Today's event is particularly positive! On this day in 1932, Carl D. Anderson discovered the positron (counterpart to the electron), for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize for Physics. The consequences of this discovery would later be explored by Isaac Asimov. What could go wrong?
It’s Thursday, August 2
There’s a Dive-In Movie tomorrow night at the Noble Park Pool in Paducah. The featured film is “The Goonies,” rated PG. The pool opens at 8, and the film starts at dusk. Admission is $1 per person, and concessions are available for purchase.
Happy birthday to Jerry Garcia (1942-1995). He was best known as the leader of Grateful Dead for over three decades. Rolling Stones ranked him the 13th Greatest Guitarist of All Time. But he really achieved greatness in 1987, when Ben & Jerry's came out with Cherry Garcia.
It’s Wednesday, August 1
Starfish Orphan Ministries holds a general public meeting Sunday afternoon at 2. Everyone is welcome to learn about local volunteer opportunities, upcoming mission trips, and other ways to help orphaned children. The meeting will be held at the Starfish office, located at 1000 Broadway in Paducah.
Walt Disney's Flowers and Trees was released on this day in 1932, becoming the first commercially released film to be produced in full-color, three-strip Technicolor. The short was a commercial and critical success, winning the first Academy Award for Animated Short Subjects. Additionally, moviegoers learned that when no one is around, trees do calisthenics.
It’s Monday, July 30
Lake Barkley State Resort Park hosts “History & Humor, Hummin’ & Strummin’ 2012” Wednesday evening from 6 to 10. The free outdoor event features four Chautauqua performances. Actors portray Colonel Harland Sanders; Mary Settles, the last Shaker at Pleasant Hill; abolitionist John G. Fee; and Private William Greathouse, a soldier in the War of 1812.
On this day in 1947, President Harry Truman signed the National Security Act into law which led to the creation of the CIA, US Department of Defense, US Air Force, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the US National Security Council, as a response to the aftermath of WWII. Don't mess with the US.
It’s Thursday, July 26
Tonight at 7, Maiden Alley Cinema presents the Woody Allen film “To Rome With Love.” It follows the stories of a worker who wakes up to find himself a celebrity, an architect who takes a trip back the street he lived on as a student, a young couple on their honeymoon, and a frustrated opera director with a talent for singing. For additional showtimes, see maidenalleycinema.com.
Sir William Cooke and Charles Wheatstone successfully demonstrated the first commercial electric telegraph on this day in London. It was later used on the Great Western Railway as a system to catch criminals. It had no punctuation and missed the J, Q, and Z. So "A zebra just kidnapped the Queen!" would be "A webra gust kidnapped the Freen"
It’s Wednesday, July 25
Murray and Bardstown have been named to a list of the "five best small towns in America" by Rand McNally and USA Today. Murray was selected as the friendliest small town, and Bardstown was selected as the most beautiful small town. An hour-long special on the Best of the Road towns airs at 7 tonight on the Travel Channel.
A happy birthday to French writer Alexandre Dumas. He was born in poverty as the grandson of a French nobleman and a Haitian slave and became best known for The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. 210 years is also how long it may take to finish reading all 1,500 pages of Monte Cristo.
It’s Tuesday, July 24
A foster care and adoption fair is set for Saturday at the Owensboro Christian Church. The fair will be held from 10 to 2. Experienced foster parents and social workers will be available to share information and answer questions. For more, call 1-877-994-9970.