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Datebook: August 19 – Orville Wright’s 140th birthday

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The Wright brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were two Americans credited with inventing and building the world’s first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903. In the two years afterward, the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build and fly experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible. The brothers’ fundamental breakthrough was their invention of three-axis control, which enabled the pilot to steer the aircraft effectively and to maintain its equilibrium. This method became standard and remains standard on fixed-wing aircraft of all kinds. From the beginning of their aeronautical work, the Wright brothers focused on developing a reliable method of pilot control as the key to solving “the flying problem”. This approach differed significantly from other experimenters of the time who put more emphasis on developing powerful engines.

It’s Friday, August 19th.

Tomorrow Grand Rivers Marina Day includes sail boat rides, children’s water fun, a Street Dance, and a Big Fireworks show at Dusk. Activities are at Green Turtle Bay Marina and Resort and Lighthouse Landing Marina and Resort.

Tonight Murray Art Guild opens a show of images by Debi Danielson titled “Project 365 Photography”. There’s a reception at the gallery at 500 North 4th Street from 6 to 8 p.m.

Tymeless Hearts, Inc. hosts a carnival at Murray’s Chestnut Park from noon to 6 tomorrow. It includes clowns, petting zoo, pony and kids’ train rides, health checks, and more, benefitting families of children with heart defects.

Lone Star Rodeo of Crofton performs at West Kentucky Fairgrounds in Hopkinsville tonight and tomorrow night at 8. Adult tix are 15 dollars at the gate. See bareback bronc, saddle bronc and brahma bull riding, calf, team, and cowgirl’s breakaway roping, steer wrestling and cowgirl’s barrel racing.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit play Lovett Live tomorrow night at 7:30. Tickets are $16.

Enjoy the weekend!


Datebook: June 17 – Nixon declares “war on drugs” 40 years ago

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On June 17, 1971, President Richard Nixon declared a “war on drugs,” identifying drug abuse as “public enemy No. 1.” He was the first to use the term to describe a controversial campaign of prohibition and foreign military aid and military intervention being undertaken by the United States government with the assistance of participating countries, intended to both define and reduce the illegal drug trade.

Earlier this month, the United Nation’s Global Commission on Drug Policy released a critical report on the War on Drugs, declaring “The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world. Fifty years after the initiation of the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, and years after President Nixon launched the US government’s war on drugs, fundamental reforms in national and global drug control policies are urgently needed.”

It’s Friday, June 17

Volunteers are needed for tomorrow’s River Sweep, an annual cleanup of the region’s riverbanks. The event lasts from 8 to 11. To volunteer, meet at Kolb Park, at 1650 South 6th Street in Paducah. All volunteers receive a free t-shirt.

The Paducah Wastelanders, a group of regional artists, hold a summer solstice art exhibition tomorrow night from 6-9. The free exhibit takes place at the Viterisi grocery building at 10th and Park Avenue in Paducah. Live music and refreshments will be provided.

The Lone Star Rodeo takes place at the Mayfield-Graves County Fairgrounds tonight and tomorrow night. Tickets are 15 dollars for adults and 10 dollars for children. The rodeo starts at 8.

The Paducah Regatta is tomorrow at the Noble Park Pool. Build boats from cardboard and duct tape, then race them across the pool to win trophies. Supplies are provided. Registration starts at 9:30, and the races start at 10:30. The cost is $10 per boat.

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Datebook: June 15 – Thomas the Tank Engine creator turns 100

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Reverend Wilbert Vere Awdry was born on June 15, 1911 (and died March 21, 1997). He was an English clergyman, railway enthusiast and children’s author, best known as the creator of Thomas the Tank Engine for The Railway Series books and later for the Thomas and Friends TV show.  In 2009, The Independent recognized Thomas on their “Happy List” of 100 ‘people’ making Britain a better and happier place. Happy birthday Rev!

It’s Wednesday, June 15

Tomorrow is the last day to purchase advance tickets for the Lone Star Rodeo. The rodeo is at 8 this Friday and Saturday night at the Mayfield-Graves County Fairgrounds. 10 dollar adult tickets and 8 dollar children’s tickets are available at the City Hall Information Center today and tomorrow from 8 to 4:30.

The Murray Art Guild offers a silkscreen t-shirt and poster workshop for teens this Saturday from noon to 5 at the Murray Art Guild. The fee for the workshop is 40 dollars. For registration or for more information, go to

The Pennyroyal Arts Council in Hopkinsville holds the 4th Annual June Jam Fundraiser this Friday night at 8 at the James E. Bruce Convention Center. Music will be provided by the Entice Band of Nashville. 25 dollar tickets may be purchased at L&N Depot, Books on Main, the Chamber of Commerce, and Gracious Me. To reserve a table, call 270-887-4295.

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