Datebook: September 25 - Balboa Reaches the Pacific 500 Years Ago

Sep 25, 2013

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Explorer Vasco Balboa crossed the Isthmus of Panama into the Pacific Ocean on this day in 1513, the first European to to so from the New World. Knee-deep in the ocean, he raised a sword in one hand and an image of Virgin Mary in the other and claimed possession of the new sea and all adjoining lands for Spain.

It’s Wednesday, Sept. 25

The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County hold the 2nd annual Tobacco War Pilgrimage Friday and Saturday. Friday night's events include an Old Time Street Fair and the Night Rider Tobacco Raid Re-enactment. Saturday's events include the Tobacco Bus Tour, showings of the documentary "Farming in the Black Patch," and the Trial of the Night Riders. For more information visit

The 8th annual "monster" yard and bake sale benefiting the Mayfield-Graves County Needline and Food Pantry is Saturday starting at 7 a.m. at First Christian Church in Mayfield. Donations are still being accepted; contact First Christian Church at 270-247-2204.

Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site features special exhibits about archaeology and the importance of preserving sites as part of the Friends of Wickliffe Mounds Appreciation Day on Saturday. The park hosts an open house with free museum admission from 10 to 4. For more information, call 270-335-3681.

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