10:58 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Datebook: October 10 - Outer Space Treaty 45 Years Ago

The US, UK, and Russia were the first to enforce that the exploration of space should be carried out for the benefits of all countries, free for exploration, not subject to sovereignty, not a place to orbit nuclear weapons, that the Moon shall be used for peaceful purposes, that astronauts are envoys of Earth, and that countries should be responsible for any damage of space objects. Tell that to Darth Vader.

It’s Wednesday, October 10

First Christian Church of Mayfield holds a Blues Night tomorrow beginning at 7.  Enjoy traditional and contemporary Christian music through the lens of New Orleans-style blues.  Featured performers include Dr. Jessie Webb and members of the local Pearl House Band.  Dress for the evening is casual.

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9:30 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Datebook: October 9 - Che Guevara Executed 45 Years Ago

"Guerrillero Heroico" - Che Guevara in 1960
Alberto Korda, Wikimedia Commons

Che was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, a major figure in the Cuban Revolution, and a ubiquitous international symbol of rebellion. He was both revered and reviled for repelling the Bay of Pigs invasion and precipitating the Cuban Missile Crisis. TIME named him one of the most influential people of the 20th century; Maryland Institute College of Art called this photo one of "the most famous photographs in the world."

It’s Tuesday, October 9

Girls of all ages interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are invited to attend a forum on Thursday at the West Kentucky Community and Technical College Emerging Technology Center.  The free event features hands-on activities and demonstrations by area professionals.  Registration begins at 3:30, and the forum lasts from 4 to 6:30.  For more information, call 442-3174.

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2:13 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Datebook: October 8 - Cats Debuts on Broadway 30 Years Ago

The 2nd-longest running show on Broadway made it's debut on this day in 1982. Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats began its 18-year run, telling the story of a tribe of cats and reincarnation. With much critical acclaim, show is widely considered to be the cat's meow.

It’s Monday, October 8

Maiden Alley Cinema presents “Mary and Max” tonight at 6:30 as part of the Faith in Film series.  The animated film tells the story of two unlikely pen pals.  For more information, visit

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9:30 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Datebook: October 5 - James Bond Celebrates 50 Years on Film

Dr. No, starring Sean Connery as James Bond, was the first film based on Ian Fleming's spy series. It was filmed with a low budget, of $1M, but took in almost $60M in the box office. The film featured one of the most famous one-liners in cinema history: "Bond... James Bond."

It’s Friday, October 5

The city of Madisonville offers a Gallery Hop tomorrow evening from 5 to 9.  Visitors can view and purchase art from thirty artists in nine locations within in a three-block downtown area.  The event also includes live music, with guitarist Eddie Pennington performing at 6:30.  See event details at

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11:36 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Datebook: October 4 - Leave It to Beaver Debuts 55 Years Ago

June, Ward, Beav, and Wally became the iconic suburban family of the mid-20th century, making their first appearance on CBS on this day in 1957 (later moving to ABC). It was one of the first shows written from a child's point of view, and was compared by Variety to Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer. Gee, that's swell!

It’s Thursday, October 4

The Calloway County Public Library hosts a scarf-making workshop Saturday morning from 9:30 to 11:30.  Trigg County Extension Agent Cecelia Hostilo leads the free workshop.  Space is limited; register by calling 753-2288.

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11:51 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Datebook: October 3 - "Howl" Ruled Not Obscene 55 Years Ago

Michiel Hendryckx, Wikimedia Commons

"Howl" by Allen Ginsberg is widely considered to be one of the greatest works of American literature, but it was published in 1956 to much controversy, containing references to illicit drugs and sexual practices. Customs officials seized books, and the publisher was charged with obscenity. On this day in 1957, however, the poem was declared of "redeeming social importance."

It’s Wednesday, October 3

The Make A Difference Community Food Drive invites Paducah residents to bring nonperishable food items to the Paducah Cooperative Ministry during the month of October.  This year’s goal is to collect 10,000 pounds of food to help households in need.  The Paducah Cooperative Ministry is located at 402 Legion Drive.  For more information, call 442-6795.

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11:33 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Datebook: October 2 - Groucho Turns 122

Happy birthday Groucho Marx! It's hard to imagine he turns 122 today. Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.

It’s Tuesday, October 2

The annual Murray State University Faculty Showcase Recital is tonight at 7:30 in the Performing Arts Hall.  Eleven faculty members perform musical selections ranging from light classical to jazz.  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students, with proceeds benefiting the music scholarship fund. 

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10:56 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Datebook: October 1 - The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Debuts 50 Years Ago

Johnny Carson made his debut as the host of NBC's "Tonight Show" on this day in 1962. His first guests were Rudy Vallee, Joan Crawford, Tony Bennett, and Mel Brooks. Carson hosted the show for 30 years, before passing the torch to Jay Leno. That's some wild and wacky stuff!

It’s Monday, October 1

A four-week Beginning Floral Design class starts this Thursday at the West Kentucky Community and Technical College.  Classes meet on Thursday nights from 5 to 8.  The cost is $85.  Supplies for one arrangement including a vase will be furnished.  To register, call (270) 534-3335.

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9:15 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Datebook: September 28 - Thomas Crapper Turns 176

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Contrary to widespread misconceptions, Thomas Crapper did not invent the flush toilet, but rather did much to popularize the toilet with related inventions. Let us not remember his legacy for silly things like "taking a crap," but rather for his most important contribution, the ballcock.

It’s Friday, September 28

The Murray State University Department of Music presents the sixth annual Fall Fanfare Concert in Lovett Auditorium tomorrow afternoon at 2.  $5 tickets are available at the door and benefit music scholarships.  Hear an hour of entertaining performances by the Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, University Chorale, Jazz Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, and the 300-plus member Racer Marching Band.

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9:32 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Datebook: September 27 - Samuel Adams Turns 290

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Samuel Adams... Founding Father, leader of the American Revolution, and brewing enthusiast, was born on this day in 1722. He was influential in organizing the Boston Tea Party, Declaration of Independence, and Articles of Confederation. Modern scholars debate his rebellious nature, but I think some would agree he'd be a guy you'd want to drink a beer with.

It’s Thursday, September 27

Dinty Moore, winner of the National Book Prize for non-fiction, gives a reading tonight at 7:30 in Murray State University’s Clara Eagle Art Gallery, located on the sixth floor of the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building.  The reading is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow at the Faculty Club.

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