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Datebook: December 30 – A Skipped Day in Samoa

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One day closer to the new year for Samoa, a tiny South Pacific island nation. When the clock struck midnight last night, the country skipped over Friday, December 30 and moved right into Saturday, December 31. Samoans gathered around a clock tower in the capital, Apia, to celebrate the historic moment. The purpose of this was to align their time zone with key trading partners in the Asia-Pacific region by shifting west of the international date line. They will now be the first nation in the world to ring in the new year, rather than the last (Kiribati was previously the first). Happy New Year Samoans!

It’s Friday, December 30

Paris Landing State Park hosts the first hike of the New Year on Sunday at noon. The two-hour family-friendly hike starts and ends at the Park Inn. Hike along the river’s edge, stopping at the old swim beach for refreshments and a bonfire. For more information, call 731-641-4465.

Recycle Now of Paducah will be open tomorrow from 8AM until noon, accepting cardboard, plastic, aluminum cans, glass, electronics, and batteries. For more information, including volunteer opportunities, visit

The Murray Calloway County Hospital Center for Health and Wellness offers a 13-week Cooper-Clayton Method smoking cessation class starting this Tuesday. The program provides weekly education sessions in a warm, accepting support group environment. The class meets every Tuesday at 5:30PM. To register or for more information, call 270-762-1348.

Tune in Sunday morning at nine to hear the Front Page Year in Review. See more at


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  1. Why did the samoans skiped 30th december?

    Betty boakye

    February 4, 2012 at 1:05 am

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