Datebook: May 7 - Battle of the Coral Sea 70 Years Ago

May 7, 2012

The Battle of the Coral Sea was a major naval battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II between the Imperial Japanese Navy and Allied naval and air forces from the United States and Australia. It was noteworthy for being the first action in which aircraft carriers engaged each other, as well as the first in which neither side's ships sighted or fired directly upon the other. Attempting to strengthen defensive positioning in the South Pacific, Japanese forces decided to invade Port Moresby in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. The US learned of this plan and sent two carrier task forces to oppose the offensive on May 7, in the Coral Sea. It was a tactical victory for Japan in terms of sinking significant ships, but a strategic win for Allies, turning back Japanese expansion for the first time and heavily damaging two fleet carriers before the Battle of Midway, which would come a month later.

It’s Monday, May 7

Non-profit boards and local community leaders are invited to an informational meeting tomorrow afternoon called Philanthropy 360.  The seminar will begin at 5 PM in Wrather Museum.  Topics include a lecture on Philanthropy in America, an explanation of the Endow Kentucky Tax Credit, and an update on the local foundation’s work.  Anyone interested in creating or supporting charitable endowments is invited to attend.

There’s a regular monthly meeting of the Alzheimer’s Support Group tomorrow morning at 10 at the Pennyrile Area Development District Office in Hopkinsville.  For more information, call James Patterson at 886-9484.

The McCracken County Cooperative Extension Service offers May Fest: A Homemaker Celebration on Thursday morning at 10.  Learn about the knitting club, the garden club, and the quilt club while enjoying lunch and demonstrations.  $10 tickets are available by calling 554-9520.

Find details about these and other community events online at  Thanks for listening.