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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10:57 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Datebook: April 11 - The Most Boring Day of the 20th Century

Computer programmer William Tunstall-Pedoe calculated April 11, 1954 to be the most boring day of the 20th Century. He developed a program called True Knowledge that came to this decision after being fed 300 million facts about people, places, business, and events in the news.

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12:10 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Datebook: April 10 - Biological Weapons Convention 40 Years Ago

Forty years ago on this day, the first multilateral disarmament treaty banning the production of an entire category of weapons was signed by the United States, United Kingdom, Soviet Union, and other countries at the Bilogical Weapons Convention. The treaty came into force on March 26, 1975 with ratification by 22 states. Currently, there are  165 states that have ratified or acceded to the treaty. This prohibits the development, production,and stockpiling of biological and toxin weapons.

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11:11 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Datebook: April 9 - Bataan Death March 70 Years Ago

On April 9, 1942, the Imperial Japanese Army stripped 76,000 American and Filipino prisoners of their weapons and valuables and forced them to march from the southern end of the Bataan peninsula in Mariveles, to San Fernando, then Capas - a total of 80 miles after the three-month Battle of Bataan in the Philippines. The march was notorious for wide-ranging physical abuse and murder, and later declared a Japanese war crime. Many prisoners died of heat or exhaustion along the way.

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10:34 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Datebook: April 6 - Battle of Shiloh 150 Years Ago

Battle of Shiloh by Thure de Thulstrup, 1888

The Battle of Shiloh was a major battle in the Western Theater of the American Civil War, fought April 6–7, 1862, in southwestern Tennessee. A Union army under Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant had moved via the Tennessee River deep into Tennessee. Confederate forces under Generals Albert Sidney Johnston and P.G.T. Beauregard launched a surprise attack on Grant at Pittsburg Landing.

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11:03 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Datebook: April 5 - Easter Island Discovered 290 Years Ago

The first-recorded European contact with Easter Island was on April 5, 1722 - which happened to be Easter Sunday, when Dutch navigator Jacob Roggeveen visited the island for a week, during which he estimated a native population of 2,000 to 3,000 minus the ones his team had killed due to a misunderstanding. The mysterious island had long been inhabited by the Polynesians, since somewhere between 300 to 1200 CE. The most visible element in the culture is the massive moai statues depicting deified ancestors.

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11:25 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Datebook: April 4 - Susanna Salter Becomes 1st Woman Elected Mayor in US 125 Years Ago

Susanna M. Salter, Age 27 and Age 94
www.kancoll.org

Argonia, Kansas is a small town on the southern border with a current population of 501. It gained national recognition on April 4, 1887 for electing Susanna M. Salter as mayor, the first woman to hold the position in the United States and the first woman elected to any political office in the country. She was born into a Quaker family in Ohio on March 2, 1860. As a student at Kansas State Agricultural College (now Kansas State University), she met Lewis Salter, the son of former Kansas Lt. Governor Melville Salter.

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12:41 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Datebook: April 3 - Jesse James Killed by Robert Ford 130 Years Ago

Jesse James was an American outlaw, gang leader, bank robber, train robber, and murderer from Missouri and the most famous member of the James-Younger Gang. Already a celebrity when he was alive, he became a legendary figure of the Wild West after his death, on April 3, 1882. Some recent scholars place him in the context of regional insurgencies of ex-Confederates following the American Civil War rather than a manifestation of frontier lawlessness or alleged economic justice.

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10:41 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Datebook: April 2 - The Falklands War Begins 30 Years Ago

The Falklands War was a conflict resulting from the long-standing dispute over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and the South Sandwich Islands, which lie southeast of Argentina. Argentina has asserted the islands have been in their territory since the 19th century (and still holds this claim), which was added to their constitution in 1994.

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10:50 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Datebook: March 30 - Florida Becomes a Territory 190 Years Ago

Florida was first discovered by Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513, who claimed the land for Spain. It remained under Spanish rule until the end of the Seven Years' War, when Spain ceded it to Great Britain in exchange for Havana. After the American Revolution, Great Britain ceded Florida back to Spain. In 1812, the US military and local militia invaded Florida mainly to retrieve runaway slaves, who had been protected by the Seminole (Florida natives). In 1818, General Andrew Jackson informed President Monroe that he would invade Florida to quell local conflicts.

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11:34 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Datebook: March 29 - Knights of Columbus Founded 130 Years Ago

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Roman Catholic fraternal service organization. Founded in the U.S. on March 29, 1882, it is named in honor of Christopher Columbus. There are over 1.8 million members in 15,000 councils. Membership is limited to "practical Catholic" men aged 18 or older. In 2010, the Order gave over $154 million dollars to charity, claims over 70 million hours of volunteer service, and over 413,000 pints of blood donated. The Order has played a significant role in politics.

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