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10:42 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Datebook: May 16 - US Senate Fails to Convict President Johnson by One Vote 145 Years Ago

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On this day in 1868, the US Senate failed to convict President Andrew Johnson by one vote. The primary charge was that Johnson violated the Tenure of Office Act by removing Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. He was later acquitted. The Act was repealed in 1887. 

It’s Thursday, May 16

Hopkinsville native and Georgetown College student Brendan Jones gives a brief concert on the historic Estey pipe organ at Grace Episcopal Church in Hopkinsville tomorrow at noon. The public is invited to attend.

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10:18 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Datebook: May 15 - Kepler Discovers Third Law 395 Years Ago

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Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion: 1. Planets move in ellipses with the Sun at one focus. 2. The radius vector describes equal areas in equal times. 3. The squares of the periodic times are to each other as the cubes of the mean distances. Kepler's Third Law would lead Newton to his law of gravitation (not an apple).

It’s Wednesday, May 15

The Calloway County Public Library hosts New York-based classical guitarist Peter Fletcher tomorrow evening at 6:30 in the library meeting room. The concert is free of charge and the public is invited to attend. For more information call 753-2288 or visit callowaycountylibrary.org.

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9:17 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Datebook: May 14 - Seinfeld Series Finale 15 Years Ago

NBC sitcom Seinfeld aired its last episode on this day in 1998, reaching an audience of 76 million viewers, making it the third most viewed finale. During the show, TV Land just posted a still that read "Gone watching Seinfeld - Back in 60 minutes."

It’s Tuesday, May 14 Murray State University offers a four-week workshop for adults with hearing loss. Audiologist Susan Brown leads the workshop, which helps participants with hearing loss and the person with whom they communicate the most learn techniques for improving difficult listening situations. Classes meet Tuesday mornings in June. To register, call 809-6821.

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11:16 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Datebook: May 13 - 1st Person Circles the Globe by Amphibious Vehicle 55 Years Ago

A large crowd greets them in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Ben Carlin was the first (and only) person to circumnavigate the globe in an amphibious vehicle. It began as a honeymoon idea: to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a Ford GPA. He and his wife Elinore launched from Montreal, and traveled 11,000 miles by sea and 39,000 miles by land over a ten-year span. Elinore left him in Australia.

It’s Monday, May 13

The Alzheimer's Support Group holds a regular monthly meeting tomorrow morning at 10 at the Pennyrile Area Development District office in Hopkinsville. For more information, contact James Patterson at (270) 886-9484.

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9:44 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Datebook: May 10 - Anna Jarvis Leads First Mother's Day 105 Years Ago

Mother's Day card, 1915
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Anna Jarvis wanted to do something special to remember her mother. On this day in 1908, she held the first "official" Mother's Day in Grafton, West Virginia. What began as a church service turned into a national campaign. Four years later, Congress passed a law designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.

It’s Friday, May 10

The Paducah artists who traveled to Innsbruck, Austria, as part of an artist-in-residence cultural exchange present a talk and share photos of their experience at the Yeiser Art Center Saturday afternoon at 3. The event includes presentations from Freda Fairchild, John Hasegawa, Lily Liu, Paul Lorenz, Teri Moore, and May Wong. See details at theyeiser.org.

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9:36 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Datebook: May 9 - Creator of Wonder Woman Turns 120

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William Marston was a psychologist, feminist, inventor, and a comic book writer best known for his character Wonder Woman. He felt comics had great educational potential and sought "to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman."

It’s Thursday, May 9

As part of the Movies in the Park series, Noble Park presents a free showing of the animated film “Brave” tomorrow night at dusk, weather permitting. Concessions will be available for purchase. Attendees may want to bring lawn chairs or blankets. For more information, visit paducahky.gov

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10:44 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Datebook: May 8 - Messner & Habeler Reach the Top of Mt. Everest 35 Years Ago

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They weren't the first to reach the top of Mt. Everest, but on this day in 1978, Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler became the first to the summit without supplemental oxygen. Before them, such a feat was thought to be impossible. Messner did it again in 1980.

It’s Wednesday, May 8

Angels Attic Thrift Shop seeks donations of men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing; furniture; appliances; household items; and toys. Sale proceeds benefit Angels Community Clinic, which provides health care to the working uninsured in Calloway County. Bring donations to 972 Chestnut Street Monday through Saturday from 8 to 5, or call 762-0505 for pickup.

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9:28 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Datebook: May 7 - Mercedes-Benz Buys Chrysler 15 Years Ago

It was called "a merger of equals" and one of the biggest in the history of modern industry. On this day in 1998, Daimler-Benz purchased 92% of Chrysler for nearly $40 billion. Despite being one of the "Big 3" US automakers, Chrysler was sold off in 2007, declared bankruptcy in 2009, and is currently owned by Fiat.

It’s Tuesday, May 7

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive takes place this Saturday in Mayfield and Graves County. Residents can leave canned or boxed food items at their mailboxes for postal carriers to pick up for Need Line. No glass containers, please, and items must be at the mailbox by 8:30AM. Cards should arrive in the mail today with more information.

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10:51 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Datebook: May 6 - Kerry Wood Ties Record For Most Strikeouts 15 Years Ago

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On this day in 1998, Kerry Wood tied Roger Clemens' record of 20 strikeouts in a single game, pitching for the Chicago Cubs against Houston Astros. Wood finished the season with a 13-6 record, earning him Rookie of the Year. He went on to play 15 seasons and was named a two-time National League All-Star.

It's Monday, May 6

The Calloway County Courthouse centennial celebration is tomorrow afternoon at 2 on the north side of the courthouse. Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham is the keynote speaker. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony. The public is invited to attend.

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1:49 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Datebook: May 3 - The Willis (Sears) Tower Becomes Tallest Building in the World 40 Years Ago

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Standing at 1,451 feet, it held the lofty rank of tallest building in the world for nearly 25 years... The Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) is still the tallest in the US, and is currently the 7th tallest worldwide. Most importantly, the restrooms on the 103rd floor are the highest in the Western Hemisphere.

It’s Friday, May 3

The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County announce the opening of an exhibit featuring the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society’s 2012 Challenge Quilts. The pieces interpret the theme “It’s About Time.” The exhibit is on display tomorrow through May 11. For more information call (270) 887-4270.

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