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Datebook: February 10 – Midway Atoll Bombarded 70 Years Ago

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The Midway Atoll is a 2.4 square-mile group of formerly-inhabited islands claimed by the United State between Hawaii and Japan. It is currently home to the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and is open to the public for visitors interested in ecology and military history. Indeed, Midway played a significant role in the Pacific Campaign in World War II. The Battle of Midway was one of the most important naval battles in the war, which took place 70 years ago this June. Due to its strategic location, it became a convenient refueling stop for transpacific flights and Navy ships. Midway’s importance was brought into focus after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Though the December 7th attack on Midway was repulsed by US troops, a Japanese submarine bombarded Midway on February 10, 1942 – 70 years ago today. This was the precursor to the larger attack four months later, and the devastating defeat of the Japanese Navy. Midway Atoll is now home to nearly three million birds, including 70% of the world’s Laysan Albatross population.

It’s Friday, February 10

The 2012 Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville takes place today, tomorrow, and Sunday at the Nashville Convention Center. Celebrate color with internationally renowned experts and more than 150 exhibitors. $15 admission benefits the Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art and The Exchange Club Charities. Find more at

The Dover Community Theatre presents “The Battle of Fort Donelson: A Retrospective” tomorrow at 7PM and on Sunday at 2PM at Rose Ella Village. The show features four scenes written by Dan Griggs, Martha Parker, and the Reverend Donald Bailey, Jr. Tickets are $5 at the door. Reserve seats at 232-5201.

The McCracken County Extension Office offers Master Food Volunteer Training Thursdays in March from 5 to 7PM. Participants learn about food safety, cooking techniques, and the basics of nutrition. Class size is limited; reserve a seat at 554-9520.

Listen Sunday at 3 on 91-3 for the first episode of Blues City, a 10-part regional exploration of the blues.