Daily Calendar for Sunday, May 15, 2022 | Almanac.com

Daily Calendar for Sunday, May 15, 2022

Question of the Day

I’m putting up an eight-foot cedar fence to shelter a brick patio area from the north winds. What can I grow on its shady side?
We assume you’re looking for a climbing vine, as opposed to a ground cover or shrub, although you could certainly use all three. To climb the cedar poles, your best bet might be winter creeper (Euonymus fortunei radicans), which can extend up to 12 feet and is a hardy evergreen vine for Zone 5 (and even somewhat north of that). It shows a glossy, variegated leaf and thrives in partial or full shade and ordinary soil. It’s a member of the bittersweet family, but it displays a pale pink fruit and greenish white flowers. If you want something more fragrant, you might try a shade-loving clematis vine. Unlike the large-flowered clematis plants that love sun, ‘Sweet Autumn’ clematis is well adapted for shade and known for its autumn fragrance and small white flowers. It likes rich, well-drained soil. Prune it back for winter; you’ll want new growth in the spring. As for shrubs and ground covers, there’s no end to the shade-loving varieties.

Advice of the Day

Better a good cow than a cow of good kind.

Home Hint of the Day

If a board is twisted, you might get some use out of it by cutting it into two or more lengths — or, better yet, avoid using it altogether.

Word of the Day

Rainbows are formed opposite to the sun by the refraction and reflection of the sun’s rays in drops of falling rain. The raindrops are responsible for the colors of rainbows. They break the sunlight up into the full spectrum of colors, each drop acting as a sort of miniature prism. Each color emerges at a slightly different angle on each raindrop. When millions of raindrops gather, the spectrum shows up as distinct bands of color — each with a different length. Red is the longest and violet the shortest band. The arc is most pronounced when the Sun is close to the horizon.

Puzzle of the Day

Why did the cow cross the road?
To get to the udder side.


  • L. Frank Baum (author) –
  • Williamina Fleming (astronomer) –
  • Pierre Curie (chemist) –
  • Katherine Anne Porter (novelist) –
  • Emmitt Smith (football player) –
  • Rod Smith (football player) –
  • Josh Beckett (baseball player) –
  • Andy Murray (tennis player) –


  • Emily Dickinson (poet) –
  • June Carter Cash (singer) –
  • Jerry Falwell –
  • Barbara Stuart (actress) –


  • English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold arrived at Shoal Hope in what is now Massachusetts. They caught so many cod there they renamed it Cape Cod–
  • Johannes Kepler verified his Third Law of Planetary Motion–
  • James Puckle was granted a patent for his Defence Gun, the world’s first rapid-fire gun–
  • The Baily’s Beads solar eclipse phenomenon was first described–
  • Rain and fish fell from the sky in Olneyville, Rhode Island. Most of the fish measured 2- to 4-inches long.–
  • Ellen Church became the first airline stewardess, at Boeing Air Transport–
  • First live TV pictures received from a U.S. spacecraft, (Faith 7)–
  • Governor George Wallace of Alabama was shot–
  • Boston Red Sox player Manny Ramirez hit his 400th home run–
  • Four bear cubs playing on a backyard trampoline was caught on video in Avon, Connecticut–


  • Thirty-six inches of snow, Haverhill, New Hampshire–
  • Ninety-two degrees F at Portland, Oregon–
  • 85 degrees F, Olympia and Seattle, Washington–
  • 94 degrees F in Theilman, Minnesota–

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