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Daily Calendar for Sunday, April 17, 2022

Easter in the western Christian church can occur as early as March 22 and as late as April 25. It is observed on the Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon (a fixed spring date set by the church). This Christian holy day celebrates the resurrection of Christ after his Crucifixion and was probably the earliest of the church’s annual festivals. Folk customs attached to the festival date from pre-Christian times. Eggs, traditionally forbidden during Lent, symbolize new life. The Easter Bunny recalls the hare, the Egyptian symbol of fertility. Easter may have derived its name from the Saxon goddess Eostre, whose feast was celebrated each spring at about this time. Or it may have derived from the word oster, meaning β€œrising.” Learn more about Easter.

Question of the Day

Can you tell me the origin and the history of the phrase: β€œThe best laid plans of mice and men?”
It is a line from the poem β€œTo a Mouse,” by Robert Burns, the 18th century Scottish poet. The full quote, however, is the two-line stanza: β€œThe best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men/Gang aft a-gley.” (A free translation of the second line could be: Often go awry or become unraveled.)

Advice of the Day

To keep a dog at home, clip a bit of its coat and place it under the doormat.

Home Hint of the Day

If you decide to heat with coal rather than wood, buy anthracite coal, which is sprayed with oil to keep down the dust and allow the burn to start more easily.

Word of the Day

The interval of time following sunset and preceding sunrise, during which the sky is partially illuminated. The three ranges of twilight are: civil (from sunset/sunrise to when the Sun is 6Β° below the horizon) nautical (greater than 6Β° and ending at 12Β°) astronomical (greater than 12Β° and ending at 18Β°β€”full darkness).

Puzzle of the Day

What is smarter than a hummingbird?
A spelling bee.


  • Samuel Chase (lawyer) –
  • John Pierpont Morgan (business tycoon) –
  • Thornton Wilder (author) –
  • William Holden (actor) –
  • Olivia Hussey (actress) –
  • Boomer Esiason (football player) –
  • Joel Murray (actor) –
  • Jennifer Garner (actress) –


  • Benjamin Franklin (American statesman) –
  • Linda McCartney (photographer, singer, activist, & wife of Beatle Paul McCartney) –
  • Dr. Robert C. Atkins (cardiologist who introduced the Atkins Dietβ€β€œ) –
  • Doris Roberts (actress) –
  • Barbara Bush (U.S. First Lady) –


  • Christopher Columbus’s trip financed by Spain–
  • Lewis M. Norton patented a vat for forming pineapple-shape cheese–
  • First Minot’s Ledge Light in Massachusetts swept away during storm–
  • Song Hail, Hail, the Gang’s All Here, was copyrighted–
  • Geraldine Mock completed solo flight around the world–
  • Apollo 13 returned safely to Earth after having major difficulties–
  • 6-lb. 10-oz. goldfish caught in Lake Hodges, California–
  • Spacelab’s final mission, Neurolab, launched–
  • Discovery of first Earth-size planet in Habitable Zone” publicized”–


  • Eastern Massachusetts was blanketed with 12-18 inches of snow–
  • Twenty-eight degrees F at St. Louis, Missouri–
  • The Red River in Minnesota and North Dakota reached 20 feet above flood stage–
  • Del Rio, Texas, experienced a temperature of 101 degrees F–

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