Inspired by the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, the Boston Athletic Association first held the Boston Marathon on this day in 1897. The first race was 24.5 miles long and had 15 runners (10 finished). Now with over 20,000 participants and 500,000 spectators, it's considered America's oldest and most revered marathon, and will certainly persevere.
It’s Friday, April 19
The Murray State University Horticulture Annual Plant Sale is tomorrow morning from 8 to noon at the Pullen Farm Greenhouse Complex. The sale includes hanging baskets, flowers, tomato plants, herbs, vegetables, and trees. The greenhouse is located on Hickory Street, off 94W.
"The House that Ruth Built" opened on this day in 1923. Located in South Bronx, it was the home of the Yankees for 85 years, hosting 6,581 games. The iconic stadium was demolished in 2010, and a new Yankee Stadium opened across the street to much celebration and some controversy.
It’s Thursday, April 18
Murray-Calloway County Hospital’s Wellness Works program offers a free community health screening tomorrow morning from 8 to 10:30 at the Stewart County Senior Citizens Center. The screening includes an osteoporosis heel scan, blood pressure checks, and blood sugar screenings. For more information, call 270-762-1348.
George Lucas picked up the pen and wrote 13 pages called The Star Wars on this day 40 years ago. It had parallels with Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress, but no Sith, no Death Star, and no Darth Vader... Not yet! The first film came out in 1977, and is the 3rd highest grossing film worldwide (adjusted for inflation).
It’s Wednesday, April 17
Murray State faculty members violinist Sue-Jean Park and pianist Matthew Gianforte present a duo recital tonight at 7:30 in the Performing Arts Hall on the campus of Murray State University. The program features the “Spring” Sonata by Beethoven and the Franck Sonata in A Major. The concert is free and open to the public.
Happy Library Worker's Day! It's a day for library staff, users, administrators, and friends to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. It's also World Voice Day, a celebration of the phenomenon of voice. Celebrate both, but shhh please not so loud in the library!
It’s Tuesday, April 16
The Glema Mahr Center for the Arts presents “The Berenstain Bears Live” tonight at 7. The musical theater experience brings the bear family of the popular children’s book series to life. See details at glemacenter.org. To purchase tickets, call (270) 821-ARTS.
Henry James was one of the key figures of 19th century literary realism, known for his imaginative point of view, interior monologue, and unreliable narrators. Some of his best-known works include The Portrait of a Lady, The Golden Bowl, What Maisie Knew, "The Turn of the Screw," and Washington Square.
It’s Monday, April 15
The Euclid Quartet performs tonight at 7:30 at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, located on the campus of Madisonville Community College. The string quartet has won numerous international competitions, including the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 821-ARTS.
World Space Party! Yuri's Night is an international celebration held on April 12 celebrating space exploration milestones. It's named after Yuri Gagarin who became the first human in space, aboard the Vostok 1 spaceship, on April 12, 1961.
It’s Friday, April 12
Land Between the Lakes offers “Dr. Chester’s Wildflower Walk” tomorrow morning from 10 to 12:30. Dr. Edward Chester, Professor Emeritus of Biology at Austin Peay State University, leads a leisurely walk along Bear Creek. The walk is limited to 25 participants, and sign-up starts 1 hour before the program. For more information, visit lbl.org.
April 11, 1954 was "the most boring day since 1900," according to the True Knowledge Answer Engine, a database that calculated over 300 million facts to determine this. Nothing significant happened that day, except the birthday of Turkish academic Abdullah Atalar. Happy birthday Abdullah.
It’s Thursday, April 11
The Paducah School of Art honors the opening of its Student Exhibition with a reception tonight. The reception runs from 5 until 7 at the Clemens Fine Arts Center, located on the campus of West Kentucky Community and Technical College. The show runs through May 6th.
House of Wax, starring Vincent Price, might not be honored with awards from the Academy, but it was a box office hit and one of the first major Stereoscopic 3D films from an American studio. Moviegoers flocked to see paddleball man, can-can girls, and assorted body parts flying off the screen.
It’s Wednesday, April 10
There’s a yard sale and bake sale tomorrow through Saturday at Post 236 of the American Legion. Proceeds benefit the Women’s Auxiliary unit’s local scholarship program. Post 236 is located on Little John Lane, off KY-95 between Calvert City and North Marshall Middle School.
The toppling of the Saddam Hussein statue in Baghdad is one of the most enduring images of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. It symbolized the end of Saddam's regime marking, as a BBC correspondent said, "newly free people [expressing] overwhelming joy." Saddam was captured in December 2003.
It’s Tuesday, April 9
Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, & Mary performs a free concert at Wrather Auditorium on the campus of Murray State University tomorrow evening at 6:30. The suggested admission is a can of food to donate to Needline.
The 17th Amendment passed on this day 100 years ago, establishing direct election of US Senators by popular vote. It also allows for governors to make temporary appointments to fill vacancies until a special election can be held. This supersedes clauses in the Constitution, under which senators were elected by state legislatures.
It’s Monday, April 8
The West Kentucky Chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International holds a meeting tonight at 6 in room 546 of the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building on the Murray State campus. The group provides guidance and education on the craft and business of songwriting. Tonight’s guest speaker is Stan Webb. For more information, call (270) 293-7252.