11:51 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Datebook: August 19 - Coco Chanel Turns 130

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The only fashion designer to appear on Time's 100 most influential people of the 20th century, Coco Chanel is credited with liberating the constraints of the "corseted silhouette" and popularized the sporty, casual chic as the feminine standard post WWI. She said, "A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous."

It's Monday, August 19

The Humane Society of Calloway County is currently accepting photos of pets to be included in the full-color 2014 Pet Calendar. All photos submitted are included, with twelve chosen for special "Pet of the Month" placement. The cost is $25 for the first entry, and $10 for each additional photo submitted. The entry deadline is September 16. Find submission guidelines and more information at

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8:02 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Datebook: August 16 - First Message Sent Across Transatlantic Telegraph Cable 155 Years Ago

On this day in 1858, President Buchanan inaugurated the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. The first message was "Europe and America are united by telegraphy. Glory to God in the highest; on earth, peace and good will toward men." Celebrations ensued. 

It’s Friday, August 16

Over 30 aircraft are featured in this weekend’s Wings Over Halls Air Show, to be held at the Dyersburg Army Air Base at Halls, Tennessee. The event also features vendors, aircraft rides, reenactors, museum tours, and more. Gates open at 10 and close at 5 tomorrow and Sunday, with the main air exhibition occurring at 1:30 both days. Find details at

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10:07 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Datebook: August 15 - Tivoli Gardens Opens 170 Years Ago

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Tivoli is the second oldest amusement park in the world, and one of the most popular, with over 4 million visitors in 2012. The park's founder convinced the King that "when the people are amusing themselves, they do not think about politics." Walt Disney strived to emulate the "happy and unbuttoned air of relaxed fun."

It’s Thursday, August 15

A free nutrition education event titled "Sport Drink 101" is set for tomorrow afternoon from 2:45 to 3:15 at the Center for Health and Wellness. Learn about the pros and cons of various types of sports drinks. For more information, call (270) 762-1348.

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9:22 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Datebook: August 14 - Recorded Sound Introduced in London 125 Years Ago

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On this day in 1888, businessman George Gouraud played Thomas Edison's brand new phonograph at a press conference in London, featuring "The Lost Chord" composed by Arthur Sullivan, one of the first recordings ever made. Parties ensued.

It’s Wednesday, August 14

The John James Audubon Museum presents its annual "Shutterbug" juried photography exhibition. The exhibit runs through Friday and is on display from 10 to 5 daily. See color film, black-and-white, and digital nature works by regional and local photographers. The exhibit is free to the public.

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8:52 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Datebook: August 13 - A Circus Acrobat Becomes King of Albania 100 Years Ago

Otto Witte was an acrobat whose tombstone reads "former King of Albania." The story goes that he looked just like the crown prince and got away with it... for five days. During this time, he enjoyed the harem, made off with much of the treasury, and declared war on Montenegro. He escaped before getting caught.

It’s Tuesday, August 13

The Humane Society of Calloway County holds an Adoption and Pet ID Day at Tractor Supply in Murray this Saturday from 10 to 2. Foster dogs are on site, and information about adoptable cats is available. Custom ID tags are made on-site for $3, and microchipping is $10. Please bring dogs on leashes or cats in carriers. More at

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9:47 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Datebook: August 12 - The Quagga Goes Extinct 130 Years Ago

It's pronounced "kwa-ha-ha" and the last one of these died in Amsterdam on this day in 1883. This subspecies of zebra from southern Africa was hunted heavily. Only a few quagga were photographed alive and only 23 skins are preserved today. The controversial Quagga Project is trying to "breed them back."

It's Monday, August 12

The Fibromyalgia Support Group meets tonight at 6:30 at the Murray-Calloway County Hospital Center for Health and Wellness. Molly Rogers, licensed massage therapist, leads the class. For more information, call 270-762-1348. 

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9:27 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Datebook: August 9 - First Mass in Sistine Chapel 520 Years Ago

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The first mass in the Sistine Chapel was celebrated on this day in 1493, for the Feast of the Assumption. It was formally consecrated a few days later, upon the completion of Michelangelo's paintings. At the first mass, the chapel's namesake Pope Sixtus IV, dedicated the building to the Virgin Mary.

It’s Friday, August 9

Bikes on Broadway is set for Sunday afternoon from 1 to 4 on Broadway between 4th and 17th streets in Paducah. Bring bicycles, skates, skateboards, scooters, tricycles, strollers, running shoes, or walking shoes for a day of strolling and riding along Broadway. For more information, visit or call 270-444-8508. 

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12:11 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Datebook: August 8 - The Great Train Robbery 50 Years Ago

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One of the biggest train robberies occurred on this day. British banks lost £2.6 million (£46 million today) from a heist of 15 robbers led by Bruce Reynolds. To pull it off, they had a man on the inside and tampered with line signals. Most of them were eventually caught, but most of the money had been laundered.

It’s Thursday, August 8

The 42nd Annual Between the Rivers Homecoming is scheduled for Sunday at the Fenton Campground Pavilion. Former residents of the Trigg County portion of LBL, their relatives, and their friends are invited to attend. Bring food, beverages, lawn chairs, and any other picnic or recreation items. Restrooms, picnic tables, grills, and drinking water are provided. For more information, call 270-522-3956.

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10:43 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Datebook: Father of the 7-String Guitar Turns 100

George Van Eps was a swing and jazz guitarist, often referred to as "the father of the seven string guitar.' Tuning his seven string to a low A, the expanded guitar allowed him to add bass lines into his improvisation. He was a strong influence on other 7-string players, Howard Alden and Bucky and John Pizzarelli.

It’s Wednesday, August 7

The ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) Support Group meets tonight at 6 at the Murray-Calloway County Hospital Center for Health and Wellness. For more information, call 270-293-1748.

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8:58 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Datebook: August 6 - Warhol Turns 85

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Pop art pioneer Andy Warhol turns 85 today. His work flourished in the 1960s, blending various forms of media  to depict celebrity culture and advertisement. Last year, Warhol's "Double Elvis" was sold at Sotheby's for $33 million. He died in 1987 and has far surpassed his 15 minutes of fame.

It’s Tuesday, August 6

Murray-Calloway County Hospital's Wellness Works program offers free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings tomorrow morning from 8:30-11:30 at the Marshall County Senior Citizens Center. For more information on the Wellness Works schedule or about the screenings offered, call 270-762-1348.

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