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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10:33 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Datebook: January 18 - Paris Peace Conference 94 Years Ago

'The Big Four' (L-R) PM David Lloyd George (Great Britian) Prem. Vittorio Orlando (Italy) Prem. Georges Clemenceau (France), Pres. Woodrow Wilson (US)
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Diplomats from more than 32 countries met in Paris on this day in 1919, to set the peace terms following WWI. These treaties reshaped the political maps of Europe and Africa, imposed financial penalties on Germany, and created the League of Nations. 

It’s Friday, January 18

Country singer/songwriter Dustin Lynch performs tonight at 7:30 at the Clemens Fine Arts Center on the WKCTC campus in Paducah.  Lynch is up for Single of the Year by a New Artist as well as for New Artist Video of the Year.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.  For more information, call (270) 534-3212.

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12:26 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Datebook: January 17 - Ben Franklin's Birthday

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"The First American" was born on this day in 1706. He was born of working class roots, and became wealthy as a newspaper editor and publisher. Of course, he later became one of the most influential Founding Fathers, and is quite fun to quote. "Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late."

It’s Thursday, January 17

The American Red Cross holds a blood drive tomorrow from 10 to 2 at Walmart of Murray.  Blood donors must be at least 18 years old, be in good health, and weigh at least 110 pounds.  To schedule an appointment, visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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10:54 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Datebook: January 16 - Hello Dolly! Debuts on Broadway 49 Years Ago


One of the most enduring American musicals, Hello Dolly! debuted on Broadway on this day in 1964, with Carol Channing as Dolly. The production ran for 2,844 performances over nearly 7 years, and won ten Tonys, including Best Musical.

It’s Wednesday, January 16

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area offers a Winter Eagles & Wildlife Van Tour on Saturday, with tours departing from Badgett Theater in Grand Rivers at 8:30 and at 1:30.  The cost is $25 per person for both sessions, or $15 for a single session.  The morning tour visits winter birding hotspots of LBL, and the afternoon session is a Northern LBL eagle tour.  Register by calling 924-2020.

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9:07 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Datebook: January 15 - First Super Bowl 46 Years Ago

Bart Starr

Tensions were high at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, as the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers had an intense rivalry leading up to the 'Supergame' of '67. Sports writers predicted Green Bay's win, notably their star players Willie Wood and Bart Starr. A 30-second commercial cost $42,000.

It’s Tuesday, January 15

A reception honoring diversity author Cathy Bao Bean begins Thursday evening at 5 in the second floor atrium of Alexander Hall.  A presentation follows at 5:30.  Bao Bean is the author of The Chopsticks-Fork Principle: A Memoir and Manual.  She speaks about her experiences and the topic of shattering cultural stereotypes.  For more information, call 809-3817.

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