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Daily Calendar for Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Question of the Day

Why is a nautical mile different from a land mile?
The mile was originally a Roman linear measure of 1,000 paces — about 1,618 yards. (Its length has varied considerably at different periods and in different localities; the legal mile is now 1,760 yards, or 5,280 feet.) Such a linear measurement cannot be used at sea, so the nautical mile is based on the length of one minute of arc (or 1/60 of a degree) of a great circle of Earth. Owing to the fact that Earth is not a true sphere, the mile as thus defined varies considerably. Therefore, the British assigned it a standard value of 6,080 feet.

Advice of the Day

Collars around seedlings will help keep cutworms at bay.

Home Hint of the Day

To keep oil paint from skinning over, pour a little thinner on top of the paint, then close the lid tight. The fumes from the thinner leave no air in the can to cause the paint to dry out.

Word of the Day

Dink
A soft return in tennis. The tennis ball will drop abruptly after crossing the net.

Puzzle of the Day

What do snowmen eat for breakfast?
Snowflakes.

Died

  • Nicolaus Copernicus (astronomer)
  • William Lloyd Garrison (writer)
  • Duke Ellington (jazz composer, pianist, & bandleader)
  • Milton Shedd (co-founder of Sea World)
  • Dick Martin (comedian)

Born

  • Queen Victoria (British monarch)
  • George Grey Barnard (sculptor)
  • Bob Dylan (musician)
  • Gary Burghoff (actor)
  • Patti LaBelle (singer)
  • Priscilla Presley (actress)
  • Jim Broadbent (actor)
  • Kristin Scott Thomas (actress)
  • John C. Reilly (actor)
  • Billy Gilman (country singer)

Events

  • Canada’s first medical graduate, William Logie, awarded degree by McGill University
  • Samuel Morse transmitted the first telegraphic message from the U.S. Supreme Court room, Washington, D.C., to Baltimore. The message: What hath God wrought
  • The steamer, Victoria, sank in Thames River near London, Ontario
  • Ohio Anti-Saloon League founded, Oberlin, Ohio
  • First major league baseball night game was played in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Aurora 7 took flight. It was the second U.S. manned orbital space flight
  • United States and USSR agreed to cooperate in space exploration
  • Crop circle discovered in Haysville, Kansas
  • Canada’s famous clock on the Peace Tower of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa stopped for the first time

Weather

  • Snowstorm across Kentucky with accumulations of 4 to 6 inches of snow
  • Hail fell to a depth of 6 to 8 inches near Ada, Oklahoma
  • Snow whitened the Green Mountains of Vermont

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