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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10:43 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Datebook: January 29 - Mantra-Rock Dance 46 Years Ago

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The Mantra-Rock Dance featured the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Moby Grape, Allen Ginsberg, and Timothy Leary among others. It was dubbed "the ultimate high" and "the major spiritual event of the San Francisco hippie era" bringing Hare Krishna to the wider public. Far out!

It’s Tuesday, January 29

The Spike Lee Film Festival continues tomorrow night at Murray State’s Curris Center with a showing of “Get on the Bus.”  The film, which explores the ideas of manhood, religion, politics, and race, follows twelve African-American men on a cross-country bus trip to the Million Man March.  The free screening starts at 7:15 in the Curris Center Barkley Room.

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9:52 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Datebook: January 28 - "We Are The World" Recorded 28 Years Ago

Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie wrote "We Are the World" for supergroup USA for Africa, recorded on this day in 1985. The charity single sold more than 20 million copies, became the first-ever song certified 'quadruple platinum' and won three Grammys. 

It’s Monday, January 28

The Murray State University String Chamber Orchestra presents a concert tomorrow night featuring Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.  Dr. Sue-Jean Park is the director and soloist for the performance.  The concert begins at 6 o’clock in the Performing Arts Hall, located on the second floor of the Old Fine Arts Building. 

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8:48 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Datebook: January 24 - DHS Begins Operations 10 Years Ago

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The Department of Homeland Security was created as a response to 9/11 with the primary responsibility of protecting the US in domestic matters. While established in Nov. 2002,  it officially began operating on this day in 2003, with Tom Ridge named Secretary.

It’s Thursday, January 24

Photographs from the Civil War are now on display at Western Kentucky University as part of an exhibit titled “Witness: Photographs of a Nation Divided.”  The exhibit runs through March 29 in WKU’s Mass Media and Technology Hall atrium and gallery.

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10:00 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Datebook: January 23 - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Inducts First Class 27 Years Ago

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On this day in 1986, James Brown, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Same Cooke, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, and Jerry Lee Lewis were the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's also the birthday of the inventor of Frisbees. 

It’s Wednesday, January 23

The American Red Cross holds a blood drive Friday from 11 to 4 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Murray.  Donors must be at least 18 years old, be in good health, and weigh at least 110 pounds.  Schedule an appointment at

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10:37 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Datebook: January 22 - Apple's '1984' Commercial Airs 29 Years Ago

Apple's commercial introducing the Macintosh was only broadcast once on daytime TV, during the Superbowl XVIII telecast. Titled '1984,' alluding to George Orwell's dystopian novel, the commercial is considered a masterpiece of television advertising. Watch it here

It’s Tuesday, January 22

There’s a free workshop for visual and performing artists Thursday at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts in Madisonville.  Participants learn how to apply for Kentucky Arts Council programs and hear tips from professional artists.  The workshop is free, but registration is required.  Find a link to the registration form on the community events calendar at

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9:17 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Datebook: January 21 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Today is the observation of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (born January 15). A hero of the civil rights movement, King successfully protested racial discrimination through nonviolent activism. The federal holiday was signed into law by President Reagan in 1983, and was officially observed by all 50 states in 2000.

It’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Murray-Calloway County Hospital’s Blood Donor Center holds blood drives tomorrow and Wednesday from 7 to 4.  Blood donors must be at least 18 years old, be in good health, and weigh at least 110 pounds.  For more information, call 1-800-342-6224.

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