Daily Calendar for Sunday, January 30, 2022 | Almanac.com

# Daily Calendar for Sunday, January 30, 2022

### Question of the Day

A math book I was reading said that the Fibonacci sequence is applicable to certain things in nature. There was a picture of a pinecone in the book. Do pinecones have anything to do with Fibonacci numbers?
The Fibonacci sequence is a series of numbers (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, etc.) in which each term, after the second term, is the sum of the preceding two terms. In the study of botany, these numbers have proved useful in describing the positioning of leaves around plant stems, the spiral patterns in sunflower heads, and the scales of pinecones, to name but a few examples.

Horsepower was a wonderful thing when only horses had it.

### Home Hint of the Day

Melt down your leftover candle stubs and dip pinecones in the wax. They make great fire starters for the fireplace or wood stove and also look nice piled up in a box or basket.

### Word of the Day

Diurnal
Daily; refers to events which recur every 24 hours, such as a daily temperature cycle.

### Puzzle of the Day

Why does a person who is poorly lose his sense of touch?
Because he doesn’t feel well.

### Died

• Betsy Ross (American seamstress and upholsterer) β
• Orville Wright (aviator) β
• Mahatma Gandhi (Indian spiritual and political leader) β
• John Bardeen (physicist) β
• Pierre Boulle (author) β
• Coretta Scott King (civil rights activist; widow of Martin Luther King Jr.) β
• Wendy Wasserstein (Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright) β
• Sidney Sheldon (author & producer) β

### Born

• Walter J. Damrosch (composer) β
• Franklin Delano Roosevelt (32nd U.S. president) β
• David Wayne (actor) β
• Dick Martin (comedian) β
• Dorothy Malone (actress) β
• Gene Hackman (actor) β
• Vanessa Redgrave (actress) β
• Boris Spassky (chessmaster) β
• Dick Cheney (former secretary of defense and U.S. vice president) β
• Marty Balin (singer) β
• Lynn Harrell (cellist) β
• Phil Collins (musician) β
• Christian Bale (actor) β

### Events

• Funds were approved to purchase Thomas Jefferson’s library in order to rebuild the Library of Congress, which had been destroyed by the British during the War of 1812β
• Yerba Buena, a U.S. town of 200 people, was renamed San Franciscoβ
• Great Britain and Japan signed the Anglo-Japanese Allianceβ
• The Original Dixieland Jazz Band released Darktown Struttersβ Ball, the first commercial jazz recordingβ
• Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germanyβ
• Mahatma Gandhi was assassinatedβ
• 30 millionth customer added to U.S. electrical utilitiesβ
• President Kennedy and Aleksei I. Adzhubei, editor of Izvestia, principal Russian newspaper, held conversations at the White Houseβ
• The Beatles gave their last public performance on the roof of their Apple Corps headquartersβ
• Pakistan became independent of Great Britainβ
• 31-lb. 12-oz. bluefish caught, Hatteras, North Carolinaβ
• Andrew Young was sworn in as the first African American ambassador to the United Nationsβ
• David Bradley, the man who wrote the computer code CtrlAltDelete (forces computers to restart when they will no longer follow other commands), retired from IBM after 28.5 years with the companyβ
• A buffalo escaped from an auction in South Dakota and ended up in a Grand Rapids department store dressing room where it spent a couple of hours staring into a mirrorβ

### Weather

• Two-day storm brought Birmingham, Alabama 11 inches of snowβ
• Great Buffalo Blizzard abated after 3 days: 75 mph winds caused whiteouts and huge drifts that paralyzed the cityβ
• An avalanche shut down a stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway along the B.C.-Alberta borderβ
• In northern Ohio, a train traveling in high winds derailed on a bridge over Sandusky Bay, sending several freight cars into the waterβ