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Datebook: January 27 – Yue Fei Wrongly Executed 870 Years Ago

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Yue Fei was a Chinese military general during the era of the Southern Song Dynasty. He is best known for leading the defense of Southern Song against invaders from the Jurchen-ruled Jin Dynasty in northern China, before being put to death by the Southern Song government. He was granted the posthumous name of “Wumu” by Emperor Xiaozong in 1169, and later granted the posthumous title of “Prince of E” by Emperor Ningzong in 1211. Widely seen as a patriot and national hero in China, since after his death, Yue Fei has evolved into a standard epitome of loyalty in Chinese culture. Despite his sweeping victory over the Northern Song, pushing his troops northward, his efforts were opposed by a party seeking appeasement within the capital led by minister Qin Hui. Yue Fei was ordered to return from the battlefield, and obeyed the Emperor’s command. On January 27, 1142, he and his son were executed on false pretenses, causing an uproar by the people. Decades later, Yue Hei was exonerated and is celebrated today for his patriotism and contributions to poetry, martial arts, and military methods.

It’s Friday, January 27

The Marvelous Wonderettes return to Playhouse in the Park for two encore performances tonight at 7 and Sunday afternoon at 2:30. The musical comedy takes place at the 1958 Springfield High School prom and features popular tunes from the 50s and 60s. $11 tickets can be purchased by calling 759-1752.

The Humane Society of Calloway County hosts Fashion 4 Paws tomorrow from noon to six in the Curris Center Ballroom on the campus of Murray State. The formalwear consignment sale event also features live music by Bordertown, custom-designed jewelry, and a silent auction.

The Clara M. Eagle Art Gallery hosts an opening reception tonight from six to eight honoring two new exhibits. The Curris Center Gallery displays Kevin Beasley’s minimalist installation exploring phenomenology and perception, and the main gallery presents a juried exhibit titled, “White Hot Gold: Examining the Role of Performance in New Media.” There’s more about the exhibits at

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