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Datebook: November 16 – First Foreign Salute to the American Flag 235 Years Ago

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On November 16, 1776, American merchant ship USS Andrew Doria entered the harbor of St. Eustatius, a Caribbean island claimed by the Dutch Low Countries. The ship flew the newly designed American flag (without stars at the time). Johan de Graaff, the island’s governor, acknowledged the ship and with an eleven-shot salute from the fort, becoming the first time a foreign power salutes the American flag. The British considered this a flagrant act of provocation and demanded the governor return to Holland to explain himself. In 1781, a British fleet destroyed the merchant port, thus ending trade with the rebels.

It’s Wednesday, November 16

Market House Theatre in Paducah presents the Alfred Hitchcock Classic Thriller with a comic twist: The 39 Steps, again this weekend. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Get tickets online at mhtplay.com.

St. Joseph Catholic School in Mayfield has its Christmas Auction Saturday at the Parish Center next to the school at 112 South 14th Street. Barbecue concessions start at 6 p.m. with the auction at 7. Christmas items, services and goods, artworks, tickets to Lady Antebellum and more are up for bid.

Tomorrow the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet holds a public meeting about the widening of U.S. 68/KY 80 in Trigg County. It will be in the Hooks Room of Lake Barkley State Resort Park from 5 to 7 p.m. with written information about the project as well as displays on hand. Information will be at the District 1 Office, 5501 Kentucky Dam Road in Paducah after the meeting.

See this datebook text on the Front Blog at wkms.org. Thanks!

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