12:17 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Datebook: November 14 - BBC Begins Broadcasting 90 Years Ago

On the day after today in 1922, The Daily News reported "For the first time in history, news was broadcast in England last night by the British Broadcasting Company." Director of Programmes Arthur Burrows read the two news bulletins from the Marconi House in London. He later remarked that it was a great test of nerves. But we're glad he did it.

It’s Wednesday, November 14

The Murray Art Guild Annual Holiday Sale is Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Robert O. Miller Conference Center.  Work for sale includes jewelry, ceramics, willow furniture, woodwork, hand-bound books, ornaments, and more, all by created by local artists.  Find sale hours and details at

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11:36 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Datebook: November 13 - Vietnam Veterans Memorial Dedicated 30 Years Ago

On this day in 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was formally dedicated and right away placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The American Institute of Architects ranked the wall tenth on their "List of America's Favorite Architecture."

It’s Tuesday, November 13

Western Baptist Hospital offers free flu shots tomorrow from 8AM until noon or until supplies run out.  Recipients must be 18 or older.  The flu shot clinic is in the atrium of Doctors Office Building 2.  Pre-registration is not necessary.  For more information, call (270) 575-2918.

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11:49 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Datebook: November 12 - Loch Ness Monster Smiles for the Camera

Hugh Gray walked along the shore of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands on a breezy, November day in 1933, when he spotted commotion in the water. Suddenly, a large creature with a long tail and thick body rose up from the lake, four flipper like appendages flailing about. Gray fumbled with his camera and snapped the first known picture of the Loch Ness Monster.

It’s Monday, November 12

The Murray State University Department of History presents a concert tomorrow night called Roots 3.  Doors open at 7 and the concert starts at 7:30 in Wrather Auditorium. Featured performers include The McKendrees, Fidula, and Ranger Doug Green and Andy Reiss.  For more information, call the department at 809-5455.

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10:15 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Datebook: November 9 - First Issue of Rolling Stone Published 45 Years Ago

The first issue of Rolling Stone magazine debuted on this day in 1967 with John Lennon on the cover. In the issue, the cheif editor Jann Wenner said the magazine "is not just about the music, but about the things and attitudes that music embraces." 

It’s Friday, November 9

The Nature Station at Land Between the Lakes offers a Fall Frolic tomorrow from 10 to 4.  Celebrate the fall season with hay rides, guided hikes, old-time live music, and family-friendly programs.  See a complete schedule of the day’s events at

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10:31 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Datebook: November 7 - LBJ Establishes the CPB 45 Years Ago

It's a day to celebrate for public radio! On this day in 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, establishing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and eventually National Public Radio. He said, "Today we rededicate a part of the airwaves-which belong to all of the people - and we dedicate them for enlightenment of all of the people."

It’s Wednesday, November 7

The Calloway County Public Library offers a free computer class tomorrow morning from 9 to 11.  The focus of the class is the Microsoft Excel program.  For more information, call the library at (270) 753-2288.

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11:03 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Datebook: November 6 - Meet the Press Debuts 65 Years Ago

NBC's Meet the Press is the longest-running TV series in American history, debuting on this day in 1947. The show interviews national leaders on issues of politics, economics, foreign policy, and other public affairs, often with two figures with opposing positions. It's also Election Day... Go rock the vote!

It’s Tuesday, November 6

The West Kentucky Community and Technical College Community Health Fair is tomorrow at the Robert Cherry Civic Center.  The fair includes free screenings for blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure, as well as blood typing.  Services are provided by nursing students and faculty members.  Hours are 9:30 to 2:30.

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10:21 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Datebook: November 5 - Remember, Remember...

The Discovery of the Gunpowder Plot by Henry Perronet Briggs, 1823.

The Gunpowder Plot was a failed assassination attempt against Protestant King James I of England on November 5, 1605. Conspirator Guy Fawkes was arrested while guarding explosives beneath the House of Lords. People lit bonfires and made an annual celebration in remembrance of the survival of the king.

It’s Monday, November 5

“Farming in the Black Patch” premieres tonight at Murray State University’s Curris Center.  The new documentary explains the process of tobacco cultivation and outlines the task of running and operating a modern tobacco farm.  Doors open at 6, and the film begins at 6:45.

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10:12 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Datebook: November 2 - Spruce Goose Flies 65 Years Ago

The Hughes H-4 Hercules, aka the "Spruce Goose," made its first and only flight on this day in 1947. Due to wartime restrictions and weight, it was built out of wood (though it was built with birch not spruce). It's the largest flying boat ever built and has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in history. But the food on board is terrible.

It’s Friday, November 2

Broadway Church of Christ in Paducah gives away free clothing tomorrow from 10 until 1.  Those in need can visit the Family Life Center, located at 2855 Broadway.  For more information, call the church at (270) 443-6206.

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10:47 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Datebook: November 1 - Sistine Chapel Opens to the Public 500 Years Ago

Credit Clayton Tang, Wikimedia Commons

Michelangelo's 5,000 square feet of elaborate frescoes depicting biblical scenes were seen by the public for the first time on this day in 1512. Johann Wolfgang Goethe said, "Without having seen the Sistine Chapel one can form no appreciable idea of what one man is capable of achieving."

It’s Thursday, November 1

The Murray State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble gives its annual President’s Concert tonight at 7:30 in Lovett Auditorium.  Dr. Jonathan Whitaker of the University of Alabama is the guest soloist on trombone.  The concert is free and open to the public.

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10:21 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Datebook: October 31 - Happy Halloween!

Credit Toby Ord, Wikimedia Commons

Halloween was first used in the 16th century as a Scottish variant of All Hallow's Even. It began as linked to the Celtic festival Samhain, marking preparations for winter. The souls of the dead were said to revisit their homes on Samhain, feasting at the table with the living... Mwahahaha!

It’s Wednesday, October 31

KeeFORCE collects used computer equipment for orphanages and schools in Third World countries.  Desktop, laptop, and notebook units are accepted at the Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce on Friday from 7:30 to 3.  For more information, call David Morse at (270) 366-0551.

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