Datebook: July 26 - Truman Orders Desegregation of Military 65 Years Ago

Jul 26, 2013

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On this day in 1948, President Truman issued the Executive Order 9981, abolishing racial discrimination in the armed forces, and eventually led to the end of segregation in the services. The order eliminated Montford Point as a segregated boot camp, the last all-black unit disbanded in 1954.

It’s Friday, July 26

Downtown Paris hosts the fourth annual ice cream social and antique car show tomorrow afternoon from 3 to 6 on the court square. A donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children buys unlimited ice cream. Proceeds benefit the Downtown Paris Association and the Paris-Henry County Healthcare Foundation's Caring Hearts fund, which helps cancer patients in Henry County.

Paducah Improv presents the "Quilt City Showdown" tomorrow night at 7:30 in the Carson Center's Myre River Room. The event pits improv team against improv team, with a referee keeping the match fair. Scenes are created from audience suggestions and the audience chooses the funniest team. Tickets are $5.

Angels Attic Thrift Shop seeks donations of clothing, furniture, appliances, household items, and toys. Sale proceeds benefit the Angels Community Clinic, which provides healthcare to the working uninsured in Calloway County. Bring donations to 972 Chestnut Street Monday through Saturday from 8 to 5.

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