Anna Jarvis wanted to do something special to remember her mother. On this day in 1908, she held the first "official" Mother's Day in Grafton, West Virginia. What began as a church service turned into a national campaign. Four years later, Congress passed a law designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.
It’s Friday, May 10
The Paducah artists who traveled to Innsbruck, Austria, as part of an artist-in-residence cultural exchange present a talk and share photos of their experience at the Yeiser Art Center Saturday afternoon at 3. The event includes presentations from Freda Fairchild, John Hasegawa, Lily Liu, Paul Lorenz, Teri Moore, and May Wong. See details at theyeiser.org.
William Marston was a psychologist, feminist, inventor, and a comic book writer best known for his character Wonder Woman. He felt comics had great educational potential and sought "to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman."
It’s Thursday, May 9
As part of the Movies in the Park series, Noble Park presents a free showing of the animated film “Brave” tomorrow night at dusk, weather permitting. Concessions will be available for purchase. Attendees may want to bring lawn chairs or blankets. For more information, visit paducahky.gov.
They weren't the first to reach the top of Mt. Everest, but on this day in 1978, Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler became the first to the summit without supplemental oxygen. Before them, such a feat was thought to be impossible. Messner did it again in 1980.
It’s Wednesday, May 8
Angels Attic Thrift Shop seeks donations of men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing; furniture; appliances; household items; and toys. Sale proceeds benefit Angels Community Clinic, which provides health care to the working uninsured in Calloway County. Bring donations to 972 Chestnut Street Monday through Saturday from 8 to 5, or call 762-0505 for pickup.
It was called "a merger of equals" and one of the biggest in the history of modern industry. On this day in 1998, Daimler-Benz purchased 92% of Chrysler for nearly $40 billion. Despite being one of the "Big 3" US automakers, Chrysler was sold off in 2007, declared bankruptcy in 2009, and is currently owned by Fiat.
It’s Tuesday, May 7
The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive takes place this Saturday in Mayfield and Graves County. Residents can leave canned or boxed food items at their mailboxes for postal carriers to pick up for Need Line. No glass containers, please, and items must be at the mailbox by 8:30AM. Cards should arrive in the mail today with more information.
On this day in 1998, Kerry Wood tied Roger Clemens' record of 20 strikeouts in a single game, pitching for the Chicago Cubs against Houston Astros. Wood finished the season with a 13-6 record, earning him Rookie of the Year. He went on to play 15 seasons and was named a two-time National League All-Star.
It's Monday, May 6
The Calloway County Courthouse centennial celebration is tomorrow afternoon at 2 on the north side of the courthouse. Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham is the keynote speaker. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony. The public is invited to attend.