12:27 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Datebook: September 12 - JFK Marries Jackie 60 Years Ago

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They were formally introduced at a dinner party in 1952, when Kennedy was then busy running for the US Senate. Today was their wedding day in St. Mary's Church in Newport, Rhode Island. It was the social event of the season, with 700 guests and a reception with 1,200 guests. They honeymooned in Acapulco.

It’s Thursday, September 12

The Imani Milele choir sings at Memorial Baptist Church this Sunday at 6 p.m. The choir is made up of orphaned and vulnerable children who are beneficiaries of the good work of the Imani Milele Children child-care program. Memorial Baptist is located at the corner of 10th and Main streets in Murray.

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11:34 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Datebook: September 10 - Large Hadron Collider Powered Up 5 Years Ago

Considered "one of the greatest engineering milestones of mankind," the Large Hadron Collider powered up on this day in 2008, after 10 years of development by CERN. The aim is to test the predictions of particle physics, identify the Higgs boson particle, and advance human understanding of physical laws. 

It’s Tuesday, September 10

Murray-Calloway County Hospital's Wellness Works program offers free screenings for blood pressure, osteoporosis, and blood sugar tomorrow morning from 8 to 11 at the Calloway County Public Library. For more information, call 270-762-1348.

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11:19 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Datebook: September 9 - Tolstoy Turns 185

Leo Tolstoy is widely considered one of the world's greatest novelists, praised for his realistic fiction and complex moralistic aesthetic. Anton Chekhov wrote "What Tolstoy does serves to justify all hopes and aspirations in literature." If you're feeling brave, pick up War and Peace or Anna Karinena.

It's Monday, September 9

Maiden Alley Cinema in Paducah presents "The King's Speech" tonight at 6:30 as part of its Faith in Film series. Bertie, who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. For more information, visit

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9:16 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Datebook: September 6 - Pennsylvania Railroad Derails 70 Years Ago

The 'Pennsy' was the largest railroad by traffic and revenue in the US for most of the 20th century. At its peak, it was the largest publicly traded company in the world. On this day in 1943, its premier train derailed, killing 79 in the junction. The roof peeled off "like a can of sardines." The cause: a faulty hot box. 

It’s Friday, September 6

The Pennyrile Area Cyclists host their annual challenge ride tomorrow morning starting at the Madisonville Community College campus. On-site registration starts at 7, and rides begin at 8 with 10, 22, 41 and 62 mile options available. For more information, visit

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11:06 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Datebook: Setember 5 - "Reign of Terror" Begins in France 220 Years Ago

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The Reign of Terror was a period of political violence during and after the French Revolution, incited by two rival factions, the Girondins and the Jacobins. Tens of thousands of "enemies of the revolution" met their fate at the guillotine. This lasted for just under a year, until a coup turned the tide and executed revolutionaries.

It’s Thursday, September 5

Dr. J. Duane Bolin is the keynote speaker for the MSU history department’s Dr. James W. Hammack Jr. Memorial Scholarship Banquet, to be held Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Curris Center Ballroom. The cost is $40 per person. Tomorrow’s the deadline to make reservations at 270-809-2234.

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9:31 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Datebook: September 4 - Google Founded 15 Years Ago

Larry Page and Sergey Brin were Ph.D students at Stanford University  when they incorporated Google as a privately held company on this day in 1998. By the end of the year, Google had indexed 60 million pages. Today, Google employs nearly 45,000 and is worth nearly $100 billion dollars.

It’s Wednesday, September 4

Baptist Health Paducah offers a Prepared Childbirth Class Saturday from 9 to 3 in Meeting Room A of Doctors Office Building 2. The free class is designed to help expectant parents in their second or third trimester learn about the labor and delivery process. To register, call (270) 575-2229.

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11:43 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Datebook: September 3 - Frederick Douglass Escapes to Freedom 175 Years Ago

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Dressed as a sailor, Frederick Douglass boarded a train to Maryland, transferred in Delaware, and took a steamboat to Philadelphia. He was a free man. He married free black woman Anna Murray, who had helped him secure the trip. On freedom, said he felt "as one might feel upon escape from a den of hungry lions."

It's Tuesday, September 3

New Covenant Christian Academy hosts The Lion's Roar Bike Ride Saturday morning, with registration starting at 7. Fifteen, thirty, and sixty-two mile options are available. All routes start and end at 218 College Street in Hardin. Race day registration is $22. Find registration forms at For more information call (270) 703-4953.

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9:26 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Datebook: August 30 - The "Red Telephone" Goes Into Operation 50 Years Ago

Even though this is on display at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum it is not, in fact, the red phone.
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The Moscow-Washington Hotline allows direct communication between leaders in the US and Russia - from the Pentagon to the Kremlin, and it is actually neither the color red, nor a telephone. It originated as a teletype machine, then facsimile unit, and is now email exchange. But a red phone is much more interesting.

It’s Friday, August 30

The Homeplace at Land Between the Lakes hosts a Trades Fair tomorrow and Sunday from 10 to 4 daily. Trades and crafts represented include chair making, cooking, quilting, knitting, spinning, bee keeping, historical instrument building, and woodworking. Find a complete schedule at

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11:25 am
Thu August 29, 2013

August 29 - Speedy Gonzales Debuts 60 Years Ago

"The Fastest Mouse in all Mexico" made his first appearance on this day in Cat-Tails for Two. A prototype for his more iconic later form, he is seen in a red shirt, running from two cats, Bennie and George. In 1999, Cartoon Network ceased to show Speedy, in an effort to clamp down on ethnic stereotypes.

It’s Thursday, August 29

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park hosts an “End of the Summer Beach Blast” Saturday, with beach volleyball, limbo contests, a DJ, and more. Barbecue plates are available from 11 to 2 for $7 each. Bring a beach chair, umbrella, and towels. 

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11:01 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Datebook: August 28 - MLK's "I Have A Dream" 50 Years Ago

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's historic speech was the grand finale of speeches given during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which drew a crowd of over 200,000 to the Lincoln Memorial. King described the "fierce urgency of now" for  civil and economic rights and racial harmony.

It’s Wednesday, August 28

A Paducah Town Hall Meeting about the National Alzheimer's Plan is tomorrow night from 5:30-7 at the McCracken County Public Library. The meeting offers a chance to share ideas and concerns with government representatives, hear about the latest Alzheimer's issues, discuss concerns families are facing, and find out about upcoming events. For more information, call 1-800-272-3900.

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