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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11:30 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Datebook: August 5 - Humphrey Gilbert Establishes 1st English Colony in North America 430 Years Ago

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Despite blockade attempts by local fishermen, Sir Humphrey Gilbert rolled into the port of St. John's and claimed Newfoundland for Queen Elizabeth, establishing the British Empire in the New World. He didn't make any attempt to settle it, though, and the queen didn't particularly want the land.

It's Monday, August 5

A free Living Well Workshop is offered tomorrow night from 5 to 7:30 at the Center for Health and Wellness in Murray. The workshop helps individuals suffering from chronic disease learn how to deal with problems and symptoms and provides exercise tips, medication information, communication strategies, and new treatment options. For more information, call (270) 762-1348. 

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10:46 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Datebook: August 2 - San Francisco's Cable Cars Debut 140 Years Ago


If you visit San Francisco, be sure to take a ride on the historic cable car. The Clay Street Hill Railroad was the first, and was allegedly built so horses wouldn't need to climb up and down steep Jackson Street. They were a major financial success in their day, growing to 23 lines. Today, only three of the lines remain.

It’s Friday, August 2

Live on Broadway is tomorrow night from 6 to 9 in downtown Paducah. The musical lineup includes Classic Waxx, Nathan Lynn and Josh Coffey, Lydia Walker, Oh Yeah Dakota, and Ed & Elaine Jones. The Paducah Quickstep Cloggers will perform, and kids’ activities are offered throughout the evening. For more information, visit

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10:56 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Datebook: August 1 - Robert Todd Lincoln Turns 170

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Robert Todd Lincoln was one of two of Lincoln's four sons to live to adulthood. He followed his in father's footsteps and became a lawyer, was eventually named the Secretary of War, and Ambassador to the UK. He was once saved from serious injury on a train platform by Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth.

It’s Thursday, August 1

The Kentucky Foundation for Women hosts a workshop at the McCracken County Public Library this Saturday. The workshop provides information on opportunities for grants, retreats, and residencies and is open to anyone committed to improving the lives of women and girls through art. For more information on the workshop, call 1-866-654-7564 or visit

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11:10 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Datebook: July 31 - Daniel Defoe Receives a Pelting of Flowers 310 Years Ago

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Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe, was also a journalist and pamphleteer. The latter caused him to be arrested for libel for ruthlessly satirizing some Tories who practiced "occasional conformity." He was found guilty and his punishment... to have flowers thrown at him and to drink to his health. That'll teach him!

It’s Wednesday, July 31

Land Between the Lakes hosts the Hummingbird Festival Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 4 at the Nature Station. Highlights include hummingbird banding demonstrations, a nature photography program, a wildlife sketching workshop, a native plant sale, live animal encounters, local wildlife experts, and activities for kids. See a complete schedule of events at

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11:26 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Datebook: July 30 - Henry Ford Turns 150

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He was an American industrialist, founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the assembly line. While Ford didn't invent the automobile, he manufactured the first that middle class Americans could buy.  At his time of death in 1947, his net worth was nearly $200 billion (in today's equivalent).

It’s Tuesday, July 30

Friday is the early bird registration deadline for “Battlefields & Beyond: Civil War Sites in the 21st Century,” a major conference on preservation and interpretation of Civil War sites. The conference is set for August 15th through the 17th in Danville. For more information or to register, visit

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