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Datebook: May 23 – Captain Kidd hanged 310 years ago

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On May 23, 1701, “Captain” William Kidd was executed for piracy after returning from a voyage to the Indian Ocean. He was a Scottish sailor, famous for the sensational circumstances of his questioning before the English Parliament and the ensuing trial. Though less destructive and less lucrative than his pirate contemporaries, many believe he was made an example of by the British as a warning to other pirates. He’s also renown for his legendary buried treasures. Read more about the buried treasure and William Kidd’s legacy.

Here’s Datebook for Monday, May 23

On Wednesday Murray-Calloway County Hospital activates Emergency downtime procedures to prepare for a facility mechanical update. Work on the life safety system starts at 8 a.m.and then the critical switch transfer happens from about noon to 5 p.m. It’s business as usual despite the loss of systems in some areas.

Laser Light and Music Shows return to LBL’s Golden Pond Visitor’s Center Planetarium’s 40 foot dome for the summer Friday. Visitors see Greek mythology in the stars during the 11 a.m. shows daily. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 and 8:30 p.m. shows are synchronized to pop music. See details at

Disaster Recovery Centers are open in Tennessee to help individuals and businesses affected by the recent severe storms. Disaster recovery agency representatives staff centers 8 to 8 seven days a week until further notice. The Dover office is at 102 Natcore Drive for Stewart County. In Obion, the office is at 221 North Broadway.

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