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Daily Calendar for Thursday, April 28, 2022

Question of the Day

I’m interested in finding the North Star on clear nights. I know it has something to do with the Big Dipper. What is the relationship?
The North Star, Polaris, lies directly over the North Pole. You can find it by tracing a line through the two β€œpointer” stars, Merak and Dubhe, which mark the side of the cup portion (opposite the handle) of the familiar Big Dipper, and continuing it straight across the sky to the next bright star. That’s about the distance from your outstretched thumb to middle finger, held at arm’s length.

Advice of the Day

Broad fingernails indicate a gentle, timid, and bashful nature.

Home Hint of the Day

When you’re planning to build a structure or do some landscaping, two good resources are the Soil Conservation Service and the Cooperative Extension Service. In most cases, fees are nominal or nonexistent. Call directory assistance for your county seat and ask for listings under county services.

Word of the Day

SOS
The letters signified by the signal ( … – … ) prescribed by the International Radiotelegraphic Convention of 1908 for use by ships in distress. SOS was chosen as the universal distress signal because this combination of three dots followed by three dashes followed by three dots (…–…), was easy to send and easily recognized, especially since they were usually sent as a nine-character signal, which stood out against the background of three-character Morse Code letters. The letters themselves are meaningless. SOS does not stand for Save Our Souls, Save Our Ship, Stop Other Signals, or Sure Of Sinking.

Puzzle of the Day

What did they wear at the Boston Tea Party?
T-shirts!

Born

  • James Monroe (5th U.S. president) –
  • Oskar Schindler (businessman) –
  • Ethel Catherwood (1928 Olympic gold-medal winner for high jump) –
  • Harper Lee (author) –
  • Eugene Shoemaker (American astrogeologist) –
  • Ann-Margret (actress) –
  • Paul Guilfoyle (actor) –
  • Jay Leno (talk show host) –
  • Penelope Cruz (actress) –
  • Jessica Alba (actress) –

Died

  • Benito Mussolini (Italian dictator) –
  • Penelope Fitzgerald (writer) –
  • Alexander Lebed (general) –
  • Dabbs Greer (actor) –
  • Will Robinson (first African American basketball coach at a Division I school) –
  • Mel Bartholomew (construction engineer and gardener known for his Square Foot Gardening method) –

Events

  • Coal mine explosion occurred in Eccles, West Virginia–
  • Vaccine for yellow fever announced–
  • A six-man expedition, led by Thor Heyerdahl, sailed from Peru aboard a balsa-wood raft named Kon-Tiki on a 101 day journey that would take them across the Pacific Ocean to Polynesia–
  • At age 98, Walter Sitch of Halifax, NS, became a great-great-great-grandfather–
  • Charles de Gaulle, president of France, resigned–
  • A Chorus Line closed after 6,137 performances on Broadway in New York City–
  • The Soyuz-TM 32 launched, carrying the world’s first space tourist, Dennis Tito, to the International Space Station–
  • Ashes of actor James Doohan, who portrayed engineer Scotty on Star Trek, and of Apollo 7 astronaut Gordon Cooper soared into space aboard a rocket–
  • Six endangered red wolf pups were born at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, North Carolina–

Weather

  • Coastal storm caused tremendous late season snow, 35 inches fell in Bayard, West Virginia–
  • Six feet of snow blocked roads in Buffalo–
  • Tornadoes swept through central and southeastern Virginia–
  • A total of 13 inches of snow fell overnight on New York’s Adirondack Mountains and in northern Vermont–

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