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Datebook: May 10 – Barbary Pirates Declare War on US 210 Years Ago

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Burning of the USS Philadelphia

On May 10, 1801, Ysuf Karamanli, the Pasha of Tripoli declared war on the United States of America in the customary Barbary manner of cutting down the flagstaff in front of the U.S. Consulate. Karamanli had demanded $225,000  from the newly-inaugurated president Thomas Jefferson, whom, of course, refused. Read more about the First Barbary War.

Here’s Datebook for Tuesday, May 10

The McCracken County Public Library, 555 Washington Street in Paducah, hosts a free outdoor production of Romeo and Juliet this evening at 6 in the garden area. Bring lawn chairs and a picnic supper for this 90 minute experience of the inaugural Stone Soup Shakespeare Tour. Audience members will be involved in the play.

Murray’s Jazz in the Park is Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. featuring ensembles from Murray, Graves County, Trigg County, Inman, and Paducah Middle Schools as well as those from Murray and Marshall County High. The Jerry Tolson Orchestra of Louisville performs at 7 p.m. Vendors on site. In case of rain, music moves from the amphitheatre in Central Park to Murray Middle School.

“This Spud’s For You” benefits the Mayfield-Graves County Needline and Food Pantry this week. Tickets are $5 for the spudtacular potato bar at First Presbyterian Ministries Center at 9th and Broadway from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday.

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