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Datebook: May 13 – Queen Victoria issues proclamation of neutrality for Confederacy 150 years ago

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On May 13, 1861, Queen Victoria issued her proclamation of neutrality, recognizing the Confederates as having belligerent rights. That the Queen’s proclamation, later imitated by other countries, sent an international message that the South was a responsible government conducting war. As such it was deemed entitled to the rights and subject to the obligations of a belligerent in international law. Click here to read more about the proclamation.

Here’s Datebook for Friday, May 13

Calloway County Red Cross is registering for its Summer Swim Program through May. Stop by the office on the second floor of the Weaks Community Center on Poplar Street or call 270-753-1421. The first of five sessions of summer swim starts June 6. Also, see

West Kentucky Allied Services is among organizations accepting donations of nonperishable food for flood victims. Offices in Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Marshall and McCracken counties are open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays for receiving items. Get further information in the flood section of

LBL’s Pickin’ Party is Memorial Day Weekend. 10 to 7 Saturday and 11 to 6 Sunday music includes Mark Dvorak, the Dixie Volunteers, the Cumberland River Plowboys, Dan Knowles, Bawn in the Mash, Common Thread, Steephill Travelers, Red River Breeze and Nathan Blake Lynn. It’s at LBL’s Homeplace.

Thanks for making public radio on air and at part of your life. Here’s to a restful weekend!


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