This Roman emperor is really, really old today, but he was only 24 when he succeeded his great-uncle (and 28 when he was assassinated). He is largely remembered as a cruel, extravagant, and perverse tyrant who sought unconstrained power. However, he initiated the construction of two new aqueducts and annexed Mauretania. But that stuff's not as interesting.
It’s Friday, August 31
The Humane Society of Calloway County holds Dog and Puppy Obedience Classes beginning September 5th. Classes meet Wednesdays at 6PM, with an eight-week series for dogs and a seven-week series for puppies. The cost is $50 for Humane Society members, or $70 for non-members. To register, call (270) 759-1884.
Thurgood Marshall made history on this day in 1967, as the first African American Justice of the United States Supreme Court. He gained fame for the victory of Brown v. Board of Education, and argued more cases before the US Supreme Court than anyone else in history. "What is the quality of your intent?" - Thurgood Marshall
It’s Thursday, August 30
Fern Fest celebrates music in Marshall County on Saturday from 4 to 9 at Calvert City’s Memorial Park. The free event features music from the Marshall County High School Marching Band, the Paducah Jazz Orchestra, and others.
On August 29, 1966, Beatles fans packed Candlestick Park in San Francisco for what would be their last live concert. Afterward, they embraced an experimental approach to their music, recording first Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The final performance concluded four years of touring over 1,400 concerts. I guess all they needed... was love.
It’s Wednesday, August 29
Land Between the Lakes hosts a Full Moon Canoe Trip on Friday from 7 to 9:30 PM, weather permitting. The cost is $25 per canoe; reservations and full deposits are required. Call (270) 924-2020 to reserve your space and learn the meeting location.
Leo Tolstoy turns 184 today! He was a Russian writer most famous for War and Peace and Anna Karenina - considered two of the greatest novels of all time. His writing is complicated and paradoxical, inciting moral and social reform in a time of spiritual awakening in Russia. Speed-reader Howard Berg can read War and Peace in 15 minutes. I can read it in 14.
It’s Tuesday, August 28
Saturday is the deadline to register for the Retreat and Refresh Stroke Camp, open to stroke survivors, caregivers, and family members. The camp offers educational sessions, and activities tailored to the challenges stroke survivors face. The camp runs September 21 through the 23 at Lake Barkley State Resort Park. Find more information at strokecamp.org.