Datebook: March 28 - Marina Raskova Turns 100

Mar 28, 2012

Marina Raskova was born on March 28, 1912 (and died January 4, 1943). She was the first woman to become a navigator in the Soviet Air Force in 1933 and set a number of long distance flight records in the late 1930s, during her post as a teacher at the air academy. She convinced Joseph Stalin to form three female combat regiments (one of which was commanded by Raskova), which would eventually fly over 30,000 sorties in World War II. She died in a crash landing on the Volga bank, while leading others to an airfield in Stalingrad. Her ashes were immured in the Kremlin Wall and soon after, she became the namesake of an American Liberty Ship, the SS Marina Raskova.

It’s Wednesday, March 28

Murray State University accounting students will be available on Friday to help MSU students, employees, moderate-income tax payers, and senior citizens with their taxes.  The IRS-certified students will hold sessions from noon to 4 in the Business Building South Wing Room 353.  No appointment is necessary.  For more information, call 809-4193.

This weekend, Maiden Alley Cinema presents Between Two Rivers.  The film is a new documentary about Cairo, Illinois.  It explores the community’s struggle with economic, social, and environmental pressures.  Find showtimes online at

The Humane Society of Marshall County will start accepting donations on Monday for their spring yard sale.  All items will be accepted except televisions, computers, and exercise equipment.  Bring items to the Humane Society facility on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays between 10 and 4.  The sale will be held on April 28.

Find details about these and other community events online at