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10:48 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Datebook: December 10 - First Traffic Light Installed 144 Years Ago

It's a universally complex relationship... everyone hates traffic lights, but we're sure glad when they're working. The first lights, outside the British Houses of Parliament in London, looked like semaphore arms with red and green gas lamps, turned with a lever by a policeman.

It’s Monday, December 10

There’s a Christmas Charity Auction benefiting the Merryman House tomorrow at noon at the Country Club of Paducah.  Items in the auction include food, gift baskets, holiday décor, jewelry, hotel stays, and more.  The auction is sponsored by the Paducah/River City Business and Professional Women organization.  RSVP by calling (270) 444-8400.

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9:51 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Datebook: December 7 - NASA Snaps "The Blue Marble" 40 Years Ago

As the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft left the orbit of Earth and began its trajectory to the Moon, the astronauts snapped what would be known as "The Blue Marble," a picture of a fully-illuminated Earth, that would become one of the most widely distributed photographic images in existence. Here's our part.

It’s Friday, December 7

High school artists are invited to enter their work in the 20th Annual Teen Spirit exhibition at the Yeiser Art Center.  The juried visual art competition awards monetary prizes and scholarships to the top-placing artists.  The entry deadline is December 15th.  For more information, visit theyeiser.org and click on Call for Entries.

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11:07 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Datebook: December 6 - Washington Monument Completed 128 Years Ago

P.H. McLaughlin sets the capstone, Harpers Weekly
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Construction began in 1848, but was halted for several decades due to lack of funding and the Civil War. On this day, in 1884, the capstone was set, making it the world's tallest structure until surpassed by the Eiffel Tower (in 1889). About 150 feet up the monument you can see a different shading of marble, where construction was halted.

It’s Thursday, December 6

The Graves County High School Band offers their annual Christmas Concert tonight.  Enjoy timeless classics as well as some more adventurous tunes from the concert band, jazz band, and wind ensemble.  The concert starts at 7 at the Graves County Schools’ Performing Arts Center.

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10:00 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Datebook: December 5 - President Polk Confirms Gold in California

Rumors had already begun spreading for months: "gold has been found in considerable quantities."  But it wasn't until this day in 1848, when President Polk confirmed the discovery to Congress, that immigrants rushed to California searching for the "mother lode."

It’s Wednesday, December 5

The Jackson Purchase Friends of Bluegrass hold a Bluegrass Night on Friday at 7:30 at the Kentucky Opry in Draffenville.  Bands include the Cope Brothers, Blue Reign, and The McKendrees.  There’s an open jam in the lobby before the show. 

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10:48 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Datebook: December 4 - Million Dollar Quartet Meets 56 Years Ago

It was 56 years ago, on this day in '56, a chance meeting of the Million Dollar Quartet: Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash. They recorded an impromptu jam session at Sun Records Studios in Memphis. In 2006, RCA released "The Complete Million Dollar Quartet,"  with 46 tracks covering most, if not all, of the session.

It’s Tuesday, December 4

The third annual Christian County Festival of Trees is on display at the Watts Senior Center in Hopkinsville starting Thursday and lasting through the 16th.  Enjoy breakfast with Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus, a pageant, and other events.  See details at kentuckyfestivaloftrees.com

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10:50 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Datebook: December 3 - First Text Message Sent 20 Years Ago

Credit Alton, Wikimedia Commons

On this day in 1992, the first SMS message was sent by a 22-year-old engineer Neil Papworth of Sema Group. He used a personal computer linked to the Vodafone network to send a text to Richard Jarvis which read, "Merry Christmas." He was a little shocked when the reply was LOL RU4 REAL?!?

It’s Monday, December 3

Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah hosts its annual “Stuff the Truck” food drive tomorrow from 7AM to 6PM.  Bring canned goods and non-perishable food items for local food pantries to the Baptist Imaging Center parking lot, opposite the parking garage at 27th and Kentucky.

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9:04 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Datebook: November 30 - Michael Jackson Releases Thriller 30 Years Ago

Credit Wikimedia Commons

The world became thrilled on this day in 1982, when Michael Jackson released his sixth studio album, Thriller. Seven of the nine songs reached the Billboard Top 10. In one year the album became (and remains) the best-selling album of all time. And it won eight Grammy awards. Don't even get me started on the music video... One cannot dance and type at the same time.

It’s Friday, November 30

The Paducah Railroad Museum hosts a Polar Express Party tomorrow with events at 11, 1, and 3.  Kids are invited to participate in games, crafts, and a reading of “The Polar Express.” The museum is located at 200 Washington Street, across from the Carson Center.  See details at paducahrr.org.

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10:32 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Datebook: November 29 - Pong Turns 40

The cultural influence of a simple electronic version of table tennis announced on this day in 1972 is virtually "mind-blowing." Allan Alcorn and Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell put a Pong prototype in a tavern and it became an instant hit, earning an unprecedented $35-40 a day. Sears produced a home version in 1975, selling 150,000 units that holiday season. I'll take Pong over Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 any day!

It’s Thursday, November 29

The Woman’s Club of Madisonville hosts a Holiday Tour of Homes Sunday afternoon from 1 to 5.  Visit five homes decorated for the season and enjoy cookies and cider.  $10 tickets are available in advance at the Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce or at Armstrong Coal Company on the day of the tour.

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10:42 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Datebook: November 28 - Grand Ole Opry Begins Broadcasting 87 Years Ago

The Grand Ole Opry, one of the longest-running broadcasts in history, began on this day in 1925 has a one-hour radio show called "WSM Barn Dance." An American icon, the Opry brought country music to the forefront for decades: from Hank Williams and Patsy Cline, to Garth Brooks and Carrie Underwood.

It’s Wednesday, November 28

Land Between the Lakes offers free cedar Christmas trees beginning Saturday.  Pick up permits, maps, and cutting guidelines from the Administrative Office during the week or from the Golden Pond Visitor Center on the weekends.  For details, visit lbl.org and click on “Newsroom.” 

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11:22 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Datebook: November 27 - Bruce Lee Turns 72

Martial artist and pop culture icon Bruce Lee would be 72 today had it not been for his sudden death in 1973, while doing voice over work for Enter the Dragon. He famously bested Chuck Norris in Way of the Dragon, one of the greatest martial arts battles in cinema. Though some argue the random kitten won.

It’s Tuesday, November 27

The Murray State University Department of History offers a research forum Thursday afternoon at 4 in Faculty Hall Room 505.  Dr. Brian Clardy’s presentation is titled “Trial by Fire: Race Relations, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Development of American Jazz.”  The event is free and open to the public.

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