to annex Canada. 

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11:06 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Datebook: June 15 - Benjamin Franklin Flies a Kite 260 Years Ago

Benjamin Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky by Benjamin West, 1816

It's the famous experiment we all learned about in grade school. Benjamin Franklin was just crazy enough to step outside and fly a kite in a thunderstorm, and in doing so, proved that lightning was electricity. It is believed to be (commonly accepted to be) this date in 1752. 

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10:00 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Datebook: June 14 - Flag Day

140th US Flag Day poster
US Library of Congress

Happy Flag Day! It's a United States holiday commemorating the adoption of the flag, which happened on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The US Army also celebrates its birthday on this date. 

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11:18 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Datebook: May 13 - Basil Rathbone Turns 120

Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes
Wikimedia Commons

In addition to having a cool name, Sir Philip St. John Basil Rathbone appeared in over 70 films in Hollywood's early days, rising to prominence for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in 14 films (and a radio series). The South African-born, English-raised Shakespearean actor primarily played suave villains or morally ambiguous characters, such as Murderstone in David Copperfield and Sir Guy of Gisbourne in The Adventures of Robin Hood

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11:56 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Datebook: June 12 - Anne Frank Begins Her Diary 70 Years Ago

Time Magazine put 15-year-old Anne Frank on their list of The Most Important People of the Century, stating: "With a diary kept in a secret attic, she braved the Nazis and lent a searing voice to the fight for human dignity." The diary began with this date, her 13th birthday: June 12, 1942. 

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10:37 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Datebook: June 11 - Escape from Alcatraz 50 Years Ago

The June 1962 Alcatraz escape was an attempt by Clarence Anglin, John Anglin, and Frank Morris to escape one of the United States' most famous prisons. 

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10:00 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Datebook: June 8 - Vietnam Napalm Girl Photo Taken 40 Years Ago

wikipedia.org Nick Ut / The Associated Press

Associated Press photographer Nick Ut snapped an iconic moment of the Vietnam War on this day in 1972. The subject: a nine-year-old girl named Phan Thi Kim Phuc running naked on a road after being severely burned on her back by a South Vietnamese napalm attack. 

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12:11 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Datebook: June 7 - Graceland Opens to Public 30 Years Ago

Maha, Wikimedia Commons

The home of the King of Rock & Roll opened to the public on this day in 1982, revealing its gaudy and garish glory to all. 

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11:13 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Datebook: May 6 - Chicago's 'L' Begins Service 120 Years Ago

JeremyA, Wikimedia Commons

If you've driven around downtown Chicago, you've undoubtedly seen the trains whipping around on tracks above your car. The iconic 'L' system began service on this day in 1892, which makes it the second-oldest rapid transit system in America after New York City's Subway. It also trails behind NYC as the second-longest  system in total mileage. 

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