10:54 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Datebook: February 12 - Construction Begins on St. Louis Arch 50 Years Ago

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Built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States, 'The Gateway to the West' began construction on this day in 1963. The project took two years and cost $13 million. It's the tallest man-made monument in the US, Missouri's tallest building, and the largest catenary arch.

It’s Tuesday, February 12

Murray State University’s Pullen Farm Greenhouse is selling house plants through February 22.  The greenhouse is open weekdays during university hours.  Plants are available for a donation to the Horticulture Club.

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10:43 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Datebook: February 11 - BBC Airs First Sci-Fi TV Program 75 Years Ago

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"Sulla isn't a person, Miss Glory, she's a robot." Karel Capek's 1921 play, R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots), coined the term 'robot.' Adapted for television by the BBC on this day in 1938, the 35-minute feature became the first television science fiction ever to be broadcast.

It’s Monday, February 11

The Humane Society and the American Red Cross hold a Pet First Aid Class this Saturday from noon to 4 at the Weaks Community Center.  The class teaches cat and dog owners how to respond to a wide range of animal emergencies, from dressing a wound to performing CPR.  The class fee is $40, which includes a full-color reference guidebook and DVD.  Register by Thursday by calling 759-1884.

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10:29 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Datebook: February 8 - First Eight Stars Placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame 53 Years Ago

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The legend is that Joanne Woodward was the first to have her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, though some say she was just first on the scene for photographs. The other seven were: Olive Borden, Ronald Colman, Louise Fazenda, Preston Foster, Burt Lancaster, Edward Sedgwick, and Ernest Torrence.

It’s Friday, February 8

Angels Attic Thrift Shop needs donations of clothing, furniture, appliances, household items, and toys.  Proceeds support the Angels Community Clinic, which helps Calloway County residents without medical insurance.  Bring items to 972 Chestnut Street Monday through Saturday from 8 to 5, or call 762-0505 for pickup.

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10:57 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Datebook: February 7 - First Untethered Spacewalk 29 Years Ago

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On this day in 1984, astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart boldly stepped out and away from the space shuttle Challenger, becoming the first people to walk freely in space. Capt. McCandless joked, "That may have been one small step for Neil, but it's a heck of a leap for me."

It’s Thursday, February 7

Murray State University offers a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance session tomorrow from noon to 4.  IRS-certified accounting students provide free tax assistance to MSU students and employees, moderate-income taxpayers, and senior citizens.  No appointment necessary.  Bring photo ID, 2011 tax records, and copies of completed 2011 tax returns, if available, to the Business Building, room 353.

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10:49 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Datebook: February 6 - Battle of Fort Henry 151 Years Ago

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One of the first significant victories for the Union troops was fought in our own backyard on this day in 1862. It was also a major win for Brig. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. The surrender of Fort Henry opened the Tennessee River to the Union and led to another Union win at the Battle of Fort Donelson. 

It’s Wednesday, February 6

The Chocolate Affair is scheduled for Saturday at Fairholme, at 89 Main Street in Cadiz.  The fundraising event features live music, chocolate fountains, and a variety of decadent treats.  Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, with entry times at 5PM and 6PM.  For more information, call 522-9056.

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9:12 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Datebook: February 5 - Tybee Bomb Incident 55 Years Ago

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The Tybee Island B-47 Crash occurred on this day in 1958, in which the US Air Force lost a 7,600-pound hydrogen bomb off the coast of Savannah, Georgia. Despite many efforts, the bomb has never been recovered, and is thought to lie buried under silt in the Wassaw Sound... Oops!

It’s Tuesday, February 5

Murray-Calloway County Hospital hosts a blood drive tomorrow night from 5 to 8:30 at Glendale Road Church of Christ.  MCCH especially needs donations of A-Positive blood.  Donors must be at least 18 years old, be in good health, and weigh at least 110 pounds.  For more information, call 762-1119.

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10:51 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Datebook: February 4 - Facebook Turns 9

Facebook was launched on this  day in 2004 by Mark Zuckerburg and his college roommates at Harvard. There are now over one billion users, with nearly 140 million unique monthly views in the US alone. Last year, Facebook had a revenue of $5.08 billion, which they liked.

It’s Monday, February 4

The WKCTC Challenger Learning Center hosts its annual Trivia Night Friday at 7PM at St. Thomas More Church in Paducah.  Prizes are awarded to the top three teams.  The cost is $90 for a table of 6.  To register, call 534-3101.

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10:40 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Datebook: February 1 - Greensboro Sit-Ins Begin 53 Years Ago

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On this day in 1960, four black college students sat down at a "whites only" lunch counter inside Woolworth's store in Greensboro, NC, where they'd been refused service. The next day, they were joined by 20 more students. On the third day: 60. Fourth day: 300. This nonviolent protest was instrumental in desegregation and the store is now a Civil Rights museum.

It’s Friday, February 1

Land Between the Lakes holds their annual Bison Auction tomorrow at the Elk and Bison Prairie Corral.  Viewing starts at 8AM, and the auction starts at 9.  Approximately 37 bison are for sale.  For specific details about the animals, call (270) 924-2061.

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10:42 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Datebook: January 31 - Jackie Robinson Turns 94

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Jackie Robinson broke the baseball color line when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, becoming the first black Major League Baseball player in the modern era. He was a great player, too: six World Series, six All-Star Games, Rookie of the Year, MVP, and inducted into the Hall of Fame.

It’s Thursday, January 31

Murray State University hosts ACT Prep workshops in Murray and Paducah this Saturday from 9 to 1.  The cost is $55 and includes a workbook.  Both workshops cover parts of the test, strategies, tips, review, understanding grading, practice problems, and more.  Advance registration is required

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11:09 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Datebook: January 30 - Gandhi Assassinated 65 Years Ago

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Mahatma Gandhi was the preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India and is widely considered a martyr for non-violent activism, civil rights and freedom worldwide. On his way to a prayer meeting on this day in 1948, he was shot by a Hindu extremist. Gandhi said, "My life is my message."

It’s Wednesday, January 30

There’s a poetry reading tomorrow night at 6 in the Clara Eagle Gallery, located in the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building on the campus of Murray State University.  Guest speakers include Chad Davidson and Gregory Fraser.  A book signing will be held on-site following the reading. 

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