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Datebook: Michael Faraday turns 220

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Michael Faraday, he’s one of the guys Albert Einstein kept a photograph of on his study wall.  He was an English chemist and physicist born on September 22, 1791,  best known for established the basis for the electromagnetic field concept in physics, discovered electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism, and laws of electrolysis. His inventions of electromagnetic rotary devices formed the foundation of electric motor technology, and it was largely due to his efforts that electricity became viable for use in technology. He also discovered benzene, invented an early form of the Bunsen burner and popularized terminology such as anode, cathode, electrode, and ion. He had almost no formal training and yet is regarded as one of the most influential scientists in history. He was also deeply religious, biographers have noted that his strong faith pervaded through his life and work.

It’s Thursday, September 22

There’s a Reading and Book Signing tonight at 7 at Murray State’s Clara M. Eagle Gallery. It is also a closing reception with refreshments for the Faculty Exhibition. Judith Shearer, Constance Alexander and Pamela Johnson Parker read from their works and sign books as will Art Educator Camille Serre. The gallery’s on the 6th floor of Price Doyle Fine Arts.

Halls, Tennessee’s Dyersburg Army Air Base has the “Wings Over Halls” Air Show this weekend featuring over 20 World War II aircraft. Gates open at 10 and close at 5 with the main air exhibition at 1:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $10. See

The Hopkinsville International Festival is at Hopkinsville’s JE Bruce Convention Center Saturday from 10 to 6. It’s free and includes a kids zone, global village, world musical performances, and international vendors with food and crafts for sale. See

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