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Datebook: September 21 – Sandra Day O’Connor confirmed by Senate 30 years ago

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On September 21, 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor was confirmed by the U.S. Senate with a vote of 99–0.  She was the first female member of the Supreme Court of the United States and served as an Associate Justice from 1981 until her retirement from the Court in 2006. O’Connor was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981. In the latter years of her tenure, she was regarded as having the swing opinion in many cases. She announced her retirement in 2005 and was replaced by Justice Samuel Alito. On August 12, 2009, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor of the United States, by President Barack Obama.

It’s Wednesday, September 21

Murray State’s Horticulture Department Fall Plant Sale is Saturday from 8 to 3 at the University’s Pullen Farm greenhouse near the Arboretum. Most mums sell for $5. Turn off Hwy. 94 or Main Street, West onto Hickory Street and follow the sign.

The Yeiser Art Center on Markethouse Square in downtown Paducah opens two new shows with a reception Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Brian Benfer explores memory, time, and physical residue in a new site –specific installation. Lily Liu creates bowl-shaped works in fiber that focus on texture, repitition and form. Both shows are up through October 22.

A decorated front line combat medic in World War II’s 82 Airborne Division, Mike Freeland reads from his novel Blood River to Berlin in Murray on Friday. Mr. Freeland’s reading and book signing is from 9 to 11 Friday at University Book and Bean on Chestnut Street.

Murray State’s annual Festival of Champions marching band competition is Saturday at Stewart Stadium. See more at


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