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Datebook: January 13 – William Brydon Becomes Sole Survivor of First Anglo-Afghan War 160 Years Ago

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The First Anglo-Afghan War was fought between British India and Afghanistan from 1839 to 1842. It was one of the first major conflicts during the Great Game, the 19th century competition for power and influence in Central Asia between the United Kingdom and Russia, and also marked one of the worst setbacks inflicted on British power in the region after the consolidation of British Raj by the East India Company. It is considered one of Britain’s worst disasters in Asia before Japan’s invasion of Malaya and capture of Singapore during World War II. The final stand took place at Gandamak on the morning of January 13, 1842 in the snow. 20 officers and 45 British soldiers, found themselves surrounded on a hillock. The Afghans attempted to persuade the soldiers that they intended them no harm. Then the sniping began, followed by a series of rushes. Captain Souter wrapped the regimental colors around his body and was dragged into captivity with two or three soldiers. The remainder were shot or cut down. Only 6 mounted officers escaped. Of these, 5 were murdered along the road. In the afternoon, the British troops in Jalalabad, watching for their comrades of the Kabul garrison, saw a single figure ride up to the town walls. It was Dr. William Brydon, an assistant surgeon. Part of his skull had been sheared off by an Afghan sword and he survived only because he had stuffed a copy of Blackwood’s Magazine into his hat to fight the intense cold weather. The magazine took most of the blow, saving the doctor’s life. He was the only member of the army of 4,500 men to reach safety at the British garrison.

It’s Friday, January 13

Monday the Paducah Chapter of the NAACP’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration starts at 10:15 a.m. with a march from the Robert Cherry Civic Center proceeding east along Park Avenue to the MLK Monument for a wreath laying. The annual luncheon follows at the Civic Center.

Henry Countians commemorate Monday’s holiday with a prayer breakfast at Quinn Chapel AME Church at 218 Church Street in Paris followed by a march from there to the Henry County Court House for more speaking. At 6 p.m.Rev. Thomas Taylor, Union Grove Baptist Church keynotes at the closing ceremony for the day at Allen Temple CME Church on Warren Street.

Murray’s Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. Monday at the Woodman of the World, 330 CC Lowry Drive. MSU students participate in a day of service from noon to 5. At 10 a.m. Pastor Rinzee Stansberry of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Ridgeway, South Carolina remembers Dr. King in the Curris Center Ballroom.

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Datebook: December 13 – Emily Carr Turns 140

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Emily Carr was born on December 13, 1871 (and died March 2, 1945). She was a Canadian artist and writer heavily inspired by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. One of the first painters in Canada to adopt a post-impressionist painting style, Carr didn’t receive widespread recognition for her work until late in life, around the age of 57. As she matured, the subject matter of her painting shifted from aboriginal themes to landscapes and forest scenes. She was one of the first artists to attempt to capture the spirit of Canada in a modern style. Her life itself has made her a “Canadian icon”, according to the Canadian Encyclopedia, for being “an artist of stunning originality and strength.”

It’s Tuesday, December 13

“Santa’s Last Blast” is on the Paris Court Square Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.. There will be free wagon rides, a trackless train, clowns, games, stories, and reindeer goats. Santa ‘s in Friday night, then Saturday 10-2 and Sunday 2-4. This is the final weekend for Trees on the Square at the Heritage Center Saturday noon-6 and Sunday 1-4.

Holiday shows continue at LBL’s Golden Pond Planetarium through December 23. “‘Tis the Season” shows Wednesday through Sunday at 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. “Christmas Story” Shows are Wednesday through Sunday at noon and 2. Admission to the planetarium is $4 ages 13 and up, $2 ages 5 to 12 and free ages 4 and under. Call 270-924-2020 for more.

Madisonville Community College’s Glema Center for the Arts shows the exhibit “Made to Be Played: Traditional Art of Kentucky Luthiers” weekdays from 9 to 4 and during performances through Saturday. The exhibit chronicles masters in the making and repairing of stringed instruments.

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Datebook: December 1 – AIDS Virus Officially Recognized 30 Years Ago

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Acquired immune deficiency syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a disease of the human immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The illness interferes with the immune system making people with AIDS much more likely to get infections, including opportunistic infections and tumors that do not affect people with working immune systems. This susceptibility gets worse as the disease continues. AIDS was first recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1981 and its cause, HIV, identified in the early 1980s. In 2009, the World Health Organization estimated that there are 33.4 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS, with 2.7 million new HIV infections per year and 2.0 million annual deaths due to AIDS. In 2007, UNAIDS estimated: 33.2 million people worldwide had AIDS that year; AIDS killed 2.1 million people in the course of that year, including 330,000 children, and 76% of those deaths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa. According to UNAIDS 2009 report, worldwide some 60 million people have been infected since the start of the pandemic, with some 25 million deaths, and 14 million orphaned children in southern Africa alone.

It’s Thursday, December 1st

Hopkinsville’s Christmas Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, goes from Glass Avenue to Fifteenth, and is themed “Christmas Around the World.”

The Methodist Churches of Calloway County present a Live Nativity from 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. See costumed re-enactors and live animals, including camels, portraying scenes inside the MSU Expo Center on College Farm Road. Admission and refreshments are free.

Paris Henry County Arts Council presents its 44th Annual Community Christmas Concert Sunday at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church. Scott Shepherd directs. Admission is free.

LBL’s Homeplace debuts “Civil War Comes to the Homeplace” from 10 to 4 Saturday. The living history farm moves forward in time to 1861 when families witnessed the building of Forts Henry and Donelson and Federal gunboats patrolling the rivers. Visit a Confederate encampment to see how civilian soldiers adapted to military routines.

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Datebook: October 12 – Roosevelt Officially Renames the Executive Mansion to the White House 110 Years Ago

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;;On October 12, 1901 President Theodore Roosevelt officially renames the “Executive Mansion” to the White House. The building was originally referred to variously as the “President’s Palace”, “Presidential Mansion”, or “President’s House”. The earliest evidence of the public calling it the “White House” was recorded in 1811. A myth emerged that during the rebuilding of the structure after the Burning of Washington, white paint was applied to mask the burn damage it had suffered,giving the building its namesake hue. The name “Executive Mansion” was used in official contexts until President Theodore Roosevelt established the formal name by having “White House–Washington” engraved on the stationery in 1901. The current letterhead wording and arrangement “The White House” with the word “Washington” centered beneath goes back to the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

It’s Wednesday, October 12

Fort Massac State Park’s 38th Annual Fort Massac Encampment is open 10 to 5 Saturday and 10 to 4:30 on Sunday. Park and get the shuttle in the open field next to the park’s Trout Pond on U.S. 45. Although the fort structure itself is closed. re-enactors show what everyday life was like there in the 1700’s and early 1800’s.

The 6th annual Krider Idol competition showcases talents of students ages 9 to 18 and raises money for the Youth for the Arts Enrichment fund Saturday. Tickets are $5 for the 7 p.m. show at the Krider Performing Arts Center, 650 Volunteer Drive in Paris. See

The Purchase Area Master Gardeners Association offers a bulb and perennial sale Saturday, October 22 from 9 to Noon. It’s at the Demonstration Garden on Coleman Road just east of Exit 4, Paducah. It offers plants like corkscrew willow, surprise lilies, grand tiara hosta, and garden tools, books and supplies.

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Datebook: September 6 – McKinley Fatally Shot 110 Years Ago

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The assassination of President William McKinley occurred on September 6, 1901, during a meet and greet at the Temple of Music on the grounds of the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. He was shot twice by anarchist Leon Czolgosz. Initially, he appeared to be recovering from his wounds, but died on September 14, 1901, and was succeeded by Vice President Theodore Roosevelt. After McKinley’s murder, Congress passed legislation to officially charge the Secret Service with the responsibility of providing physical protection for U.S. presidents.

It’s Tuesday, September 6

Glema Mahr Center for the Arts commemorates the 10th anniversary of the events which occurred on September 11, 2001 with a combined community choir and orchestra program at 6 p.m. Sunday. Special guests are composer and soloist Dr. Mike Harland and soloist Teresa Harland. The Glema Mahr Center is on the campus of Madisonville Community College.

The Paris Henry County Arts Council presents the Bethel University Renaissance Theatre production of “Steel Magnolias”. The play starts at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Krider Performing Arts Center 650 Volunteer Drive, Paris. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students 18 and under.

Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp hosts a Community Conversation next Monday from 5:15 to 7 p.m. at Hopkinsville Middle School. The program includes details of the new city building and other projects. The Hopkinsville High School Choir performs and there will be light refreshments as well as a door prize handcrafted by a local artist.

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Datebook: September 2 – “Speak softly and carry a big stick” 110 years ago

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On September 2, 1901, during a speech given at the Minnesota State Fair, Theodore Roosevelt allegedly said “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” Big stick diplomacy is the idea of negotiating peacefully, simultaneously threatening military strength. Roosevelt is known to have used military muscle several times throughout his two terms, particularly in Latin America – involving the Venezuelan Affair, Cuban relations and the Nicaraguan and Panama Canals. Roosevelt described his style of foreign policy as “the exercise of intelligent forethought and of decisive action sufficiently far in advance of any likely crisis.”

It’s Friday, September 2

Amy Martin teaches Kindermusik at Lee Academy for the Arts in Paris. There are classes for newborn to 18 months children; for 18 months to 3 year olds; for 3 to 5 year olds; and a new offering for the young Child age 5 to 7. Some classes start Tuesday. Register online at Lee Academy is at 402 Lee Street.

Tonight the Jackson Purchase Friends of Bluegrass feature The Cope Brothers, Uncle Mike and The Pea Snappers and Blue Reigns. Music starts at 7:30 at the Kentucky Opry in Draffenville.

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area has a host of labor day weekend activities at the Homeplace and the Nature Station. See On Monday the Nature Station offers a Scales n’ Trails Hike from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 and later hosts a Creature Feature about the bobcat at 2:15. And remember the sunset canoe trip Sunday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for which a reservation is necessary at 270-924-2000.

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Datebook: May 31 – Burning of Jaffna Library 30 Years Ago

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The burning of the Jaffna Library, from May 31 – June 2, 1981, was an important event in the Sri Lankan civil war and was one of the most violent examples of ethnic biblioclasm of the 20th century. At the time of its destruction, the library was one of the biggest in Asia, containing over 97,000 different books and manuscripts. Learn more about the event from Tamil National.

It’s Tuesday, May 31

The Caring Hearts Fund of the Paris & Henry County Healthcare Foundation hosts a concert and silent auction Friday at the Paris Convention Center, 1510 East Wood. Tabitha Myrick, Mark McWherter and Jim Merrel perform as the acoustic trio Trifecta from 6 PM to midnight. Tickets are $12 at the door. The event is “bring your own beverage” and includes a silent auction. Proceeds benefit patients receiving cancer treatment.

Thursday the Murdock Farm Field Day starts at 9 a.m. at 1576 Kildeer Trail in Murray. Oregonian Nick Bowers speaks on annual ryegrass as a cover crop. National Resources Conservation service personnel will be there for questions. Contact 270-210-3429.

Tomorrow is the deadline for applications for The Senior Arts Academy, next Monday through June 17th for grades 6 through 12, at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts at Madisonville Community College. Students produce Honk, Jr., a musical about a modern day ugly duckling. There’s a registration form at – scholarships are available.

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