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10:20 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Datebook: March 13 - Longest Undersea Tunnel Opens 25 Years Ago

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On this day in 1988, the Seikan Tunnel opened allowing rail travel from from Honshu to Hokkaido in Japan, becoming both the longest and deepest rail tunnel in the world, and the longest undersea tunnel in the world. Swizterland aims to beat the record with the Gotthard Base Tunnel beneath the Swiss Alps in 2017.

It’s Wednesday, March 13

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra hosts its Beat Beethoven 5K Run/Walk Saturday morning at Noble Park.  Race participants start to the opening notes of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and try to finish the 5K before the music ends.  Race-day registration starts at 7:30, and the race begins at 9.  See more at paducahsymphony.org.

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10:17 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Datebook: March 12 - FDR Delivers First Fireside Chat 80 Years Ago

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If you gathered the family around the radio on this day in 1933, chances are good you heard President Roosevelt's first "fireside chat." The 'chats' were FDR's effort to communicate directly to citizens. With a cheery voice and demeanor, these made him quite popular and made it imperative that a president be both charismatic and stoic.

It’s Tuesday, March 12

The Mayfield-Graves County Food Pantry seeks donations of food or money. During March and April, donations are applied to the Feinstein Challenge, a matching program providing one million dollars nationwide to food pantries.  Drop off donations at 424 S. 9th Street in Mayfield Monday through Thursday from 9:30 to noon.  Call (270) 247-6333 for more information.

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10:12 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Datebook: March 11 - Janet Reno Confirmed Attorney General 20 Years Ago

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On this day in 1993, Janet Reno became the first woman to serve as Attorney General and would eventually become the second longest serving Attorney General after William Wirt (in 1829). In 2009, the American Judicature Society awarded her their highest honor for "her commitment to improving our systems of justice."

It’s Monday, March 11

The McCracken County Public Library hosts “Gross to Great! Picking Produce for Your Family’s Health and Wallet.”  The free class is tonight at 6.  Registered dietitian Laura Duff teaches participants how to tackle unfamiliar tastes, boost their families’ health, and lower grocery bills.  For more information, call 270-442-1166.

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8:18 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Datebook: March 8 - Philips Demonstrates The Compact Disc

Philips and Sony were in dead heat debuting the compact disc, but Philips edged out the competition by a week and made the first public demonstration on this day in 1979. The demo showed that it was possible to use optical recording and playback to reproduce audio in stereo quality.

It’s Friday, March 8

Neighborhood Watch Training is offered tomorrow evening at 5 at Kelly Baptist Church in Hopkinsville.  Everyone in Christian County is invited to attend.  Neighborhood Watch is a network of neighbors trained in home and self protection, suspect identification, and how to serve effectively as eyes and ears for law enforcement agencies.  For more information, call 885-1530.

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1:00 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Datebook: March 7 - Bell Granted Patent for Telephone

Alexander Graham Bell raced to the patent office in 1876, beating out Elisha Gray for a patent, which he was granted on this day that covered "the method of, an apparatus for, transmitting vocal or other sounds telegraphically..." What better reason to make your pledge today to WKMS  by calling 800-599-4737! We appreciate your support!

It’s Thursday, March 7

There’s an opening reception tonight for the Paducah School of Art National Photography Invitational. The exhibit features works by leading artists employing a contemporary approach to the art of photography.  The reception is at the WKCTC Clemens Fine Arts Center Gallery from 5 until 7.

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1:20 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Datebook: March 6 - Ed McMahon Turns 90

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We lost Ed McMahon in 2009, but his legacy is best remembered as Johnny Carson's sidekick and announcer on The Tonight Show and as the host of Star Search. Conan O'Brien said Carson and McMahon created "the most iconic two-shot in broadcasting history. There will never be anything like that again."

It’s Wednesday, March 6

The Paducah Renaissance Alliance is now accepting applications from farmers who are interested in being vendors for the 2013 Downtown Farmers Market.  The market kicks off on April 25 and is open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9 to 3 and on Thursdays from 2 to 6.  Apply at paducahalliance.org; click on events.

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12:32 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Datebook: March 5 - Rex Harrison Turns 105

He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for film and the other for television. Sir Rex Harrison won his first Tony as Henry VIII in 1949, and his second for Prof. Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady in 1957, which he reprised for the film in 1964. He was married six times, and died in 1990 at the age of 82.

It’s Tuesday, March 5

Alvin Wong, a new music cellist and Yale University doctoral candidate, gives a concert tomorrow night at 7:30 in the Performing Arts Hall at Murray State University.  The concert features a work by MSU composition professor Dr. Brian Ciach.  Admission is free. 

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9:55 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Datebook: March 4 - Columbus' First Return Home 520 Years Ago

"Columbus Before the Queen"
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When Columbus landed in Portugal on this day in 1493, word of finding new lands spread quickly. He was received a hero in Spain, and displayed captive natives, gold, the previously unknown tobacco plant, pineapple, turkeys, and hammocks. He called the coast of China "a miracle," not yet realizing exactly what he had found.

It’s Monday, March 4

The Murray Human Rights Commission invites all residents of Murray and Calloway County to participate in a Town Hall Meeting to be held next Monday night at 7 at Murray Middle School. The public forum addresses bullying in our community.

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10:59 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Datebook: March 1 - National Pig Day

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Happy National Pig Day! This national celebration was started in 1972 by two sisters, Ellen Stanley and Mary Lynne Rave. The holiday is to "accord the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as one of man's most intellectual and domesticated animals." Have a pig party!

It’s Friday, March 1

Dr. Meeyoun Park, pianist and visiting assistant professor at Murray State University, presents her debut solo recital Sunday evening at 6 in the Performing Arts Hall, located on the second floor of the Old Fine Arts Building on the MSU campus.  The free concert features works by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Mussorgsky. 

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10:00 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Datebook: February 28 - 60 Years Ago Watson and Crick Walk Into a Bar...

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...and declare "we had found the secret of life." The truth wasn't far off for these molecular biologists, who determined the double-helix structure of DNA on this day in 1953. They had solved a mystery of science - how it was possible for genetics to be passed through generations. Someone buy these gents a drink!

It’s Thursday, February 28

Cinema International presents “Coriolanus” tonight through Saturday night at 7:30 in Murray State University’s Curris Center Theater.  The film version of Shakespeare’s tragedy features a Roman general whose resentment over a failed bid for political office leads him to treason.  Shows are free and open to the public.

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