Daily Calendar for Thursday, May 19, 2022 | Almanac.com

Daily Calendar for Thursday, May 19, 2022

Traditional weather lore has it that St. Dunstan was a great brewer who sold himself to the devil on the condition that the devil would blight the apple trees to stop the production of cider, Dunstan’s rival drink. This is said to be the cause of the wintry blast that usually comes about this time.

Question of the Day

If morning glories are such an invasive weed in some places, why can’t I get them to grow here in Maine?
Pure stubbornness on the part of the flower, no doubt. Here are some tips. First, if you’re starting from seed, try soaking the seeds for 24 hours in warm water. Another trick is to take a file and nick the end of each seed before you plant it. A layer of glass or clear plastic over the seed tray will help maintain the humidity. Keep the seeds warm (70 to 75 degrees F) until they germinate, which can take up to two weeks. Then keep them in a sunny location and make sure they don’t outgrow their pots before you get them outside. Morning glories are notorious weeds in places such as Bermuda (they are, after all, a tropical plant). Although they’ll grow in poor soil and low-moisture areas, they prefer moist, rich soil. They don’t like a lot of nitrogen. Lawn fertilizers, manure, fish meal, bonemeal, and composted peas and beans are all high in nitrogen, so avoid using them near your morning glory vines.

Advice of the Day

To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.

Home Hint of the Day

Never fertilize a lawn when the grass is wet or even damp. If you do, the fertilizer will burn the grass.

Word of the Day

Hail falls mainly in the summer. It forms in thunderstorm clouds, which can extend high into the atmoshpere where extremely cold temperatures prevail. When a cloud releases rain, the rain can be forced upward, where it freezes into tiny ice pellets. If updrafts keep buffeting the pellets, layer upon layer of frozen water will be added to the pellets until, finally, hailstones are released.

Puzzle of the Day

How do you mend a broken jack-o’-lantern?
With a pumpkin patch.


  • Anne Boleyn (Henry VIII’s second wife) –
  • Robert B. Thomas (founder of The Old Farmer’s Almanac) –
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne (writer) –
  • T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabiaβ€β€œ) –
  • Ogden Nash (poet) –
  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (U.S. First Lady) –
  • Walter Lord (author) –
  • Charles Grodin (actor, talk show host) –


  • Johns Hopkins (philanthropist) –
  • Carl Akeley (artist, biologist, & conservationist) –
  • Malcolm X (civil rights activist) –
  • Lorraine Hansberry (playwright) –
  • Francis Richard Scobee (astronaut) –
  • Nora Ephron (author & director) –
  • Pete Townshend (musician) –
  • Andre the Giant (wrestler & actor) –
  • Jodi Picoult (author) –
  • Kevin Garnett (basketball player) –


  • Dark Day in New England–
  • Author Oscar Wilde released from jail–
  • First Jumping Frog Jubilee in Calaveras County, California–
  • 7.1-magnitude earthquake occurred in Imperial Valley, California–
  • Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester threw a no-hitter against the Kansas City Royals. It was the first major league no-hitter of the season–
  • In Kansas, paraplegic Anna Sarol β€” with the assistance of braces, a walker, and her siblings β€” took steps across the graduation stage to receive her high school diploma. She had worked towards this moment ever since a gymnastics accident nearly four years before had left her paralyzed from the waist down.–


  • Dark Day: Darkness fell at noon throughout New England due to smoke from western forest fires.–
  • 99 degrees F at Central Park, New York City–
  • Heavy rain and golf ball-size hail destroyed 80 percent of the crops in northwestern Texas–

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