Daily Calendar for Monday, January 24, 2022 | Almanac.com

# Daily Calendar for Monday, January 24, 2022

### Question of the Day

What exactly do B.C. and A.D. stand for, and was there a year 0?
B.C. stands for before Christ,β and A.D. stands for βanno Domini,β a Latin phrase that translates as βin the year of the Lord.β There is no year 0; the years go from 1 B.C. to A.D. 1.β

Use a sponge dampened with vinegar to clean shower curtains.

### Home Hint of the Day

To correct a loud banging when the furnace shuts off, locate the offending panel in the duct work and screw a 1-inch-wide metal strip onto that panel in a diagonal position.

### Word of the Day

Relative humidity
The amount of moisture in the air compared to the maximum amount of moisture the air could hold at a given temperature; measured as a precentage of saturation.

### Puzzle of the Day

What is it that occurs once in a minute, twice in a moment, and once in a million years?
The letter M

### Born

• Edith Wharton (author) β
• Vicki Baum (novelist) β
• Leon Kirchner (composer) β
• Neil Diamond (singer) β
• John Belushi (actor) β
• Nastassja Kinski (actress) β
• Mary Lou Retton (gymnast) β
• Matthew Lillard (actor) β
• Mischa Barton (actress) β

### Died

• Sir Winston Churchill (British Prime Minister) β
• George Cukor (film director) β
• Vincente Minnelli (film director) β
• Thurgood Marshall (first African American to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court) β
• Jay Monahan (legal analyst for NBC News) β
• Bob Russell (creator of the Miss America Pageant and Name That Tune) β
• Chris Penn (actor) β

### Events

• Gold nuggets discovered at Sutter’s Mill in northern California, triggered the gold rush of 1849β
• Typewriter copyβ ribbon patented by Jacob L. Wortmanββ
• Patent 1,404,539 granted for the Eskimo Pie (now Edy’s Pie)β
• Moving picture of a solar eclipse taken from dirigible over Long Island, NYβ
• Percy Spencer granted patent for microwave ovenβ
• Soviet satellite Cosmos 954 crashed in Canada’s Northwest Territories, leaking radioactive wasteβ
• An otter entertained crowds all winter at the mouth of the Ompompanoosuc River in Norwich, Vermontβ
• Apple Computer, Inc. introduced the Macintosh personal computerβ
• The Voyager 2 spacecraft sent back photographs from the planet Uranusβ
• Rover Opportunity landed on Marsβ
• A blizzard that took over New England with blinding snow and blustering wind kept the Cape Cod Times from publishing a print edition for the first timeβ

### Weather

• The temperature in Browning, Montana, plunged 100 degrees in 24 hours, from 44F to -56F, establishing a U.S. record for a 24-hour temperature drop.β
• Fifteen degrees below zero F in Nashville, Tennesseeβ
• 4 inches of snow fell near Lake Jocassee in South Carolinaβ
• North Myrtle Beach experienced a low temperature of 16 degrees Fβ
• Thirty-eight inches of snow on Cape Cod after a 2-day winter blizzardβ