Datebook: January 17 - Ben Franklin's Birthday

Jan 17, 2013

Credit National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

"The First American" was born on this day in 1706. He was born of working class roots, and became wealthy as a newspaper editor and publisher. Of course, he later became one of the most influential Founding Fathers, and is quite fun to quote. "Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late."

It’s Thursday, January 17

The American Red Cross holds a blood drive tomorrow from 10 to 2 at Walmart of Murray.  Blood donors must be at least 18 years old, be in good health, and weigh at least 110 pounds.  To schedule an appointment, visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

The Western Kentucky Highland Society hosts a traditional Robert Burns Supper on Saturday, January 26. The evening includes dinner as well as musical performances, toasts, a raffle, and a silent auction benefiting the Murray Highland Festival.  Tickets are $25, and reservations are required by January 23.  For more information, email

The 29th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Gospel Music Celebration is Saturday at the Word of Faith Christian Center in Madisonville.  Music starts at 4:30, with the main program beginning at 5.  Donations support the Madisonville Community College Martin Luther King Scholarship Fund.

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