10:53 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Datebook: February 20 - Lipinski Becomes Youngest Gold Medalist 15 Years Ago

On this day in 1998, 15-year-old Tara Lipinski narrowly beat Michelle Kwan in women's figure skating to become the youngest champion in an individual event in the history of Winter Olympics. 

It’s Wednesday, February 20

The American Red Cross holds a blood drive tomorrow afternoon from 12:30 to 5:30 at First Presbyterian Church of Murray.  Donors must be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be at least 17 years old, or 16 with a completed Parental Consent Form.  To learn more or to schedule an appointment, visit

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10:44 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Datebook: February 19 - The Feminine Mystique Published 50 Years Ago

Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique is one of the most influential books of the 20th Century, and is credited as sparking the second-wave of feminism in the US. Her research was prompted upon surveying her former classmates at a reunion, and found that most were unhappy living as housewives. 

It’s Tuesday, February 19

The Music Department of the Murray Woman’s Club hosts a program titled “Music From the Heart” tonight at 7 at the MWC Clubhouse.  The program features the Murray High School Choir under the direction of Laynie Mitchell and the Murray Elementary School Chorus under the direction of Kim Black.  The event is open to the public.

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10:17 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Datebook: February 18 - Presidents Day

Congress implemented the first federal holiday honoring an American citizen in 1879, George Washington's birthday. 100 years later, Presidents Day emerged to celebrate Washington and Lincoln's birthdays together. It's a tradition in the Senate to read Washington's Farewell Address on his birthday.

It’s Monday, February 18

Murray-Calloway County Hospital hosts a blood drive Wednesday from 8:30 to 4 at the Center for Health and Wellness.  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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9:35 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Datebook: February 15 - Columbus Writes from the New World 520 Years Ago

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On this day in 1493, Christopher Columbus wrote a letter to the Spanish court describing "India beyond the Ganges" (he was in Hispaniola and Cuba). In the letter, he lands "with flags flying and no one objecting," exaggerates the size and wealth of the islands, and describes the native Arawaks as fierce man-eating monsters.

It’s Friday, February 15

The National Archery in the Schools Program Region 1 Archery Tournament is tomorrow morning at 9 at Graves County High School. Approximately 300 archers compete.  Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for students.  Children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge.

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10:25 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Datebook: February 14 - Happy Valentine's Day!

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The first recorded association of Valentine's Day with romantic love is in Chaucer's Parlement of Foules, written in 1382, "For this was on seynt Volantynys day/Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make." Happy Volantynys Day!

It’s Thursday, February 14

“Children of Paradise” is this week’s Cinema International film.  In the 1820s Paris theater district, a mime falls in love with a beautiful woman after he saves her from a pickpocket, but true love is star-crossed by her entanglements with other men.  Free showings are at 7:30 tonight, tomorrow night, and Saturday night at Murray State’s Curris Center Theater.

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10:47 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Datebook: February 13 - Largest Known Diamond Discovered 9 Years Ago

The largest known diamond weighs 10 billion trillion trillion carats, it exists 50 light-years from Earth, and it vibrates - showcasing its luminosity. The BPM 37093 is a dwarf star made out of diamonds, wrapped in electrons. It's nicknamed after a song by The Beatles. Can you guess which one?

It’s Wednesday, February 13

Kids ages six to twelve can spend an evening playing with more than 6,000 Legos at this week’s Friday Night Science class at West Kentucky Community and Technical College.  The two-hour class starts at 5PM in the Emerging Technology Center.  The cost is $20.  To register, call (270) 534-3335.

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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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